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How To Make 6 Cat Beds for Your Furbaby

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Melanie Deisz

Melanie Deisz

Last updated: March 23, 2020
How To Make 6 Cat Beds for Your Furbaby
Meowdel: Jasmine in San Diego

Welcome to the fourth installment of Meowtel’s How To/DIY series. This month focuses on cat beds, but also check out our previous How To/DIY articles on treats, toys, and enrichment feeders. Whether you love crafting or can’t find a bed to match your decor, these beds will take cat napping to a whole new level.

No Sew Pet Bed by scoochmaroo,Instructables Living

If the idea of making a bed for Fluffy and Peanut seems way too intense for you, no worries! This bed is for beginner crafters. All you need is fleece and some batting (that fluffy stuffing). No sewing required! Pro tip: Skip the stuffing and use an old pillow. 

Price: $-$$

Items needed: Fleece, stuffing, and scissors

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: 10-15 minutes

No Sew Pet Bed by scoochmaroo, Instructables Living
video by Ana & Fitz the Munchkin

Knit Bed by A Beautiful Mess

If you love knitting, this bed is for you. However, if you’re more into crocheting, try this crocheted bed instead.

Price: $$

Items needed: 400-600 yards chunky yarn, 10mm knitting needle, and darning needle

Difficulty: Expert

Time: 5+ hours depending on knitting expertise

Cat Baggage Bed by Mother Earth Living

As the original author points out, cats always jump into your suitcase when you’re packing. So, why not give them their own suitcase to sleep in? Turn that old suitcase into an adorable bed for Fluffy.

Price: $

Items needed: Old suitcase and pillow as well as pliers and/or screwdriver

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time: 10-20 minutes

DIY Cat Tent by jessyratfink, Instructables Living

If your cat loves to hide out but you don’t want to pay that hefty price tag for a fancy tent, make Peanut one of his own using hangers, cardboard, some tape, and an old t-shirt.

Price: $

Items needed: T-shirt, 2 wire hangers, cardboard, tape, safety pins, and wire cutters or pliers

Difficulty: Expert

Time: 30+ minutes

DIY Cat Hammock by The Merry Thought

Purrhaps Peanut loves to lounge high above looking down at everyone, but he would enjoy something more comfy than his cat tree. This adorable hammock lets him do just that. This calls for cutting your own wood, but if you want to take a short-cut, you can definitely pick up scrap wood at stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Price: $$-$$$

Items needed: plywood, miter saw, table saw (or bypass this part and get cut wood as mentioned above), paint, paint brush, sandpaper, canvas, pins, scissors, staple gun, drill, screws and brackets

Difficulty: Expert

Time: 60+ minutes

Wall Mounted Cat Basket Bed by Wikihow

Purrhaps you love the idea of a cat hammock but aren’t confident in your skills. Have no fear! Try this basket bed instead.

Price: $$

Items needed: Sturdy basket, tape measure, pillow or blanket, screws, wall anchors, drill and marker

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time: 20 minutes

Meowtel encourages our readers to get crafty and let your creativity run wild! If you have a DIY idea you’d like to share with us, send us an email at bellhop@meowtel.com or tag us @meowtel on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.


Melanie Deisz

Melanie Deisz

Los Angeles Meowtel sitter and Cat mom to Maxwell Wellington