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Old Suitcase Pet Bed

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I have a fun DIY pet bed you can make from an old suitcase.I just happened to find a bright red vintage samsonite suitcase, so I just had to try one of my own. I would have loved to have bought some retro legs for the bottom of the bed, but did not want to spend a lot without knowing whether it would actually be used by the little fuzzies, so I used wooden ball feet I bought at the craft store and painted aqua. I love how easy it was to make, and if you are a savvy shopper, economical too!

Here’s what you need:
  • A Suitcase
  • A Pillow and Pillowcase
  • Wooden Ball feet or furniture feet of your choice
  • Wood Screws
  • A ruler, pencil, and drill

Step 1: Take apart suitcase
My suitcase had a piano hinge which we were able to just pull out easily with pliers. If your has rivets, you can try to hammer them out.

Step 2: Mark bottom for feet
Measure from each corner where you want your feet. I measured in 2.5″ from each corner for mine.

Step 3: Attach Feet.
Drill screws through the bottom to make the pilot holes. Then, flip the suitcase over. Put a washer on your screw and screw into the bottom of the suitcase a bit. Take your foot and screw onto the screw a few turns, then hold the foot tightly with your hand while you tighten the screw down all the way until tight. Repeat with other feet.

Step 4: Finish.
Finish off your pet bed with a fluffy pillow and a sweet pillowcase. My pet bed fit a standard pillow.

And there you have it. Easy peasy! I love how cute this turned out, and it only took about 20 minutes to make. 

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