The BEST Dog Bed – you won’t believe it, but it’s true!

I’ve meant to share this post for about 3 years now and never have, but with Christmas just around the corner comes the urge to spoil your fur baby.

Stores are showcasing pet clothes, toys, treats and beds with the same abundance that you’d find these things for your kids…

I’m going to do you one better…

I am going to show you the very BEST dog bed you can get, and it’s cheap (if not free).

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It’s a crib mattress!

Something that has always confused me is that people often spend hours looking for the perfect mattress for themselves. They go on Leesa.com, review sites and go to countless stores, just for the one mattress. But then when it comes to their dog, they settle for the first bed they find in store. We didn’t think this was right so we spent a long time finding a bed for our dogs that would last a long time and be comfortable for them. Turns out, the best bed we could find was, in fact, a mattress! There are many different types of indestructible dog beds, visit JugDog to see them all!

We tested this out with our Old English Sheepdog years ago and this was his favourite place to nap – especially as his joints got older and the weather colder. Often we’d find our golden retriever AND sheepdog snuggled up on it. Hands down the best dog bed we ever had.

You know how dogs tend to go in circles around and around before lying down? Sometimes they even claw at the bed before snuggling in? With big dogs, these tactics and manoeuvres DESTROY store-bought dog beds. The fabric rips, the stuffing shifts and don’t even get me started on how clumpy these dog beds get after you’ve washed them. You have a dog – you know.

We went through at least one dog bed (per pet) per year they were alive – UNTIL we came across this brilliant tip.

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Crib mattresses are plastic-coated and made to be durable – but who wants to buy a new crib mattress for a dog? Not at $100 plus per.

The great news is that dogs love, love, LOVE used crib mattresses. The more baby poop, pee and milk pukes the better (not that the mattresses will show these stains, but I’m sure some scent remains). Baby smells are like cocaine to Mom’s and dogs both!

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I was able to pick up this crib mattress free, but in the past I’ve seen them for about $10 – a considerable gap from both new mattresses and from store-bought dog beds.

The plastic coating means that water, mud and dirt will just wipe off, and fleas won’t infest the bed. We all love our pets and some of us even consider them to be like our children! This is why as a dog owner, you want what’s best for them. With the coating meaning fleas won’t be able to get into the bed, this doesn’t mean that if you have unfortunately found your pet has bought home an infestation of these pests, doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. To do this, you could look into something like Pest Control Des Moines to ensure your house is back to its original, clean home before the fleas took over. They can become a nuissance, but this is why professionals like these exist. Another thing you can do f you want to make it more ‘comfortable’ for your furry friend, is just get a used crib sheet and cover it. Easy-on, easy-off and easy to wash. Tell me that isn’t the best dog bed going?

Miss Lacey is a tad timid and wasn’t being cooperative in having her photo taken – but sometimes the proof is in the pudding right?

Check out these other fur babies enjoying their new beds! (many images were “uploaded by user” so I wasn’t able to link to specific blogs. My apologies to the original owners)

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If you want something fancier than just a mattress, check out these plans to build a gorgeous frame for it:

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Put one at the foot of your bed and save your carpet from pet hair, dirt and that lovely doggy smell. You know I gotta say it – BEST dog bed!

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Try it – worst case you’re out $10, best case I’ve just saved you at least $50 and your pet will be wag-happy!

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It’s not really meant for Otis and Phoebe – but they took over – so really, it’s a great gift idea for all of your fur babies. lol

Have a great one!

2018-06-18T13:39:58-04:00December 17th, 2016|CLEAN, GIFTS, REPURPOSE|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Joanne Mullen September 3, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Really nice! Thank you for the money saving idea and for my foster dogs, a terrific way to look out the window. I was using a co-sleeper but it has been “watered” one time too many..this will be much more useful.

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca September 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome – I actually stop people at Costco at Christmas time when I see they have a gift for their fur-baby in their cart. My dogs LOVED the crib mattress and it was so much more durable and easy to clean than the expensive store beds.

  2. Vanessa September 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hey, can you tell me, are those 4×4 posts..they look smaller in the picture but there is no such thing as a 3×3. I really want to make this bed!

  3. Lisa Bishop February 9, 2019 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Is there a pattern for the comforter covers? Really need this! Thank you

  4. Lindsey Tortorello June 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    How ingenious for a pet bed! $10.00 mattresses were probably bought at a resale shop? I have seen crib mattresses at Salvation Army but never thought to use them for a pet bed!! Bravo! And I’m sure the landfill thanks you too!!!

  5. Rose October 10, 2019 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Excellent idea! My cat gets mad at the dog when he decides to get grumpy and growl at her and then she gets even by peeing on the dog bed! Of course I have to wash it or buy a new one frequently as the dog gets older and grumpier. And no the cat doesn’t have a bladder problem the vet checked. It’s just a little war! But a plastic covered crib mattress will be wonderful! No more stinky cat pee, plus he’s a big dog over a hundred pounds so he might be a lot more comfortable and maybe less grumpy from the pain of old age!

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