Claire here, and two weeks ago I asked for your opinions on which dog bed I should make for Monte. Although I was definitely drawn to the bright fun pattern of option 1, I had to remind myself that Monte is rather large and energetic, so I needed to make a bed that could stand up to his active (and often dirty) lifestyle. I’ve been itching to transform a pallet for a while now, and thought this would be the perfect time to give it a whirl. I love the final product (and I think Monte agrees), and am so pleased with how perfectly it fits into my living room. And best of all, when company comes over I can roll it out, set a large tray on top and use it for a low coffee table… easy, fun, and versatile. Want to make your own? Follow the instructions below!

  • pallet
  • fabric (I used ticking fabric similar to what pillows used to be made out of, because it is durable and I love the pattern)
  • zipper (long enough to match the width of the pallet)
  • pillow fills
  • 4 locking wheels
  • letter stencils (I used 4″ ones from Home Depot)
  • saw
  • hammer
  • sander
  • drill
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • blue painters tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  1. Disassemble your pallet. I removed the slats on one side of it with a hammer and then pried the middle support board off, leaving two opposing sides still attached, creating a u-shape.
  2. Saw perpendicular to the “walls” to trim the pallet to the desired size (for Monte, I made mine 30×36″).
  3. Sand and smooth rough edges.
  4. Drill wheels into each corner.
  5. Tape letter stencils to one side of the bed to personalize. Trace the letters and hand-paint them with black acrylic paint. You can also choose to spray paint them.
  6. Measure the space your cushion will need to fit into. Set pallet aside.
  7. Cut two pieces of fabric to fit the inner measurements of your pallet.
  8. Lay the two fabric pieces with the outer sides facing each other. Pin together.
  9. Sew three of the edges together. The zipper will be sewn on the fourth (let a shorter side be the not sewn edge to avoid using an extra long zipper).
  10. With the pillow case still inside out, fold the edges of the open side down 1/4-1/2″ and pin the zipper along the fold.
  11. Sew the zipper into the opening (most zippers have instructions on how to sew into place in case my instructions aren’t clear enough!)
  12. Turn the pillow case right side out, and stuff with pillow forms (or batting if you prefer).
  13. Place in frame, and voila! You have a dog bed that is moveable and washable!

*photos by Claire Zinnecker for

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