Hi there! Claire here, to bring you our latest before-and-after of…a pet bed! Two weeks ago, I polled you guys on which pet bed (out of 3 choices) I should create for my next DIY post. Thanks to your wonderful comments and ideas, I decided to create a combination of bed #1 and bed #3! Although Monte wanted a bed for himself, he was a little too large to fit into a suitcase, so I decided to make the perfect perch for my cat, Cat! It’s black and white, just like her, with a pop of color that adds a splash of fun. Keep reading to learn how I made this totally do-able project…

  • old suitcase (I found one at my favorite vintage store, Room Service)
  • 4 salvaged furniture legs from Etsy
  • 1″ wide painter’s tape
  • white & black spray paint
  • drill
  • pillow
  • sheepskin (We got ours from www.sheepskintown.com. They have a great collection of high quality and super soft sheepskins!)

  1. Tape off the top of the suitcase in any pattern/color design you want. (Inspired by the stitching in my suitcase I made mine chevron pattern.)
  2. Spray the suitcase with one color, let it dry, tape off the sprayed pattern, and repeat.
  3. Drill holes in the bottom for the legs and attach.
  4. Place pillow & blanket in the bottom.
  5. Add any toys or decorations to make it personal (I painted my cat’s name, Cat, onto a small board for a pop of color, and added her gold toy moose!)
  6. Set it up and let them discover and enjoy! (Cat wasn’t so sure it was going to be better than my lap…)

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    Steve Zinnecker | October 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Too cool! I may want one myself – I do have a birthday coming soon. And no, Monte and I are not working together!

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    Jennifer | October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This is darling! I so want to make one for my miniature poodle now. I think he’s probably too heavy, but perhaps I can still make one just in case he decides to shed a few pounds.

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    Lisa R. | October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Are you kidding me! She’s the coolest kitty around! I want a follow up picture with her in her new digs!

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    Zara | October 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    What a sweet cat you have.
    I have a few thrifted suitcases, what a great idea to add legs and make it a kitty bed.

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    Supal | October 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    aw I love the last pic of monte and the bed 🙂

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    emily | October 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    My MY, i cannot wait for you to design my entire home one day!! you are too clever clairey!

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    alli | October 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is too cute and clever.

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    Mabiel | October 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

    This looks amazing!

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    gabby | October 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

    This is too cute Claire! I love it and want to make one tonight for my cat, Cubby.

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    bellis | October 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    i loved it!!!!!!!!!!


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    Jonii | October 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    That’s really cute. It *almost* makes me wish I had a cat to spoil! 😉

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    Lori | November 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    LOVE IT! Makes me wish I could fit a golden retriever in a piece of luggage and make him a cozy bed too! Great job and thanks for the plug.

    • Camille Styles | November 17, 2011 at 6:59 am

      I am with you there Lori… I grew up with goldens, and they are the best!!

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    Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair | November 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    ridiculously adorable! Going to feature at Blue Velvet Chair where my readers just love recycled and repurposed projects!


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    modern jane | November 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    omg. adorable! I need a bigger one for my Beaufie!

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    Kitt | November 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    That is absolutely perfect!

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    Brenda | November 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    So clever! I want a bed like that!

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    Charlie | November 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I just thought I would let you know I am featuring this tutorial on my blog at http://clay-space.com

    Thanks for sharing your talents!

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    Dallas | November 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Awwe..cute…I have a cat named Puppy that basically looks the inside of the bed..I think this would be perfect for her…this is going on my to-do list for my next free weekend!

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    Kathy Conley | December 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

    This is so adorable. How do you keep the lid from closing when the animal jumps in?

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    Claire Zinnecker | December 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Kathy!

    My hinge locks once it is open, but if yours doesn’t then I would suggest buying two metal straps and mounting them with screws on the inside of the suitcase (one on each side).

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    Debra | January 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Love this bed so much that I may consider getting a cat and make one too!

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    Angela | January 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I absolutely love this! 🙂

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    Diana | April 29, 2012 at 10:02 am


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    lolia at loco2 | August 8, 2012 at 6:52 am

    This post is simply inspirational. Who would ever imagine that these suitcases could be transformed into such interesting objects? I love it! If you have a moment, please check out my post about vintage luggage upcycled:


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    Inspire Me Heather | January 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Way. Too. Cute. Seriously, your little pet bed is adorable!! I’ve got this linked to my pets and home décor post too today, for inspiration!

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    Ke-Nuto | October 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Ho do you keep the suitcase open?

    • clairezinnecker | October 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

      My suitcase locks when it is open, but if yours doesn’t you could buy two metal pieces and either prop them inside or mount them with screws (one on each side). Hope this helps!

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    Troy | November 2, 2014 at 7:26 am

    For suitcases that don’t have metal hinges to keep it open, what are you buying or doing to keep it open?

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    Jennifer Leak | June 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Love this. How do you keep it secure so it won’t close on them?

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    N Johns | November 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I love these and have gathered a few cases to start creating…how do you keep the top up? Last thing I want is for it to pop down on the furrbaby!

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    Paula Alexandra | June 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Nice sheepskin. You can see also nice one on http://vesa-furcoats.com/product/leather-pelt-with-fur-991/

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    Theresa | November 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve bought an old vintage suit case & want to turn it into a dog bed for my new pup.
    I just have 1 question – how do I stop lid from closing?
    Thank u Theresa

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    Elise | April 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Such a gorgeous cat bed! Hopefully I can find a suitcase half as pretty as that to do this with!!

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