Camille Styles

Transformed :: A Suitcase

October 17th, 2011

cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

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…

cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

  • 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 They have a great collection of high quality and super soft sheepskins!)

cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

  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…)

cat dog pet bet DIY make your own vintage suitcase thrift

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  1. Steve Zinnecker says:

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

  2. Jennifer says:

    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.

  3. Lisa R. says:

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

  4. Zara says:

    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.

  5. Supal says:

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

  6. emily says:

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

  7. alli says:

    Oh my gosh! This is too cute and clever.

  8. Mabiel says:

    This looks amazing!

  9. gabby says:

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

  10. bellis says:

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


  11. Jonii says:

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

  12. Lori says:

    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.

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


  14. modern jane says:

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

  15. Kitt says:

    That is absolutely perfect!

  16. Brenda says:

    So clever! I want a bed like that!

  17. Charlie says:

    I just thought I would let you know I am featuring this tutorial on my blog at

    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  18. Dallas says:

    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!

  19. Kathy Conley says:

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

  20. 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).

  21. Debra says:

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

  22. Angela says:

    I absolutely love this! 🙂

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  34. Ke-Nuto says:

    Ho do you keep the suitcase open?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      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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  40. Troy says:

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

  43. N Johns says:

    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!

  44. Theresa says:

    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

  45. Elise says:

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

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