Upcycled Cat Bed: Turn A Vintage Suitcase Into A Cosy Sleeping Spot For Your Cat
Updated: Aug 6
In this article, we will discuss on how to make a upcycled cat bed in a simple way. Kitty cats sleep for up to 16 hours a day. Nice work if you can get it! Giving your cat a bed is a good way to keep them - and their fur - off your furniture. You'll need to make sure the mattress is washable or has a removable cover. And if you upcycle a vintage suitcase, it can double as a decorative piece in your home. Read more: How To Save Money At Home.
Gather your supplies
9mm plywood sheet
Lid support stays
Office chair base on castors
Pillow or cushion
You'll also need
Pencil; tape measure; jigsaw: safety gear; sandpaper; PVA glue; drill; washers; screws; spanner; nuts; bolts.
Here's how to make a upcycle cat bed
STEP 1: Position suitcase on plywood. Trace around suitcase in pencil, then draw an inner line to mark interior suitcase base. Measure inner lid pocket and mark on ply.
STEP 2: Cat out base piece along inner marked line using a jigsaw. Cut out lid pocket piece. Sand cut edges.
STEP 3: Insert plywood cut-outs in base and lid pocket of suitcase.
STEP 4: Measure height of suitcase side to cut 2 pieces about 50mm wide from ply off-cuts. Cut 2 more pieces about 25mm wide. Join using PVA glue to make blocks for lid support stays.
STEP 5: Predrill 2 holes in front of blocks about 5mm from top and one side edge, spaced to match lid support stays.
STEP 6: Drill through block holes into suitcase side.
STEP 7: Place washers over holes on outside of suitcase and insert screws into drilled holes.
STEP 8: Position lid support stays on block over screw ends and use a spanner to tighten nuts on screws.
STEP 9: With suitcase lid in open upright position, place other end of support stay on lid, then drill through holes. Insert screw from outside of lid and tighten nuts on inside.
STEP 10: Center suitcase on chair base. Drill holes from underneath through suitcase into ply base. Insert bolts through holes from inside suitcase and tighten nuts on blots underneath.
STEP 11: Cover pillow and place in suitcase. You can also add a blanket in a fabric your cat will love, such as faux mink. Wheel the cat bed into a location your kitty will enjoy, then add a few toys and decorations, hanging them from the pocket.