I admit, I plan to become the family’s crazy cat lady. So, it wasn’t really a surprise when I fell in LOVE with this Pinterest project. Turn an old suitcase into a pet bed?! I’m on it.
I had an assistant for this test. Meet Jade, my parent’s house cat. As you might have noticed, she’s already using a suitcase as a bed. Obviously, it’s not good enough for her, and she’s impatient for her real bed to be done. That’s my hint to get started.
What you’ll need:
- A hard-body suitcase (found this one for $4 at a thrift store)
- Four short furniture legs (I found these at Lowes, but you could probably find something similar elsewhere)
- Drill bit & drill (Use a drill bit the same diameter as the legs. I used a 5/16 inch)
- Four “acorn” nuts which fit on the furniture legs (also 5/16 inch)
First, you will want to decide what you want to do with your suitcase’s “innards.” This one used to have a fabric pocket inside. But, the fabric was so stained and ripped, I decided to cut it out.
I also had the suitcase cut in half, so I could make two beds. For this, I needed a metal grinder. (And my dad’s help… thanks, Dad!)Next, paint or stain the legs. I tried spray painting… it didn’t go so well. (When the instructions tell you to prime bare wood, take the advice and go through that extra step.)
Now, measure where you want the furniture legs to go through the suitcase. In order to be sure the bed will be sturdy, I put the legs close to the outside edges. In each corner, I put an X 2 inches from one edge, and 1 1/2 inches from the other.
Place a chunk of scrap wood (or something else which will be drill-resistant, like an old phone book) under one corner. Center the drill & bit over that marked spot, and drill a hole all the way through the suitcase.
Move the wood (or phone book) and repeat for the other leg holes.
Put the pillow in the pillow case (revolutionary, I know!), and squeeze it into the suitcase.
I was intimidated by this project at first… but after I finished it, I couldn’t remember why. The assembly was easier than most of the other projects I’ve done so far.
Also, if you decide to leave your suitcase with both sides attached, I would recommend finding a way to ensure it stays open. I’d hate for the top to slam shut and injure the critter sleeping inside.
One possible solution I thought of would be a pair of hook and eye locks on the back. (Learn how to install one here.)
Have you ever made a special project for your furry friend? Share your thoughts, comments, and questions with me in the box below!