Our Gentle Giants

The story of two Floridians and their foster Great Danes

July 28th, 2014

Which DIY dog bed is right for your giant dog?

By Tara

I went on somewhat of a Pinterest binge the other night. My subject? DIY dog stuff. I found soooo many cool things. Check out my Pinterest board to see them.

I found that there are a lot of dog beds when you type in “diy” and “dog” in Pinterest. And oh my gosh, there are so many different styles of dog beds. I think we are going to go with a Kuranda-style dog bed (more on that later), but I thought I would share different types of DIY dog beds and their pros and cons.

1) Kuranda-style dog bed

Kuranda beds can range anywhere from $84-160, depending on the size of your extra large dog. According to this tutorial, you can make this yourself for as little as $80.


Something extra large dogs have to deal with is low-rise pet “things”, whether it be food bowls, toys, or their bed. This can actually be medically bad for them. This style of bed relieves the stress that is put on their joints and hips when they go to lay down/get up and it is generally preferred among giant breed owners.

Additionally, this bed is very easy to clean. No machine washing required! Also, it is much more chew-proof than other stuffed beds claim to be.


A lot of dogs find this bed comfortable, but others may prefer a cushy, softer surface and refuse to use the Kuranda bed. The Kuranda bed is definitely preferred because of medical reasons, so if your dog simply prefers a cushy soft surface but will also use the Kuranda bed, definitely at least get the Kuranda bed.

2) A Murphy bed

This is probably the most unique DIY dog bed I’ve seen. Have you seen this before? Comment below, because I’m really curious if everyone has known about this and I’ve just been out of the loop the whole time.


This bed is a huge space saver. Think about how big your dog furniture/things are and how much space they take up in your home. This is one way to pack it up when guests come over or if the dog only uses it at night.


Additionally, according to the tutorial, it costs around $110 to make. And I think that price is based on a smaller dog than a Great Dane or English Mastiff. So unless you have your heart set on saving space, this may not be the right DIY dog bed for you.


As I’m thinking of ways to save space with two gentle giants in the house, I’m thinking of making this bed. My idea is that maybe I can build a sturdy bookcase and have the Murphy bed at the bottom of it, that way we are making use of the vertical space. We will see.

3) A dog bed with sides

This is a cute bed and it is a way to spruce up what would otherwise be a giant pillow on the ground.


Like I said, this is a unique twist on the classic pillow-on-the-ground dog bed. Also, according to this tutorial, it’s a pretty inexpensive project. Again, it will probably cost more for your giant dog, but it’s all relative, folks.


I can’t think of any cons other than it doesn’t really serve another purpose, like the Kuranda bed and the Murphy bed do. But most people don’t have multi-function beds, so this is perfect for owners who go with classic dog beds.

4) Envelope dog bed

Look at this bed. LOOK AT IT. This thing looks so damn comfortable, I may make one for myself! Check out this tutorial for more information on how to make this bed.


If your dog is the “cozy-love-to-be-covered-in-blankets” type, this is the bed for you. It is also simple to make and requires less tools than a wooden bed does.


Again, the joints/hip issue with giant breeds. Also, if you don’t own a sewing machine or don’t know how to even sew to begin with, you’ll have a hard time making this bed. Maybe you can convince your mom to make one for you or commission one from a sew-crafty friend.

5) The classic dog bed with a twist

Maybe you just want to make a regular-ole dog bed!


This is a great DIY bed for those of you who don’t know how to sew or make things out of wood. I still recommend making one of the other beds, simply so you can learn how to do new things!


I can’t think of any cons, besides the hips/joints issue that I keep repeating over and over again.

For those of you who have smaller dogs

There are some beds that are just plain not doable for extra large dogs, but I want to share them anyway. Click on the photos below to be taken to the tutorial.

Thanks for reading DIY dog bed roundup. After seeing all of these beds, I may make a Kuranda-style dog bed for my babies and a Murphy bed to save space. Which one caught your eye? Have you ever made one of these beds? I would love to see them! Comment below.