Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed

Whelp, I’ve jumped on the vintage suitcase dog bed bandwagon.  What, you ask, are vintage suitcase dog beds?  Well these adorable pet beds are basically just upcycled old suitcases.  You know, the kind you find at a thrift store that have no wheels, so are clearly not practical for extreme traveling.  I have a love for old suitcases, as you can probably tell from one of my previous posts, “Retro Suitcases: Packed Full of Style,”  so I was considering purchasing a little bed on Etsy for Zuzu the poodle; however, once I noticed the hefty price tag (over $50 for most of the listings) I decided it was time for some diy magic.  I made my own version for under $10.


  • Vintage Suitcase (hard shell)
  • Tools (hammer, screwdriver, extreme muscle strength)
  • Pillow
  • Pillow Sham


  1. Open the suitcase and examine how it is hinged together.
  2. If it is screwed together, then you just need to unscrew the top half of the suitcase from the bottom half.  If it is attached by some other means, then you will have to break out the hammer.  Joey and I purchased the strongest suitcase known to mankind.  It was machined together to sustain extreme wear, so disassembling the top from the bottom of the suitcase was quite a feat.  Luckily, Joey provided the “extreme muscle strength” from the materials list.   He used the hammer and his brawn to break the top from the bottom.
  3. Discard the top half of the suitcase.
  4. Cover a pillow with the sham of your choice.  I used a sham from our old ikea duvet cover.
  5. Place the pillow in the suitcase and tuck the corners in.  We lucked out because our suitcase was the perfect size for the pillow we used.  If this is not the case, you can make your own custom pillow.

Zuzu loves her new bed!  She still tries to sleep in our bed at night, but during the day, I catch her lounging in her vintage suitcase palace.

42 Comments on Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed

  1. Christy Wulfson
    October 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m definitely doing this!! Hope all’s well with you and joey <3

  2. Chelsea Law
    October 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm (4 years ago)

    It was a very incredible idea. I also want to try that suitcase bed for my cute kitty. It was very presentable at a very affordable price.

  3. Mary Monnin
    November 2, 2011 at 4:05 am (4 years ago)

    Great idea!

  4. Kathryn
    November 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you everyone! This was such a fun project!

  5. Dawn
    November 5, 2011 at 5:01 am (4 years ago)

    This is SO CUTE! I too have a love for vintage suitcases, but i never really know what to do with the ones I collect, now I do :) Great idea and so simple to make.

  6. Inspire Me Heather
    January 6, 2012 at 4:48 am (4 years ago)

    How sweet is this? Really, you’ve done a lovely job with the little pet bed! I’ve got this linked to my suitcases post as well today, nice job!

  7. Donna Gerhard
    August 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm (3 years ago)

    How cute is this!! I have a old pink suitcase, and i will make this for my CAT she will just love it,thanks for sharing

  8. pamela lamb
    October 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this idea with the suitcase into dogbed….who would of thounk!!!

  9. Dobermom
    January 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Rather than discarding it, the suitcase lid might make a perfect cat bed – for those of us with both dogs & cats! :-)

  10. elaine simmons
    January 7, 2014 at 6:10 am (2 years ago)

    I have the suitcase but no dog! Cute idea!

  11. Sunitha
    July 9, 2014 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

    I plan to make this bed for my 18 yr old kitty :)
    I will be adding an extra layer above the quilt/bedding to absorb urine and faeces and from keeping it from the quilt mattress :)

  12. masajista alicante
    April 30, 2015 at 8:05 am (7 months ago)

    Un tema bastante interesante, podriais seguir escribiendo más sobre esto


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