All throughout the Christmas shopping season I was on the hunt for an extra large dog bed to replace the one our pooch already had. I assumed her’s was becoming uncomfortable because she didn’t seem to sleep in one spot too long before she’d get up and rotate to another area of the bed before flopping down again (she’s not graceful anymore she actually flops). Most of the beds I could find were very thin, more like sheepskin with a little batting in-between and I knew that wouldn’t be enough padding for her. After looking everywhere and finding nothing that was thick, comfortable, and in my price range I decided to make my own. Most online sources sell XL dog beds for around $200, which I thought was extremely overpriced.
I went to Wally World and purchased a 4″ memory foam crib matress (Wally World had the best price I could find $40) and a flannel crib sheet ($10). Voile’ an Extra Large Dog Bed!! It couldn’t get any easier, and I can change out the sheet to match our decor and it’s easy to pop off and throw into the wash. Our girl couldn’t be happier, she actually sleeps through the night again without twisting and turning trying to get comfortable. I think for an aging dog comfort is a must and the thick memory foam does the trick.
So for $50 she has a new bed. If you want to make one of your own you could even shop a thrift store for the matress and sheet or find a friend that has a baby that’s outgrown the crib and take the matress off her hands. If you purchase the one I have listed it comes in a box rolled up tight and the matress needs 24 hours to warm up and pop into shape. It looks so thin when it first arrives but believe me it will take shape and turn into a 4″ thick bed, just give it a little time.