Eco-friendly is becoming a top priority, including when it comes to beloved pooches. Dog beds can be sprayed with flame-retardant chemicals that contribute to air pollution and can cause health problems for both pets and humans, making eco-friendly about more than just the health of the planet. Making your own dog furniture can reduce waste by reusing materials, guarantee your pups safety and make unique pieces that show how much you love them.
You can make anything from pallets for your pooch, from beds to toy storage, but why not go all out and make them a luxury condo? Using pallets is a cheap option and avoids them ending up in landfill, as well as reducing demand for new materials, all of which is better for the environment. It also means your pooch gets a personalized, unique little home of their own. Dog condos usually have a kennel on the ground floor, sometimes with a food and water bowl holder and hopefully a box full of toys, then stairs up to the lounging area that has a nice big pillow or some comfortable foam to lay on. These can be used indoors or out, depending on where your dog spends most of their time.
Doggy Bunk Beds
If you have more than one furry friend in your life it can be difficult trying to fit to cozy beds in your home to give them their own space and keep them comfortable. That’s where bunk beds for dogs come in. Doggy bunk beds are similar to condos as they have two floors, but they’re better used indoors and are open at the bottom as well as the top so both pooches have a good view. These can also be made from pallets and be painted or stained to fit in with your homes decor. Be sure to pick a paint that is pet safe and non-toxic to keep your furniture eco-friendly.
Sew A Scented Bed
Dogs love to sleep on your clothes and blankets, especially if you’ve used them first as they’ll have your scent. So, make them their own fabric dog bed made from your old things that have holes in or that don’t fit anymore to avoid them being thrown out and ended up in landfill. A pillowcase makes a perfect cover for your dog bed, but anything can be used if you can stitch it closed and make a good shape from it, such as t-shirts and long skirts. They can also be stuffed with various things, from more old clothes, stuffing from used pillows or shredded paper from junk mail, old newspaper or magazines.
Making furniture for your dog not only means they get something unique that oozes with your love for them, but it’s also a great way to reduce the demand for resources and avoid items going into landfill. Eco-friendly furniture can be made from pallets, old clothes and blankets and designed to suit your home and your dog’s needs.