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A Pool Noodle Bed for a Fur Baby Princess

So we figured out that a pool noodle can be more than just a floating device, it also makes an awesome headrest. And by we, I mean the “royal we” aka Lulu Belle, my daughter’s little sausage dog cross.

Meet Lulu Belle

How can anyone say no to those eyes? Whenever we’re out at the pool you’ll find Lulu resting that head of hers on a pool noodle or our astroturf doormat. Wet or dry, she doesn’t care. And since our other puppy Zia ate her old bed, it seemed like a good idea to make her a new one with a pool noodle-ish twist 😀

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What you need to make a pool noodle bed

  • Shiplap (tongue and groove)
  • 18 corner brackets
  • Saw, drill, and screws
  • Spray paint
  • 1 Pool noodle

What you need to make a pool noodle bed

How to make the bed

Measure your fur baby princess and cut the shiplap/tongue and groove to size. We cut ours as follows:

  • 6 pieces 50 cm (19 6/8″) long (Long Side)
  • 6 pieces 38 cm (14 7/8″) long (Short Side)
  • 5 pieces 40 cm (15 7/8″) long (Bottom)

Join the three long side pieces (50 cm) together and three short side pieces (38 cm) to form the outer frame of the bed. Shiplap is so easy to work with. It has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue on the other edge. To join one board to the other all you do is add a little glue and slide the tongue into the groove.  It’s that easy.

Measure, cut and glue the pieces together

Once the sides were done we used brackets to attach the sides together to form a crate. The 40 cm bottom pieces we cut earlier were added to the bottom. We left gaps between the pieces to make the bed easier to clean.

The outer frame is ready

Spray the bed frame a yummy blue or a color of your choice.

Paint the bed in a color of your choice

And add your fur baby’s name with a Sharpie. Place a big, puffy pillow inside for extra padding and comfort.

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If your fur baby is anything like ours they’ll jump right in to test it out. Our Lulu seems to like the bed 🙂

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But we weren’t done yet.

How to make a pool noodle bed for your fur baby. Easy tutorial. #PoolNoodle #PetBed #ACraftyMix #Repurpose

Customizing the bed for Lulu

To make sure everyone knows this is a bed is meant for royalty we transferred a beautiful crown graphic from the Graphics Fairy to the sides. And since Lulu Belle loves her pool noodle headrests so much, we made a small slit lengthwise in the pool noodle and squished them onto the shorter sides.

Slice the pool noodle and slip it over the side

If your fur baby is in the habit of chewing pool noodles then you might want to cover the pool noodle with a non-destructive fabric first. That spongey pool noodley stuff is not puppy safe. Lulu stopped chewing objects many moons ago.

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Now our only problem is that someone else in the family thinks they’re a princess.

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Merlin has taken over the bed he ain’t going nowhere.

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Oh well, it was one of the easiest projects we’ve made. I guess we’ll just have to make Merlin one too 😎

If you like the idea of using a pool noodle to make a comfy bed for your fur baby, don’t forget to pin for later.

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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  • Posted: July 6, 2016 02:45

    Laurie Brennan

    What a fantastic idea! I can also see this being a practical way to make a toy box more "kid friendly". My granddaughter is always running into corners of furniture
    • Posted: July 7, 2016 07:42


      Ouch, yes that would definitely work. Thanks for coming to say Hi Laurie :-)
  • Posted: May 29, 2016 15:11


    I think it's very pretty. Just a question, don't your dogs chew the noodle?
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 07:27


      Good question. Fortunately Lulu is way past the chewing stage and the bed is way too small for Zia, who chews everything, lol!
  • Posted: May 8, 2016 04:03

    Candy Walsh

    I am making two beds right now for our fur babies using wooden crates. I just knocked two of the slats of of one side so they can get into them easier. One is a small Yorkie, Bella, and the other is a Beagle, Scout~I love the noodle idea and I think I'll put these on mine! Scout especially likes to rest her head on something, but Bella is so little she probably couldn't reach it. Maybe that's how they'll know whose bed is whose! Thanks for the great idea!
    • Posted: May 8, 2016 04:29


      Thanks for stopping by Candy. Your idea of taking slats out on one of the sides is brilliant and I'm sure Bella and Scout are going to love their beds. Give them a hug from me.
  • Posted: April 4, 2016 22:15


    So cute! Well I guess the new one needs to say Merlin on it. Then it will be interesting to see who sleeps in whos bed.
    • Posted: April 5, 2016 09:11


      Lol, knowing Merlin he'll want both :-)
  • Posted: April 4, 2016 16:52


    What a wonderful bed for a beautiful princess! My girl will love it. I decided to make one after seeing your post on Hometalk.
    • Posted: April 4, 2016 17:12


      Stunning Debbie, share your pics when your done. I would love to see how it turns out :-)
  • Posted: April 4, 2016 07:34


    Oh how sweet. Love your fur babies <3

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