In what way are they orthopaedic hun? "Orthopaedic" products are often a bit like "equi-" products in that there's nothing special about them except the name, but the name allows them to double the price! Could you have a close look at one then get your OH to build something similar???
Sorry BOF - apparently the more "orthopaedic" style beds are like memory foam beds for dogs.
Beau has hip dysplasia but it only effects him after getting up from lying down for a long time, so I need a bed that will give him sufficient comfot and support whilst he is down, but not be too deep to cause him to strain his joints trying to get out of it!!!
He is only 18mnths old too!
Sorry, I meant a topper of course ! No need for sewing, it's sticky. Buy an uncovered one and wrap it in a old towel or sheet. It will stick to it and you can take it off to wash it. I've got toppers, so I know it will work. There are two on eBay at the moment, not more than £25 includng post.
Ah well if you want crumbs you can buy pillows and split them open. I wouldn't use crumbs for what you want because they can develop "holey" spots if the dog wriggles around on the bed. They pack together densely too and don't give such "forgiving" support.
I think you will find either one or two thicknesses of 1 inch flat cheap memory foam will do the job you are looking for just beautifully. It's easy to cut, and you will get two huge double thickness beds - 18 inches by 36 inches out of one single mattress. I can hardly get our cats off the stuff, (it's also very warm) and it's MY bed
Hello! It might be worth your while contacting various "memory" type mattress companies & taking one of two stances - either be honest & explain, offer to advertise their product "when" it works for your dog on forums such as this (its not lying, Im sure if it worked youd be only too happy to let other dog owners know) or alternatively contact them blind saying you'd like a sample of their product which "doesnt need to be full size, even a small square would do"...or words to that effect...*grins*...
One of the best things I found for one of my older GSD (& worked for my folks pointers too) was very simple - a do it yourself "bean bag". Buy a cheap single duvet cover & put a layer of something like easibed inside it to around 3inch - then fold it over & button down. Easibed (or other stuff like it) doesnt shift around like foam fillers, or polyball things & retains heat well - a brill help to hips. A bale is around £9 & places like Ikea, or even tescos do single duvet covers for about the same. So £20 max - worth a try?
CPtrayes - thats what I thought!!! at least I am on the right lines!!!
Also, he prefers the donut shaped beds (rarely goes on the flat one I bought him) so I was thinking about how I cud make one of those, best I cud come up with is cut 2 circles, hole out of the middle of one, and cover somehow............. what you think?
Scotia - Sorry what is easibed? (
I hadnt thought about asking a company or matress firm....... I have seen one advertised that made them but they were very expensive again.
How long do your memory foam beds seem to last sorry?
I've had one topper for four years and it's still like it was when I bought it. I think your idea of a doughnut will be easy. Cut three rectangles and then cut a big centre out of the second and a bigger centre out of the third. Cover with an old sheet or bath towel. It's surprisingly sticky stuff if you buy it uncovered, and any material you put on it, like a sheet, sticks to the surface.
Or if he already has a donut bed, you could just lay a sheet of the memory foam inside that one and put a cover over the top just to keep it clean and washable.