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Published on December 11th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Old Ektorp cushion slipcover to a dog bed

No hacking here, but if you have a doggie, you may appreciate the tip. And yeah, I couldn’t resist posting up the pic of Molly’s cute dog, Colonel Mustard.

Molly shares, “After 5 years of heavy use, my Ektorp Lindalen sofabed slipcover needed to be replaced. I sprung for a new one when I bought my house, but had the old one left over and didn’t know what to do with it. I also needed a place for my beagle, Colonel Mustard, to hang out…and preferably not my newly-recovered couch.

The Colonel has had a rough time with dog beds – either he figures out how to chew them up or he ignores them. I noticed one day that his favorite place to curl up was my laundry pile, so I came up with the idea to stuff the retired cushion slipcover with old/stained/torn/worn-out clothes as well as a few old, deflated pillows. Stuffed it all in, zipped it right up, no sewing or construction needed.

It didn’t cost me a dime, it’s heavy-duty canvas, and more importantly, he LOVES it and hasn’t even tried to chew at it. I’m thinking it calms him when I’m gone because his owner’s scent is already built in by nature. But even if he ends up nibbling at it, it’s ok – I’ve got 3 more cushion covers left from the old slipcover!”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to Old Ektorp cushion slipcover to a dog bed

  1. hanum says:

    nice dog, cute. I like it. Nice to know you ;)

  2. Molly says:

    Molly here, the owner of the latest internet sensation, Colonel Mustard…thanks for the compliments! I did further make a little change though. The Colonel likes to watch out the window behind him in the picture, but he can’t quite see out of it. Thought about one of those “pet staircase” things on infomercials, but I didn’t like the look of it. Went to Ikea’s Scratch & Dent, found the POANG footstool (minus a cushion) for $10 because it had a big gash where the cushion would be. Bought it and just stuffed the same bed into it. Short enough that he can get up on it, big enough to still be a good little bed for him.
    $10 total, no screws, needle and thread necessary…works for me.
    And yes, the Colonel is a handsome one. Trust me, he knows the power of flashing his big brown eyes…

  3. Alex says:

    I’m so impressed! This website never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Thanks for another great idea.

  4. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Pretty cool way to recycle! Tha’Colonel is a handsome little man!

  5. Jennifer says:

    have to agree, so clever!! and i love the name colonel mustard for a beagle.

  6. Very cute dog, and what a clever idea!

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