Finding a decent pet bed isn’t hard. In fact, you can find basic, mat- or cushion-style pet beds at basically any pet store or megamart. But finding one that both you and your pet can appreciate might be a little more complicated. Conventional pet beds take up a lot of floor space and border on being an eyesore – they certainly don’t do anything for your decor. More importantly, while I hear some pets may deign to actually nap on these basic pet beds, in my experience cats and dogs both prefer to recline on your actual furniture. So how to keep pets off your furniture and keep your living space looking nice? It might be time to splurge on a luxury pet bed.
What’s The Difference?
Most conventional pet beds are little more than a glorified pillow. Some higher end ones might tout people-mattress-like filling to support big, old dogs, and often they come in cute fabrics or extra-cuddly designs, but at the core, they’re basically just a cushion. Luxury pet beds, on the other hand look like (and are built like) furniture for people, but sized for your furry friends. You’ll wind up paying a little more for the wood framing than you would for just-a-cushion, but not more than you’d pay for a small accent chair, which is closer to what these pet beds actually are.
Can’t Keep Your Dog Off The Sofa? Give Him His Own!
While having a small sofa just for your pooch might seem a little frou-frou, if you’ve been having trouble convincing your dog to stay off the people furniture, it might be a good compromise for both of you. Your own furniture will stay fur-free (and with all your legroom intact), but your pup will still get to sit on a sofa that feels like the real deal, from the upholstery to the back support. Especially if your dog disdains simple mat-style beds, a private puppy-sized sofa might be an easier sell.
Keep Your Living Room From Looking Like A Pet Palace
Anyone that has pets knows that they tend to slowly take over your home – pet toys, cat towers, dog bones, and of course pet beds tend to slowly clutter your floor and encroach on your living spaces. But these luxury pet beds offer a simple way to handle the necessary evil of having a place for your pet to sleep without giving up on having a stylish decor. Upgrading from a pet mat to a pet bed that looks like an honest-to-goodness piece of furniture lets you keep your design feeling more consistent (and a little more sophisticated).
Matchy Matchy Mini-Me Pet Beds For Your Fur Baby
Fun fact: most of the manufacturers that make these insanely high-end pet beds also happen to make full-sized sofas and loveseats and often model the mini-versions after their main collections. That means not only can you find a luxury pet bed that matches your existing furnishings, but that if you’re looking to do an update, you can actually buy a sofa and pet bed to match. I’m talking same fabrics, same style, and same detail work from top to bottom for a truly coordinated look.
But How Do You Keep Them Clean?
One of the big drawbacks to buying your pet a small sofa is probably the same reason you have for not letting them on your furniture in the first place: it can be really hard to clean up all that cat fur and dog-smell. But while a button-tufted velvet sofa might not seem like the easiest thing to clean, nearly all of these pet beds are designed with waterproof, washable fabric that’s easy to clean, and cushions that can be removed and uncovered for washing, and strapped in securely to keep them from getting moved out of place while your pet is getting comfy.
What About Style?
Designer pet beds aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, but while they’re harder to find than a standard pet cushion, they’re not as uncommon as you might think – and they come in a surprisingly wide variety of styles. Whether you have a very posh contemporary living room or want your pup to keep you company in your old-fashioned Victorian study, chances are good there’s a luxury pet bed out there that will suit your style, and your space. You just might need to do a little digging!