It’s not news that dog ownership involves some major life changes: getting up early to walk said pup, budgeting for emergency vet bills, picking up ?! But there’s one change that we don’t talk about enough: rearranging your space to fit a gangly four-legged creature.
There are the toys, the leash, the dog food, the bowls, and the biggest item of all, the bed. Your apartment was probably already on the tight side; squeezing an unwieldy cushion in there is no easy task. In other words, good luck not tripping over it in the middle of the night.
What’s a canine lover to do? Forget the traditional dog bed. There are a lot of innovative designs out there that have made us rethink what a dog bed even is. When square footage is of the essence, your dog’s stuff should also be people stuff – as in functional furniture or at least good-looking decor. Read on to see what we mean.
1. Tuck a cone in the corner
A cone-shaped bed’s tapered back makes it the perfect fit for a tight nook. You could also push it partially under a coffee or side table if you’d rather your pup hang out right at your feet. (We feel you.)
SHOP NOW: Large Howly bed in Peach Perfect by Cody and Bella, $285, codyandbella.com
2. Buy an elevated bed that also serves as an ottoman
A cushioned wood bed set on four legs not only gives your dog a good view of his digs, it also acts as a footrest when he’s off chewing a bone and you’re mid-TV marathon.
SHOP NOW: The Winston dog bed in maple by Bricker Beam, from $285, etsy.com
3. Get a crate-bed that passes as a side table
Situate an enclosed dog bed (with a flat roof!) next to your sofa to create the hardest working side table ever. And when the doors are closed, you’d never know it had a second purpose.
SHOP NOW: Midcentury-modern walnut dog house/side table with rectangle pet entrance by ModernistCat, $599, etsy.com
4. Pretend a floppy dog bed is a decorative floor cushion
Bedding company Parachute just launched dog beds that resemble the giant floor pillows you see for people (i.e., they’re pretty damn chic). The two-tone, stonewashed cotton canvas cover is subtle, making it totally okay to leave the bed out in the open.
SHOP NOW: Dog bed by Parachute, from $129, parachutehome.com
5. Throw a blanket on your sofa and call it a day
Your dog is 100 percent going to end up on your couch at some point during the day. If that’s fine with you, why not create an official spot there for the pup? All you need to do is throw a patterned blanket on the sofa to protect your upholstery from drool and dirty paws. Bonus: You’ll also be giving the blah piece of furniture a little oomph.
SHOP NOW: Fold throw by Dusen Dusen, $220, dusendusen.com