Thursday, September 30, 2010

Doggystyle: Floor Cushions for All

Since we're living in a smaller condo with 2 large dogs, it can be challenging to have a comfortable dog space without us feeling like we're living at a doggy daycare. One of our biggest solutions has been to have a series of floor pillows and sheepskin rugs scattered throughout our home. These give the dogs "bases" throughout the house so they understand where they can lay. Even our guest dogs flock to these pillows and understand this is a dog designated zone.
We loved this floor cushion from West Elm, and bought duplicates for both the bedrooms.
Any 20x20 version is big enough for the pooches. Sometimes, they can even fit 2 pooches at one time:
They are easy to keep clean and hair-free with removable covers and frequent vacuuming. At my old apartment Miss M had a silk pillow I brought back from Thailand, and even with her sharp claws she didn't  snag it. We've also spied this version from Ikea, the bold square from CB2, this one and this one from Target, and this one from West Elm.
The funny thing is, that although we thought we were making these accommodations for the pooches, we've actually found ourselves using these cushions to sit more often on the floor. The floor cushions are perfect around our round cocktail table, and I like using our ottomans as impromptu desk extensions:
I've been using the spot to work on my Asus. Though whenever I get up she's quick to reclaim her spot and snoop on my computer:
At least she finds it amusing:

29 comments:

Levi Mac said...

I am gonna have to talk to my mom and dad about some cushions for me. I need some more comfort in my life :)

Corbin said...

Is Miss. M starring at my picture on the computer screen?? ;-) hehe
-Corbin

Erika said...

Sophie enjoys sleeping on couch pillows as well. Koda is more of a nice cold floor kind of dog. Miss M looks super cute in that computer picture, dogs seem to realize that important things happen on there.

http://journeyoffootprints.blogspot.com/

T2 - My life with pit bulls said...

Love it! When we first brought our brindle home, we used to drag her bed around our condo so she would have something comfortable to lie on wherever we were. It took us a couple of months to realize what we really needed we more cushions! I was just looking in to purchasing more this week now that we have more rooms to wander around - thanks for the ideas!

Maggie Mae said...

I agrees wif our furiend Levi Mac! Mom should run down to da Target and gets me my own floor pillows!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

H Ski said...

I love those cushions and they are much nicer than old blankets and towels. I want to get some for Lola but I have a feeling they may be destroyed. I may just have to try one though.

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Ms M, a silk pillow!! Comfy floor spaces are the best
Benny & Lily

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Heehee. We're laughing at the pictures of the 'two dogs' on one pillow - it looks like one dog, and a dog-pancake to us! ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

That first shot is hilarious :)

jen said...

The pillows are a great idea!
I live the picture where they are "sharing"
You have a great stylish way of keeping them comfortable:)

Rescued Pittie Family said...

Oh my God I love that picture of Mazzy laying on Wilma! Too funny!
She is the goofiest dog ever!

The Mama Monster said...

What a great idea!!!! You should go into interior decorating for people with dogs!

~The Monster Crew

matt said...

you got some great looking pitbulls. i love the colors. check my pitbull motley out sometime. Hed love some pillows to rest on!

motleysjourney.blogspot.com

i try to update all our excursions and his trips to see his friends.

thanks again for posting the pics. enjoyed them

brooke said...

West Elm cushions for Miss M and Mr B! What lucky pooches! Darwin gets the old cushions to drool on while the nice cushions stay hidden away til company comes over!

Daisy Dog said...

Love the pillows, Daisy would proabbly end up carrying them around! Do you let them up on the furniture?

road-dog-tales said...

Mom wishes she knew how to decorate like you, but she and Dad have pretty much just given in to Early American Dog :)
The Road Dogs

road-dog-tales said...

Oh, yeah, the Dog on Top of Dog pic is too cute :)
The Road Dogs

Liz said...

That West Elm pillow is very nice. I love the picture of them on the one pillow! That's great!

HoundDogMom said...

Your babies look so sweet and well behaved. It appears they really like to have their pictures taken as well. We are getting back to blogging after a break. Been camping for 3 weeks in the House on Wheels. What an experience with 3 bassets. HoundDogMom

mayziegal said...

Miss M, were you reading Puddles' bloggie from yesterday in that last picture? Wasn't that a RIOT?

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

houndstooth said...

Ha ha ha! We have several dog beds here, and most nights my husband is laying on one of them with a couple of dogs watching TV! I guess everybody always wants the good spot!

AC said...

Your dog pileup picture is hilarious!! Kona sooo wouldn't take that kind of snuggling =) What good pups!

I've been on the lookout for a good "relaxation mat" to use for training that I can take places to help cue Kona into relaxation mode. I'm going to have to check out all your cushions!

Roo said...

Hilarious photos! Luv the way Miss M sits LOL. Looks like Wilma became the cushion at times :) My new puter is an Asus too. I like it VERY MUCH!

Waggin at ya,
Roo

PeeS: I'm in Chicago this weekend to help the X-Paws. I'll try to stop by before I return to Florida :)

Nicole said...

I need to try more pillows on the floor. Maybe Luffy will stop hogging the couch. And I love the picture of the two dogs on the pillow together!

Kari in WeHo said...

we have three huge Costco beds because they were cheap, anytime we buy something else they pups destroy it!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Jess said...

Ha! I love the pic of Ms. M and Wilma sharing the cushion!

Britt said...

I just came across your blog when searching for a dog bed that doesn't look like one. I love that floor pillow but most of all, I love the picture of your two dogs on the same cushion. Too cute!

Courtney said...

Love the picture of Miss M. snooping on your computer!

Sun Goog said...

Wow That is absolutely awesome .... It's such a pretty floor cushions.

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