Thursday, March 27, 2014

DoggyStyle: On Dog Beds that Don't Look Like Dog Beds

While we're lucky our pups aren't anxious when we're gone, they do become a bit velcro when we're home. Following us from room-to-room, they always need to be part of the action.
I originally felt bad because we didn't have many carpeted areas and since 'Nobody puts Miss M on a Hardwood Floor' we needed to find even more dog-bed like options to allow the pups to be social and give them a padded place to lay in any room we might be in.
And with two pups, that could mean a lot of dog beds.
To keep our place from looking like an aisle of Petsmart, we figured out some creative options to have several dog-resting areas:

Disguising it:
We started using human decor for our pups to blend in.We bought some inexpensive 20inch floor pillows, and we found the pups were often more willing to curl up their 65lb bodies to lay on these than on a standard dog bed. They are also really inexpensive at Ikea, and we have them scattered around our main living area so the pups can remain social.
We also picked up some of the fluffy Ikea Rens Sheepskin rugs. I like that they blend in so well, and though it did take a 'toupee of shame' to make Mr. B realize that they weren't for chewing on. (We wrote more about it, here).

Making Plain Pretty:
Miss M originally had a plain, black dog bed we picked up from Target. And we got another once we got Mr. B. To make it look less like we have 2 dog beds in our bedroom,  and to blend into our own decor, we added some patterned throw pillows.
Now the pups have 'twin beds' ala Ozzie & Harriet.

Toning Down Pattern:
We really like Molly Mutt duvets which look like the fancy, expensive dog beds but they are way less. I originally didn't like how lumpy the duvet was when we stuffed it with random towels, so we picked up a $20 dog bed that we stuffed on the inside. Since they do have a lot of pattern, we picked up this large, velvet-ish floor pillow from Ikea to tone it down a bit.

Is it embarrassing that we have as many as 10 dog-bed areas in a 2-bedroom?
What is a standard amount of dog-resting areas in most dog homes?

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Disguising our crates
More ways we disguise
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7 comments:

Stefanie Alvarado said...

Our entire house is a dog resting area! Four 65-130lb pups make having decor and nice things impossible

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

Since our pooches are allowed on the furniture, we require a lot less. We do have three sheepskin rugs (and are planning to get a few more the next time we're near an IKEA) throughout the house. We have two actual dog beds (that our our least favorite): one in the office and one in the basement. And we also recently purchased a Berber ball - a bit expensive and takes up a lot of room (but we have the space), but SO worth it. The pooches love it and we can lounge with them in the basement

ohmelvin.com said...

10 dog resting areas makes you my idol!!! I LOVE IT! We do the same thing, and Jake christens each and every one with pee!

adventuresofadogmom said...

We have beds all over the house most of which are from Molly Mutt!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Your place looks really cool. We have beds all over the place too
Lily & Edward

Rachel @ My Two Pitties said...

I love your dog bed style! We have 4 memory foam beds in the house and 3 outside. They are perfect for resting and chewing on since the dogs do their real sleeping on the couch and bed. I'd love to make new covers for them though. I don't think it would be that hard...

Sweet Sundance said...

I love your blog, but do you purposely write posts multiple times? I feel like a bunch of topics have been covered before and especially this one on dogs beds. I've read about your dog beds 3 or 4 times in the past. Is this for new readers?

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