June 22, 2024

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The Best Stylish Dog Beds for 2022

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While the world of pet accessories has come a long way in the past few years, it can sometimes take a little work to find a dog bed that’s worthy of your canine companion and your home. Traditionally, most dog beds have a similar look, one many of us, especially Apartment Therapy readers, don’t necessarily want to show off. Fortunately, there’s an increasingly wide variety of super-stylish beds out there that don’t look like a lumpy brown cushion taking up space in the corner of the room. Below, feast your eyes on the best dog beds in a variety of styles, colors, and shapes that will fit your home’s design scheme — both indoors and out — and keep your pup as cozy and comfortable as possible.

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What to Consider When Buying a Dog Bed

No one knows your furry friend like you do, so take a good, long look at their sleep patterns, positions, and habits when picking their new sleep situation. There are a lot of dog bed options out there, and just because one is trendier than another or has “calming” in the name doesn’t mean it’s right for your pup. Of course, you also want to consider your space, because pet supplies have a way of really cluttering it up, throwing off a room’s feng shui at the very least. Our list has many attractive options we’re proud to display and includes dog beds our pups love as well. This is truly a list of win-wins.

The best dog bed size is truly dependent upon your dog’s sleep patterns, possibly even more than their size. Small dogs that prefer centering themselves in the middle of your queen-sized mattress might appreciate a medium or even large dog bed. Large dogs that think they’re still puppy sized and curl up in armchairs could really love a medium-sized dog bed. While you shouldn’t go too far off from their actual size — your Great Dane probably won’t get much use out of a small dog bed — it’s important to consider their habits and preferences. Keep an eye on where, and in what positions, they usually sleep when picking the size of their bed.

In the case of pet beds, polyester is your friend. It’s one of the softest materials out there and won’t sacrifice your canine’s comfort, plus it excels when it comes to longevity, durability, and washability. Materials like nylon, canvas, and cotton are also good options that are easily cleanable, comfortable (depending on the weave), and natural (in the case of the latter two). If your dog has thin or short hairs or has sensitive skin, opt for a natural or less chemically treated material. Most water-resistant or waterproof materials have a coating, so keep this in mind when shopping for sensitive pets.

You’ll want a dog bed that’s easily washable, especially for the specific types of messes your pet tends to make. Beds that are wholly machine-washable are the easiest to keep clean, as they can just be tossed into the washer and dryer with minimal contact. On our list, you’ll also find a variety of memory foam or other high-quality options with removable, washable covers. These beds require a little more handling but are usually the ones that stay attractive, comfortable, and intact the longest.

What We Look For in a Dog Bed

Our pups tested a range of different dog beds, judging them on the following criteria:

Our best overall dog bed has to work for both pets and their owners. It has to be inviting, comfortable, durable, and serve a wide range of dog sizes, breeds, and ages. While we’re already big fans of Tuft & Needle’s human beds and accessories, we went into testing this dog bed with an open mind and let our pets’ reactions speak for themselves. Still, Tuft & Needle’s dog bed came out on top as our best overall option and reigns supreme for dogs that dig, chew, and otherwise tend to ruin dog beds. AT contributor Stella says her energetic pup “has dug into other beds and shredded them, chewed the corner of others, and they got just plain gross. But, she still wont leave this Tuft & Needle bed… every night she snuggles in there on her own accord (and that’s pretty much the sole sign of independence she shows).” Stella’s pup Lady usually won’t stay on dog beds, but when it comes to this one, “she loves to play in it, lay in it, and I can see she is comfortable. I think she loves it especially because the sides are firmer than the center, so she can rest her head higher than her body.”

Stella also appreciates the bed’s design, which is three styles in one. “When the center pillow is in and attached (by durable sailing rope that is easy to undo but stays put), the bed becomes a soft center with a firmer outer ridge,” she says. “When you remove the center, the bed becomes her play den. She loves having high walls so she can slip and slide around the roomy space. Finally, the insert can be used as a bed alone — it is durable, still comfortable without the foam support beneath, and has a rubbery grip on the underside so it won’t slide. I would easily roll this up and put it in my car for road trips.” Portable, popular with pups, and pretty, Tuft & Needle’s dog bed is a hero for dogs and humans alike.

Who It’s Best For: Dogs that like to rest their heads on the arm of the couch; rough dogs that chew and dig; dogs that prefer bolster-style beds; owners who want color options.

Good to Know: If your dog isn’t a fan, you can return this bed for a full refund within 100 days of your purchase.

Budget dog beds tend to fall apart in a matter of weeks, maybe months, which obviously isn’t ideal, especially if your pup gets attached. We tested this Furhaven sofa-style dog bed for much longer and can attest to its durability. Because the cover is removable for washing, the foam interior stays in good condition over time. It comes in a wide range of colors that will match any decor, and the low price — which often gets discounted further on sale — means you can get several for different rooms. Best List writer Kendall’s pets actually preferred this bed over some of the higher-priced or luxury models that didn’t make our list. “It quickly became the household favorite for my family’s dogs,” she says. One even chose the bed over the floor — and we all know how picky floor-sleeper pups can be. There’s a size available for every dog, too, making it an excellent option for owners who have multiple dogs and aren’t looking to break the bank to keep them all as comfy as possible.

Who It’s Best For: Dogs that need an orthopedic bed; dogs that prefer bolster-style beds; owners who don’t want to spend very much; owners who want something that’s easy to clean.

Good to Know: A couple of these Furhaven beds were tested across our team and were found to shed when used straight out of the package. Give the removable cover a wash before letting your pup get ahold of this bed.

When it comes to dog beds that look as good to you as they do to your furry friend, this 3-in-1 Sherpa option from Pottery Barn is a sure bet. With its removable bolster and faux sherpa covers, it easily stays in tip-top shape and is ultra cozy and customizable for your pet. You can remove the covers for detailed spot cleaning, or put them on the couch, floor, or even your bed to protect the surfaces and keep things cozy and familiar for your dog. Kendall says she loves “the versatility of this bed, and so do my pets.” It’s a comfy foam bed by night and a soft floor covering when the decorative sherpa shell comes off during the day. “My favorite part,” Kendall continues, “is the soft, cloud-couch-like design.” We’re a bit jealous, to be honest, but our canine companions deserve to lounge in luxury.

Who It’s Best For: Dogs that love plush, soft surfaces; dogs that appreciate a bolster; owners who want a bed with a removable cover to protect other surfaces.

Good to Know: This bed can be monogrammed with your pet’s name, which is not only adorable but also helpful if you’re buying matching beds for multiple pets.

There are quite a few fluffy, “calming” pet beds out there, but this one from Best Friends by Sheri is our favorite because it satisfies anxious dogs’ oral fixations as well as their desire to be swaddled in plush, fur-like fabric. Our doggie testers, namely Kendall’s picky pups, loved this matching set because they could hide beneath the blanket, move it around, travel with it, bite and chew it, etc., and we love the decorative, pillow-like appearance and very real calming effects. Kendall’s anxious dogs took to it and found solace and deep rest. She observed that they were startled out of sleep by minor sounds less often, which disrupts their sleep (and hers). It’s made without harmful flame retardants, formaldehyde, and heavy metals, so your pup can use it for years in good health. After washing this bad boy nearly 10 times in two months, there’s zero clumping, and the furry exterior still looks like new. It’s available in sizes from extra small to extra large, so it’s perfect for any pup.

Who It’s Best For: Anxious dogs; dogs that have a hard time getting rest; puppies and older dogs; dogs with oral fixations.

Good to Know: It’s designed and shipped from Los Angeles and has more than 52,800 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Designed for outdoor use, this elevated dog bed from Coolaroo keeps your pup away from bugs, dirt, and moisture so they can relax in comfort… and you can enjoy clean cuddles later. It’s made from breathable fabric that offers great air ventilation to keep your dog cool on hot days, and it folds flat for easy storage. Tested by Kendall’s two mini Aussies in the Arizona heat, she could tell they appreciated the distance this bed offers from hot gravel and cement. The slight give of the stretched material, which can withstand the weight of a full-grown pitbull and still be comfortable enough for an Australian shepherd, springs back into place no matter how many months of regular use it endures. Its strong fibers are loosely woven, so it’s porous, breathable, and cooling. Durable yet affordable enough to easily replace if necessary, this bed offers a comfortable place for your furry best friend to lounge outside.

Who It’s Best For: Dogs that live in hot locations; dogs that like to rest outside in the shade; dogs that run hot; owners who prefer their dogs to rest off the ground.

Good to Know: Return this bed within 90 days with no penalty.

Your pet already loves your bed, so why not get them a mini version of their own? The Casper dog bed is, as you’d imagine, engineered to be as comfortable and supportive as the brand’s human beds. It features memory foam, excess (and seriously durable) material on top to accommodate for dogs’ natural tendency to paw at the earth, and supportive foam bolsters to create a feeling of shelter. Our tester pup’s owner, AT contributor Danielle, found “the medium size to be perfect for a 40-pound pitbull, since Jet can stretch out lengthwise on his side or belly without falling off the bed. I think he appreciates the supportive memory foam, too.” It only took three nights of testing for Jet to sleep through the night on his new Casper. “Functionality-wise, I love that this dog bed has a low profile, is close to the ground for easy access, and has no sharp corners or metal frames that he could potentially bump into during an episode of the zoomies. Since this dog bed is essentially a double-layer memory foam mattress with a lightweight nylon cover, it’s also easy to transport for car trips or move around the apartment during cleaning. All the bed’s zippers have covers, so there’s no scratching your floor. The gray color we tested actually matches my living room couch and decor perfectly and has a minimalist, modern aesthetic. It’s not distracting or glaring and actually fits right in.”

Who It’s Best For: Dogs that like to dig or chew; dogs that need easy access to their bed; dogs that love their owner’s bed but need their own; owners who care about aesthetics.

Good to Know: As with Casper mattresses for humans, doggies can test this bed for 30 days before their owners return it for a full refund.

Who It’s Best For: Older dogs; dogs with joint issues; owners who like patterns and themes (like Disney).

Good to Know: Harry Barker uses only azo-free dyes, and the bed inserts are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastics.

Newton Baby is well known for its stellar crib mattresses. “When I heard the brand was launching a bed specifically for fur babies, I knew it was going to be great,” says Commerce SEO Editor Sarah, whose pup Marty tested this option. “There’s so much to love: It’s stylish, orthopedic, and temperature regulating. But the best part about this bed is its washable design.” Newton Baby’s version is equipped with both a machine-washable cover and core, so you don’t have to worry about dirt or pet accidents ruining the integrity of the bed. The brand’s own temperature-regulating, cushioning Wovenaire technology makes it a good choice for dogs that run hot or need extra joint support. “Plus, these beds are spacious,” Sarah adds. “In fact, my tiny malchi pup has been known to share the love with his elderly feline roommate, so yes, it’s also dog and cat approved.” Britt, whose dogs use this bed when they stay with her dad, shares, “The Newton Baby is easy to wash, comfortable, and durable.”

Who It’s Best For: Accident-prone dogs; dogs with joint issues or allergies; dogs whose temperature runs hot; owners who want something that’s very easy to care for.

Good to Know: Return this bed for a full refund within 100 days.

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