Of course, you want to keep your furry best friend happy with the highest quality and most comfortable pet bed possible. However, we also know you want to keep your home happy...and maintain a peace of mind as a busy pet owner with a busy life. The last thing you want to do is create more work for yourself (and more mess in your home!) by choosing the wrong pet bed. Here’s how to choose a pet bed that fits your home and lifestyle:
Make sure it's easy to clean.
You definitely don’t want to get a pet bed with a complicated, cheap, and ill-fitting cover that’s impossible to put back on after you wash it. Or worse -- a pet bed that’s not washable at all. Eek! Ideally, make sure you can toss the entire pet bed into the washing machine (and if, for example, you opt for a foam nap mat, make sure it has a high quality cover that is easy to wash). It’s amazing how quickly a pet bed can become dirty -- making for an unpleasant corner (and odor) in your home. Keep it fresh and clean, and set yourself up to win with a pet bed that will last through many spin cycles.
Read the fine print, and avoid harmful materials.
As you know, kids love to play with their pets -- and some children may even snuggle up with a dog or cat right on top of a pet bed! Unfortunately, some pet beds contain materials that are not only very harmful to pets and young children -- but can even be toxic for adults. You can keep all humans and animals in your home healthy and happy by investing in the right pet bed with quality materials that will not cause harm. As you do your research, pay attention to what the inside of the pet bed is made of. Read the fine print. Be sure that the materials are made without PDBEs, TDCPP, or TCEP flame retardants. Also avoid lead, mercury and heavy metals. And be sure to steer clear of formaldehyde, phthalates, and VOCs. While you’re at it, you can do this type of research on your human furniture as well!
Complement your home decor.
It’s amazing how much our home environment can impact our overall mood and mindset. Like your pet, you want to feel a sense of peace and ease in your home. That’s why we recommend choosing a pet bed that complements your sense of style and decor. If you are more of an understated decorator, you can go for a neutral color, such as tan or gray (steer clear from something that is 100% white -- unless you want to be washing it daily!). If you have a very colorful home or enjoy quirky embellishments, you might enjoy a fun, novelty pet hut (cats LOVE these) or even a Disney themed pet bed (if that’s your thing). Whatever you choose, make sure you love the way it looks in your home.
Make sure it lasts!
Unfortunately, it’s very common for cheap pet beds to be ruined after one use or one wash. You definitely want to invest in a pet bed that will last, and the good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to find a quality pet bed. Customer reviews are a great resource. Again, be sure to research your materials and to always opt for the highest quality fillers. And make sure the cover is extremely durable -- and not something that your feisty little pup or kitty can tear apart with ease.
A happy pet owner will have a happy pet! We wish you the best of luck as you search for the perfect pet bed.