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The Best Design Forward Dog Beds And Dog Crates

A few months ago my husband and I accomplished something we thought was impossible. We trained our very stubborn dog to stop sleeping on our bed. It was not without frustration and about 100 dog treats, but we’ve officially declared our efforts a success. Our 60-pound American bulldog named Gus (who thinks he is human) has accepted that his own dog bed is where he ought to sleep. Such a valiant effort would not have been possible without a durable, comfortable dog bed so we began this sleep training journey with a practical bed we knew would meet our very spoiled dog’s comfort needs. Great. Perfect. Done. But now as I stare at his quite large bed taking up a lot of precious space, I am reminded that I’d much prefer a prettier, more design-forward dog bed. Knowing how much our pets can take over our hearts AND homes, I figured I am not alone. So since I am currently in the market, I figured I’d share some of the best, most stylish dog beds available right now. Let’s get into it.

PRETTY DOG BEDS

design by sarah zachary | styling by emily bowser | photos by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a historic mid-century modern home that was completely brought back to life

Around here we are big on using floor pillows as dog beds because, well, floor pillows are home decor so they are often a bit more stylish. And I’ve never met a dog who doesn’t love to snuggle up on ANYTHING remotely comfy. That said, I made it my mission to find the best, most aesthetically pleasing dog beds that are also comfortable and long last lasting (and a couple of floor pillows that I’m confident dogs would love, too).

1. Essential Dog Bed: Why not give your pup the same amount of comfort you give yourself? We all know Tuft and Needle make great mattresses and now they have pretty dog beds that pets love. I love this review: After some initial reluctance to sleep on something new, our dog now spends most of her time on this bed. She loves it!
2. Upcycled Denim Stripe Dog Bed: The simple stripe design is chic yet understated. One reviewer commented: Very high-quality bed which goes perfectly with my decor and my dog absolutely loves.
3. Piazza Large Shale Tufted Dog Bed: The deep blue color is so pretty and the fabric is forgiving and easy to clean. This review sold it for me: I bought the Large Shale Tufted Bed a month ago and my dog has never been happier. He sleeps on it through the night and lounges on it throughout the day. He has very long hair that sheds often, so we love that the fabric can be easily vacuumed and/or fully removed to wash in the washing machine.
4. Square Tufted Reversible Floor Pillow: As I said above, we are always fans of swapping dog beds for floor pillows or cushions. This one comes in this mossy green, red, or dark blue and we love the tufted detail.
5. 2 Piece Sedona Pillow Set: Some superfans may remember that Emily has this floor pillow at the mountain house. It’s technically for humans but I think we dog owners know that any dog would take one look at this and think “my new bed”. Here’s what Em has to say about the comfort: Most floor pillows aren’t big enough to really lounge on and this one is HUGE with cushy down fill, and made of a really pretty grey linen. It’s so comfortable and cushy, not too firm or bouncy.
6. Sherpa Faux Fur 3-in-1 Pet Bed: This bed is INCREDIBLE. If you have trouble keeping your dog off furniture (same) then this is for you. The top cover and bolsters can be removed so you can drape it over a sofa and leave the bottom cushion on the floor. SO smart and innovative.
7. Dog Sofa: I am pretty blown away by this incredibly chic dog sofa bed design. The sleek design would go perfectly in any minimal Scandinavian home.
8. Orthopedic Calming Dog Bed: This donut shape bed offers extreme comfort and according to the seller is designed with orthopedic features to help provide support to your pet’s joints and muscles. The product photo pretty much sold it for me :).
9. Faux Fur Orthopedic Dog Bed: I have been social-media-marketed this particular dog bed for years. As far as ‘design forward’ goes, this one definitely hits the mark. It essentially looks like a sherpa rug but is actually an orthopedic bed that any pet would love. The best part? The faux sherpa cover is removable AND machine washable.

STYLISH DOG CRATES

design by lea johnson of creekwood hill | photography by sage e imagery | from: lea’s living room reveal: her pet and family-friendly open concept design agony solved

I am a recent dog crate convert. My parents inherited my brother’s dog who is crate-trained and it is such a luxury for them. My dog is about 8 years old and I WISH we had crate-trained him early on (maybe it’s not too late??). In any case, I know there are dog owners who could use some stylish crates (these things do take up a lot of precious real estate afterall) so I set out to find some of the best options available right now:

1. Abbeville Pet Crate: If you have a large dog this is a great option. It has ample room and many reviewers noted how impressed they were with the quality and durability.
2. Dog Crate End Table: This extremely well-designed dog crate has a side cabinet for added storage and the flat top allows it to act as an end table should you want that. I love the midcentury modern design and dark wood finish (but it should be noted that this comes in one size best suited for smaller dogs).
3. Corner Dog Crate Furniture: If aren’t working with a lot of space, this corner dog crate can help you save space and can act as an end table.
4. UniPaws Gray Wooden End Table Dog Crate: I love the muted gray color and modern design. Reviewers also note that it is simple to put together, great for large dogs, and very sturdy.
5. Modern Dog Crate: This one comes in various colors including black, white, clear, and pink, or you can request a custom color. I love that it has a sliding door which helps if you don’t have a lot of space.
6. Fable Crate: I love this modern crate that was designed to mimic a natural den and reduce anxiety. One reviewer commented: Obsessed with the fable crate! Worth every penny and great quality that will last a lifetime. I have a 22lbs mini labradoodle and I got the large crate size so she has some extra space which has been a great fit. The look of the crate is timeless and is a beautiful addition to any room.

I couldn’t leave you without sharing one photo of our good boy, Gus. As you can see, he is the king of comfort.

That is all for today and I hope this was helpful for anyone who needed it. For all you cat parents out there, you can expect a design-forward litterbox & cat accessory roundup coming to you soon. In the meantime, drop a line down below if you have any more design-forward dog beds and crates to add to the list. xx

Opener Image Credit: Design by Annie Segal and Marieke Ochtman of ASOM HOME | Styled by Velinda HellenEmily Bowser, and Julie Rose | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Tour This Eclectic Midcentury Modern House Designed by ASOM Home + 10 Approachable Design Tricks Anyone Can Do

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27 days ago

Hi there – I sadly do not recommend #8 on the dog bed list – it looks great new, but terrible after a few washes and the insert zipper hasn’t held up. It reminds me of my Goldendoodle’s coat when she gets matted from not being brushed enough, except the bed doesn’t come with unconditional love.

Jennifer
27 days ago

We have a beloved, adorable 7 year-old golden retriever. We have two memory foam dog beds from Orvis: the bolster bed which is under a set of stairs so I think he feels like it’s a protected den, and the platform bed which he stretches out on in our TV room. They come in several neutral colorways (we have the charcoal chevron) which may not be considered “design-forward” but they are very high-quality, soft, and machine-washable. And you can get your dog’s name monogrammed on them (which we did on both of ours). Most importantly, our dog loves them. (He also sleeps on our bed whenever he wants.) Yes they are an investment but so worth it.

Stacey
26 days ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Our dogs LOVE the Orvis bolster beds. Yes, they’re hilariously expensive. But they last forever, and after having so many dog beds fall apart and become really uncomfortable on us (well, the dogs), it felt worth it to pay more for these. Plus, I think they look very nice in our living room!

Michelle
25 days ago
Reply to  Stacey

Here to say same. They are stupid expensive. I bought the cover only on sale and filled with our own filling, which helps. But it lasted for six years. I wouldn’t bother until the puppy is past the chew stage but if you get tired of buying new beds every year ORVIS couch beds are divine.

Lane
25 days ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Somehow my previous comment didn’t post. Our dog also had an Orvis bed for most of her life. It held up pretty well. There was no damage to the outside and it was washed many times. After years of use, I bought a pillow from target to add stuffing to the bolster bed cushion. It didn’t need a lot of additional stuffing and I can’t remember if I used the whole pillow either. I’d definitely buy it again .

Cat
27 days ago

For anyone looking at crates, make sure to look up how to get the appropriate size! I had no idea how big a crate we needed for our 55lbs dog- it ended up being substantially bigger than what I would have guessed.

Marie
27 days ago

To add to my previous comment, I haven’t received the beonebreed yet, so I don’t know if I’ll keep it and I can’t comment on its quality and durability yet.

27 days ago

Is it (too) weird that I want some of these (including the Dog Sofa) for myself? I sit crosslegged and am used to (plus prefer) “floor living” when it comes to furniture. I’m sure my cats would love them too…

🥰 Rusty
27 days ago

I was crate-training averse, but after doing copious research… did it anyway whrn my beloved Rosiewas a puppy.

It was worth it. She LOVED her crate so m7uh and it was sooo her safe space, that once she was uber-house-trained, and I left the door open all the time, she still loved sleeping there. Especially at night.
So much so, that the transition from the crate to a big basket with a huge recycled polyester cushion, was a delicate project. (RIP Rosie-bear💓🐾)
Once I’m able to have another dog, it’ll be a rescue pup and I’ll do the crate training all over again.

🔥Hot TIP: Get a much bigger crate than you think, so it’s not like a cage.

Tara
27 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Preferred size varies by dog. And you don’t want it so big they go potty in it. 😉

27 days ago

Firstly, it’s imperative that we all stop what we’re doing to talk about what GOOD BOY Gus is. Second, I love all these bed recc’s but I have two I want to share because I have and love both of them. Both have fully removable covers which for me is a necessity for cleaning.
https://www.tuftandneedle.com/products/original-dog-bed?variant=43359899812066
https://annieselke.com/p/FR355?_br_psugg_q=dog+bed
Both are great! Now I wanna try that Tuft & Needle circular one you recommended. So cute.

Camerone Carter
27 days ago

Hi! Great info! I’d love to see a blog post sometime with design forward yet pet friendly rugs. I have two golden retrievers and have been looking for a rug (for years!) that is 1) soft, 2) not too light/white, 3) not too dark (where golden hair will show) and 4) won’t get snagged when they wrestle! Thank you!

Daria
25 days ago

Since getting our pup (also named Gus), we have been big into Ruggables, tbh!! They have some great designs and are SO EASY to clean up.

27 days ago

This article is so helpful for pet owners looking for stylish and practical dog beds and crates.

Are there any particular features we should look for when choosing a dog bed or crate, especially for larger breeds? And how can we ensure that our pets will be comfortable and safe while using them?

Linda R
27 days ago
Reply to  Faraz

Hi Faraz and fellow fur-ball lovers! 😉
Just put one of your old, used, unwashed t-shirts or PJ’s or a pillow-case (or something ‘lived in’) inside it and/or in the new doggie bed and/or anywhere your dog might be or when they travel with you. Easy. Free. And as a readily-available solution! I did that for 20+ magical years with two incredible, beloved adult rescue dogs. I also do it while pet sitting for friends. Dogs and cats transition and adjust quickly -and more calmly- with this easy solution.

priscilla
27 days ago

In addition to having a crate for my dogs, my little 8 lb Toy Fox Terrier has a heated doggy mattress pad in her crate on a timer (Chewey’s or Amazon). Since putting the warming pad in there she never wants to sleep in bed with us. Which is a good thing cuz you do not want to roll over on an 8 lb dog, lol.

Kj
27 days ago

What about Oscar and Buttercup’s perfect dog beds? I hope Jax & Bones brings that broken stripe pattern back. https://jaxandbones.com/collections/bedding

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Terese Hutson
27 days ago
Reply to  Kj

Me too!!!

Marie
27 days ago

Strangely, my main comment was not posted, only the follow-up, so maybe it was too long. So here it is again divided, because I feel it might be useful.
Thanks Ryann for the great ideas. I bought the Casper dog bed and my Westie loves it. Unfortunately, the stains are hard to clean and the fabric is linty, which totally ruins the design. 

Marie
27 days ago

I looked for other options in Canada, to avoid paying the exchange rate, customs fees and shipping costs that blow up the purchase price when I store on American sites. I found a few really unique indoor kennels or beds that are too expensive for me, but might be of interest to readers with a not-too-big dog (or cat) and a more substantial budget.
My favorite, which I think is adorable, looks a bit like the Fable crate suggested by Ryann
https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/everything-else/product/weelywally/white-oslo-pet-house/9457761

Marie
27 days ago

This sofa dog or cat bed looks great too, but I do not know if the cover is removable. I hope so as it is white
https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/everything-else/product/weelywally/white-odense-pet-bed/9457781

Marie
27 days ago

I ordered this dog bed this morning from a Canadian company because I like its clean and simple line and my dog does not like flat bed. He much prefers to rest his head higher, like on a pillow. They sell an extra cover, but if my dog likes this bed, maybe I will have one made in a more neutral fabric.
https://canada.beonebreed.com/fr/products/therapet-bed?variant=44346488455399

Joyce Garrity
27 days ago

I’m sorry, nothing personal Ryann, but anyone who spends $100 on a dog bed should look at their moral compass, return it and send the money to turkey, or others who are in dire need. Just my opinion.
It also feels like this design blog is leaning hard into a shopping blog lately. I get that Emily is overwhelmed , and I want to offer my suppiort but Em you are allowed to take some time off?!! I get that you wa\nt to lessen our consumption, but pools a. fancy pertfect closets, what to buy every Weekend ISN’T HELPFUL.
I have been a follower since I watched you on design star, love your thrifting esthetic and heart. I hope you will find a way to do with less consumption and be the leader you are in that direction.

cs in DC
27 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

I don’t even have a dog but this comment seems way off base to me. Even if I agreed with the underlying premise that people shouldn’t spend their hard-earned money on things that they enjoy because others are suffering somewhere in the world (which I don’t), $100 for a dog bed doesn’t even seem that expensive. Isn’t this something the dog will hopefully use EVERYDAY? Feels a lot less indulgent than many other products that I see marketed to dog owners. Just my opinion.

Tara
27 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

We can all spend our money how we choose. And, fun fact, if you buy a higher quality item (aka a $100+ dog bed) it is far more likely to last for a long time and not need to be replaced. Ask me how I know…..

Signed;
Lady who currently has 9 dogs and has fostered 100+ shelter dogs

Lynn
27 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

So I question if you even own a pet, any why can’t people do both? I have 2 dogs and 6 cats all rescues. I am on my 3rd “affordable “ dog bed that is falling apart. They all were 40 to 55 bucks. One really well made bed is 100 to 150, guess what I should have bought to begin with? An expensive bed. My mom has had the same LL bean dog bed for 8 years, it was over. A hundred but less waste in a dump versus my 3. We also donate to many organizations that help kids, people and animals. So perhaps you should realize this post isn’t for you and just move on without the rudeness.

Karyn Meadows
26 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

I will also add to this that we have fostered/adopted over 25 dogs, most of them large dogs. A $100 dog bed is absolutely not expensive by any stretch. You can definitely find cheap ones but they likely will not last more than a year. Which is going to be more stress on the planet than buying a nice one that lasts the first time. If you do not like the content on the blog, you don’t have to follow it. Full stop.

Alice
26 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

Nothing personal, Joyce, but anyone who goes out of their way to tell everybody off on a design blog should look at their moral compass, close their browser window, and go read a book.

Jose
26 days ago
Reply to  Alice

You forgot, “Just my opinion.” Because you can say absolutely anything nowadays and as long as you label the statement as “my opinion” it is apparently indisputable. 😉

Daria
25 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

My dog deserves just as much comfort and quality in his things as me, tbh! That’s why I adopted him!

Meg
27 days ago

I recommend this Tuft and Needle dog bed: https://www.tuftandneedle.com/products/original-dog-bed

Pricey but it looks nice and it has a nice mix of firm (the outer edge where my dog likes to lay her head) and soft (the inner pillow). You can zip the covers off the bed and pillow very easily and wash them. The fabric has held up to my dog’s digging and burrowing and still looks relatively new a few years in!

Joyce Garrity
27 days ago

I had an idea, ( I do want to support Emily and crew) maybe the round ups could offer a planet friendly option? ie. I made a cover for my dogged out of a blanket I liked.. in leopard print! I have redesigned old lamps w paint or fabric covering shades. Lots of ways to use less.. maybe just an option in the round up every week?

Steph
26 days ago
Reply to  Joyce Garrity

Molly Mutt dog beds. Its a lovely cover with a stuff sack for you to put old clothes/pillows/etc in. https://www.mollymutt.com/the-molly-mutt-bed/

Kate
27 days ago

FWIW, when I adopted a senior dog with bad hips, I got him the Therapeutic Dog Couch from LL Bean. It’s quite expensive but super comfortable with a memory foam base & a removable, washable cover. I had to take a nap on it myself to get my dog to realize what it was for, but after I did, he understood it was it his bed & he loved it. My current dog loves it, too!

Kate
27 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I’ve had this dog bed about 10 years & it’s still doing great!

Deb
27 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I highly recommend LLBean beds too. They last a very long time and the cover zips off for easy cleaning. One of my beds is probably close to 12 years old and several dogs have used it and it still looks good. I am getting ready to order another one as my newest pup is a big girl who likes to stretch out so she will need a bigger bed when she is full grown.

Lynn
27 days ago
Reply to  Kate

My moms LL bean bed is 8 years old and holding up so well. I don’t think they are overly attractive, but the dogs love them and they last

26 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I love that you took a nap on it yourself to convince him!

Lauren
27 days ago

Highly recommend the #4 dog crate! We ordered two large crates in the walnut color, put them end to end in our bedroom, and it looks like a sleek console table. Easy to clean, super comfy for the pups, and looks so much better than the ugly wire crates. We get so many compliments! If you are new to crate training, Id suggest starting out with a wire crate first to make sure they feel comfortable, then switch to the wooden once you are sure they won’t chew on it. We switched our youngest pup over after a couple months, and he has never even tried to munch on it (and he loves to chew!).

Auntie Coco
27 days ago

I can personally attest to the quality of the Crate and Barrel Piazza Large Scale (I think you meant Scale instead of Shale.) Tufted Dog Bed. I bought it with the Wrangler cover and it has held up better than any dog bed I have ever had. It has never lost its “tuftedness” in 8 years and the cover washes like a dream. It does take some muscle to put it back together after washing, however!

Tara
27 days ago

Ryann you can TOTALLY crate train an older dog! I prefer dogs/cats/horses/goats to humans and have fostered 100+ shelter dogs. It may take a little longer and you have to start slowly for shorter amounts of time, but it can be done and it is so worthwhile!

I love that now that Emily has dogs y’all are doing more pet posts. We waited over 10 years to renovate our home so we really knew what we wanted because we live on 10 acres and have SO many pets in our home, many that make questionable life choices while acclimating to a home after the shelter. 🙂 I’d love to see more posts about pet friendly furniture and rug options. Also, for those with large or super active dogs, painted cabinetry is a terrible option. LOL!

Juanita
26 days ago

Thank you for this excellent round up Ryann!!! Love the dog-themed posts 🙂 so helpful.

We have the white Diggs Revol crate, and love it—I’m surprised that’s not included here! We have the “intermediate” size for our 45lb pup. Yes it’s stupidly expensive, but as someone noted above, most of the high-quality crates beyond MidWest (also quality but not as aesthetically pleasing) are expensive. I’m actually saving up for a second, smaller Diggs crate now, to take with us traveling; they collapse down super easily and have wheels for easy transport. (But you can’t use it for actually riding in the car—you need a specialized crate for that, like from Ruff Land).

Linda R
26 days ago

A request for a future ‘dog’ post: I’d love to learn how Emily & Brian are transporting their two (so adorable!) dogs to & from the Mountain House when they head there -and- how the new dog-washing station set up is going in their new place.

Marissa
26 days ago

Pendleton has super cute dog beds. Also unhide just came out with a super plush faux fur donut bed my dog is loving curling up in (kind like the etsy option above)! As for crates – if you have a standard crate, Jax and Bones makes crate covers AND matching crate cushions/padding in different colors. It’s not cheap but it was really the only option I could find that had nice looking materials with really clean lines (after just draping a ratty blanket over the top for months), and it makes your dog’s little cave look sooo cozy.

Amy
26 days ago

We have a few inexpensive dog beds from Costco, with throw blankets on each of them so they are easy to keep clean. We also have an expensive orthopedic dog bed from Big Barker, and it has held up through multiple dogs including Great Danes and Labradors. It is very supportive and worth the investment. We have also had dog crates for all of our dogs, including the Danes, and they are the metal kind that come apart into pieces for easier moving and storage. No, they are not pretty but they are necessary for the safety of our pups as they grow and mature, and to prevent damage to our house while they are still young. It’s always a temporary situation ( usually a year) so not the end of the world. I would be wary of buying the fancy ($$) crates for a puppy as you never know if they will chew it and ruin it or eat the pieces.

Libby
26 days ago

I can’t believe foggy dog beds didn’t make the roundup. I have 2 of their beds and love them.

Steph
26 days ago

Me with my 150 lb great dane is looking at all of tis stuff askance. None of this works for big pups.

Amy
25 days ago
Reply to  Steph

Big Barker makes excellent Dane-sized beds that will last forever.

Bri
26 days ago

This Cozy Fox Snuggle Cave Bed has been a game changer for my dachshund mix. If you have a dog that likes to burrow, it doesn’t get better than this bed! It’s high quality with separate bolsters and a pillow so it provides a lot of structure and support, as well as being relatively easy to take apart and wash. This isn’t as stylish as some of the other options, but your dog will LOVE it and you will love the extra space in bed. https://www.etsy.com/listing/789819983/

Logan
26 days ago

Also check out Laylo for dog beds. They are great.

Jose
26 days ago

Now do cats, please! I’m forever looking for affordable yet aesthetically pleasing scratching posts.

Nicolette
26 days ago

The hands down best dog bed is from Casper. Yes it is an investment but it it 100% worth it. And to make any dog bed cute, I always put a blanket on top which also makes it extra easy to wash regularly.

Michelle
25 days ago

Paw.com does have aggressive social media marketing. I like their travel bed as a protector for our daybed but it proved too large for travel. And overall their faux fur isn’t as nice as UnHide. I have their floof bed in two sizes and our dog loves them. https://unhide.us/collections/pet-collection

Katee
25 days ago

If you’re on a budget and also handy with tools (or you know someone that is:)) you can buy downloadable plans on Etsy to make your own dog kennel. My husband sells his kennel plans in our Etsy shop (Curly Willow Gallery) and there are MANY other shops doing the same, so you can probably find the style and size you’re looking for. 😊

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