Place to rest your pet
Buying a ready lounger
The simplest option is always to purchase products manufactured by the factory. It has a fairly high quality, affordable cost and the required properties. In this case, you can choose one of the many models - they differ in colors, as well as shape, size and other parameters.
Consider the main types of sun beds, which can be purchased for pets.
Poufs and baskets
If you are going to choose loungers for dogs and cats of small breeds, then the best option would be a soft basket. It consists of a litter filled with elastic material, as well as low walls, limiting the space for rest. Such a lounger will allow the animal to feel protected and not to worry while resting.
However, it is worth remembering that the sunbed-basket will be very inconvenient for most large cats and for medium dogs. The presence of restrictions will force them to take unnatural postures.Subsequently, this will result in poor animal health, as well as the development of diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Therefore, for pets with such body sizes, as well as for puppies of fast-growing breeds, it is better to buy puffs. They are distinguished by a convex shape and the presence of sufficiently thick pillows. On a pouf, a dog will be able to adopt the most comfortable posture, even if it has already outgrown it, and you have not had time to pick up or make a new lounger.
Floor mats and floor mats
For large dogs, neither footstools nor baskets will work - one can only imagine how “comfortable” the rottweiler, Doberman or dog will be on such plank beds. The best option in terms of cost and comfort will be a special litter. It has a sufficiently large thickness, but is devoid of a rigid frame, giving it a certain shape.
The bedding mat for a large dog can be compared to a thin mattress. It can be quickly transferred, easily washed or shaken, knocking out dust and wool. In this case, the pet does not experience any inconvenience, resting on such a litter - most often it is stuffed with soft material, springing under the weight of a large dog.
It remains only to choose a place in which the dog most often goes to sleep and lay a mat in it. If you want to use this furniture, it can be removed in seconds. For puppies and young dogs, special waterproof loungers are available, which use absorbent and insulating layers. Even if your pet is embarrassed, the furniture will not suffer. Agree, do it yourself such loungers will not work.
Sofas and dais
If you choose loungers for large dogs - such as shepherd dogs, French dogs, mastiffs and for animals of other large breeds, you will have to opt for specialized products. The simplest option is soft sofas.
They are multi-layered structures based on plastic frame elements that give shape to such sun beds.From above on them the double or triple mattress filled with soft material keeps within. The last element is a protective cover that can be easily removed and washed, eliminating dust, dirt and wool. For puppies it is worth picking up a model with a waterproof case.
Sofas are often equipped with high enough backs. Many people will ask why such constructions are needed - after all, dogs do not have the habit of leaning on them during sleep and rest. In this case, they perform a protective function, not allowing the animal to rub against the walls, leaving traces on wallpaper or other finishing materials. Such loungers, sofas can have a straight or angular design.
A fairly simple and inexpensive option are plastic scaffolds. They protect the animal from the cold, and also do not allow it to spoil the floor covering. From above on such designs it is possible to stack the rugs and beddings discussed above. If you like a certain pattern, you can make a soft covering for the plank bed with your own hands.
Recommendations for self-tailoring
Not always ready loungers meet the needs of dogs and their owners.They may not be comfortable enough, do not fit in size or even not match the style of decoration of the room. If you could not find the perfect model, you can get to work and make a lounger for your beloved pet with your own hands.
First of all, you will need a pattern corresponding to the size of the body of the animal. If you have experience in needlework, you can easily choose the parameters yourself. If not, it’s enough to use the Internet to download ready-made materials with detailed instructions.
When the pattern is ready, and you decide on the size, you can proceed to the selection of materials. If the lounger is intended for very large dogs, you may need plastic and wooden frame elements. You can make them from furniture slats sold in large stores. Try not to use wire and metal - the animal can get hurt.
Responsibly approach the choice of soft elastic filler.The best option would be natural fiber - synthetics should be discarded, as dogs often tear the sun beds during active games and eat filler. Among the ideal materials are:
- bamboo fiber;
- eucalyptus fiber;
- sheep's wool.
All these fillers for lounges can be bought in specialized stores for needlework. They have very good properties - protection against bacteria, as well as free air transmission, which is very important for the health of any living organism.
When you have a ready-made pattern at hand, you can buy fabric. It must be sufficiently strong, durable, and not absorbent of organic matter and does not preserve unpleasant odors. The ideal option for large dogs would be a dense furniture fabric ("matting", "Jacquard", etc.), and for small ones - a blended material composed of natural flax and synthetic fibers. For puppies, it is better to additionally make waterproof covers based on plastic layers that isolate the bed from the liquid.
It remains only to sew lounger.To do this, use a thick high-strength thread, which is used in the repair of furniture or footwear - you can buy it at any hardware store. The seams on the cover should be placed inside - this will significantly increase the reliability of the lounger and make it more comfortable for the dog.