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Where To Put Your Dog’s Bed In The Living Room: Do’s & Don’ts

Last Updated: November 3, 2023

As pet owners, we all want our dogs to feel comfortable and safe in our homes. However, you must consider several factors when finding the perfect spot for your dog’s bed in the living room. While you want to ensure your pet has a cozy spot to rest, you also want to ensure the bed doesn’t clash with your decor or create an obstacle in your daily routine.

The best place to put your dog’s bed in the living room is either in a cozy corner or under a side table, preferably near your own seating area and near a heat source if you live in a cold climate. Avoid cramped and draughty spaces and high-traffic areas, and keep the bed away from electrical sockets.

Choosing the right location for your dog’s bed in the living room requires some thought and planning. It’s important to remember your pet’s needs and preferences, as well as your own lifestyle and design aesthetic.

In this article, we’ll explore the do’s and don’ts of where to put your dog’s bed in the living room so that you can create a comfortable and stylish space for both you and your furry companion.

Where To Put Dog Bed In Living Room? A small dog sleeping on its bed in the living room.

Where To Put a Dog Bed In a Living Room – Do’s

In a cozy cornerIn a high-traffic area
Under a side tableNear electric outlets
Near your own seating areaIn a cramped space
Near a source of warmthIn draughty, damp, or moldy areas
In a built-in nookNear other pets’ food and water bowls
Where to put a dog bed in a living room

In a Cozy Corner

Hey there, fellow dog lovers! Let me tell you, finding the perfect spot for my dog’s bed in the living room was no easy feat. 

But after some trial and error, I finally found the sweet spot – a cozy corner that’s all her own.

A cozy corner is a way to go when creating a designated space for your dog’s bed. 

Trust me; your dog will love having their little nook to retreat to when they need some alone time (or a good nap). 

Plus, by keeping the bed away from high-traffic areas and other furniture, you’re helping to minimize the chances of accidents or injuries.

Don’t get me wrong – finding the right corner can take some effort. 

You want to make sure it’s a spot that your dog feels comfortable in – but that doesn’t get in the way of your activities. 

“It was all about finding that sweet spot between being close enough to my seating area that my dog felt included but far enough away that she wasn’t constantly underfoot.” 

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So go ahead and experiment with different corners, and see what works best for you and your pup! And if you have a wooden floor and want to prevent the bed from sliding around, check out this article, 11 Easy Ways to Stop a Dog Bed from Sliding on a Wood Floor.

Jack Russell Puppy In Bed

Under a Side Table

Another great place to put your dog’s bed in the living room is under a side table. It’s cozy, out of the way, and gives your pup a sense of security. Dogs love a den!

Now, when choosing a bed, make sure it’s sturdy enough to support the weight of the side table. You don’t want it to accidentally tip over and cause any harm. 

And, of course, you want to ensure enough room for your dog to move around comfortably. Some dogs love to stretch out, so choose a table with enough clearance underneath. 

Overall, I highly recommend this spot for your dog’s bed in the living room. It’s a great way to keep the bed out of the way and give your dog a cozy little den to call their own. 

Choose the right table and give your best friend enough room to stretch their legs!

Next To Your Own Seating Area

If you’re like me, you want your dog to be as close to you as possible, especially if that dog is a clingy German Shepherd. That’s why I love having my dog’s bed next to my seating area in the living room. 

It’s a win-win – she gets to be close to me, and I enjoy her adorable company.

But let me tell you. It’s important to find the right spot. You don’t want the bed to be in the way of foot traffic or, worse, create a tripping hazard. 

Trust me. I’ve had my fair share of close calls with my own clumsy feet. So make sure to choose a spot that’s out of the way but still close enough that your dog feels included.

And, of course, you want to ensure your dog is comfortable. After all, they’ll spend a lot of time in that spot. 

So, splurge on a cozy, supportive bed that will keep them happy and healthy. It’s the least we can do for our four-legged family members, right?

Near a Source of Warmth

If you live in a colder climate, as I do, you know how important it is to keep your dog warm and cozy. The UK’s cold weather and rain can sometimes be annoying for some dogs – and us!

You might want to have your dog’s bed near a source of warmth in the living room – it’s like a little slice of heaven for them.

However, it’s essential to ensure your dog doesn’t get too close when choosing a spot near a heat source, like a fireplace or radiator. 

We all know how curious and adventurous our pups can be, and the last thing we want is for them to get burned or overheated. 

So, choose a spot close enough to feel the warmth but far enough away to avoid danger.

And let me tell you, a warm and cozy bed is a game-changer for your furry friend. Not only will they be more comfortable, but they’ll also be happier and healthier. 

So go ahead and give your pup the gift of warmth – they deserve it!

Now, if you want to take your dog’s bed to the next level, consider investing in a Big Barker Bed. It is the bed my dog uses, and my German Shepherd gives it a huge paw up.

But why?

In a clinical study by the University of Pennsylvania, owners reported that the Big Barker bed reduced joint pain and stiffness, improved joint function and gait, and led to improved nighttime restfulness in large dogs with arthritis. It also helps prevent joint and mobility issues in the first place.

It’s like a miracle bed for your furry friend! Plus, who doesn’t love spoiling their pup a little bit?

Below is a photo of Willow, my German Shepherd, sleeping on her Big Barker bed at her cabin. See how she loves it tucked right into the corner sofa. You can find my review of this bed here.

German Shepherd on Orthopedic Bed
Willow Snoozing on her bed

In a Built-In Nook

Hey there, fellow pet lovers! Have you ever encountered a built-in nook in your living room and thought, “what could I do with this space?” 

Well, let me tell you, it’s the perfect spot for your dog’s bed! Not only does it use any existing architectural features in your home, but it also creates a cozy little space for your pup.

Safety first, folks! But remember, don’t block access to doors or windows! Your pup needs to be able to move around freely, and you don’t want to create any hazards in an emergency.

Where To Put a Dog Bed In a Living Room – Don’t’s 

In a High-Traffic Area

Not only is it stressful for your pup to constantly have people walking by, but it also poses a safety hazard for everyone in the household. 

Let’s just say there could be a few close calls with tripping and falling.

So, to avoid accidents or stress for your dog, don’t place the bed in a high-traffic area. 

Instead, try to find a spot out of the way and gives your pup some space to relax. After all, they need their rest just as much as we do!

Near Electrical Outlets

Let me tell you about a potential hazard you might not have considered when finding the perfect spot for your dog’s bed in the living room – electrical outlets and cords.

It’s important to remember that our best friends love to chew on things, and electrical cords can pose a serious risk of electrocution.

So, avoid any electrical outlets or cords when choosing a spot for your dog’s bed. 

You don’t want to risk your pup’s safety, and let’s be honest, replacing chewed-up cords is not cheap or convenient.

Two Chihuahuas In Dog Bed

In a Cramped Space

You don’t want to choose a spot that’s too cramped or doesn’t provide enough space for your dog to move around comfortably.

So, avoid choosing a spot that’s too small for your dog’s bed or doesn’t provide enough room for them to stretch out and move around. 

Remember, our pets need their space just as much as we do. After all, a cramped bed can lead to discomfort and even joint pain for our dogs.

Close to Other Pets’ Food and Water Dishes

Trust me; you don’t want to create tension or aggression between your dogs.

So, avoid placing the bed near another pet’s food and water bowls. 

This can create a territorial atmosphere, and your dog may feel uncomfortable or threatened by the presence of another animal’s belongings. Our pets need their own space to feel safe and relaxed.

In a Damp or Moldy Area

You don’t want to risk your dog’s health by choosing a location prone to these issues.

So, avoid placing the bed in a location prone to dampness, such as a basement or bathroom. 

This can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can cause serious health problems for your pup. 

Not to mention, dampness can also damage the bed, leading to a shorter lifespan and potentially costly replacements.


Do Dogs Prefer Beds or Floors?

Most dogs prefer beds over lying on the floor, as beds provide a comfortable and supportive surface. A good bed can help regulate your body temperature, provide joint support, and promote better sleep.

However, some dogs prefer the floor if they tend to overheat quickly or like a cooler surface. Ultimately, it depends on your individual dog’s preferences and needs. My German Shepherd prefers to lie on a cooler floor rather than her bed in warm weather.

Should a Dog Have a Bed in Every Room?

Providing your dog with a comfortable and supportive bed in the main living areas of your home can help them feel included in family activities and give them a sense of security. A dog doesn’t need a bed in every room but a designated space to rest in each room.

If your dog has a favorite spot, providing additional beds may not be necessary. Ultimately, this depends on your individual dogs’ needs and preferences.

Sharon Waddington
Sharon Waddington is the founder of World of Dogz. With over 30 years of experience working with dogs, this former Police Officer has seen it all. But it’s her trusty German Shepherd, Willow, who steals the show as the inspiration behind this website. As Sharon’s constant companion Willow has played a pivotal role in shaping her passion for dogs. Recently, Sharon has become deeply passionate about the plight of rescue dogs and is an active advocate for dog rescue, striving to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need.
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