Is your pup's bed taking up too much space? If so, a corner dog bed could be the perfect solution. Here's an overview of the best corner beds, along with a guide to choosing the right option for your pet.
Do you live in an apartment? Or are you a parent with a home filled with toys? (I know the feeling!)
If so, a corner dog bed could be a great way to give your pet a comfortable sleeping spot without taking up much space.
Unlike regular dog beds, corner beds are either triangular in shape or rectangular/square with bolsters on two adjacent sides.
Triangular beds fit snugly into corners, so they are brilliant in small homes or for awkward spaces. Rectangular beds with two bolsters on adjacent sides don't save space, but look more natural in corners and prevent your dog leaning against the wall.
As a bonus, some dogs feel more secure when sleeping in a partially enclosed spot (which is why bolster and cave beds are popular). So, if your dog is anxious about open spaces, he may be more relaxed in a corner.
That doesn't mean corner beds are right for all dogs. Big breeds need plenty of space to get comfortable, so sleeping in a corner might be too restrictive. Dogs that enjoy the "back" sleeping position may also prefer a rectangular bed without bolsters.
For small or medium breeds that like to curl up, however, a corner dog bed can be a great way to save space without sacrificing your dog's comfort.
In this article, I've listed five of the best corner dog beds on the market. But before we get to the top picks, let's take a look at what makes a top-notch corner bed.
What to Look for in a Corner Bed
As with any dog bed, it's vital to buy a corner bed that's comfortable, durable, washable and the right size for your pet. Cheap products might save money, but they often provide poor support and lack durability.
Here are the key considerations when choosing a corner bed:
- Durability. Most beds won't withstand determined chewing or digging - you'll need a chew-proof bed for that - but they should be able to cope with day-to-day use. Look for a bed that's strong and has a cover that can be washed many times without falling apart. Features such as rip-stop covers, water-resistant inner liners and heavy-duty zips can also increase durability.
- Correct Size. Sizing a dog bed isn't always easy - especially when it's for a corner. At The Dog Clinic, our normal advice is to measure your dog's full length, front legs and back legs. Add these numbers together and subtract half the front leg length from the total to get the optimum size. This method doesn't always work with corner beds though, so use your best judgement and aim to allow your dog to fully stretch out along the longest edge.
- Comfortable Filling. The purpose of filling is to spread weight evenly and avoid contact with the floor. Consequently, heavier dogs need thicker filling to stay comfortable, but all dogs need thick and comfy padding. Look for a bed with plenty of filling that's soft and doesn't flatten over time. A memory foam corner bed can be great for supporting joints, but be prepared for an unpleasant smell for the first few days until it's fully aired.
- Machine-Washable Cover. A dog bed is always going to get dirty, so a washable design is essential. You should be able to either wash the entire bed or remove the cover when it gets dirty. Always look for machine washable covers, as hand washing can be a time-consuming task.
- Bolsters or Raised Edges. I mentioned earlier that some dogs feel more secure when they are enclosed. Bolsters can help provide this security, so they might be worth considering if your dog often feels anxious. If your dog loves to stretch out, however, a bolster is just going to get in the way.
There are several other factors you might want to think about when choosing a corner bed.
If you have an elderly dog with joint problems, an orthopedic bed with a supportive foam interior is an essential purchase. This should be a priority over the shape. Even if your dog doesn't sink through a standard bed's interior, memory foam does a much better job at reducing pressure points and relieving pain.
Similarly, nervous dogs or those with joint pain prefer beds with non-slip bottoms. It doesn't take much movement for many dogs to feel unsafe, so look for this feature when buying a bed.
Finally, if your dog is a chewer or still teething, go for one of the beds on our list here. None of the options below are suitable for strong chewers.
5 Best Corner Beds for Dogs
Now you know what to look for in a corner bed, here are five of my top picks. Make sure you read each mini-review to find the right option for your pet and home.
|#1||Snoozer Luxury Corner Pet Bed||Comfortable corner bed that's great for saving space. My #1 pick.||$$$|
|#2||PetFusion BetterLounge||Rectangular memory foam bed with bolsters||$$$|
|#3||Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish Cuddler||Circular bed that's luxurious for small dogs||$$|
|#4||Paws & Pals Corner Lounger||Cheaper triangular bed - although it doesn't provide much support||$$|
|#5||FurHaven Orthopedic Couch||Rectangular bed available with several types of foam||$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks.
1. Snoozer Luxury Corner Pet Bed
If you're looking for a high-quality corner bed, the Snoozer is one of the best options. Built with a high density foam structure, poly-filled cushion, dual bolsters and a machine washable design, it ticks all the boxes - although the price may put some people off.
There's a lot to like about the Snoozer. It has a triangular back, so it fits perfectly into corners to save space. The micro-suede cover looks great and is machine washable, while the foam interior provides a solid-yet-supportive sleeping surface.
Most importantly, it's comfortable for dogs to sleep on - as long as they aren't too big for the sleeping surface. The poly-filled cushion softens the support foam, while the micro-suede cover is smooth and appealing for your canine friend. It's also thick enough to prevent most dogs sinking through to the floor.
A bonus is that the Snoozer is available in multiple size and color combinations. Examples include pink, beige, black and various interesting patterns. And, while it won't withstand determined chewing, it's a sturdy product that should last a while.
One thing to note about this bed is that it's probably not suitable for large dogs. Even the "Large" size, which is approximately 29"x29", is likely to be too cramped. There are also reports that the colors are often not true to the photo, which is something to keep in mind if you want a specific style.
Even so, if you're looking for the best corner pet bed, the Snoozer is one of my top picks.
Why We Recommend It: The Snoozer corner dog bed could be a great choice if you need to save space. It fits snugly into corners, while the foam structure, micro-suede cover and poly-fill cushion provide a comfortable sleeping spot for your pet.
- Type: Bolster (Two Sides)
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large
- Price Range: $$$
- Machine washable
- Wide range of colors
- Well-built and durable
- Colors don't always match the photos
- Not suitable for big dogs
2. PetFusion BetterLounge
An alternative to a "true" corner bed is a rectangular mattress with bolsters on adjacent sides. While these don't save space, they look more natural in corners and prevent your pet resting against a wall. The PetFusion BetterLounge is a great example of this type of bed, with a 3" memory foam mattress, machine washable cover and waterproof liner.
The PetFusion has a 3" memory foam base and two bolsters. I usually prefer at least 4" for an orthopedic bed (the Big Barker has a 7" core, for example), so I don't recommend it for pups with joint problems, but most dogs are likely to find the bed comfortable and thick enough to prevent sinking to the floor.
As you would expect from a high-quality pet bed for larger dogs, the PetFusion has a removable cover that's machine washable. There's also a waterproof foam liner to protect the memory foam from accidents, similarly to most of the beds on this list.
Perhaps the most important difference between this bed and those with triangular backs is that it's suitable for larger dogs. The XL is 44" long, which provides plenty of room for bigger breeds (although probably not for giant breeds), and the 36" Large option is enough for medium-size pups.
It also has an excellent build quality - both in appearance and durability. It's strong, has a dense core and is easy to put together.
So, while the PetFusion doesn't save space like the Snoozer, it's a better option for large breeds or if you want to provide your pet with a memory foam core.
Why We Recommend It: If you just want a bed that looks great in a corner, rather than to save space, the PetFusion BetterLounge is an excellent choice. The dense memory foam core provides a comfortable sleeping spot, while the waterproof liner does a great job of protecting the mattress.
- Type: Bolster (Two Sides)
- Sizes Available: Large, XL
- Price Range: $$$
- Fully waterproof liner protects the foam
- Memory foam molds to your dog's body
- Machine washable cover
- Doesn't save space like the Snoozer
3. Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish Cuddler
This one isn't technically a corner bed, but the soft circular design means it can still slot into awkward places more easily than a regular dog bed. The Deep Dish Cuddler is also one of my top recommendations for a dog bed for smaller breeds - especially those that like to snuggle!
If your dog likes to curl against walls or snuggle up when sleeping, the Deep Dish Cuddler is a great option. The combination of high walls, AirLOFT stuffing and soft cover make it one of the most comfortable products for small breeds. It's also one of the cutest beds to see your pet asleep in!
It's not just about comfort though. The bed is relatively durable and has a waterproof bottom to prevent water build-up. It's not designed to handle heavy chewing, but it's capable of withstanding a bit of rough treatment. As it's small, the Deep Dish Cuddler can also be machine washed as a whole without losing its shape - but make sure you only use a gentle cycle.
The main downside is that it's only suitable for small dogs. It's too restrictive for large or even medium breeds, even if you get the Jumbo size (which is suitable for dogs up to 35lbs). It's also not really a corner bed, although the soft design, circular shape and small size mean it can certainly fit into a corner.
Why We Recommend It: While it's not a true corner bed, the soft walls of the Deep Dish Cuddler make it suitable for tight locations. More importantly, it's a comfortable bed that's perfect for dogs that like to snuggle against walls - although it's only suitable for small breeds.
- Type: Donut
- Sizes Available: Standard, Jumbo
- Price Range: $$
- Luxurious and great for snugglers
- Entire bed is machine washable
- Waterproof bottom
- Only suitable for smaller breeds
4. Paws & Pals Corner Lounger
If you want a true corner bed but the Snoozer is outside of your budget, the Paws & Pals is an alternative. It's not as comfortable or durable as the Snoozer, but could be useful as a secondary bed.
Let's start with the positives. The Paws & Pals Lounger is great for fitting into corners, due to the curved front and triangular back. It also has a soft polyester pillow, non-skid base, comfortable bolsters and is available in four colors.
There are some drawbacks though. The cushion is relatively thin, so I don't recommend it for heavy dogs or those with joint pain. In fact, I think the Paws & Pals is best suited as a travel or secondary bed rather than your dog's main sleeping spot.
The cover is also not removable for washing. This is a major drawback of any dog bed, but the lack of true corner beds on the market means the Paws & Pals is still worth considering.
Why We Recommend It: If you need a triangular bed but the Snoozer is too much money, the Paws & Pals is probably the best alternative. It's thinner and doesn't provide as much support as more expensive options though, so it's not suitable for heavy dogs or those with joint pain.
- Type: Bolster (Two Sides)
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium
- Price Range: $$
- Triangular design is great for saving space
- Relatively cheap
- Cover can't be removed for washing
- Thin cushion
- Not as durable as other options
5. FurHaven Orthopedic Couch
An alternative to the PetFusion BetterLounge is the FurHaven Pet Bed. It has a similar design, with two adjacent bolsters for resting against a corner. There are also options for gel, memory and orthopedic foam depending on your budget and requirements.
The FurHaven Orthopedic Couch features a foam core, faux-fur exterior for extra comfort, and two bolsters for your pup to lean against. It also has a machine washable cover and is available in several sizes.
It's not the most durable bed on the market though. If your puppy is teething, or your dog just enjoys destroying his possessions, the FurHaven probably won't last long. There are also reports that the foam doesn't hold its shape, which is a common issue with lower priced foam beds.
There are currently three mattress options depending on the foam you need. For dogs with joint problems, the orthopedic or memory foam options are probably best. The gel foam bed could be useful if your pet often overheats.
With that said, I only recommend this ahead of the PetFusion if price is a problem. Otherwise I prefer the PetFusion BetterLounge due to its extra durability - although the FurHaven provides great value for money.
Why We Recommend It: If you're looking for a cheap foam bed that's suitable for a corner, the FurHaven is one to consider. It's not the most durable bed, but provides a comfortable sleeping surface and has a machine washable cover.
- Type: Bolster (Two Sides)
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- Price Range: $$
- Three foam options, including memory foam and gel foam
- Soft cover that's machine washable
- Various colors available
- Less durable than many other beds and won't withstand chewing
- Foam is reported to sometimes collapse
Corner dog beds can be useful for saving space and providing your pup with a secure sleeping spot. It's important to choose a high-quality corner bed though, as there are plenty of weak, uncomfortable and overpriced products on the market.
My top pick for a corner pet bed is the Snoozer Luxury. The combination of foam, soft cushioning and faux micro-suede cover make it a comfortable choice for small dogs. It's also durable and available in a wide range of colors.
Do you have any questions about choosing the best corner dog beds for your pet? Or is there a bed you think I should have included? Let me know in the comments section below.
About the Author: Richard Cross
Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.