Want a pet bed that's comfortable AND looks great? A wicker dog bed could be perfect for your puppy or adult dog. Keep reading for a complete guide to choosing wicker beds, along with our top five picks.
Wicker is one of the oldest furniture construction techniques. It has a timeless appeal that's great for everything from chests to chairs - and it can also be used to create wonderful dog beds.
But before we go any further, what exactly is wicker?
Instead of a material type, the term "wicker" refers to any woven furniture.
Natural wicker materials, such as rattan, bamboo, sea grass and willow, are most commonly associated with this type of furniture. Synthetic resin or vinyl is becoming more common though, as these materials have better weather resistance.
With this definition in mind, let's take a closer look at why you might want a wicker dog bed - and whether they are suitable for all pets.
Most people who buy a wicker dog bed are looking for something more stylish than the average pet bed. There's no denying wicker has more living room appeal than a simple cushion design - especially as it's available in many different colors.
There are other benefits to a wicker dog basket though. Woven rattan, sea grass or bamboo are relatively lightweight, so it's easy to move the bed around the house. It's also surprisingly durable - as long as your pet isn't a chewer.
Woven beds are also available in a range of shapes and sizes. Some have a roof to make your pet feel more secure, while others have bolsters. You can even buy wicker crates.
A drawback is that a wicker basket can be uncomfortable. That's why most wicker dog beds include a removable plush cushion - although you may need to purchase one separately.
A wicker dog bed with a comfortable cushion can quickly become a popular sleeping spot for your pet. They aren't suitable for all dogs though.
I don't recommend a wicker bed for dogs that like to chew, for example. While wicker is strong, it's not chew-proof and will quickly fall apart when faced with a determined chewer. Instead, choose a bed that's designed to withstand a dog's attention.
Wicker beds are also not designed to provide orthopedic support. While you could add your own cushion to the bed, the oval design of most wicker options can make it difficult to find a truly supportive mattress that fits. If your dog suffers from joint pain, look for a memory foam or orthopedic bed that's designed to take the pressure off his joints.
Nervous dogs may also find the natural creaking of wicker to be disconcerting. I've known some dogs refuse to sleep in them due to the noise, so if you have an anxious pet a regular mattress-style bed is probably a better choice.
Finally, make sure the bed is the right size for your pet. Most wicker beds are designed for small breeds rather than a large dog - although there are exceptions.
Listed below are five of the best wicker dog beds on the market at the moment. Make sure you read each mini review to find the right option for your pet, budget and requirements.
|#1||The Refined Canine Igloo Deluxe||Igloo-style bed made with a faux rattan material. Great choice!||$$$|
|#2||PawHut Raised Wicker Couch||Cheaper rattan bed with a washable cushion.||$$|
|#3||A Pet Project Victorian Comfort Bed||Antique-style bed made with a polyester cushion.||$$$|
|#4||Solvit PetSafe Mr. Herzher's Indoor Crate||Beautiful crate made with synthetic wicker.||$$$$|
|#5||PetPals Paper Rope Bed||Softer felt and paper rope and a great price - but only suitable for very small breeds.||$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks.
For dogs that prefer to sleep in an enclosed bed, the Refined Canine Igloo Deluxe is a brilliant option. It's an expensive product, but justifies the high price with durable faux rattan wicker, machine-washable cushion, and a high quality design.
The most obvious difference between this and other wicker pet beds is the igloo design. This creates an enclosed sleeping spot, which is great if your pet feels anxious in the open. There's also a wooden top to provide greater security.
Interestingly, the bed is hand-woven with faux rattan. While some people might prefer real rattan, the synthetic material is more durable and waterproof.
The circular design can make it difficult to know if your dog will be comfortable. The Igloo is 25" in diameter, so it's a good idea to measure your dog when he's laying down to see whether it provides enough space.
As with all wicker beds, I don't recommend it for heavy chewers. It's also expensive. Yet despite these issues, the Igloo Deluxe is a durable and stylish option, so it's an easy choice for my #1 pick.
Why We Recommend It: If you want a bed that looks more like furniture than a pet product, the Igloo Deluxe is a brilliant choice. It's highly durable, stylish, and provides a secure sleeping area for your pup. The biggest drawback is the price - and it's only suitable for small breeds.
If you're looking for a basic wicker bed for a small dog, the PawHut Raised Couch could be a great choice. It's made from durable rattan that can withstand the occasional chewing or digging, and comes with a washable cushion for added comfort.
Let's start with one of the best features of this bed: the price. It's considerably cheaper than many wicker beds, yet is one of the best when it comes to appearance and durability. The soft cushion is also covered in faux fur for extra comfort.
Comfort isn't just about cushioning though, so the raised edges may not be a good choice for pets that stretch out when sleeping. If your pet likes to curl up, however, he'll probably enjoy the curved bolsters - although they don't provide the same comfort as a soft bolster. The bed is also slightly elevated to keep your pet off a cold floor.
There are a few downsides to this bed though. The small size means it's not for medium or large breeds. PawHut describes it as "suitable for dogs up to 44lbs," but I think this would be too cramped unless your pet likes to curl up when sleeping. It's also not suitable for determined chewers - although this is the case for all wicker beds.
Why We Recommend It: The PawHut is a simple wicker bed with a padded cushion and durable design. It features a timeless style that looks great in almost any home - plus it's available for an excellent price.
If you're looking for a more traditional style, the Pet Project Victorian Comfort is an option to consider. It features a dark wicker exterior, polyester inner cushion and a dip on one side to allow your dog easier access.
Does it justify the more expensive price compared to the PawHut though?
For small breeds, the Victorian Comfort provides ample room to sleep. The raised wicker on all sides also creates a secure sleeping environment without fully enclosing your pet.
As you would expect from a luxury bed, it's well made and durable. It won't last long if your pet is a heavy chewer, but it won't fall apart during regular use either.
The biggest downside is the price. It's not the most expensive wicker bed on the market, but it's not cheap either. Whether it's worth the money depends on how much you like the antique style.
Like many wicker beds, it's not suitable for medium or large breeds - especially if they like to stretch out. Dogs with joint pain may also have trouble lifting their legs over the sides.
Why We Recommend It: When it comes to a traditional wicker style, this is one of the best dog baskets on the market. It's not cheap, but is built to a high standard and includes a soft interior cushion.
The PetSafe Mr. Herzher's Indoor Pet Home is a stylish option if you're looking for a crate. Made with a dark synthetic exterior and available in four sizes, it's much more attractive than a typical metal crate.
Aside from its appearance, the Indoor Pet Home has several useful features. These include a spring-loaded door, complete with latch to keep your dog confined, and a pan for catching accidents. The crate also comes with non-slip feet.
An advantage of the synthetic wicker is that it shouldn't absorb moisture or odors. You can also clean it with soap and water. Of course, if your dog regularly has accidents then there's an issue that needs to be addressed - perhaps he is being left for too long or is suffering from anxiety - but the synthetic material and tray are useful for the occasional accident.
It's worth noting that this isn't the right crate for dogs that attempt to escape. While it's relatively durable, it's not designed to withstand an escape attempt (click here for our list of the best heavy duty crates).
The bed also doesn't come with a cushion or mat. You'll need to purchase this separately, which is a shame - especially as the biggest downside of this crate is the high price.
Why We Recommend It: If you want a crate that looks like furniture, the PetSafe Mr Herzher's Indoor Home is a great choice. It's not designed to withstand an escape attempt, but for dogs that are happy to spend time in a crate it's a durable and easy-to-clean option.
While most wicker beds are either synthetic or rattan, this PetPals bed is handmade with felt and paper rope. This gives it a warmer and softer feel than the harsher feel of most wicker beds, while still being relatively durable.
The PetPals bed comes with a comfortable pillow that fits snugly into the raised sides. It's also easy to spot clean the wicker, although the manufacturer only recommends using a vacuum cleaner or lint roller, rather than a cleaning product.
As the PetPals is primarily designed for cats, it's only suitable for the smallest breeds. At almost half the size of the PawHut Raised Wicker Couch, I would only recommend it for miniature breeds or puppies (10lbs or less).
I also don't think it's quite as durable as the other options on this list. So, if your pet sometimes chews his bed, it's probably not the best choice.
Why We Recommend It: For very small dogs or puppies, the PetPals is a relatively cheap wicker bed. The rope and paper design also provides a softer feel than rattan. It's far too small for most dogs, however, and is also less durable.
Wicker beds are often expensive, so it's important to keep them looking great for as long as possible. Here are some tips:
This depends on the material. As a general rule, don't use a bed outdoors unless the manufacturer specifically states that it's weather-proof. Synthetic beds are also more durable.
Wicker dog beds can be bought at most online pet stores, include Amazon and PetsMart. You can also find more expensive options at boutique pet stores.
Wicker dog beds can be a stylish addition to your home. Unlike regular beds, they look like real furniture. The best wicker beds are also durable, easy to clean and provide a comfortable sleeping spot for your pet.
My top recommendation for a wicker bed is the excellent Canine Igloo Deluxe. It's not a cheap option, but the enclosed design, durable construction and stylish appearance make it one of the best.
Do you have any questions about choosing a wicker bed for your dog? Please 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.