Dog and cat beds have come a long way over the years and are now much more stylish and suited to modern-day homes. For an extra flourish, why not opt for a pet sofa that will match your living room décor? Sofa beds are the current rage in pet accessories and come in all shapes and sizes, from flamboyant coloured chesterfields to plush chaise longues in deep greys.
Of course, with so many choices on offer, it can be difficult to know what to look for. In this guide, we do the hard work, helping you consider which will suit your pet best, what features to look for and the best ways of keeping your pet warm and cosy during the temperamental British winters. Our top ten from Amazon will definitely help you choose the right sofa to suit your fluffy feline or comfort-loving canine.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of pet sofas available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Deluxe Pet Sofa
Linen Pet Sofa
Zebra Stripe Print Lounger
Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed
Cooling Elevated Dog Bed
Orthopedic Washable Dog Bed
A Comfy, Cosy Sofa Perfect for Small Pups or Cats
A Chic Option With Breathable Linen for Pets up to 20 kg
A Funky Zebra-Print Chaise Longue With Extra Storage
Keeps Your Pet Cool Thanks to a Raised Design With Good Airflow
An Orthopaedic Sofa to Support Animals With Aches and Pains
A Fun Design That's Perfect for Small Pets With Short Legs
An Affordable, Soft and Cosy Bed for Very Cold Days
A Cooler Sofa With a Changeable Mesh or Plush Liner
A Roomy Sofa Bed for Large Breeds With Orthopaedic Problems
|Dimensions||68.5 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm||74 x 41 x 32.5 cm||57 x 34 x 36 cm||24.5 x 63.5 x 43 cm||M: 76 x 46 x 18 cm, L and XL also available||63 x 43 x 31 cm||60 x 40 cm||90 x 70 cm||100 x 80 cm|
|Weight Capacity||5 kg, suitable for cats or small dogs||20 kg, suitable for cats or small and medium dogs||15 kg, suitable for small dogs and cats||11 kg, suitable for cats or puppies||All, suitable for dogs and cats and especially older animals||10 kg, suitable for cats and small dogs||No max capacity, suitable for cats, small and medium dogs||Up to 99 kg, best for large dogs||No limit, best for large dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Curved back, bolstered sides, thick padding||Four sturdy feet, plush raised back and sides||Raised back, anti-slip feet||Curved back and sides||Low to ground, orthopaedic foam padding, raised sides||Low to ground, high back and sides, thick padding||Low to the ground, high back, thick padding, fleece||Raised back and sides, changeable cooling mat or plush liner||Higher back and sides, orthopaedic, memory foam|
|Climate||Best for colder weather||Year-round||Cooler seasons||Year-round||Cooler seasons||Cooler seasons||Cold seasons||Year-round||Cooler seasons|
|Cleaning Options||Removable and washable cushion||Removable and washable cushion||Detachable and washable cushion cover||Removable and washable cover||Dirt-resistant fabric and machine washable||Wipe clean||Removable, washable covers||Hose down mesh layer||Removable and washable cushion cover, whole bed can be washed on a slow cycle or hand washed|
|Additional Features||-||-||Storage||Raised design||Non-slip base||-||-||-||Non-slip base, chew-proof|
Pet sofas are a fantastic way of providing a relaxing and calming space for your dog or cat whilst still retaining the style you like in your living space. However, although you may be drawn to styles that suit your décor, take time to analyse the measurements. Will the pet bed fit well in your home?
It is equally as vital to consider the size of your pet. There is no point in investing in a minute sofa when you have a Great Dane, likewise, a giant sofa will swamp a tiny pet and not leave them feeling cosy and secure. Measure up your pet for size and also for weight. Most pet sofas will have a maximum weight capacity, so keep everyone safe by making sure you don't exceed this.
As well as buying the correct size sofa, there are other features that can maximise comfort and make your beloved friend feel safe and secure. Look for additions such as high backs for safety, which will ensure your pet won't slip off the sofa when in a deep sleep. If the high sides and backs are also padded, even better. Included cushions and blankets will make them feel properly at home, too.
Most pet sofas are designed with warmth in mind, and largely that is what is needed in the UK. However, during very hot weather, a plush, padded sofa may leave your dog or cat feeling overheated, negating the comfort option. For summer, consider a sofa with cooling properties such as a raised design or mesh sections for airflow.
As the sofa is probably going to get a lot of love from your pet, you will need to look for options that are easy to clean, such as removable cushion covers that you can simply throw in the washing machine. Some can also be tumble dried. If washable covers are not specified, choose sofas that can at least be wiped clean.
Storage can be a massive help when you have pets, and fortunately, many sofas include it. This may be a simple pocket stitched into the back for storing their favourite treats or a bed that has a large storage compartment built into the sofa itself – perfect for tidying away toys.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||68.5 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm|
|Weight Capacity||5 kg, suitable for cats or small dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Curved back, bolstered sides, thick padding|
|Climate||Best for colder weather|
|Cleaning Options||Removable and washable cushion|
|Dimensions||74 x 41 x 32.5 cm|
|Weight Capacity||20 kg, suitable for cats or small and medium dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Four sturdy feet, plush raised back and sides|
|Cleaning Options||Removable and washable cushion|
|Dimensions||57 x 34 x 36 cm|
|Weight Capacity||15 kg, suitable for small dogs and cats|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Raised back, anti-slip feet|
|Cleaning Options||Detachable and washable cushion cover|
|Dimensions||24.5 x 63.5 x 43 cm|
|Weight Capacity||11 kg, suitable for cats or puppies|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Curved back and sides|
|Cleaning Options||Removable and washable cover|
|Additional Features||Raised design|
|Dimensions||M: 76 x 46 x 18 cm, L and XL also available|
|Weight Capacity||All, suitable for dogs and cats and especially older animals|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Low to ground, orthopaedic foam padding, raised sides|
|Cleaning Options||Dirt-resistant fabric and machine washable|
|Additional Features||Non-slip base|
|Dimensions||63 x 43 x 31 cm|
|Weight Capacity||10 kg, suitable for cats and small dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Low to ground, high back and sides, thick padding|
|Cleaning Options||Wipe clean|
|Dimensions||60 x 40 cm|
|Weight Capacity||No max capacity, suitable for cats, small and medium dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Low to the ground, high back, thick padding, fleece|
|Cleaning Options||Removable, washable covers|
|Dimensions||90 x 70 cm|
|Weight Capacity||Up to 99 kg, best for large dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Raised back and sides, changeable cooling mat or plush liner|
|Cleaning Options||Hose down mesh layer|
|Dimensions||100 x 80 cm|
|Weight Capacity||No limit, best for large dogs|
|Safety/Comfort Features||Higher back and sides, orthopaedic, memory foam|
|Cleaning Options||Removable and washable cushion cover, whole bed can be washed on a slow cycle or hand washed|
|Additional Features||Non-slip base, chew-proof|
Written and researched by Sarah Jarman
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