We know that your dog is part of the family. After all, why wouldn’t they be? Dogs provide love and companionship that make them an important part of your world. There is a reason that they have been called “man’s best friend” for decades. Dogs are playful, loving, and energetic. However, they are also an animal that enjoys their sleep! Because of this, why not put together a cozy nook just for your dog? Read on for seven interesting nook ideas that will help your dog get the rest they so deserve!
Set up a dog bed by the window
Most dogs love lying in the warm sunlight to doze. If you have a large window in your home that lets in a lot of sunshine, use it to your advantage! Set up their dog bed and blankets near an open window that allows them to bask in the sun. They’ll enjoy the feeling of being outdoors even when they aren’t. Just make sure the window is sealed well during the cooler months. You don’t want your best friend getting a chill as they sleep! The quality of the dog bed matters, too. Anthony Dewitt at The Pampered Pup can help you picked out the durable and wonderful one for your dog.
Set up a dog crate under your stairs or in your lounge
If your home has a space under the stairs that is sitting empty, you’re in luck. Unused space under your stairs is the perfect area for your dog to make his or her home in. In fact, this space can actually become a room all for your dog! Clean the space out completely before you begin to make sure there is no dust or debris left that could bother your dog. Then, go wild with decorating ideas! If there is already carpet under the stairs, leave it. If not, throw in an old area rug or pieces of carpeting to make it cozy. Carpet and rugs have the added benefit of keeping heat it. Set up your dog’s crate or bed inside and make sure they have constant access to in. Some dog owners even decorate the walls with cute art for their dog to really make it their own space!
If you have a lounge area, consider converting part of the space into an area for your dog. A place out of the way would be perfect for their dog bed, blankets, and toys. You’ll all have a cozy place to lounge together during family movie night or game night!
Upcycle old furniture into a dog area
Who hasn’t struggled to get rid of old furniture that nobody seems to want? Why not upcycle your furniture into a cozy nook for your dog instead of trashing it? You can use many different types of furniture for your dog. An unused cabinet space in your kitchen or dining room can be cleared of cobwebs and turned into a nice little area for your pup. Take an old side table and cover it to make it into a cute little fort your dog can go into. Use old shelves to build a personalized area for your dog to enjoy. The possibilities are endless!
Turn your fireplace into a dog bed
Many houses are built with fireplaces, but not everyone wants to take on the care and commitment of building fires. If your fireplace is just empty space in your home, consider turning it into a place for your dog. Always make sure your fireplace is cleaned out properly by a professional if it has been used for fires before. From there, put in a dog bed, blankets, and toys for your pup to enjoy. He or she will have their own cozy area to sleep in, and you won’t have to worry about unused space any longer.
Create their own feeding station
Your dog should have their own feeding station in your kitchen that they can get to when they want. Pick a place that is out of the way of foot traffic but easily accessible by your dog. Set up their food bowl and water dish on a cute mat that will quickly pick up spills. Consider investing in an automatic dog food feeder that dispenses food when you have to leave. This helps dogs who suffer from separation anxiety as they can count on their food being there at the same time every day.
Dedicate their own pet pad
If you have extra space anywhere in your home, dedicate a pet pad to your dog. Set up a cozy bed that they will love sleeping in. If your dog is older or suffers from arthritis or any other illness or injury, consider orthopedic dog beds. Your dog will spend at least half of their day sleeping or resting, so you will want them to be comfortable! Keep some favorite stuffed toys and chew toys in a basket by their bed, and make sure they have any comfort items nearby as well.
Create a puppy teepee
Many dogs enjoy nooks that allow them to hide. A teepee allows them to do just that! You can create your own puppy teepee by using just a few materials you may already have in your home. You’ll find numerous tutorials online that can show you how. If you aren’t a do-it-yourself type of person, never fear! Check online for dog teepees that will be delivered right to your door.
Your dog will love any of these cozy nook ideas. We hope you get even more kisses and tail wags after your best friend sees what you have done for them!