Sharing a bed with your pet can make for a very special way to bond. It can help relieve their stress overnight, improve their sense of trust and attachment, and even let their sleep schedule adjust to match yours! However, not any bed is ready for cats and dogs to hop right in, and it’s important to make sure your bed’s ready before letting them join.
Watch our video and read below to learn how you can make your bed perfectly pet-friendly!
Before we get into our suggestions, it’s important to note that your pets can pose risks to the longevity of your bedding. While our recommended solutions can help alleviate many common problems associated with cozying up in bed with your furry friend, they are not intended to be used as pet-specific products.
Tip 1: Add a mattress pad and pillow protectors.
It’s easy for your bed to get messy with some animals joining you, so an added layer of protection is a must-have for your mattress. These will keep their claws, paws, and weight from damaging your mattress while they get comfortable.
Tip 2: Dress your bed with tightly weaved sheets.
Since claws and paws can get caught in the threads of your sheets, it’s important to have a smooth surface that won’t easily get snagged while they’re walking over, such as our silky smooth TENCEL™ BeechBliss and TENCEL™ Eucalyptus Luxe sheets.
Tip 3: Use a smooth, patterned duvet cover.
Style with a non-textured duvet cover to resist snags that may happen under claws, so you can remove hair easily with a lint roller. Dark colours and patterned designs will also hide stains, improving the longevity of your duvet cover!
Tip 4: Layer with a durable quilt.
Alongside being a stylish top layer, adding a quilt set on top of your duvet and duvet cover will give it extra protection (and coziness) if your pet likes jumping in and out of bed,
Tip 5: Stack your euros in front of your sleeping pillows.
While you won’t ever be sleeping on your euro pillows, swapping them with the ones you rest on is a great way to prevent hair from building up.
Tip 6: Finish the look with a cozy fleece surface.
Your pets love getting comfy just as much as you do, so add an extra layer of softness just for them to rest with! We recommend our cozy fleece throws and fleece blankets, as they make for an extra snuggly sleep space for your pet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it safe for you to bring your pet in bed with you?
It is generally safe for you to bring your pet in bed with you, but be mindful of any allergies or respiratory issues that could be triggered by pet dander or hair! Make sure to keep them clean and groomed if you plan on letting them in, and consider washing your sheets and blankets regularly.
Q: How can I prevent my pet from disrupting my sleep?
To prevent your pet from disrupting your sleep, make sure they’re comfortable and have their own designated sleeping area so you don’t roll over them. Additionally, making sure you both have a consistent bedtime routine can help them feel more relaxed and sleepy at night.
Q: Does bringing your pet into bed require extra cleaning?
Yes, if you wish to bring your pet into bed with you, you’ll likely need to clean it more often, even if your pet is frequently groomed. Pets can leave hair, dirt, and more over your bedding, especially if they move around frequently during the evening. To mitigate this, we suggest training your pet to stay in a designated spot on your bed overnight, alongside giving them their own blanket or throw to sleep on.
Q: Can my pet rest above my duvet?
Depending on your duvet’s fill, letting your pet jump on top can potentially cause it to lose its loft due to the extra pressure, resulting in cold spots. If you sleep with a down duvet, you may need to re-shift your duvet more frequently to ensure its fill stays evenly distributed.
Q: Can sharing a bed with my pet cause behavior problems?
On occasion, letting your pets sleep in bed with you can potentially cause them to develop separation anxiety or aggression towards other animals or people. To avoid these issues, make sure to establish clear boundaries and rules for your pet's behavior in the bed. For example, you may choose to only allow your pet on the bed during certain times or under certain circumstances.
We hope these tips can help you and your furry friends get a little cozier at night! Be sure to sign up