Dog beds are meant to be a comfortable place for your pet to relax and sleep, but you also want it to be durable and easy to clean. There are many types of fabrics to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to decide which one is best.
We have rounded up six different types of fabrics that work well for dog beds. Each fabric has its own strengths and weaknesses, and there are factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the one that not only works best for you but also provides a great bed for your dog.
First, consider your dog’s demeanor. If you have a dog who likes to chew and scratch at fabric, you will need something durable. If your dog is laid back and prefers to sleep the day away, a softer fabric will do well.
Keep in mind how easy the fabric is to care for since you will want to clean it regularly. If you want to use the bed inside and outside, you will want a material that is tough enough to handle the elements. All of the following fabrics are easy to find, though some are more affordable than others. Here are six fabrics that are great for a dog bed, in no particular order.
1. Outdoor Fabrics
These are durable fabrics made to withstand the elements, so they can also withstand certain amount wear and tear from your dog. This type of fabric is ideal for diggers and scratchers. Typically, it’s an open weave fabric, so it’s water-resistant, not waterproof. Such fabrics are also breathable and softer to lay on than canvas or denim. Outdoor fabrics are machine washable but they need to be air-dried.
- Patented, CHEWPROOF HIGH STRENGTH, lightweight aircraft grade aluminum frame supports up to 250lbs.
- Elevated/Raised orthopedic design to keep your dog dry, cool, and comfortable indoors and outdoors.
Canvas is a plain weave made from cotton. Duck Canvas is more tightly woven, offering a softer finish. It can withstand a certain amount of chewing and scratching and provide some traction for your dog to get in and out of the bed with ease. Canvas won’t be as soft or cushy as other fabrics, but it is machine washable and dryable. Canvas is not waterproof or water-resistant, but it is breathable and lightweight.
- Exterior shell in 12 oz. firm hand cotton duck canvas for durability and a water-repellent coating
- Baffle constructed interior cushion that allows polyester fill to stay in place
3. Ripstop Nylon
This is a great fabric made from woven nylon that is tear and abrasion-resistant. So, if you have a dog that scratches or digs, this fabric is durable enough to tolerate that. It comes in different weights: light, medium, and heavy. However, even the heavyweight will not hold up to aggressive chewing. It is machine washable and dryable. Although it is not water-resistant, you can find ripstop nylon that is coated in polyurethane to add extra protection. This nylon is affordable, but once you add water protection or use a higher weight, it will be pricier and less breathable.
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This is a nice fabric for older dogs, since it provides traction for them to get in and out of bed. It is also great for dogs with sensitive skin and/or allergies. On the downside, it won’t be as soft, as it is textured. It is abrasion-resistant high-denier nylon that will hold up to light chewing, scratching, and digging. It is water-resistant and can be machine washed and dried on low heat. The fabric is breathable as long as it is uncoated. But it is pricier than other fabrics because it is so durable.
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- Features a weaved sewing line preventing the inner-fabric from swaying or moving.
Microfiber is a soft and comfy fabric that most dogs will love to snuggle on. Most microfibers are made from polyester, so they are not as breathable but will hold up to regular use. They aren’t durable enough for a destructive dog, though. You can spot-treat microfiber in between regular washings. It is not tolerant to heat, so it has to left out to air dry. Also, microfiber will be twice as expensive as cotton fabric.
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- CLEAN: Microfiber is antibacterial, ultra fast drying, and odor free
This is a great choice for dogs who prefer more comfort in their lives and don’t chew, scratch, or dig. Fleece will not hold up to aggressive dogs, and it will also collect hair, which makes it difficult to keep clean. Fleece can be either natural or synthetic. Most prefer synthetic, since it is comfortable and lightweight and has anti-perspiration qualities. Synthetic fleece is affordable and comes in different weaves, so you can pick from fluffy to a smoother finish. It is easy to clean, being machine washable, and you can dry it on low heat.
- Plush self-warming pet bed for dogs and cats
- Made with the same technology as self-warming mylar “space blankets”
We hope that this list gives you a great starting point when making the decision for what fabric to use on your dog bed. You can buy these fabrics at craft and fabric stores, either in your hometown or online. Prices will vary depending on the type of fabric and the store you choose.
More durable fabrics are canvas, outdoor fabrics, ripstop nylon, and Cordura. These will work well for dogs who are more destructive, though they aren’t chew proof by any means. Softer, comfy fabrics are the fleece and microfiber, but they aren’t as durable.
Even though there are many fabrics available, you will have to weigh the pros and cons of each in order to pick the one that provides the perfect place for your dog to rest.
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