I have been searching for new bedroom dog beds for sometime now. I do not spend alot of money on beds; I think it's foolish if you do. Dogs can be very hard on beds even if they are really good dogs like mine ;) As most of you know Luke is a digger so he pretty much destroys fabric eventually. How often I catch him digging is how long the bed has to live basically. And you have to factor in puking on the beds which almost always results in tossing the whole thing.
When looking for a bed; there are things to consider.
A bed must have a zipper so that you can remove the outer casing and throw it in the wash.
They should be large enough for the dog to spread out on.
Do the squish test; is there enough stuffing to keep your dog off the ground?
Will the fabric hold up? I usually go for better fabric but sometimes I've bought a cheaper one; they do not hold up at all.
Try to match your decor; there is no need for your house to look crappy because you have dog beds around. I have tons of beds; almost 2 in everyroom and in my opinion my house looks nice.
If you don't want your dog sleeping on the couch or your bed then a dog bed is the best alternative. Afterall they need their comfort; when was the last time you slept on the floor? It is hard and not comfortable at all. If they choose to lie on the floor when I have offered beds that is fine with me but to not give them somewhere comfortable to lay in each room with you I think is wrong.
Now especially as our dogs age; at 9, 12.5 and 13.5 they need more comfort than ever. If you have a dog that suffers from arthritis or some other sort of physical ailment; they really need comfort. Check your beds often for the fluff factor; have they flattened out to a useless thickness? Time to head off to Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Steinmart. This is where I buy all my beds; they simply have the best prices. These last ones are from Costco; I think they are 36x40" more than large enough but hey nothing is too good for my guys.