Best Materials & Fabrics For Different Types Of Dog Beds


When it comes to dog beds, there’s many to choose from on the market.

Different materials and fabrics are used in these beds, and the best materials and fabrics for dog beds will depend largely on what the bed is being used for.

For example, soft inside dog beds are generally made with a stuffing or foam interior with a soft external cover.

Other beds such as outdoor, elevated or chew resistant dog beds are made with a metal or PVC frame, and a thin layer of fabric, raised above the ground.

In the guide below, we look at these different materials and fabrics used.

Let’s take a closer look!


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Best Materials & Fabrics For Different Types Of Dog Beds


Main Types Of Materials Used In Dog Beds

Some of the main types of materials used in dog beds might include:


Indoor & Soft Dog Beds

– The core material used in the base, which is usually a stuffing, a fill or a type of foam. The quality of this core material can differ depending on the bed

– The fill material used in any bolsters or sides

– The material of any internal liners, such as internal waterproof liners

– The material of external liners or covers


Outdoor & Elevated Dog Beds

– The material used for the dog bed frame, such as a cheaper powder coated base metal, an aluminum frame, or a PVC frame

– The material used for the fabric that the dog lays on. Some fabrics are higher quality and stronger than others

– The material used in and around the dog bed frame, such as plastic connecters


Other Dog Beds

If you want to see what a dog bed is made of, make sure you read he product description prior to buying.

Depending on what type of bed it is, find out what the base/core is made from, any liners and covers, any frames, any other part of the bed.

This guide outlines what some of the best dog beds on the market might be right now across various bed types – you can check out what materials and fabrics they are made of.


Now we will move onto the individual types of dog beds and materials used in them …


1) Mattress, Cushion, Foam & Soft Dog Beds

Mattress, cushion, foam and softer support type dog beds are usually contain polyfill and stuffing in them, or a type of foam (orthopedic or memory foam).

They are very popular because they come in a range of prices, sizes and different levels of support.


Materials and fabrics in them might include:

External Material/Fabrics

Faux fur


Microfiber covers

Suede covers


Internal Line Material/Fabrics

Waterproof internal liner – soft fibre and a plastic membrane


Core Material/Fabrics

Cotton solid or shredded stuffing

Polyfill interior

Foam interior


Who Are These Beds Best For?

People who want comfort and cushioning for their dogs, and in the case of the high quality foam beds, support for joints as well.

They can be good as inside dog beds and dog beds for dog crates.

You might have dog bed support as a priority if you have a large or giant dog who have more pressure on their joins from their heavier weight.

Some of these beds look nice inside with color neutral covers, so if you want a nice looking inside dog bed, they might be a good option too.

Take a closer look at mattress and foam type soft dog beds in this guide.


2) Outside Dog Beds and Elevated Dog Beds

Elevated and raised dog beds are great as outside dog beds, and are relatively odor resistant and easy to clean.

They are essentially a frame with a piece of fabric going across them that is raised off the ground.

They are beds that can be put inside and outside, and have good ventilation.

The downside is they don’t have the cushioning and foam support mattress beds do, but the fabric is still soft.

There’s cheap and more expensive options available.


The materials and fabrics they consist of might be:

External Material/Fabrics

Metal or PVC Frame – steel, PVC or aluminium usually

UV treated shade cloth type knitted fabric

Rip Stop fabric (stops tears and rips spreading)

Cordura fabric (similar to vinyl)

Vinyl fabric


Who Are These Beds Best For?

People who want an inside/outside bed

People who want a dog bed that is easy to clean

People who want a well ventilated dog bed

People who want a light dog bed

People who want a chew resistant and almost indestructible dog bed compared to the easy to tear apart mattress dog beds with zippers and stuffing


Read more about the best outdoor, elevated dog beds in this guide.

You can also read a comparison guide of some of the more popular brands of elevated dog beds here – Kuranda, K9 Ballistics & Coolaroo


3) Dog Beds That Look Like Furniture, or Sofas/Lounges/Couches

If you love your inside decor, you may want a dog bed that goes well with your living room furniture for example.


The materials and fabrics in these beds might include:

External Material/Fabrics

Faux Leather

Microsuede Cover

Leatherette fabric


Internal Line Material/Fabrics

Wooden or metal frame 


Core Material/Fabrics

Polyester stuffing

Memory foam


Who Are These Beds Best For?

People who want soft core dog beds that have cushioning and support

People who want a dog bed that goes well with their interior decoration


You can get dog beds that look like couches, loungers and sofas which you can read more about in this guide.


Examples Of What Some Of The Best Dog Beds Might Be Made Of

In other guides we have listed the best dog beds for different types of dog breeds.

This is a collection of those beds – you can check them out to get a better idea of how the best beds might be made, and what they are made of


These are the beds:

Beds For Dogs Of Most Sizes


Bed Specifically For Very Large & Giant Dogs


Affordable & Cheaper Dog Beds


Foam Dog Beds (Regular Foam, Memory Foam, & Orthopedic Foam)


Outdoor & Raised/Elevated Dog Beds


Donut Dog Beds


Dog Beds Designed To Match Home Decor

  • Some companies have a range of dog beds that are made specifically to look good with home decor in mind, such as dog bed ‘rugs’


Dogs Beds That Come With A Waterproof Or Water Resistant Liner

  • A few examples of beds from this list that come with water proof or water resistant liners are …
  • The Big Barker bed has a water proof liner that can be purchased separately – Big Barker Headrest Edition Waterproof Dog Bed Liner (on Chewy)
  • The Petfusion Ultimate Lounge Bed comes with a water resistant outer liner, and a waterproof base liner
  • The Dogbed4less bed comes with a waterproof internal liner
  • Other beds on the list may come with their own types liners too – check the product details to confirm which ones 


Dog Beds For Chewers


*Note – make sure you measure your dog both from their behind to the tip of their nose, and from their paws to the top of their shoulders and also head, and pick a dog bed that will comfortably and safely fit their body length and width ways.

Pick a size of bed that comfortably gives them a few extra inches in each direction.

Also, make sure you get a dog bed with adequate support for your dog’s body (solid certified orthopedic and memory foams can be more desirable than a regular slab foam, or a crated out foam).

Some people also like a specific feature, such as a waterproof liner included, or will look to order one separately (can especially help to protect an investment in a foam bed).


Read the dog bed product description, features, inclusions, and check details and sizing dimensions before ordering.



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