Does your dog struggle to get up to your high bed? Whether you have a small breed of dog, a senior dog, a puppy or you simply want to make it easier for your large dog to avoid an ACL injury, then you’ll want to discover the best dog steps for high beds. Here they are…
The average bed height today is about 25 inches. But modern platform beds are only about 18 inches high. Whereas an antique bed can be as high as 36 inches. If you’re looking for pet steps for a high bed we’ll assume your bed is at least 25 inches high.
Dog stairs are so important if you’re trying to relieve the stress on your pet’s back and joints. If you think your dog needs steps, don’t delay. Make the decision today to order some dog steps and give yourself peace of mind. Your dog will love you for it.
Dog steps come in different types of construction and different sizes. First we’ll look at foam steps for small dogs. Different sizes of dogs need different step sizes. Even though the height of the bed is the same, you might need a greater number of steps for a smaller breed so they can get their legs up the steps more easily.
Foam Dog Steps for High Beds for Small Dogs
These dog stairs are the 5-step version. You can also get these in a 3-step or 4-step model but you’ll need the 5 steps if you’re wanting it for a high bed. Each step is 4.5 inches in height. The total height is 22.5 inches.
If your bed is about 27 inches tall this is perfect because the last “step” your dog will need to take is the final 4.5 inches above these steps (22.5 + 4.5 inches), onto the bed.
These steps are 16 inches wide.
The foam is a firm foam so it feels good under your dog’s paws. The cover (over the top of the foam) is removable for washing.
This pet stair is only for small breeds of dog. It would feel too unstable for a heavy medium or large sized dog because foam has a little bit of sway when walked on. But it’s perfect for a smaller dog.
With each step being 4.5 inches tall this makes it easy for your dog to climb up onto the bed.
At the time of writing, this product has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon for more than 1,800 reviews. That’s a lot of very happy customers! You can take a look at the reviews here.
X-Large Foam Dog Stairs for High Beds (small to medium dogs)
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This set of foam dog stairs is taller in it’s total height at 24 inches. It has 4 steps of 6 inches each.
This means the last step taken by your dog will be determined by the height of your bed. If your bed is 25 inches high there will only be 1 inch left at the top. If you have a 30 inch high bed then this is perfect because the last step will be 6 inches, matching the other step heights.
You’ll need to take into account the length of your dog’s legs. For the previous set of stairs the risers of each stair are 4.5 inches whereas here, each step is 6 inches.
The width of the stairs is 21 inches.
The foam is high density and high quality. It’s good support yet soft under your dog’s paws. There are quite a lot of customer video reviews on Amazon showing how supportive the steps are for various dogs, take a look at them here.
Each foam step is removable from the cover for easy washing of the cover.
This pet stair is good for small to medium sized dogs. Up to about 30 lbs dog weight would be best. So long as your dog’s legs are able to cope with the height of the stairs. Dachshunds will probably struggle with the step height on this product.
At the time of writing, this product had a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon for almost 1,600 reviews. And there are lots of video reviews showing how well dogs (and cats) use the steps. This is a very popular pet stair.
Wooden Dog Steps for Bed (medium to large dogs)
These wooden dog stairs are very sturdy. They’re made from solid red oak.
These dog stairs are 23 inches tall and 16 inches wide for each step. The length from the front to the back is a total of 28 inches.
If you want dog stairs for a high bed these have the advantage of not moving under your dog’s feet. They don’t bend at all like foam. Some dogs prefer a solid step under their paws and these steps, despite being solid, are lined with carpet so your dog walks on a soft, yet firm, step.
The carpet used on this pet steps is 60 oz stain resistant carpet.
Who should get these dog stairs?
These pet stairs are suitable for medium to large dogs. They will support 300 lbs. Of course, you also need to consider the width and length of each tread of the stairs too.
Each step is 5 1/2 inches high. Each step (where your dog puts his or her paws) is 11 inches wide by 8 inches from front to back. The top step is slightly bigger measuring 11 inches wide and 15 inches from front to back so it’s more like a platform at the top.
When you’re choosing pet stairs for larger dogs you need to consider the size of the steps as well as the weight capacity of the stairs. If your dog struggles to get the hind legs onto the steps while the front legs are still on the steps then this will make it difficult to use them.
Very popular with buyers
In the reviews on Amazon there is a picture of a 5 year old, 75 lb, Golden Retriever easily using these steps (and apparently the owner’s 90 lb German Shepherd also uses them happily). And yet there are other reviewers who use them happily for a chihuahua, a dachshund, a French bulldog and cocker spaniels. These pet steps really are suitable for most sizes of dogs.
You also need to consider where you’ll be positioning the steps near your bed. You’ll need to allow enough room at the end of the steps to allow your medium or large dog to get onto the stairs while facing straight forwards.
With these steps you do have the alternative of placing them sticking out from the bed or on the side, right up next to the bed. This is because the top step is larger which provides a little platform for your dog to change direction and get onto the top of the bed if they need to.
These stairs are expensive but they’re good value. They’re sturdy and will last you many years. If you know your dog prefers the stability of wooden stairs or you have a medium to large breed, then you’ll want to consider these ones.
There is no assembly required for these steps. They arrive assembled and come straight out of the box ready to use (it’s such a relief!)
Folding Dog Steps for High Beds
If you’re looking for dog stairs for tall beds you might want to consider these collapsible dog steps for high beds.
They come in two sizes. If you have a high bed you’ll want to get the X-large size which is 25 inches in height.
Each step is 6.25 inches high and the tread on the step is 7 inches from front to back.
If your bed is 32 inches tall this is a good height because the stairs are 25 inches and when you add another 6.25 to the top as the last actual step taken by your dog, it’s very close to being the perfect height.
The width of the stairs is 18 inches.
Can you store these dog stairs?
These folding dog steps for high beds can easily be folded up and tucked away under the bed when not in use.
If you’re short on space in the bedroom or you just want to move the steps when you’re vacuuming, these collapsible dog steps for high beds are very convenient. You could even collapse them and take them in the car to a holiday house if you needed to.
These stairs feature rubber, non-slip feet to keep them from moving. The carpeted stair tops provide extra grip on the stairs for paws and the edge of each step includes a mini side rail so your dog can feel if they’re getting too close to the edge.
The stairs are lightweight and easy to pick up and move (10.6 lbs). They feature a weight capacity of 200 lbs.
These collapsible dog steps for high beds are very popular. At the time of writing they had a rating of 4.2 stars out of 5.0 for more than 9,000 reviews on Amazon.
These collapsible dog steps do not require any assembling. They arrive ready to use.
Lightweight Portable Dog Steps for High Beds (up to 150 lbs capacity)
These dog stairs are 30.5 inches high. The four steps are covered in a carpet tread which is removable for cleaning (and it’s machine washable).
The bottom of the stairs have rubber grippers to stop them from slipping.
The total length of the dog stair is 34 inches. The width of the stairs is 16 inches.
Each step is 6 inches high at the front of the tread and rising to 7.5 inches high at the back of the tread.
Each step is 7.5 inches deep from front to back.
The slight angle on the steps should help your dog use these to get up to a high bed.
This product is made from blow-molded plastic and each step has the carpet fabric on top of it to help your dog’s paws grip it. This is a sturdy pet stair and high quality.
These dog stairs only require minimal assembly. They snap together easily and you don’t need any tools at all. They usually snap into place easily but it’s worth mentioning that with some of them you might need to apply a bit of force when you’re snapping them together. A rubber mallet could come in handy here.
This is a popular dog stair and at the time of writing it has 4.2 out of 5 stars for more than 1,100 reviews on Amazon (click here to go to the reviews). Many of the buyers talk about how sturdy these steps are.
Corner Dog Stairs for High Beds
Sometimes it’s easy to have your dog’s stairs go around the corner of your bed. Whether you’re short on space or whether you dog just prefers using more compact stairs, you’ll love these sturdy dog steps from Pet Gear.
They are made from hard molded plastic with carpet tops which velcro to the top of the stairs. You can remove the carpet for washing. The carpet tops help to give your dog extra grip on the steps.
The bottom of the stairs include rubber grippers to keep them in place.
At the back of the top step there is a hinged back panel that can be lifted and inside you get lots of extra storage space. This is an added bonus. You can store a dog bed or dog blankets or toys when you need them out of the way.
This product is suitable for small to medium pets up to 75 lbs.
The total height is 26 inches high. The width of the steps is 14 inches.
These pet steps can be arranged as a right corner or a left corner. You have the choice, so you can get them to fit your bedroom either way. They are quite versatile.
These steps are very sturdy and well built. Your dog will feel quite secure on them compared to foam steps that have some movement in them. These are a high quality product.
These dog stairs snap together, there are no tools required.
Should you wait to get dog steps for your bed?
If you’re worried about your dog jumping too far to get off your bed then you’ll want to get some good sturdy dog stairs. The stairs you buy will be needed for years so it’s worthwhile getting a good quality product.
If you like solid wooden stairs they are very sturdy and will last a long time but you need to consider how heavy they are if you need to move them regularly for vacuuming or convenience during the day.
If you prefer lightweight stairs, the plastic molded stairs are lighter yet sturdy and durable. And if you want to stow the dog steps away during the day (or take them on a car trip to another house) then you’ll definitely want to consider the folding dog steps. You can get the convenience you need along with the features you want.
Dog stairs are not only convenient for your dog but they could save your dog pain and suffering. If your pet injures a paw you’ll be worried and it will cost you a trip to the veterinarian. By investing in dog steps for a high bed you’ll avoid that worry about your dog injuring herself.
Some dog parents only think about getting stairs for high beds once their dog is getting older. If you need the steps when they’re older, you might as well get the steps now and avoid an unnecessary injury. You’ll only incur the cost once. By the time your four-legged friend needs them as an older dog she’ll be very familiar with using them and there won’t be any further training needed.
Good luck with your dog stair choice and I know your dog will love you for it.
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