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Top 15 Best Dog Stairs of 2021

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Dog stairs is a great way to help senior arthritic dogs or small dogs get onto beds or into cars. With so many brands available for purchase, it may be difficult to pick the right set. So for this dog stairs review, I've tested a number of different products to pick the best.

There are several factors to consider when choosing stairs for dogs. How many steps will you need? What's the appropriate incline? Do you choose wooden or soft steps for dogs? Is your dog afraid of stairs? Which type is the most appropriate for the breed or a dog's age?

I've considered these and many other factors and ranked each product for its own category, picking best dog stairs for bed, cars and more.

How to Buy the Best Dog Steps for Bed or Car

Your choice of pet stairs will depend on your dog's needs, size, health condition, weight and the height of your furniture or car. There are three factors you'll need to take into account before purchasing the product:

  1. Measure the height from floor to bed/sofa/etc
  2. Weigh your dog and consider his/her size in general
  3. Decide whether you'll need a ramp or just the stairs

There's also some difference between stairs and ramps. Functionally they're similar, but it can have an impact on your dog's everyday life anyway.

Dog Stairs. All kinds of pet steps are created with agility in mind. It means that for your dog to successfully use such a construction, they will need to be at least semi-healthy and not too old (no signs of arthritis).

Dog Ramps. Dog ramps will always be the easiest option for a dog to climb, and the most gentle on their joints. These are usually perfect for senior dogs with arthritis or joint problems, or handicapped pets. Some dog ramps can actually be transformed into steps, which is always convenient.

For more tips, read my article on how to choose dog steps. If you're ready to start shopping for a new set, below are my rankings for the best dog stairs that I've come to after many weeks of testing with my own pack of dogs.

The Best Dog Stairs for Bed and Cars

1 Pet Studio Pine Frame Ramp-Steps for Dogs
 The Overall Best Dog Stairs

Rating5 stars
Size: 2 steps / 3 steps
Max weight: 150 lbs
Material: Wood + carpeting
Dimensions: 40 x 17.5 x 19.5 inch
Non-slip: Yes

Pet Studio dog stair ramp is a rare option which you can easily convert from stairs to a ramp, a much easier way for arthritic dogs to climb up. The manufacturer is a veteran in the pet supplies market and these steps have been a best seller on Amazon since late 2000s. These tall dog stairs have three carpeted non-slip steps that make going up or down comfortable and safe for the dog. It’s designed for small and large dogs, weighing up to 150 pounds.

Each tread measures 12” deep by 16” wide, and the last step is 19.5” high measured from the floor. The construction feels very sturdy, made of pine and colored with a dark finish, making it a stylish looking piece of furniture. This is a more expensive brand, but pet owners looking for cheaper pet stairs can look into their two-step variation.

A common problem with stairs for dogs is that they're either too slim or too steep for comfort, and they're shaky. Even if dogs are coaxed to climb up, they'll be reluctant about going down and will jump instead. Due to the design of Pet Studio dog steps for high bed, they are wide enough and there is no wobble whatsoever, so most dogs will feel confident to climb them.

Another feature of these wooden dog steps is that the leg end that touches the floor is padded, which is great to prevent sliding and to protect the floor from scratches. Whenever you feel your dog is not up for a climb, the treads fold underneath to convert these steps into a ramp. The frame locks flat neatly and securely, and has a handle on the back for transporting or storing them away. This is a high-end product in the medium price range that’s a clear winner on our list.

 

2 Premier Pet Tall Raised Panel Dog Steps
 The Best Tall Dog Stairs for High Beds

Rating5 stars
Size: 4 steps
Max weight: 300 lbs
Material: Wood + carpeting
Dimensions: 27 x 15.5 x 23 inch
Non-slip: Yes

As the second top ranked product, it's these tall dog stairs from Premier Pet. Owners looking for a dog stepladder that's not difficult to blend with a home decor, cabinetry and wooden interior will find these wooden dog steps very fitting. Premier Pet four-step solid oak pet steps for dogs is mostly recommended for large dogs. It’s got furniture-grade workmanship and is one of the better looking dog steps for high beds.

The frame and steps are made of oak, finished with rich cherry color, which is what sells the look of these wood dog steps. The treads are non-slip and covered with stain-resistant carpet. Since there are four large steps, accessing high places is easier for dogs with back or joint issues without you having to compromise on style. Each tread is 16” wide – this is great even for big dogs. It rises 5.5” high which is an easy climb even for small dogs.

Due to their furniture-grade quality, the steps are designed to hold large dogs weighing up to 300 pounds. Our dogs took to these pet stairs quickly and easily without any need for coaching. These tall dog stairs for large dogs have their whole perimeter resting on the ground, and it's not propped up or hinged on one end like other products, which is what makes them very stable and close to immovable by the dog.

On the drawbacks side, these large stairs are a heavy piece of furniture. They are certainly not too portable or easily movable, thus they're a good option for pet owners looking for long-term stairs where you can leave and forget about them. If that's not an issue for you, the this 23-inch Pet Premier option makes for one of the best large wooden dog stairs on the market.

 

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Petsfit Wooden Pet/Cat/Dog Stairs/Steps for Elderly Cat/Dogs with Short Legs and Long Body

               The Best Wooden Dog Stairs

Rating5 stars
Size: 3 steps
Max weight: 200 lbs
Material: Wood + carpeting
Dimensions: 22x17x20 inch
Non-slip: Yes

Here's an alternative to the above mentioned option: also stylish wooden pet steps. It's a great looking piece of furniture that  will compliment your home decor. Petsfit Products steps have three steady and well-placed treads that allows your dog easy access to sofa or bed, but you wouldn't use them for a vehicle.

They look beautiful on the outside, while they also happen to be a functional storage space for dog toys or other pet supplies.

Petsfit Products pet stairs are great elderly cats and dogs with short legs and long bodies. The frame and tread are made from hardwood and have quality workmanship reminiscent of good old solid piece of wood furniture. Each tread is non-slip and carpeted which provides good traction, and makes it safer for dogs.

I particularly appreciated the slow rise, the considerable depth and width of each tread on these stairs. The tread is generously wide at 18” and quite deep at 9”. Honestly, for our home situation, this was the main reason that made these wooden dog steps a top rated option for me.

The storage feature and classy look are great bonuses for pet owners looking for dog stairs for small dogs that will also fit well within their home decor. Like all wooden dog steps, these are not cheap, but if you consider that you won’t need to replace these steps for the better part of your pet’s lifespan, then they might be worth consideration.

 

4 Dallas Manufacturing Padded Foam Steps for Dogs
 The Best Dog Stairs for Small Dogs

Rating4 half stars
Size: 4 steps
Max weight: 50 lbs
Material: Padding
Dimensions: 26 x 16 x 37 inch
Non-slip: Yes

Moving away from wooden dog stairs and onto soft, foam dog stairs, this option from Dallas Manufacturing has been popular on Amazon for a while now. As I've noted in my review, many relatively healthy, moderately built, and typically agile dogs need lightweight and light-support type of dog steps to help them move up and down elevated areas.

Review of Dallas Manufacturing Company Stairs for DogsThis four-step low-density foam dog steps for high bed are likely to be the a good choice for your small dog if the look is not the primary concern for you. It’s about 25” high with treads that are 16” wide and 6” deep. As you can see in my video, my dog had no issues with quickly climbing up.

There’s 4” rise per step, and that makes for an easier climb or descent, thus making them great for small dogs. Unlike some of the items we'll review below, these tall dog stair are proudly made in the USA by skilled furniture makers.

These steps work on the principle that when dogs leap and land on hard surfaces with their full weight, their joints suffer from the impact, and many wooden dog steps do not provide enough protection. According to the manufacturer, they've seen that various joint related disorders can result from the constant climbing on hard surface dog stairs.

Testing Dallas Manufacturing Company Dog StairsThese soft pet stairs for small dogs and medium dogs were designed to prevent the unnecessary strain on dogs' joints. We've also taken a look at many dog steps reviews and according to other pet owners, these stairs for bed were some of the easiest for training their dogs to climb.

They were confident allowing their dog to use it not only because it improved their dog’s access to elevated areas, but it softened the impact of landing on each tread.

Pet owners looking for a stylish set of wooden dog stairs will not find that here. This is one more for effectiveness and convenience, not only for your dog, but for you as well. While being a very tall dog stairs with 6-steps, making them good stairs for high bed, they are extremely light and portable, so moving these pet steps around the room or the house is not a big deal. The covering material is paw-friendly, and more importantly – it’s removable and washable. Also, when there’s just a little bit of dirt, you may spot clean it using a wet and soapy rag.

 

5 Pet Loader Light Platform Steps for Dogs
 The Best Dog Stairs for Large Dogs

Rating4 half stars
Size: 3 steps / 4 steps / 5 steps
Max weight: 250 lbs
Material: Heavy duty plastic
Dimensions: 10 ft x 18 x 22 inch
Non-slip: Yes

Now here is something very different for pet owners looking for pet stairs for bed and for their car. These light platform dog steps from Pet Loader are one of the few available to pet owners looking for this type of specific dog stair ramp option. When dogs need a climbing accessory that could also be used outdoor or for embarking and disembarking from vehicles, then this 16-inch wide Pet Loader Light dog stair ramp is easily the top choice. It’s sturdy, portable, and has the right measurements for most pets.

The standard dog platform has four large non-slip steps, but variations in 3 and 5 steps can also be bought at different price points. What makes this a good product is that it's constructed from heavy-duty plastic and made for vehicle trunks elevated at 20”-30” high. These stairs for dogs are also mobile, and they fold down to a small box of 22” x 7.5” x 24” including the locking knobs on the left and right sides. It has a handle for added ease in carrying and storing it. They're made in the USA as well.

Most of the stairs for dogs mentioned on this list cannot be used for cars due to how difficult it is to move them, thus the Pet Loader platform is a great alternative. Instead of struggling to lift their dogs up the rear of their SUVs or aggravating pain in dogs with joint issues or arthritis, this is a far more practical option for most.

Training a dog to use these tall dog stairs for car will take some practice. But after the initial awkward steps, dogs take to the ramp quite quickly, and this is confirmed when reading through many dog steps reviews from other pet owners, too. Dogs also seem to find dignity and prefer getting up the car on their own more than getting heaved like some huge cargo, of course.

The effective incline of this option depends on the actual height of the car’s rear bumper or where the higher end sits and the variation or number of steps chosen. Though nifty as a box, it does have some weight to it due to heavy duty materials used. While this could be a problem to some pet owners, others have said that the weight covers for the thick and durable material, the generous width and depth, and the securing lock and hardware it includes – so it's a trade-off. Like the good pet parents that we are, we'd take the weight anytime if it translates to our pet’s comfort and security climbing into cars.

 

6 Pet Gear Easy Step II Extra Wide Dog Stairs
 The Best Small Dog Stairs

Rating4 half stars
Size: 2 steps
Max weight: 200 lbs
Material: Plastic + carpeting
Dimensions: 20 x 22 x 16 inch
Non-slip: Yes

Ranking still fairly high on our list is a product from the famous manufacturer known as Pet Gear – these large dog stairs are the extra wide variation of their two-step series of pet stairs for small dogs, medium dogs and large dogs. This must not be confused with the closely similar products under the same brand (which we discuss below) because those are narrow stairs for dogs built for much lighter weight, albeit also with the same color choices of chocolate and tan.

Pet Gear Easy Step II Dog Stairs ReviewThis particular set of dog steps for bed has a really generous width of 20” compared to its two other versions of 16-inch and 14-inch widths. A unique feature of this stepladder is the very slightly sloped tread. It increases the elevation of each step without causing noticeable effort to the user – a really brilliant idea!

Each tread (both) of Pet Gear's stairs for dogs is carpeted, has a good depth of over 10”, and a height of 6”. The overall height of 16” is plenty good for making most hard-to-reach areas accessible to short-legged pets or senior dogs, making these a top rated dog steps choice for arthritic dogs.

Testing Pet Gear Easy Step II for DogsAfter browsing through a ton of dog stairs reviews, it's clear that pet owners feel more confident with these small stairs for dogs because their are sturdy and easy to move, as compared to how they felt about a few other flimsy pet stairs they’ve used before. The non-slip carpeted landing is kindlier to their pet’s paws, and the rubber grip on the base keeps the pet ladder stable. Even large dogs or your heaviest pet will be able to cause it to sway.

Unlike some of the below mentioned brands, the rugs on Pet Gear's pet steps for dogs are removable and machine washable. That earned the thumbs up from us and many other homemakers, which is in itself a very unique feature for this type of pet stairs.

The drawback is the quality of materials used, however, there's a bright side to it. First, this lowered the cost of these steps for dogs. Second, since this is made of specially engineered plastic, it is much lighter than other dog step products. For that reason and with the small area that it occupies, pet owners will find no problem moving it about as often as they wish.

 

7 PetSafe CozyUp Wood Bedside Ramp for Dogs
 The Best Cheap Ramp for Dogs

Rating4 stars
Max weight: 120 lbs
Material: Wood + carpeting
Dimensions: 16 x 70 x 25 in
Non-slip: Yes

Except for the ramp-convertible in the top position, this list has not included a proper dog ramp until how. We have the Solvit wooden dog stairs and the Solvit plastic dog steps; we simply can’t go without the Solvit Wood Bedside Ramp for pet owners who need specifically something in this design type.

Testing PetSafe CozyUp Bed Ramp for DogsThis is best for dogs that might be willing to climb up an inclined plane but not willing enough to lift their legs and actually climb steps. With this ramp, dogs determine how big or small the steps to take because it’s a pet ramp – there’s no step to hurdle.

They could take it inch by inch if that’s what they find most comfortable. The incline is very gradual, too, that they’d barely feel the climb if at all.

Review of PetSafe CozyUp Bed Ramp for DogsIndeed, owners of dogs that used to be unsure about using pet stairs for dogs were more receptive of this dog ramp. It was a lot easier coaxing them to take this ramp for dogs possibly because it’s much like the floor, except for the gentle slope.

At the top of the ramp, there’s a landing before transitioning to the bed. That’s a good detail especially for a pet ramp that’s designed to be placed alongside the bed.

It must be noted that this is not foldable. To store it, it has to be unscrewed and taken apart. That’s both good and not too good, depending on what you're looking to get out of your dog ramp. That’s good because the legs are secured in place, and there’s no possibility of it suddenly folding down with your pet up on it. From the portability aspect, it won’t be as easy transporting it because of its length. As a pet-assisting accessory and bedroom furniture, though, this cheap pet ramp for dogs is simply perfect.

 

8 Pet Gear Easy Step IV Stairs for Dogs
 The Best Plastic Dog Steps

Rating4 half stars
Size: 4 steps
Max weight: 150 lbs
Material: Plastic + carpeting
Dimensions: 34 x 16 x 30.5 inch
Non-slip: Yes

We have earlier featured in this list a wide two-step variation of Pet Gear's steps for dogs. This time, it's a Pet Gear stepladder with four steps to make it easier for pets to reach heights as high as 35”. These sturdy plastic pet steps for dogs are made for canines weighing up to 150 lb. Besides the color featured here which is chocolate, mocha and tan options are also available.

Same as the two-step stairs for dogs discussed above, this has inclined treads that rise to a height of 6”. Each tread measures 16” wide and about 8.5” deep which encourages dogs to be more surefooted whether going up or down it.

While we thought this depends on the situation, according to some dog owners, they thought that four steps are somewhat an overkill to what their dog actually needs because they considered these dog stairs for small dogs and low rise beds. However, even in those situations, these dog steps for high bed remain a good option – as dogs grow older, their agility diminish and may not be able to make as high leaps as they do now. So in foresight, the shorter individual tread height and higher total elevation would help eliminate the need for leaping and extending aging legs farther than necessary.

Another feature of these stairs for pets that often gets mentioned by other owners is how easy this gets cleaned up, especially with the removable carpets. Except for the carpets, all other parts are made of sturdy plastic – no hardware or hinges. This isn't the most aesthetically looking step dogs, but they certainly are functional. They all snap together but a little more force is required to assemble the whole thing.

This is priced way below the cost range of some classy looking wooden dog steps, thus making it a budget steps for dogs for high bed. Owners say they’d buy it again, but they don’t believe there’d be a need for that in the near future. This stepladder looks like it’s going to be around for a really long time.

 

9 Pet Gear Easy Step II Small Narrow Stairs
 The Overall Best Cheap Dog Steps

Rating4 half stars
Size: 2 steps
Max weight: 150 lbs
Material: Plastic + carpeting
Dimensions: 22.5 x 16 x 16-inch
Non-slip: Yes

An exact two-step version of the above Pet Gear 4-step stairs for dogs is the Pet Gear Easy Step II option, the 2-step pet stairs for dogs in the same weight bracket. Except for the number of steps, total height and length, and the price, everything else is the same about these stairs – the tread width and depth, riser height, the inclined tread feature, design and construction, and materials used.

This does offer one other feature distinct from the other variations – it’s being offered in more colors. In fact, these steps for dogs can be purchased in sage and cocoa, aside from the regular chocolate and tan colors of the other variations.

Pet Gear's Easy Step II has been Amazon best seller in the pet products category for many years now, and that could be attributable to this dog step’s price point, short height and length – the most popular option of pet stairs for small dogs. In effect, it is lightweight and occupies very little space. It’s very easy to carry and transport, and pet owners don’t find these pet steps for dogs cumbersome at all to stow with their other stuff at the car trunk whenever they go on road trips, camping, and other outdoor adventures with their canines.

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The 7 Best Dog Ramps for Older Dogs

Filed in Dog Products on January 22, 2021

Best Dog Ramps for Older Dogs

Are you interested in the best dog ramps for older dogs?

As our dogs get older, it’s harder for them to jump on couches, into vehicles, and other higher areas.

With a dog ramp or stairs, you can provide your pup with a safe way to reach their destination. Technically, dog stairs are different than ramps, but I will discuss them together.

In this blog post, I review the best dog ramps for older dogs including their best features, pros, cons, and more.

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At A Glance: Best Dog Ramps for Older Dogs

1. Best Overall Ramp for Cars or SUVs: Petsafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp

2. Runner-up for Best Overall Ramp for Cars or SUVs: Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp

3. Best Overall Steps for Cars or SUVs: Luffwell Portable Dog Stairs for Large Dogs

4. Best Overall Steps for Beds and Couches: PetSafe CozyUp Folding Steps

5. Softest Steps for Small Dogs: Topmart High Density Foam Steps

6. Biggest home ramp: SASRL Adjustable Ramp

7. Best for Small/Medium Dogs on Sofas: Petsafe CozyUp Sofa Ramp

My Top 7 Picks for Best Dog Ramps for Older Dogs

1. Best Overall Ramp for Cars or SUVs: Petsafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp

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The longest, strongest and toughest ramp on our list, the PetSafe Happy Ride is perfect for reaching tall truck beds or into the biggest cars.

A colossal 87 inches long, it still manages to collapse down to an easy to store 47 inches and is a solid 20 inches wide through the entire length.

Rated to hold 300lbs, no matter how large your dog is, they’re going to be safe on this. Despite the massive size, it’s a relatively maneuverable 18lbs, and the built-in carrying handles make this ramp easy to stow.

Two sets of rubber feet keep it steady on wet flooring and fasten it securely to your car. The ramp surface itself is slightly disappointing. It’s a fine grit rough covering, feeling almost like sandpaper, but doesn’t seem to offer too much grip.

This is an easy fix though. Rubber mats, carpet, even a towel slung over the ramp will offer enough secure footing for most dogs.

This ramp is also surprisingly well priced, especially for the size. As the longest ramp we’ve found, this is going to have the lowest angle when set up, making it by far the best choice on the list for older, frailer dogs who can’t handle steep angles, as well as the largest pets, because of that huge weight limit.

Pros:

  • Very long, but collapsible
  • Steady and strong
  • Holds up to 300lbs

Cons:

  • Walking surface isn’t the best

2. Runner-up for Best Overall Ramp for Cars or SUVs: Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp

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By far the most variable option on the list, the Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp is designed for vehicles, with size options that are suited for any situation.

To start with, let’s address the fact that there isn’t just one ramp to choose. There’s multiple options, from 42-inch single-fold ramps to 71-inch double fold ramps. Even the largest ramp is relatively light, weighing only 15lbs, but carries up to 150lbs.

The design seems basic at first glance, but has everything you need, with a built-in carry handle, slightly raised edges that help to guide your dog and help with bad eyesight, and a soft and comfortable supertrax surface that’s gentle on old paws, and removable for easy cleaning so you don’t have to worry about muddy feet.

The list is finished with a reflective ramp for night use, that aids visibility with your pet and other road users, rubberized bottom grippers that stick to the floor, and a safety tether to fix it to your vehicle.

Literally, the sole downside with these ramps are how large they are when folded, so they might not fit into smaller trunks.

Pros:

  • Lots of options, for every situation
  • High weight limits
  • Very safe and easy to use

Cons:

  • Might not fit into smaller cars like hatchbacks

3. Best Overall Steps for Cars or SUVs: Luffwell Portable Dog Stairs for Large Dogs

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Light and portable, and perfect for cars and trucks, these steps by Luffwell are a great option if you regularly travel and need something that’s going to fit into a corner of your trunk. They also can be used for high beds and couches.

In my opinion, this is the best overall choice since step ramps are easy for most dogs to use and can be used inside and outside the house.

The frame is made from solid aluminum, letting it safely support up to 200lbs but keeping the weight down to a mere 8lbs.

Designed as a set of steps, with a four or five-step option available, it collapses like a ladder, folding down to a 15 x 13 inch package when it’s not in use, but snapping open in seconds using the foam handles.

Wide and stable, it fits cars and trucks between 22 and 28 inches in height, and the low angle of ascent, non-slip paw coating and rubber frame supports are great for old, tired joints.

It’s also relatively inexpensive, matching up in price with most of the other choices on this list, as well as coming with a one year guarantee that you’re almost certainly not going to need. All in all, this is a comprehensive and impressive set of steps that offers everything you might want.

Pros:

  • 200lb weight limit
  • Step design is easy for older dogs to use
  • Fits a wide variety of vehicles and beds
  • Very durable

Cons:

  • Steps slightly cover each other when descending

4. Best Overall Steps for Beds and Couches: PetSafe CozyUp Folding Steps

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Possibly the safest option on our list, these steps are large and solid enough that you could probably use them, let alone your pet. If you have a larger breed, or you want the security of a heavy-duty set of steps for a budget price, then the PetSafe CozyUp are a fantastic choice.

Made from durable plastic, these steps are hard wearing and almost invincible, with the 20-inch steps supporting up to 150lbs, and the 25-inch steps supporting up to a massive 200lbs.

The steps themselves are light enough at 9lbs to be easy to carry and collapse down in seconds so they can be moved around or safely stored. The non-skid feet hold everything securely on the floor, and the fabric tread cover adds a little bit of support against the hard plastic.

It’s also worth pointing out that these steps are around half the cost of some of our other choices, and by far the best budget option we could find.

Pros:

  • Durable and strong plastic design
  • Very inexpensive
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • Not the most attractive design

5. Softest Steps for Small Dogs: Topmart High Density Foam Steps

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The softest and most comfortable set of steps on the list, if you want a cozy ramp for your home, then Topmart’s options are generally a great choice.

Made from 30D high-density foam, each one of these steps comes packed like a memory foam mattress.

That does mean that it can take a day or two after unpacking for the steps to be ready, but it also means that these are super soft and incredibly comfortable, so most dogs are going to be able to easily adjust to using it.

There are three variants, ranging from 11.8 inch two step height up to a 20.5 inch high, 28 inch long four step ramp. Every step is almost a square foot in size, and the corduroy cover gives solid grip, and can be removed for cleaning.

There are two minor downsides. One, the maximum weight is recommended to be 60lbs, meaning that this is not suitable for larger breeds.

Two, there’s only one color option, brown, which might not go with everyone’s décor. But apart from that, this is a solid and easy to use set of steps that’s perfect for most homes, and incredibly easy for you and your dog. You even get a free dog toy!

Pros:

  • Very soft and comfortable
  • Light and easy to move
  • A lot of surface area to walk on

Cons:

  • Low maximum weight
  • Easier to stain or damage than wood or metal

6. Biggest home ramp: SASRL Adjustable Ramp

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If you need the biggest home use ramp for the biggest breeds, then this adjustable choice by SASRL might just be perfect.

Huge and adjustable, it’s made from solid wood that’s completely self-supporting. At 40 inches long, and with 4 adjustable heights, from 9.3 to 24 inches, it’s suitable to get your pet almost anywhere they want to be.

That length is a boon, especially when you consider that 24 inches is a decent height, and some shorter ramps end up far too steep for most dogs to climb.

Movement is aided by the high traction fabric carpet surface, which is ridged for an easy grip but still comfortable on old paws, and won’t freak out nervous pets as it’s similar to standard flooring.

Despite the size, this ramp is simple to store as you can fold it down flat or put it up in literal seconds. Realistically, this is too big for a car, but it’s near-perfect for most homes, which is why it’s one of our top choices.

Pros:

  • Wide variety of heights
  • Simple to adjust
  • Great grip

Cons:

7. Best for Small/Medium Dogs on Sofas: Petsafe CozyUp Sofa Ramp

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Probably the most attractive ramp on our list, the decorative wood finish of the PetSafe Sofa Ramp will slip seamlessly into almost any home and look great, without breaking the bank.

At 45 x 14 x 14 inches, it’s small and light, and just under the seat height of most couches. The cherry wood finish is attractive, folding down for easy storage that will fit under most furniture, and popping up into a ramp that can comfortably hold up to 100lbs, so it’s perfect for most small and medium-sized breeds.

The top-mounted carpet cover is non-slip and soft, but heavy-duty enough to last. It’s also easy to assemble, but we recommend testing it once built, to make sure that it’s stable.

Pros:

  • Very pretty
  • Light and easy to move and store
  • Carpet top cover is excellent

Cons:

  • Only a medium weight limit

Dog Ramp Buyer’s Guide

There’s a surprising amount of variance in dog ramps. Here’s what you should be looking at when buying one:

Different Types of Dog Ramps

There are a surprising amount of different types of dog ramps, especially for something that seems so simple. Each type of ramp is suitable for certain things, so you need to make sure that you’re buying the correct product. In general, there are three types of dog ramp:

  • Extendable vehicle ramps: Designed to help your dog get into and out of your car, and generally fold or collapse down so that they can be stored in the trunk when not in use. These types of ramps are normally made from metal or heavy-duty plastic, with rubber gripping.Curious dog on a wooden steps
  • Heavy-duty home ramps: Smaller in length, ramps like these are generally made from wood or plastic, with carpeting on the top so they feel more natural and make for easier pet training. This type of ramp can normally hold over 100lbs and sometimes collapses so it can be stored.
  • Step ramps: Essentially a small, heavy-duty set of steps designed specifically for your dog, with wider and longer steps than you would see for a person. Soft and comfortable, steps like these are nice, look good, but are large and harder to store, so they’re a more permanent option.

Size and Weight

The ramps on our list range from small, portable models up to monsters up to 87 inches (over 7 feet) long.

Heavier ramps tend to be sturdier and hold more weight, but are obviously harder to transport and set up. If you’re buying for portability, it’s generally better to buy a ramp that holds a little more than you need and no more.

It’s also worth considering the overall size of your chosen ramp. Longer ramps are going to be easier for your dog to walk up, but obviously, take up a lot more space.

Construction and Weight Limit

Dog ramps can be made from a surprisingly wide list of materials, including wood, high-density plastic, and metal.

In general, the material your dog ramp is made from can make a difference when it comes to the weight of the ramp, how easy it is to use, and several other factors. But the biggest difference is how much weight a ramp can hold.

The strongest ramps generally have a weight limit upwards of 200lbs, which is going to be sufficient for every dog, and probably heavy enough for some people. Lighter, cheaper models made from plastic might only have a weight limit as low as 60lbs, making them suitable for small to medium-sized breeds.

Safety and Traction

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It can be hard to move up and down ramps, especially for older dogs who might have weaker muscles or joint issues, especially if you’re using them to get down from taller vehicles or onto wet or muddy roads.

This is why some ramps and steps have built in safety features, including side ramps or guide rails. But by far the most important thing on a ramp is traction.

Traction is incredibly important, especially when you’re buying a ramp for an older dog, as they might struggle to keep their footing, especially if the ramp, or their paws, are wet or muddy.

A slip could cause serious injury, so if you’re buying a ramp for outside use, make sure it has good traction.

One last thing to consider when it comes to ramps is the angle. If you’ve ever walked up a particularly steep hill, you know how difficult it can be.

Shorter ramps are naturally going to have a far steeper angle when they’re used, so if you have a particularly old or frail dog, a longer ramp is almost always better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do You Need a Dog Ramp for Older Dogs?

As dogs get older, some of the most common ailments that they can suffer from are joint and muscle issues, especially around the hips and knees. By the way, I also wrote an article on the best supplements for older dogs, if you’re interested.

Issues like these can prevent your dog from doing the things they love to do, like climbing into and out of a car when travelling and going for a walk, and lifting and carrying larger breeds generally isn’t an option.

These same issues can cause problems around the home, preventing your dog from climbing into their bed, onto couches, or even into or out of doorways. Since dogs are living longer due to better vet care and diet, these age-related problems are more likely to occur.

What Are The Main Uses for Dog Ramps?

If you’re buying a dog ramp, you’re normally getting it for one of two reasons.

The first use is for the home, to help your pet get on to beds, sofas, through doors, and on to other raised areas. Dog ramps designed for home use tend to be more heavily built, and are more likely to be a step type or a reinforced ramp rather than a collapsible design.

The second major use is for your vehicle, to help your dog get into the car when you’re out and about. You’re far more likely to use a collapsible ramp when you’re buying a ramp for your car.

Conclusion on Best Dog Ramps for Older Dogs

While the features of dog ramps vary, hopefully, I have provided you some of the best options to choose. These dog ramps are some of the highest-rated with many great reviews.

By reading my buyer’s guide, you should be able to decide which features are the most important for your dog’s situation.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments below.

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DIY Pet Stairs With Handy Built-In Storage

If you’ve got small pets or if your friend is too old to make the leap onto the bed, this set of DIY steps is helpful, sturdy and easy to build. It fits a 24x36 inch rug perfectly so you can customize its look for any room in the house.

Materials and Tools

  • jigsaw
  • circular saw (optional but helpful)
  • hammer or finish nailer
  • straight edge and tape measure
  • (1) 4x8x1/2 sheet of sanded plywood
  • (1) 1x3x6 pine board
  • (1) 1” x 8’ piece of flat trim moulding
  • wood glue
  • masking tape
  • (1) box 3/4” finish nails
  • 24x36 flat weave rug
  • 24x36 non-slip rug mat
  • paint and paint supplies
  • a small basket

Start With a 4x8 Sheet of Plywood

If you don’t have much workspace, most hardware stores will cut a sheet of plywood down for you. If you’re going to do it on your own, a circular saw makes life easier and it’s important to support your work properly. Here’s the cut list for all the pieces you’ll need:

Mark Out a Corner on Both Sides

In order to make a simple pair of steps, you need to cut off the upper right corner of both sides. These plans call for the steps to have a 9” riser and a 12” tread so we'll make our cut accordingly. Measure 9" down from the top-right corner, then draw a line 12" to the left from that point (Image 1). Use a straight edge and make sure your line is 90° to the edge of the board. Once you’ve drawn that 12” line, you just need to draw a line 9” upward to the top of the board (Image 2). Again, do your best to make this line square so you’re making sharp right angles.

Making Your Cuts

If you’re using a circular saw to make your cuts, it’s a good idea to stop just short of the corner you've drawn (Image 1). Round blades tend to go farther than you’d expect, so stop early and finish your cuts with a small handsaw (Image 2). Tip: If you’re planning to use your jigsaw to make cuts, clamp a straightedge or a yardstick to your piece. A jigsaw has a habit of wandering and a small straight edge can save your project from bad cuts.

Reinforce the Base

Using your 1x3’s, frame the outer edges of your base plate. This gives you a generous edge to glue and nail your sides in place. You won’t see these unless you flip the stairs over, so it’s okay if it’s not perfect. Just make sure to use a generous amount of glue and nail everything together tightly.

Assemble the Sides

Set your baseplate on a flat surface like your garage floor or a workbench with the 1x3’s facing down. Run a bead of glue around one side and the back and stand up one side piece and the back side. Use painter's tape to hold the corners together to prevent the sides from falling down while you secure them with nails (Image 1). Drive nails around the bottom edges and the vertical corner (Image 2). Do this for the other side next, then allow 30 minutes for the glue to set.

Risers and Stairs

Run a bead of glue along the top edges where the stairs will go, then attach the two 12” stairs using finish nails (Image 1 and 2). Then roll your project onto its back, spread glue where the 9” risers will sit and nail them into place (Image 2 and 3). Give everything a few hours to fully dry, then move on to the next step.

Cut the Storage Hole

Draw a line 1-1/2” up from the bottom of one side, this is where the base is resting behind the side. You don’t want to cut the opening below that line (Image 1). Measure the storage container and layout your cut lines as shown below. Drill a hole inside each corner of your cut lines that’s big enough to accept your jigsaw blade (Image 2). Insert the jigsaw and cut toward the next hole, make a turn and repeat until you’ve cut out the entire hole (Image 3 and 4).

Time for Some Paint

If necessary, give all surfaces a light sanding before the paint, just make sure to wipe it down before painting or staining to remove any loose sawdust (Image 1). Once the paint is dry, flip the stairs over and add some felt or rubber pads to the bottom (Image 2) to protect your flooring.

Optional: Add Trim

If you painted a light color like we did, or you just don’t like the plywood edges you can tack some 1” trim around the edges to clean things up a bit and add a decorative finishing touch.

Add the Non-Slip Pad and Rug

Cut the non-slip pad so it's slightly narrower than your stairs and to its correct length. Using aerosol spray adhesive or a few upholstery staples, attach the non-slip pad to the stairs and risers. Finally, add the flat-weave rug and fill the handy basket with a few of their favorite toys.

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10 Stylish Pet Stairs for Beds 30 Inches High

Pet Stairs for Bed 30 Inches High

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The average height of a normal bed is around 24 inches from the floor. However, if you have a very thick mattress, an antique bed, or a designer bed like Divan and Ottoman beds, the edge of your mattress could be 30 to 36 inches.

While a bed of that height may suit your height, preferences, and style, it can be challenging for your dog to navigate.

If you love snuggling up with your dog on your bed, it is going to be very dangerous for your dog to jump up and down such a tall bed. This is even worse if you have a smaller breed, a senior dog, or a dog with musculoskeletal issues.

Even a healthy dog can still suffer life-threatening injuries if he loses footing while trying to jump on and off a 30 inches bed.

There are several brands of pet stairs on the market today, but very few are designed to cater to extra tall beds.

In fact, you are likely to find 5-step or 6-step pet stairs that are still short for a 30-inch high bed.

Most importantly, remember that dogs use the steps not just to climb up your bed but also to go down. So, it may be easy for your pooch to jump off the last step onto your bed, but a different scenario for him to descend.

The best thing to do is to choose a tall dog stair that matches the height of your tall bed.

To make your work easier, we have rounded 10 of the best pet stairs for bed 30 inches high.

10 Best Pet Stairs for Bed 30 Inches High

1. Furhaven Steady Paws Pet Stairs

Whatever size of dog you own, this sturdy stairs from Furhaven will allow him to reach the height he craves.

It comes in 3-step and 4-step options but for a 30 inches bed, the 4-step option, which measures 23.625″ x 15.75″ x 29″ is the best bet.

It features soft faux fur surfaces that not only increase grip but are also soft on paws and nose of your dog.

So, if you are looking for high pet stairs for a senior or arthritic dog, this is a great option.

The faux fur surfaces are also easy to clean as all you need is to wipe the dirt with water and you are done.

Besides, the stairs come in different colors to allow you to choose what suits your décor best.

2.  Pet Gear Step IV Easy Pet Stairs

If you have a large dog breed weighing over 100 pounds, this may be the best dog stairs for a high bed that you need.

With a dimension of 34 x 16 x 30.5 inches and made with heavy-duty, sturdy materials, this Pet Gear Easy Step IV stairs will never balk if your dog is less than 150 pounds.

It features innovative incline as well as deeper and wide stair landings to make it easier for your dog to climb.

It is also stable as it comes with rubber grippers on the bottom to secure it in place.

Lastly, it is easy to assemble and comes with removable carpet treads, which are easy to clean.

3. Pet Loader Light Platform

This amazing pet stairs from Pet Loader will not fit your 30 inches bed but can also come in handy for outdoor use as well as embarking and disembarking from your car.

The 5-step option is 29-40 inches high, so it will still serve you if you have a bed that is more than 30 inches high.

Don’t worry about your dog becoming nervous to climb up and down a 30-40 inches height (especially if you are using it outdoors) because the stairs is designed with low incline angle and wider decks to eliminate anxiety.

It is sturdy, portable, adjustable, and feature non-slip steps with the right step width that suits most dogs.

The stairs also come with handles at the sides to allow you to transport or store it with ease.  

4. PawHut 37″ 5-Step Pet Stairs for Dogs

Another great adjustable pet stairs that is suitable for tall beds is this foldable pet stairs by PawHut.

It comes with an extendable size of 27.5″L x 18.5″W x 36.5″H, which you can adjust according to the size of your bed.

Like the Pet Loader Light stairs, you can use this stairs outdoors or lift your dog up and down the rear of your SUV.

Don’t let its image deceive you that it is bulky; the stairs is foldable and thus need minimal storage space.

For stability, it comes with foam handles and tethers to secure it in place.

Finally, the steps are waterproof, allowing you to use it in any weather condition.

The waterproof feature of the stairs also makes it handy if your dog accidentally wets the steps.

5.  Navarce 30 inches Tall Wooden Dog Steps

This is another pet stairs that suited for dog owners with larger breeds.

It is stronger than its counterparts in the market and can hold dogs of up to 150lbs.

Measuring 30x16x30 inches, it will enable your dog to jump up and down your tall bed safely without any stress.

It is beautifully designed with inlaid paw prints and comes in a tan color, which doesn’t clash with many home décors.  

Unlike dog stairs with similar designs that come with bare bottoms, this stairs’ bottom is covered in carpet to prevent potential scratching of your floor.  

6. Pet Gear Easy Step Bed Stair

Another pet stairs that we had to include in our list is this uniquely designed step bed stair from Pet Gear.

Although it is less than 30 inches tall (measuring 37.5 L x14 W x26 H inches), the stairs will enable your dog to reach your tall bed as any dog will find it seamless to jump up and down an extra 4 inches height.

The unique L shape saves a lot of space (especially if you fit it around the corners of your bed) while also making it easier for your furry baby to climb.

Each step is 5 inches, making the stairs perfect for both small and medium breeds.

And to give your dog a firm grip while climbing up and down, the stairs has rubber grippers installed at the bottom.

7.  Arf Pets Wooden Dog Stairs

Arf Pets Wood Stairs is another excellently designed, foldable pet stairs that will enable your dog to reach your tall bed.

The stairs comes in sturdy wood constructions and high-end espresso finish that will match any home décor.

Measuring 21.5x17x25.5H inches plus ability to support over 100lb, this stairs is suitable for small and medium breeds.

No assembly is needed when you opt for this stairs and it is foldable for more convenient storage and transportation.

Besides, the steps are covered with soft fabric to improve grip for your dog and protect his paws.

8.  PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Pet Stairs

The extra-large option of PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP will also assist your dog to access your 30 inches tall bed with ease.

With a dimension of 28 in L X 18 in W X 25 in H, this is another pet stairs that you should opt for when you own larger breeds as it can support up to 200lbs.

Ironically, it is light enough (weighs only 9lbs), so you don’t need to worry about moving it from one location to another.

It comes with a non-skid surface, which allows your pooch to climb up and down comfortably.

The steps are large enough to cater for dogs with large paws and come with side rails to protect your pet from sliding.

9. Zinus Easy Dog Stairs

Most of the pet stairs for beds 30 inches high that we have reviewed in this post are all made from rigid materials like plastics and wood—none is constructed with soft materials like foam.

But this doesn’t mean that foam dog stairs are bad. Far from it, this sturdy foam stairs by Zinus Easy Dog Stairs may be all you need for your pup to jump and cuddle with you in your 30 inches tall bed.

We are talking about the extra-large version that measures 28in x 21in x 24in, so be sure to check the dimensions before you order.

The foam is a high-end CertiPUR-US certified foam that is known to keep its shape over time and can hold up to 130lbs, making it an excellent option if you have a larger breed.

Another unique benefit of this stairs (and by extension foam dog stairs) is the fact that it is gentle on your pooch’s paws and offer better traction.

It is also easy to clean as it comes with a cover that is removable and machine-washable.

10. PetSafe CozyUp Bed Dog Ramp

The last entry in our list is PetSafe CozyUp ramp.

With a dimension of 70 in L X 16 in W X 25 in H, this another excellent tool that you can use to help get your four-legged friend up your tall bed so that you can enjoy cuddle time together.

It is constructed with sturdy wood to support large dog breeds weighing up to 120 lbs.

To ensure that your dog is safe while climbing up and down the ramp, its surface is covered by heavy-duty carpet to prevent slipping.

The ramp also features beautiful wood finish, which will match most home décors.

Other Factors to Consider When Shopping for Pet Stairs for High Beds

Besides height, there are a number of other important features that you should keep in mind when looking for pet stairs for tall beds, including:

I. Safety

For 30 inches climb, the safety of the stairs is one of the most critical factors you need to consider before making a purchase.

Ensure that the stairs pack a wide range of safety features such as non-skid bottom or surface to protect your pooch from taking a tumble, guardrails to guide your canine friend up and down, and soft or foamy stairs if your dog has musculoskeletal issues.

It is also critical to check the height and width of each step to ensure that the stairs is stable, especially if your dog has larger paws.

II. Weight Limit

Most dog stairs for tall beds are sturdy enough to hold dogs that weight up to 300 lbs.

However, some dog stairs, especially those made of plastics and foam can be weaker.

So, ensure that you check the label of the stairs you are about to purchase to figure out whether or not it will hold under your Fido’s weight.  

III. Slope

The best pet stairs for tall beds should have gradual slopes, especially if you are getting them for dogs with musculoskeletal issues.

However, if you don’t have a lot of space in your room, choosing pet stairs for a tall bed with a gradual slope may not be an option.

IV. Portability

There are high chances that you’ll want to move the stairs from one location to another when cleaning or when you want to help your dog to climb another piece of furniture.

The stairs that you opt for should be light and portable to allow for easy transportation from one location to another.

V. Ease of Cleaning

Like all the items that your dog has access to, pet stairs are likely to get dirty.

So, when shopping for one, you need to go for options that are made of materials that are easy to clean.

VI. Easy To Assemble And Store

If you dread assembling things, it is advisable to go for stairs that are easy to assemble or don’t require complex tools to assemble.

If possible, you can choose stairs that are already assembled for you.

Besides, consider the amount of space that you have and choose options that are foldable or collapsible if you don’t have a lot of space.  

VII. Aesthetics

If you care for your dog that you can get him stairs to help him climb your bed, you definitely care about your home décor.

Go for stairs that will match your room décor or at least a design and color that won’t become an eyesore to your partner and other house occupants.

How to Train Your Dog to Use the New Dog Stairs

If it is your dog’s first time to use dog stairs, you may need to train him to be familiar with climbing on and off the stairs. Here is a quick overview of how to go about it:

  • Ensure that the dog gets used to the stairs. Allow him to sniff the stairs and poke around. If he is skeptical or ignores it altogether, consider giving him his favorite treat and showering him with praises so that he can associate the stairs with happiness and comfort.
  • Once he becomes used to the stairs, you may start guiding him up the stairs. If possible, assign ‘target’ steps that he must accomplish before you reward him with a treat.
  • After he has mastered going up, it is now time to train him to descend. Like climbing, try coaxing him with his favorite treat. Whenever he attempts to descend, give him a lot of space to figure out how to do it effectively. Don’t be tempted to force or help him climb down as he will be more fearful. Remember to reward him when he successfully accomplishes every step.
  • Repeat the above steps a few times until he becomes perfect in climbing up and down.

Training a dog to climb pet stairs that are 25-30 inches may be strenuous than other pet stairs with shorter heights.

To help your dog master the process fast, consider starting with shorter stairs or on lower objects like your couch.

If you have stairs that are adjustable, elongate it to shorter heights when you are starting and to full heights when your pooch is more confident.

DIY Dog Stairs for High Bed

If you are handy, you can also make your own DIY dog stairs for high bed.

The best thing with DIY pet stairs is that you can use locally available materials such as wood, plastic, and fabrics and end up saving a few bucks in the process.

Most importantly, you can customize it to meet your specific needs and details like adding a storage unit under it.

Using Handmade Rustic Crates or IKEA Knagglig Boxes, for instance, making DIY pet stairs is a breeze.

Check out this amazing video for tips on how to go about it.

Conclusion

Investing in dog stairs for your small dog breed or senior dog that may have trouble jumping up your bed is a great move.

As you can see, there are tall dog stairs out there that can fit or match the height of your tall bed and keep you and your pooch happy.

Hopefully, our guide has presented you with the best options in the world of pet stairs for 30 inches high as well as tips to look out for when you decide to narrow down your choices even further.

Happy shopping!  

Sable M. is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.
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