How to stop your bunny going under your bed, couch and furniture
Bunnies like to play and hide under furniture and will return again and again to places of shelter to explore and rest. This natural instinct is essential to their survival in the wild, helping them avoiding predators and shelter from the elements. Unfortunately, this behavior in your home can cause a lot of damage and even be dangerous for your bunny in a number of ways.
It's not good to let your bunny play under your couch as this can not only lead to chewing damage it can also be dangerous as these out of sight places can contain nails and plastic materials that can cause harm if eaten. This can be a real problem if your bunny gets inside your couch.
Spaces that give access to plugs and power cables and the back of electrical equipment such as behind the TV also need blocking off as they can be very dangerous. It only takes a moment when your back is turned for damage to occur that could lead to expensive repairs or potential risk of electrocution.
It's also best to find a way to stop your bunny going underneath your bed. Not only will they end up chewing up the carpet, sheets or wooden frames bunnies have different sleep patterns to us so if your bunny roams in your room at night their nocturnal chewing habits may also keep you awake.
Stopping this behavior in your home can be very frustrating as no matter how many times you say No! it's unlikely you will be able to stop these natural rabbity urges. So to help you tackle this problem we have lots of tried and tested ways experienced bunny moms used to make these spaces no go areas.
How to stop your bunny going under and behind your couch
It's essential to bunny proof the space under your couch as it can have nails and staples that your bunny could catch itself on as well as indigestible plastic fabrics that can bind your bunnies guts up if eaten. It can also quickly turn into a nightmare if your bunny gets trapped inside your couch.
There are a number of ways to block up this space, the most common is to build a fence around the edge with some sheets of office storage cubes, These foot square wire grids can be joined then lashed to the legs to keep them firmly in place. They are cheap and you can pick up a pact in most office supply stores
Another option is to lay some lengths of wood around the edges, the heavier the better. If you are happy to do a bit of DIY this can be easily built into a simple wooden frame to make it more secure and keep it centered. This can then also be built upon with some bored at the sides to block of access to the sides to stop your bunny going around the back.
How to stop your bunny going under dressers and sideboards
Wooden furniture such as sideboards and dressers can be unstable for bunnies to play under as they may have nails or splinters poking out, may contain electrical cables and can be the start of a chewing habit along the soft wooden edges or the legs.
A simple way to stop your bunny getting under there is to fill the gap underneath. If you have enough room then some storage boxes can be a cheap and easy solution. They come in a variety of height and sizes so if you measure up the gap first then you should be able to find something that fits nicely.
If it's a low space you could also try blocking off the sides by placing some lengths of wood around edges. These can be hidden by placing them a few inches in to go unnoticed. If you are feeling handy these can be knocked together in a simple U-shaped frame to make it more secure.
Office storage cubes can also be re-purposed to make a fence around the edge which can also be a good way of stopping your bunny chewing it if you stand the fence off from the sides.
Never let your bunny play behind your TV or near power cables
Your bunny should never have access to areas where you have cables leading to electrical equipment such as behind your TV or a cable leading up to a lamp.
The first thing you can do is to move furniture in front of plus to help hide the plugs and cables, with a bit of rearranging you can make things a lot safer. If you do have cables trailing across a room then a lot of people have found this can be hidden away in either some tough plastic pipe or by fitting conduit around the edge of the room.
A simple way to be safe is to keep all your TV boxes and audio equipment together in a cabinet, if you choose one with glass doors you will be able to keep the doors shut and still use your remote controls. Position the TV against a wall in front of a plug or in the corner where a plug socket is so you don't need to trail any cables up to it. You can block off the sides of your TV or cabinet to stop access to behind it with some large ornament or bits of furniture. Alternatively, you can use a couple of sections of a pet pen or wooden board. If you want something that fits a bit more discreetly you could try lashing some grids of office storage cubes together into the right size and use this to block access on either side.
A quick way to block off the space under your bed is to put some plastic storage tubs there, they are cheap and come in a variety of heights so if you measure the gap up before you buy them so they fit snugly. A more permanent solution is to place some lengths of wood around the edges of your bed. If you are feeling handy these can be knocked together into a simple frame, making it more secure.
Alternately some broken up sections of wire office storage shelves such as NIC cube storage can be used. These can be tied together and lashed to the legs and bed frame with some string or cable ties.
If you can't bunny proof a space, you can simply fence it off
Fully bunny proofing all the areas under furniture can be a massive task and it can often be a lot simpler to fence off a whole area of a room. This can be done by taking a pet pen and breaking it up into sheets and using these as a fence. If you lay the out in a zigzag pattern it will help it stand up.
You can get fences with a gate in them which will save you climbing over it all the time. These can then easily be packed away when your bunny is not roaming freely.
The best hideaway toys for bunnies that like to play under your bed, couch, or furniture
Bunnies like to have areas of shelter to move between or rest in, it's instinctive for them to keep out of harms way and if they feel more comfortable in a room they will often be more sociable. The problem is that our homes have lots of spaces under furniture that are unsuitable for bunnies to play in. They can contain unfinished surfaces with nails or splinters, materials that could cause tummy problems if eaten. Also, if your bunny gets comfortable in an area of shelter it may start a chewing habit that could end up causing a lot of damage.
If you want to keep your bunny out from under the spaces in your home it's important to add lots of safe and acceptable shelters to satisfy these natural urges yourself. There are lots of different sorts of hideaways from tunnels to wooden shelters and they all have their own uses.
Tunnel toys are a great way of making moving around a room a bit more fun. Bunnies like to move around the edge of a room and if you place a bit of shelter along these edges, they will make passing through them a regular part of their routine. Cardboard, wicker, or willow tubes from a pet store are great for this but just as good can be a cardboard box with a hole cut on each side.
Cloth tunnels are also very useful for adding a bit of shelter in the center of a room. They are light weight so can be moved about easily and are not something you will worry about tripping over. That are also easy to pack away when not needed.
A cardboard box is a easy way to give your bunny somewhere sheltered to play in that they can get their teeth into. In the wild bunnies go to great length to maintain their habitats by chewing gaps in the undergrowth or nibbling back roots that grow into their burrows and they will enjoy spending hours spending time on and customizing a box to their own ends.
Solid shelters made from wood can also be very useful for giving your bunny somewhere permanent to shelter in. If your bunny has a enclosure it can be good to include one of these in their to give them somewhere super safe they will use to snooze in. These can also make good chew toys and offer an additional dimension to their room if they can jump on top of it when they are felling lively.
We ask why does my bunny keep going under my furniture?
Bunnies naturally like explore and seek out places for shelter and can crawl into very tight places. This instinctive behavior is essential in the wild to avoid predators.
Unfortunately, if your bunny plays under your they could be hurt if they brush up against nails, splinters and other man-made dangers. There may also be synthetic fabrics that will cause tummy issues if eaten.