How to stop your bunny going behind your couch

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Behind the couch can be a dangerous place for an unsuspecting bunny

Bunnies often like to explore or even sit in the gap between the wall and the back of your couch. There are good reasons why this should be avoided.

It can lead to chewing damage building up without you noticing which if unchecked can cause quite a lot of damage and even give your bunny access to the inside of the couch where your bunny can get stuck.

Your couch may also not be as static as your bunny imagines and if it moves suddenly when someone sits down it can be pushed back, trapping and hurting them.

Your couch may also not be as static as your bunny imagines

It's always best to block off this area before any of these problems occur using one of the following bunny proofing methods in this guide like filling the space with plastic strange tubs.

We also have some examples of using a wooden frame to make behind your couch permanently off limits.

How to stop your bunny going behind your couch

  • If you can push you couch up against a wall to stop it sliding back and crushing your bunny.
  • Block access to the space behind your couch with some plastic storage boxes.
  • Fence the sides of your couch off with sections of pet pen.
  • A well placed ornament or piece of furniture can help keep your bunny out.

Simple ideas to stop your bunny going behind you couch

If you are in need of some simple ways to stop your bunny going behind your couch why not try out some of these commonly used solutions.

To help stop your couch moving about make sure it is pushed back fully up against the wall. If it's on wheels or can easily slide about you may want to use some coasters to help hold it in place.

Couches are often odd shapes so even if you have pushed it back you may also need to cover the gap that is left between the couch and the walls.

A simple way to do this is with a few well placed sturdy ornaments at each end or by moving some other bits of furniture up against it to cover over the gap.

Another simple solution can be to fill the space with something you want to store away that is resistant to being chewed. Plastic storage boxes are ideal for this as they are cheap and come in a variety of sizes so you can pack the gap out.

They can also be a great way of hiding things away from your bunny like shoes or toys to stop them being chewed.

Permanent ways to stop your bunny going behind your couch

It is best to find some way to keep your bunny out from behind your couch permanently if you can. Follow these simple ideas other bunny parents use that do the job.

The best way to block access is to cover over the sides. There are many materials you can use including wooden boards cut to shape or sections of pet pen fencing or wire grids.

These can be lashing to the sides with some string or trapped in place by placing a heavy ornament up against them. It's best to avoid using cardboard as this can easily be chewed through and may prove more of an encouragement.

If you are handy with DIY a permanent solution can be to first build a frame under your couch which can be used to stop your bunny getting underneath and then to build the sides up to cover the gap by attaching a few bits of wooden board.

Some people go as far as putting a shelf or wooden frame behind the sofa to keep it all boxed in.

Mr Smudge From our facebook group
What to do when your bun keeps going behind the couch? Build a shelf for him, of course!! I definitely suggest this route as a last resort. We tried everything prior, he's a little shit sometimes.
bunny proof couch shelf