The Complete Guide to Bunny Proofing Your Couch

How to Stop Your Bunny Going Behind Your Couch

bunny behind couch wire 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.

How can I stop my rabbit going behind my couch?

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.

Fencing products we recommend for blocking off crawl spaces

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. This 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.

bunny proof couch shelf
Mr Smudge from the Bunny proofing Facebook group
What to do when your bun keeps going behind the couch? Build a shelf for him, of course!! I suggest this route as a last resort. We tried everything prior, he is a little shit sometimes.