We have a raised waterbed in our room. The dogs often sleep and play on it. We've looked for stairs for the bed and haven't been impressed. My husband was going to build some when his shed is finished... but a year later he is still building the shed So in order to save the dear houndies backs we went out and purchased an ottoman to sit at the foot of the bed. It is low enough to make a gentle step up and comfy too. I'm sure the sales person had a tale to tell after we left the furniture store...These crazy people were going around the store sitting on al the divans and ottomans. It had to be soft and large enough for the basset to sleep on... low to the ground... and color schemed to match their bedroom and the dog fur... Did we really just spend $200 on a new dog bed???