Meet the Plufl: The dog bed for humans to nap in
Are you jealous of how cosy your furry friend looks curled up in those soft fuzzy beds?
How good would it be on a cold winter's night to curl up in a human-sized dog bed and watch TV?
Well, two uni friends have made that possible with the Plufl.
Economics students Noah Silverman and Yuki Kinoshita were both 21 when they got the idea after watching Great Dane Lady cosy up in her extra-large bed at a Canadian cafe.
"I don't know why we didn't think of it sooner," Noah said.
"We were spending a lot of time lounging around with Lady and I just thought how comfy her bed was."
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"I just suddenly thought, why is there not a dog bed for humans?" Yuki added.
"It's a massive dog bed for humans; what is not to love? We've tried and tested them, and you get a great nap."
In their final year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the pair started a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of US$25,000 and were stunned to secure pledges of US$290,000.
The US pair says the Plufl is "the ultimate product by nappers for nappers".
"The Plufl is designed to alleviate stress and anxiety by providing a space where you can rest, recharge, and rejuvenate," they say.
While it was inspired by dog beds, it is designed to be used by humans who are a little more particular about what they sleep on.
Constructed with a multilayered orthopaedic and memory-foam base, the pillow bolsters around the edge are a blend of natural cotton and poly fibres.
They also use ethically sourced, high-quality materials.
The covers are easy-to-remove and machine-washable.
"As avid nappers, we have found it difficult to locate readily accessible and suitable napping options," the pair write on their website.
"With Plufl, we seek to elevate the nap experience by providing an irresistibly cozy and comfortable product for every kind of napper.
"Handmade with love, the Plufl delivers a truly one of a kind nap experience!
"We are so excited for you to join our nap journey to make the world a happier and more rested place."
If the Plufl is a success, they don't plan on stopping there.
"We want to become a long-term nap company," Noah reveals.
"The sleep industry is big, but napping is not addressed; it's not the same as sleeping.
"We want to be the centre of the nap community.".
While not cheap at US$400 or about AU$570, with over 800 pre-ordered, the pair deserves a round of a-paws!
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