If Your Pet's Toys Always End Up Under The Couch, Try This Clever Pool Noodle Hack

While dog toys can provide hours of endless fun for your pup, you may find that they often slip into the dark abyss underneath your sofa, only to be recovered months — if not years — later, full of dust and dog hair. Yum! However, you may be able to help rectify your furry friend's woes as soon as that toy slips under your sofa with an incredibly easy fix: A pool noodle. Yes, a pool noodle.

Using a pool noodle to block underneath your sofa could prevent any precious dog toys from traveling too far under the couch. Not only is this good news for your pooch, but it also saves you the hassle of moving your hefty sofa out of the way, which certainly takes a bit of elbow grease. It's also a good option if you want to save money and still make your home more dog-friendly

If you have a specifically shaped sofa, then it may not be as simple as just shoving a pool noodle under your couch and hoping for the best. Instead, you need something firm and secure that aligns with the outline of your sofa. But how can you make this pool noodle blocker? We'll break it down for you. 

Connect your pool noodles

In order to replicate this ingenious pool noodle hack from @social_work_therapy_dog on TikTok for your dog's pet toys, all you need is a few pool noodles, some scissors or a knife, and some black duct tape. Simply fit the noodles along the outline of your sofa to obtain the correct measurements, and cut them as appropriate. Once you have the correct outline in place, you can connect all your pool noodles using duct tape. Make sure you use plenty to ensure they are nice and secure — after all, you don't want your work of art falling apart.

Plus, by covering black duct tape over the entire noodle, it "blends into the shadows with the duct tape," as noted in the TikTok video, so that the colorful pool noodles aren't visible. Now, all you have to do is insert your pool noodle underneath your sofa, and the process should be complete. You don't need to push it too far in. Just a little will do. However, if you find that it doesn't quite fit, you can always shave a bit off the top and slide it back in. Job done!

Naturally, the pool noodle is the star of the show when it comes to this hack. Not only does it help to fill in the gap where your dog toys would usually slide under, but it's also the perfect fit for under your sofa. As a result, you will no longer have to fish out musty old toys from the depths of your sofa anytime soon.