Thanks guys! I was considering just using my bed as well but I was concerned that my bed would get soggy and mildew-ish. I suppose the towel idea is a good one. I may try that for now and see how that works out.
Danisty, I have cats as well. I guess the trick is to find a fur-free space and try to keep them out while the piece is blocking. Not as easy as it may sound, I know.
There are so many methods for blocking! Some people use blocking wires, boards, etc. Others don't use any special equipment at all. I suppose it's best to just try things out and see what your personal preference is. I'll start with the cheapest method first
I appreciate the replies!