Cows prefer to lie facing uphill so cubicle beds should be installed with a slight fall from the front to the rear. The fall will also help drain any liquids (eg milk and urine), where the cubicle base has an impermeable finish, which could otherwise contaminate the bed.

A consistent fall of 2-3% across the length of the cubicle bed is satisfactory, any steeper than this and the bedding becomes hard to retain.