5 Pet Friendly Design Ideas Every Pet Owner Should Know
A home for the modern pet. With nearly 80 million families sharing their home with a dog or cat, pet ownership in America is at an all-time high. Of course, those relationships bring with them a few adjustments needed to accommodate our very special, furry family members, so why not include them in your remodeling plans and design with your pet in mind? We’ve put together a list of the rooms most used by the family pet and, with only a few additions to your overall planning, you and your pet will be living comfortably in a beautiful home.
A Mudroom for the Mutt
Not only does it create a place to wipe muddy paws and dry off rain-soaked fur, it’s an ideal place to store leashes, toys and balls, pet crates, towels, and your walking shoes and raincoats.
They are all part of pet ownership, and mudrooms are the natural choice to keep them organized and out of sight. The addition of a wash station will keep your home clean after a trip to the local dog park.
Places to Play
Every pet should have a comfortable place to play and relax. Outfit your home’s living space with pet friendly features that feed your cat’s curiosity and offer a safe place to relax and watch the world go by.
You can be as creative as you want when designing with your pet in mind, so go wild with unique features your cat or dog will love.
Culinary Cats and Canines
Most pet owners feed their pets in the kitchen. But all it takes is for a water bowl to get scooted out on the floor a few inches, and the next thing you know, you’ve stepped on it and created a clean-up job for yourself. Invite all your loved ones to the table (or close) with a custom-built feeding station that is part of your kitchen’s overall design.
Made specifically to fit your dog or cat’s height and needs, they will be displaying their best table manners at every meal in a space that flows with the rest of your kitchen floor plan.
For added convenience, consider nearby pull outs for easy-access food storage.
A Little Privacy, Please
Find a nook, add a small door for them to use and a larger one for easy access when cleaning, and you’ve given them a tidy, out of the way area to do their business.
There are many products available on the market today that can help control any odors, too.
Not every room has to be a pet sanctuary. Block off areas of your home where pets are not allowed with beautiful gates that compliment your personal style and move easily when you need to get through.
Better yet, consider a dutch door that can be left open at the top to catch the summer breeze but is closed at the bottom so the dogs wont get out.
Show your animal love by incorporating pet-friendly features into your home. Trust us, it will be for your comfort just as much as it is theirs!
For more ideas to outfit your pet-friendly home, visit our Pinterest board “For the Pets” and comment with your favs. How would you want to create a space for your dog or cat that fits right into your family’s lifestyle? What frustrates you most each day that could use a solution? Let us hear it…