Home design with pets in mind

Even for households that count those with for legs as part of the family, pet-friendly features can be easily overlooked when it’s time to build or redesign. Architectural details, such as cabinetry, offer clever ways to provide pet-friendly function to any room.

There are three categories to keep in mind when integrating your pet into your next home improvement design. Pets, like humans, need a place to be bathed, to sleep and eat.

Bathing. Whether your dog is large or small, having a space to keep them clean is a necessity for year-round grooming. Another bonus: by giving them their own space, you no longer have to use your kitchen sink or bathtub to get the job done. One perfect place to include a pet grooming area is the laundry room. This room is often hidden from guests and lacks carpet, which makes it the ideal place for bathing animals.

Sleeping. It’s pretty common for pets to have their own bed, but often this is simply an oversized pillow lying out in a high-traffic area, such as the living room. A living/entertaining space of the kitchen is ideal for getting dogs and cats out of the way and giving them their own little cozy corner with a more pleasing aesthetic. For example, a cutout area under the kitchen counter is an attractive way to tuck your friend’s bed away while allowing him to remain close to the action.

Feeding Your pets have to eat just like everyone else. Create an area for food and water fowls out of the way of daily commotion. Feeding stations are commonly found in the kitchen or laundry room, but with a built-in system you can establish a functional and attractive dining destination in other rooms of the home.  Features such as wells to hold food and water dishes, a bin on rollers for dry food and shelving for cans and treats will put everything you need at your fingertips for mess-free chow time.

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