Design-Friendly Ideas for Pet Beds, Bowls, Doors — and yes, the Litter Box
It goes without saying that pet owners love their animals. But for those of us who have four-legged friends underfoot, there are always a few things that we could do without. Smelly litter boxes, ugly pet beds, unsightly carpet-covered cat structures, and fur-covered cushions are just a few items on the list. We all deal, because, well … it's worth it. But fear not fellow animal lovers — there are solutions to our troubles. Yup, you can still be stylish without sacrificing any of your animal's comfort. Check out these five pet problems that were solved with design.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio1. Furry, unattractive beds.This built-in cushion is a nifty way to incorporate your furry companion's equally furry bed into a neat little hideaway. You can customize it to match your decor, and it keeps the pet hair (the bane of any dog/cat owner's existence) in the nook. decordemon Like the idea of plopping your animal into a stylish bed, but don't want to have to make any major renovations? Check outthis great DIYfor a clever dog or cat bed made out of an old suitcase. Of course, a mini-window seat is another great options for catanddog owners. Cushion the area with a washable pad, and have a spare one on hand for when guests come over. Artisan Kitchens Inc.2. Containing the dry food mess.These home owners came up with a sensible solution to control the mess that comes with dog food (and three dogs!). A built-in dog food station prevents bowls from tipping over and food from spilling on to the floor or into water bowls. The drawers above the eating station can conveniently house dog food and treats. Harrell Remodeling, Inc. This solution isn't as involved as the previous photo, but it's still pretty effective at minimizing any post-doggie dinner mess. Adding a hideaway like this would be fairly easy in most kitchen models. Buckminster Green LLC3. Dealing with the dog door.Deciding where to place the dog and/or cat door can be a decor statement in itself. Should you install it in a door, glass door, window, or wall? I like how these owners placed the door directly under this long window. The space looks like it was made for the cat door, but it isn't a blatant part of the home's design. FrontPorch Nowthismight be the most innovative dog door I've ever seen. I'm guessing that this leads the dog in and out of the house—so smart! Plus, the fact that it looks like a miniature version of the doors in the home is adorable. Artisan Kitchens Inc.4. Hiding the litter box.The litter box is by far the major downside of having a cat. Figuring out where to put this thing so your cat isn't doing its business in front of everyone and the smell doesn't permeate the house can be quite a challenge. The bathroom ends up being a safe choice for most home-owners, and I love how this built-in area makes the litter box nearly invisible. Klopf Architecture A laundry room is a good place for the litter box. It's not occupied as frequently as the bathrooms, and installing it into a cabinet with a cat door makes it easy for your cat to get inside, and convenient for you to clean. Kallweit Graham Architecture5. Bath day.Washing your dog (especially if you have a gigantic one) can be a serious drag — particularly on the cleanliness of your shower. These homeowners worked out a solution by creating a dog-sized shower area. It's perfect for full-on baths or that quick rainy day rinse-off. Witt Construction This dog is lucky enough to have an entire shower to himself. Creating a high wall was a smart touch. Just lift your pup in, and this wall saves you from the post-bath shakedow
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