Clever ideas to make life easier for pets and their families.
Dogs and cats are a big part of our families and we always want them to be safe and comfortable in our homes. I started collecting various ways to build in pet- friendly sleeping and feeding areas during construction — it would have been better to start in the planning stages. None of these ideas were utilized in our new home, but if there is a next time, I’m ready.
The top picture was the first one I saved. Tucked under the eaves, there is plenty of space for a large dog to nap or move around – even windows to watch the squirrels. The wood framed metal screen doors don’t appear to have hinges, which makes me wonder if they are pocket doors – both sliding to the left when hidden. That would be a great idea, since it would allow the doors to be out of the way and pets could enter anytime.
Another underutilized area in the home is the space under a staircase. An arched doorway makes this dog den even more special. Remember doors should always be constructed of a material that allows airflow so it’s more comfortable for them.
The door of this bed nook was crafted from a vintage grate and blends into the decor when closed. Thinking outside the box leads to one-of-a-kind features.
Laundry rooms are other good areas to corral pets. This one features a bed niche alongside their bathing sink. A doorless niche is perfect if pets don’t require containment and it keeps the bed from being underfoot. Be sure not to miss the funky dog wallpaper.
A handy husband built this hutch designed by his wife, who happens to be an Atticmag reader. The cat cut-out leads to the hidden litter box. This clever detail could be added to many existing cabinets.
A kitchen remodel is another opportune time to include a kennel and feeding station. Here the resting spot is built up a step, creating a raised area for meals. Raised feeding reduces neck and back strain in larger breeds and also promotes healthy digestion.
A pair of vintage childrens’ chairs were altered to accept stainless bowls. As a chair fanatic, I love this idea but don’t think I could ever alter an older piece.
I’m not keen on these bowls that are dropped into a painted feeding station. It will be constant work to keep clean, but I wanted to show the adorable dog-bone- shaped drawer-pull cut-outs.
Next time you are planning new construction or remodeling, think ahead to include pet friendly ideas that will benefit the whole family.
For more pet friendly ideas, see Built-ins For Pets 2.