As much as we love our furry companions, they can create some serious clutter. From feeding bowls to litter boxes and chewed-up toys, it’s often difficult to balance keeping your space stylish while still making your pet feel completely at home. Check out these design-focused tips for tackling the five most common challenges to earn some style points:
1. Try Out a Next-Gen Pet Crate
Bulky, plastic pet crates can bring down the glamour of any living space and often get stowed away in a closet where they’re difficult to access. One solution for pet owners are unique pet crates, such as this wired, dome-shaped crate used by Hollywood actress Megan Mullally and this mod-designed crate that can double as a side-table. Both crates are pet-friendly while still being functional.
At the end of a long day, both you and your pet need a place to relax, but a mangy dog bed isn’t exactly welcoming. Luckily, there’s an abundance of designers who have created pet-sized furniture to complement a pet owner’s home. This chaise lounge can be put on display in your living room, while this fold-out pet bed is easily tucked away during the day when not in use.
3. Get Creative With Litter Boxes
Litter box enclosures can go a long way for both concealing the litter box and keeping unpleasant odors to a minimum. For example, the Hidden Litter Box from Good Pet Stuff that solves the problem by camouflaging the litter box as a potted plant. For dogs, the indoor doggy urinal will keep your canine warm and dry while doing their business inside.
4. Accessorize Your Feeding Stations
For the true minimalist, a pet feeder station organizes and stores pet bowls, food, and hanging leashes and collars.
5. Rethink Pet Hangout Spots
Your pet needs a space of their own. While you’d love to dedicate an entire room to your beloved pet, that’s just not an option. However, you can dedicate a space (indoors or outdoors) for a dog house. Fun items like mini-mansions and even repurposed wine barrels can all add a trendy twist to pet ownership. If you need something for the yard, the underground doghouse recreates a natural den for your dog and keeps her warm in the winter and cool in the summer.