We love our pets. In fact, we love them so much, statistics from the ASPCA state there are over 160 million cats and dogs living in American households today. That’s a lot of fur babies. Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you their pets are a part of the family. And as we all know, after you’ve been away for a long day, your pets can’t wait to see you again.
So, how do you make family time in your kitchen more pet-friendly? Here are some fun and interesting ways to turn your house into a pet-friendly home.
Let your kitchen island double as the perfect hideaway for your pet. This clever built-in bed allows your dog or cat to join you during family time while keeping them out from under from your feet.
You enjoy family time around the kitchen table, so why not give your pet their own space, too? A feeding station is not only a great way to give your pet their own space to nibble, but also a convenient way of keeping everything in one place.
If you have a fenced-in yard, then a doggy door is a great way to give your furry friend the freedom to let him or herself out. It’s a dog-friendly interior design idea that is a win-win for you and your dog. And while it is called a “doggy door”, we know some cats who like to use them too!
On the Lookout
Cats and dogs love to look out the window, so why not give them their own window seat to scope out the outdoor scene? You’ll love knowing where they are, and they’ll love the fact they have the best seat in the house. Plus, a washable pad helps keep the area clean and fresh.
For those times when you need to keep your pets away from the hustle and bustle, a sliding pocket door can be your “other best friend.” It’s another great dog-friendly interior design idea that is ideal for your pet-friendly home.
Other tips to create a pet-friendly home:
Now that we’ve covered some pet-friendly kitchen designs, it’s time to shed (pun intended) some light on other ways to make your home a place that is pet-friendly – from a décor perspective, of course:
- Choose the right fabric – Some fabrics like velvet, corduroy, velour and chenille can be magnets for pet hair. Instead, choose smooth tapestries and synthetic fibers that can stand up to shedding and sharp claws.
- Select the right paint – You may not be aware of it, but your walls can attract fur, which makes for an unattractive home. Avoid highly-textured walls that can be difficult to clean. Instead, opt for satin or semi-gloss paint that can help repel fur and keep your walls looking fresh and clean.
- Consider the flooring – We may not want to admit it, but our pets can leave our floors a mess. Whether its muddy paws on a rainy day or an accident while still in training, our floors need to hold up to whatever comes their way. Hardwood floors are not pet-friendly since they stain quickly and can dent and scratch easily. Today’s homeowners are opting for tile or granite flooring, which is easy to clean and maintain, and both of which Granite and Trend Transformations can offer you.
How Granite and Trend Transformations can make your home pet-friendly
Granite and Trend Transformations can help make your kitchen – and home – more pet-friendly by helping you design a space that will work for all your needs (as well as your pet’s needs). We’ll help you select the best materials for the job, including countertops and surfaces that are stain and scratch-resistant, easy to clean, and will hold up against whatever your life may throw at it (including what may come from your pets). Are you ready to start planning your next home remodeling project? If so, find a Granite or Trend Transformations location near you and call to schedule your free in-home design consultation today.