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5 joinery ideas for pet-friendly living

Our pets are not just companions, they are cherished members of our families. It is therefore no surprise that many of us take their needs into consideration when it comes to designing a home renovation. As well as considering the type of materials that are most suitable for a pet-friendly home, joinery is another area that you can customise to make your space more functional. Here are 5 joinery ideas that cater to both you and your four-legged friends:

1 | Integrated pet feeding stations

Integrate your pet's food and water bowls within your kitchen or laundry joinery to keep them out of the way. You can include them within a recessed section below bench on show or integrate them into a drawer that you can hide away when needed. You can also add a small pull out bin close-by to use as a place to store the food and if you want to go a step further you can even add a pot filler above their water dish to fill it up easily.

2 | Integrated pet beds

Avoid having large pet beds in the middle of rooms by integrating them into joinery. Consider putting them in a cosy nook below the bench in your kitchen or laundry, or as a drop down section of your TV unit or window seat.

3 | Hidden litter box

Litter boxes are usually not very visually appealing, so hiding them in a way that also keeps them accessible is a great idea. You can create a cupboard for it within your laundry joinery, with a small opening for your cat to access and a larger door to easily clean the litter when needed.

4 | Pet-washing station

If you have a laundry or mudroom with a door where your pets come in from a back yard, this could be the perfect place to add a little washing station. This just needs to have a tiled tub large enough for your pet with a shower drain and a hand held shower on a bracket. The height that the tub sits at needs to suit your pet's size as well as being a height that is comfortable for you.

5 | Pet storage

Don't forget to include space in your cupboards and drawers to store all the things your animal needs, like medication, leads, toys, treats and more! If you have integrated their bed, food of litter within a base cupboard, you may want to add a drawer right below bench above their bed/food/litter for all of this.

I hope these ideas have been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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