With around 8.5m dogs and 7.4m cats living in British households, they significantly outnumber the amount of children under 14 in this country (a mere 11m). Anyone with a toddler will be used to childproofing their home (whether it’s a case of protecting the child or safeguarding your precious possessions!), but what about adapting your home to accommodate your pets?
We’re not talking about designing your kitchen or living space to favour your pets over the human inhabitants, but there’s a lot to be said for taking your animals’ needs and comfort into account. Not only will they be happier, but your house will be less distressed too!
Here are just a few ideas for creating a harmonious home for two- and four-legged creatures.
How many times have you tripped over your pet’s feeding or water bowl? Even if you keep it in a corner of the room you often find that your furry friend has dragged it across the room in your absence, nicely booby-trapping you next time you rush through the door. A great way to keep them out of sight when they’re not in use is to have a drawer at the bottom of a unit which pulls out to reveal the bowls.
The same goes for beds too: if your pets are allowed to sleep in your bedroom, you could have a drawer which pulls out from under your bed. Or how about building a dog crate into another piece of furniture to provide a bit of camouflage?
Animal hair is the bane of many pet owners’ lives. However much you vacuum, it sticks to rugs and soft furnishings, collects in corners and gets into, onto and under everything. One solution is to resort to colour coordinating your décor, using fabrics and floor coverings which are a similar hue to your pet’s hair. It won’t make them shed less, but you won’t see so much hair lying around the place either, as a cruel and silent reminder of your sloppy housekeeping.
Chewing and scratching
Somehow animals don’t appreciate that furniture isn’t a food source. If your table legs and armchairs are bearing the brunt of this basic misunderstanding, you could try wrapping sisal rope around pipes or furniture legs to create a scratching and chewing station. Once the rope wears out or is shredded to pieces, just hoover it up and wrap a new piece around.
If you have a pet and want to talk to us about how you can design or adapt your kitchen or home living rooms, give us a call. We can offer you some practical and original ideas for perfect pet-friendly pads.