Pet beds, scratching posts and small kennels are essentials when caring for pets at home but if you want to take it a step further – design with your pet in mind. Having built-in cubby holes for your pets to hide in might be exactly what they need to feel right at home.
In this feature, we round up our favorite pet-friendly homes that were cleverly designed to give your cats and dogs enough space for rest and play. So read on, pet lovers, these homes will give you a case of design envy.
Hole in the Wall
If you live in an apartment like this modern brick-walled home in Poland, you’ll know how precious every bit of space is. As much as we’d like to set up a wooden miniature house for our furry friends, we don’t always have the privilege of wide open spaces to accommodate it. Instead, carve out a little hole in the wall for your cat and watch them retreat to a spot entirely their own. See more of this home here.
Not quite ready to cut holes out of your walls? Get creative with your storage systems instead. We like this wooden cubby-hole in a tiny Hong Kong apartment. It’s perfect for little pets and offers a great spot to hide the litter. You can easily clean it too, by pulling the drawer out.
Divide and Roll Over
Give your furry friends a permanent spot in the home by designing a multi-functional divider system for the living room. This contemporary modern residence designed by Taiwan-based firm LCGA features stunning geometric divider with a surface fit for man’s best friend. See more of their other home designs here.
Paw Prints on the Steps
Our four legged friends love to run around and it’s only right to give that to them. This minimal home in Vietnam designed a staircase especially for pets, with little steps to make sure they don’t stumble.
Kitty lovers know that cats like to observe from the highest point of the room. The elevated walkway found in this Japanese home was designed with a cut-out connection to the staircase to give their kittens access across the room. With the recessed lighting by the dining room ceiling, they’re giving catwalk a literal meaning.
This space is home to a couple and their two cats, so naturally they wanted a place that would suit their needs. Everybody’s needs. To ensure that their cats felt right at home, the designers came up with an elevated walkway that allowed the cats to go from the rooms to the kitchen without touching the ground.
What do you think of these homes? Would you design your home especially for your pets? Let us know in the comments below.