Pet-Friendly Areas in Homes: Laundry Rooms and Mudrooms
For the majority of us, whenever we see a cute animal, whether it’s a puppy or a kitten, we immediately fall in love and say the obligatory “Aww,” “So cute!” and “Look at you!” (Don’t argue. You know you do this too.)
There’s no denying that homeowners are infatuated with pets. It’s also a fact that homeowners love homes with a great design and tons of modern functionality. What do you get when you put those two together? A high demand for pet-friendly areas in homes.
Builders understand this and are slowly incorporating pet features when designing laundry rooms, mudrooms, etc. Pet space is becoming increasingly important and one example of this is how condos and apartment buildings now have facilities like dog parks on the roof.
With features like these, it’s safe to say that, as time passes, there will be even more intuitive and convenient pet amenities. If you’re looking to buy a new home, doing some remodeling, or just want to try new ways to use existing space, try to include your pet into the equation — oftentimes it makes things in the long run.
Here are a couple simple ways to spruce up your laundry room or mudroom so that your pet benefits too!
Laundry Rooms With Your Pet in Mind
A laundry room can be changed in many ways to incorporate your pets and their lifestyles. For instance, a feeding station can be added under a bench where boots are stored. If not, adding a soft comfy bed is also a great idea!
Since you’re already in the laundry room, why not create a pet shower? Extend the faucet in the sink with an attachment and wipe those dirty feet when your pets (or kids!) come inside the house. Make sure the area is enclosed to separate it from the rest of the room. However, be careful not to create this near the door, or people could be in danger of slipping.
Mudrooms That Accommodate Your Pet
A mudroom is good for storing things when we come home. It’s also good for storing things, period. Utilize some of your mudroom space to store pet gear such as leashes, food, and toys. For continuity with the rest of your decor, store these things in baskets or containers that you use to store gear for your family. If you have a cat, keep a scratching post or tower in the corner. Your cat can greet you every day as you come home from your busy day. Maybe have treats there for your dog so when you come home, you can thank him or her for being so excited to see you! Endless possibilities guys. Endless possibilities…
Have you designed a laundry room or mudroom with your pet in mind? Let us know your creative solution in the comments section below!