56% of households in the UK own a pet – predominantly dogs and cats. It comes as no surprise. Owning a pet comes with a long list of mental and physical health benefits. For example, dogs keep you fit. Even if you are more of a “couch potato”, you have to walk your dog at least 2-3 times a day. Cats lower the risk of dying from heart disease. Pets are amazing for stress relief, they make us more social, and help our kids grow up with fewer allergies. So, if you are a dog or cat owner, check out these brilliant hacks that will help you seamlessly incorporate your furry friend’s needs into the design of your home.
1. Use a crate to combine beauty and function
Let’s be honest, those plastic and metal crates are anything but elegant. They are clunky, don’t match the design of your home, and cheapen the overall look of your living room. However, with a pinch of creativity and a couple of days of work, you can build a crate that will not only provide a warm, cosy space for your dog, but elevate the interior design of your home.
2. Integrate cat trees and towers into the overall design of your house
Cat trees and towers are not simply a toy. They are important for the well-being of a cat. Providing mental stimulation and a sense of security, they allow your pet to explore the vertical space of your home. Unfortunately, those trees that you find at pet stores look rather generic and can take up much space in a living room. The good news is you can easily build a vertical path for your cat that will be both space-efficient and look stunning in your house. Floating shelves are perfect for a project like this and you can purchase them at any furniture store or IKEA.
3. Turn your pet’s bed into a statement piece of furniture
While often times your dog or cat prefers to sleep cuddled up next to you, it is essential to give your pets a space they can call their own. Most pet owners go for standard pet beds, trying to coordinate the colour of the fabric with the colour palette of a room. You can take it one step further and turn your pet’s bed into a chic furniture piece. For example, check out this dog bed made out of a wine barrel. You can purchase something similar for around £200 or make one yourself. Here’s a great DIY tutorial. Or make one out of a vintage suitcase.
4. Hide your pet’s feeding station by hacking your kitchen furniture
There are numerous feeding station options for pet owners that are both aesthetically pleasing and provide plenty of storage space. Our favourite one is a feeding station built into the kitchen furniture as the one below.
It’s perfect for smaller spaces, easy to make in a matter of hours, and doesn’t disturb the flow of your space.
5. Organise your pet’s toys in a customised wooden crate
If you love DIY projects, you know just how multi-functional wooden crates are. You can build just about anything out of them – shelves, nightstands, side tables, coffee tables, benches, stools, etc. They are also a fantastic way to store your pet’s toys. Paint a wooden crate any colour, attach a set of wheels, et voilà! You've got yourself a beautiful mobile toy organiser for under £20.
6. Add a rustic feel to your home with barn door gates
Is there a part of your house or a room that your dog is not allowed to enter? Separate it with a barn door gate, which you can build yourself. This charming solution will make your space feel warm and homey, while keeping your dog (or your baby, for that matter) outside of the restricted area.
7. Make a stylish self-filling water bowl
Most of us leave our pets behind when we go off to work, run errands, or meet friends for dinner. While there are endless options of smart tech for our pets – complete with cameras and microphones – you don’t need a pricey solution for a self-filling water bowl. You can make one for under £15! Here you will find a great tutorial that will help you make a “smart bowl” within an hour, which you can further customise using paint, wallpaper, washi tape, and reusable water bottles.
Are you a pet owner? Are there any hacks you've come across and want to share with the rest of our readers? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your tips in the comments section below.