'Barkitecture' and pet-friendly design tips
Create a specific pet-friendly space
Creating a ‘glam corner’ of sorts for your pet, such as a cosy nook with their favourite toys and a plush bed, can make them feel comfortable and add to the aesthetic of your home if you choose pet furniture that reflects your own personal style.
“When it comes to the psychology of pets, they need a space that is located at a higher level, where they can look outside, retreat, and feel safe,” says Pelletier.
“You could have wall mounted bookshelves for a cat so they can jump up and look outside, and for a dog, they need a space where they are around you and can watch you do things, so the end of the kitchen joinery is a great space".
Add a dog wash station into the laundry
Washing the dog can be a messy business, especially if they’re a bigger breed, so adding in a dog wash station to the laundry can be a stylish and functional solution to the problem.
Look for a wash station that has a lip, so it’s easy for the dog to get in, but hard for water to get out. You’ll also need a detachable tap hose, and if you want to get really fancy, a hair dryer too.
“Laundry wash stations are fantastic, and we’ve designed one recently for a client, but if you've got limited space in your laundry, they’re not always practical,” says Pelletier. “A handheld shower head can be just as effective for washing your dog and you don’t need to find any more space.”
Use that window seat to conceal a pet bed
These days, many fur babies are inside pets, and they sleep indoors too. If you’re not a fan of having a pet bed on display, use a window seat or a hidey hole to fashion a little alcove where they can sleep during the night.
Use ramps to make stairs easier
If your dog breed has little legs, like a Corgi or a Dachshund, they might not easily be able to walk up a flight of stairs in the home.
Consider adding a ramp to partially cover the stairs both in the interior and exterior of the house, or perhaps even build it into the joinery - improving the pet-friendliness of your home when you go to sell.
Find furniture that doubles as ‘their space’
With many specialised pet furniture brands on the market, it’s easy to find something to match the aesthetic of your home, while also giving your companion somewhere to rest, sleep or play.
Look at a side table for example – many of them have cut outs where cats can get in the bottom of the table, using the space as their own, and therefore not taking up any extra room in the home.
“There are so many options when it comes to finding furniture that is both functional for you, and for your pet,” says Pelletier. “It’s just about taking the time to shop around and really think about what you need for your life, and how it can also fit into your pets needs too”.
With pets as important to us as any other family member, this year and beyond will see us catering to their needs (design and otherwise) more than we ever have before. Because after all, it’s not just you who deserves a luxurious home makeover, your pet’s interior spaces are just as important.