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Design With Pets in Mind

Posted on: December 27, 2011

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen soon? Do you have a rough idea of what you want it to look like? If you have a pet, is your new kitchen design accommodating? More and more homeowners these days are taking their furry friends into consideration when it comes to kitchen design. They are part of the family, after all, and the new kitchen should suit them too!

Flooring in a Pet-Friendly Kitchen Design

One of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to pet-friendly kitchen design is the flooring. The dog’s nails scratch the floor, pet urine can stain hardwood, there should be space for a water bowl – there are a countless number of factors to consider.

Although hardwood floors are extremely beautiful, especially in kitchens, they aren’t the best choice when it comes to pets, as they can get stained and scratched very easily. You can, of course, look into maintenance ideas to counter this. One of the leaders in the Australian floor sanding and polishing space is this company, as one example. However, this does not mean your kitchen flooring won’t look great. Other flooring choices for pet-friendly kitchens include:

Bamboo– bamboo flooring is a fantastic choice if you have pets; it is stain resistant and can stand a lot of traffic.

Stone tile– the great thing about stone flooring is it doesn’t scratch or stain easily.

Cork– cork floors are scratch resistant and eco-friendly as well.

Vinyl– the new luxury vinyl wood plank flooring is an excellent choice for pet-friendly kitchens, as it is easy to clean and maintain and doesn’t scratch or stain very easily.

Heated floors are another option. These help your pet stay comfortable – and feel great on your feet, especially in the winter!

Beautiful, Pet-Friendly Kitchens

Kitchen designs should incorporate an area for your pet that includes the food and water bowls. You may also want to consider adding an area rug. This not only prevents scratches on your flooring, but it helps your pet stay comfortable as well.

Large pantries also make great areas for pets. While the shelves can store your dry food and whatever you need, the floor can serve as your pet’s area, complete with a little bed and the food and water bowls. If you’ve got a dog, make sure you’re getting the right type of dog food to store in your pantry, take a look at what JugDog recommends for your pet after you’ve upgraded the kitchen.

If you don’t want a large pantry or don’t have room, pull-out drawers serve as an ideal feeding areas for your pet as well, and a lift-up door also hides the pet food when it’s time to entertain.

Where will your dog be when you go out? Will they have free roam of the house or will they be locked in the kitchen? You want them to be comfortable. Additionally, what if they need to go to the toilet? You might want to find the Best Electronic Dog Door for your home so that they can let themselves in and out if needed. It also means you won’t have to worry about coming home to any dog mess on the floor.

Just because your kitchen is designed with pets in mind doesn’t mean it won’t be as beautiful as the next! It’s very possible to have a kitchen that is attractive and pet-friendly – you just need to find the right kitchen designers. If you live in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area, look to Jack Rosen!

We have designed and remodeled kitchens for homeowners throughout the area. Visit our Rockville showroom or contact us today!

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