By Lolly Spindler
Want to show a little extra love to your furriest family member? More and more home designs are adding on pet projects. In fact, the LA Times reports that “Designers say more dog owners are considering their pets’ needs when building or remodeling their homes: asking for pooch-friendly spaces, ordering specialized cabinets for pet bowls and food, and adding canine-only showers and tubs.” Here are 13 home projects for your pet. After all, these projects will not only show Fido you love him, but will give parts of your home a functional face lift.
1. Feeding Station
Throw out the dingy dog bowls that slop food and water onto the floor, and create a pet feeding station. One option is to build a standing station with holes for food and water bowls. This will not only keep spills off the floor, but the elevated platform will give your dog some neck and back relief.
[via This Old House] [via the LA Times]
Another great idea is to use the space provided by a low cupboard or cabinet to create a feeding nook. Simply take the door off the cabinet, cover the bottom with artificial turf, and place two freestanding bowls inside. If you want to take this idea to the next level, you can install a counter-top spigot that feeds water down to the water bowl.
2. Pet Gate
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Worried about your little pooch getting trampled at a party? Building your own free-standing or slide-out pet gate is a simple and affordable project. Pick up some paint-grade lumber like pine or furniture-grade oak depending on if your pup’s a chewer, and follow these building instructions. A nice wooden gate will look a lot better than a store bought plastic one. Plus, using cut-outs in the design will allow your pet to peek in on what’s going on and not feel too left out of the fun.
3. Pet Doors
Whether you want to hide your pet door or give it some flair, there are doors that run the gamut. One designer installed a dog door in an exterior wall in a laundry room and hid the pass-through beneath an ironing cabinet. There are also electronic or “smart” pet doors that unlock automatically when triggered by a pet collar tag or microchip.
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If you’re more interested in making a DIY dual flap pet door that’s also weather resistant, check out this guide on Instructables.
4. Pet Carrier
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If you need to transport a small pet, a pet carrier may come in handy. In Toto-esque fashion, use a basket to transport your pup. Simply pad the inside of the basket with a small pillow and cover with an elastic-lined mesh top if you’re worried about your pooch jumping out (bad Toto).
5. Dog Crate
[via This Old House] [via Dog Lover's Digest]
If you need or want a dog crate but don’t dig the prison-like appearance of a traditional one, you can build or buy a sleek-looking crate that doubles as an end table. This will ensure that your dog feels secure and an eye sore will be removed from your home.
6. Puppy Pads
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Sick of those environmentally un-friendly puppy pads and how horrible they look around your home? Invest or make your own reusable puppy pads for potty training your pooch. You can make them out of a few layers of light yellow-colored fabric, old wine corks, or you can buy an artificial turf pad.
7. Pet Organizer
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If you regularly find yourself scrambling to find the leash and plastic bags before taking your dog for a walk, then a pet organizer may be just what you need. Try this easy DIY wall mounted pet organizer with hooks for leashes and a plastic bag dispenser. Put it next to your door to make going out with your pooch a breeze!
8. Dog House
[via This Old House] [via Better Homes and Gardens]
Want to build your canine an old-fashioned dog house? Whether you want to make a simple wooden house or a mini replica of your home, check out these 15 free dog house plans. These can typically be completed by someone with basic building skills, will take a half day to a few days to complete, and will cost around or under $100.
9. Pet Ramp
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If your pet is aging or two small to get up onto the bed, try building him or her a pet ramp. A ramp will not only prevent pet injuries, but it looks nice and can be easily collapsed and stored under the bed. Follow this tutorial from This Old House to make your own.
10. Pet Bed
While researching this article I came across a lot of awesome ideas for pet beds. Here are a few of my favorites:
[via The Cottage Market] [via The Cottage Market]
Transform the bottom of your nightstand or the bottom drawer of your bedside drawers into a bed for your pet. This idea can also work for the end tables or a hollow footstool in your living room. You can also transform an office chair by cutting off the legs, or repurpose an old car seat by making it into a pet bed or seat. For more crafty ideas, use a wood palette or an old piece of luggage as a pet bed.
11. Litter Box
[via Bailey Tann] [via frainteso on Flickr]
To make the litter box less of an eye sore, you can either invest in or build a stylish one for your cat. Pick a nice one up at Petco for $80, hide it in a potted plant, under an end table, or inside an old damask bench, chest, or cabinet.
12. Pet Agility Course
[via This Old House]
Let your pooch run wild in your backyard on his or her own agility course. Create a mini course with poles, hurdles, and a teeter-totter using PVC pipes and teach your old dog some new tricks! For an agility course plan and building instructions, click here.
13. Dog Run
[ via Keith MacLeod on Flickr]
Don’t have a big or fenced-in backyard but still want to make sure your pooch gets some time in the sun? You can build your own dog run so that your canine can play outside safely with or without your supervision.
Whichever project you decide to try, your pet will be grateful! Not only will you be showing your pet some love, you’ll be increasing the visual appeal and functionality of your home.
Know of any more great home projects for your pet you’d like to share? Please let us know in the comments.
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