Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Kitchen is the New Family Room

pooch in the kitchen

Family Includes the 4 leggers

Anyone who shares their home with a dog knows that wherever they are, so are the tail waggers.  Especially if it’s in the kitchen. (What dog doesn’t like food?)

But a dog or cat in the kitchen can also get underfoot easily. We’ve had many a screeching cat from stepping on a tail.

The way to keep creatures out of the way, but still in the room is to give them a comfortable hangout. It avoids spillage while tripping over them plopped down in what they think is a good spot.

NEWSFLASH: Compromise is possible!

How about designing a nook for a dog or cat within the kitchen space?  Humans & pets can coexist without inconvenience to either. An out of the way place for a bed, and an area just for them to eat & drink can make everyone happy.

It’s no secret that dogs especially love cave-like dens.  Most crate trained dogs prefer to continue sleeping in them even when the door is left open.

These guys have king’s quarters: plush bed, secure box, food,  toys & water.  All in a spot that they know is theirs. The envy of a street dog, for sure!

Out of the way, but still in the action. Perfect.

dog bed base cabinet kitchen dog bed dedicated dog drawer

One Response to “The Kitchen is the New Family Room”

  1. Hi Becky – great post! I like to design in a spot for the water-dish too – I’ve had the experience of putting my foot in it just when I’m busiest once too often!

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