5 Clever Ways To Make Your Home More Pet-Friendly

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For people with pets, keeping their four-legged friends in mind when it comes to planning a home renovation is an absolute must. Little design modifications here and there can make a big difference and can make your pets’ lives easier. Keep scrolling for some renovation tips and ideas that are suited for man’s best friend without compromising on style.

  1. Invest in durable walls and floors
    First and foremost, it’s important to ensure that your floors are suitable for your pet. This means no slippery marble tiles or hardwood floors that can be easily scratched. Instead, opt for materials like vinyl or stone tiles that are hardy, stain- and scratch-resistant and easy to clean. As for the walls, consider paints that have a non-toxic satin or semi-gloss finish. This enables homeowners to easily scrub away dirty prints or stains that come from paws, claws and tails.

    Image credit: Studio FortyFour

    Image credit: Studio FortyFour

  2. Plan enough room for play
    If you think only big apartments can offer ample space and freedom for your pet to run around freely, think again. For small spaces, all you need are some good planning sensibilities. For example, opt for wall sconces instead of a floor lamp. Furniture pieces that are easily stackable will also work in your favour. By doing so, your furry friends will be allowed a big area to play while preventing them from knocking over furniture at the same time.
  3. Design storage with pet needs in mind
    When planning and allocating your storage space, keep in mind that your pet’s supplies need to be easily accessible too. After all, you wouldn’t want to have to search high and low through all your storage units just to locate pet food, grooming supplies and the like. As such, install wall hooks next to your main door so that you can quickly grab the leash before heading out for a walk, or carving out a dedicated storage unit for all your pet accessories so that you know where and can easily locate everything all at once.

    Image credit: LLARK Architects

    Image credit: LLARK Architects

  4. Create a multi-functional outdoor space
    If your apartment happens to come with a balcony, why not convert it into a pet-friendly zone where they can hang out, play with their toys or simply bask in the sun in the afternoons. This can also be a designated area where your pets come to relieve themselves in the event it rains or if you’re too bogged down by work obligations to bring them out for their walks. Additionally, the natural outdoor ventilation will also help to prevent foul odours from penetrating into your home. Pro tip: All pets are inquisitive by nature. As such, it’s important to remember to cover up your windows with wire mesh to prevent them from going too far, making a misstep and falling from your flat.
  5. Convert extra space into pet-friendly nooks
    Got a little alcove or nook in your home that you have no use for? Make full use of the otherwise dead space by turning them into a cosy little area that’s perfect for your four-legged friends. It doesn’t have to be anything too fanciful or extravagant. You can simply place your dog’s favourite pillow or your cat’s scratching post in those unused corners, or even order a customised pet house for them to rest during the day.

    Image credit: Jessica McGowan for HGTV

    Image credit: Jessica McGowan for HGTV

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