Dog and cat under a blanket

Pets can be some of our most loyal companions and are there by your side throughout every chapter in life. With it becoming more common than ever for pets to steal the hearts of families, it’s no surprise that many homeowners are opting for altering their property to fit with the needs of their furry friends. Adapting your home so that all members of the family can feel optimum comfort needn’t be timely nor costly. Here we have put together seven of our favourite pet-friendly home design ideas to give you some inspiration!

Pet-Friendly Home Design Ideas Your Furry Friends Will Love!

From investing in pet deterrent furniture to creating the ultimate haven for relaxation for your pet, there are a plethora of different ways that you can create a pet-friendly household. While each of our ideas may come alongside a small fee, we can guarantee that your beloved pets will most definitely thank you for it!

1. Install Pet Doors

While many assume that cats are the only furry friend that require their own entrance to your home, you should also consider fitting a pet door if you are a dog owner. Opting for installing a pet door comes alongside a plethora of benefits to both you and your beloved pet; including the following:

  • Better Health – It’s incredibly unhealthy for your pet to be cooped up in your home for the entire day. Equipping your home with a pet door means that they can go in and out of your garden whenever they wish. They can explore the outdoors, get some fresh air and go for a bathroom break (also a great way to avoid indoor accidents), giving them plenty of freedom. Healthy pet = happy pet!
  • Enhanced Pet Safety – We have all heard the heartbreaking reports of pets suffering due to being stuck inside the home during heatwaves. In fitting a pet door, you can have peace of mind that if they are feeling a little too warm, they can step outside to cool down. Pet doors can also save lives in the event of a house fire.
  • Less Disobedience – Just like us, humans, pets can get bored when sat around the house all day. Not only can this lead to mischievous four-legged chaos, but it can also become incredibly stressful for your pet. Allowing pets to let loose in the garden and get all of their energy out will mean that they’re less likely to become disobedient, merely down to boredom.

When considering ways to make your home more pet-friendly, installing a pet door should always take priority. If you are searching for reputable property specialists, then do not hesitate to contact Click Glazing. Our team provide replacement doors in Milton Keynes, including those equipped with pet entrances. An array of different pet flaps are available ranging in shapes and sizes, meaning that you can find a solution to fit with the breed of your pet. All are designed with advanced safety features to ensure that your property is protected against intruders.

Cat walking through cat flap

2. Fur Deterrent Furniture

If you are a pet owner, then you would be more than familiar with the neverending task of hoovering fur from your furniture. While, unless you opt for a breed that does not shed hair, you cannot control the accumulation of fur, there are particular fabrics which are susceptible to collecting hairs. With this in mind, when designing a pet-friendly home, it is recommended to choose your upholstery carefully. Before going ahead with a purchase down to style and comfort, consider how they react against hair. For instance, there are many materials such as velvet, velour and chenille, which are magnets for fur. No sooner you hoover your upholstery; it’ll be covered with a layer of hair. Instead, we suggest considering only items made from smooth fabrics such as leather and synthetic fibres.

Another important factor to keep in mind when upholstery shopping is whether fabrics will be too delicate for little paws. If you were to treat yourself to, for example, an expensive silk cushion, then you must keep it out of sight from your furry friends. Their claws can be sharp, which means that you’re likely to find lots of tiny holes in your costly upholstery.

Dog asleep on sofa

3. Easy-To-Clean Flooring

One of the most common property upgrades for new pet owners to consider is replacing their carpet for easy-to-clean flooring. Similarly to fabric upholstery, carpet is also a culprit for accumulating fur. Pet hair can easily become embedded in the carpet fibres, which means that, while you may hoover daily, it becomes tricky to ensure that your flooring is free from fur. Along with built-up hair, carpet can also prove tricky to maintain when it comes to mucky paws and if you have a puppy, toilet training. Without enlisting a professional carpet cleaner to visit your home regularly, your flooring can begin to look incredibly dirty, dampening the aesthetics of your interior design.

If you are hoping to replace your carpet with low maintenance alternatives, then we suggest opting for laminate flooring, stone or ceramic tiling. These are not only durable materials, but they are also great for cooling down your pets during the Summer. While many may assume that hardwood flooring is the best option, it is known for being super easy to scratch, dent and stain. It means that, although hardwood is easy to wipe down, it will begin to become damaged over time. For more information on how to keep different types of flooring clean, take a look at Luce Maintenance Group.

For those who are considering replacing their carpet, then you may also be searching for rugs to keep your rooms cosy. While there is no reason why you cannot lay rugs as a pet owner, it is imperative that all are equipped with an anti-slip underlay. This will avoid slipping hazards, keeping both you and your pet safe.

Owner stroking cat

4. Designated ‘Play Space’

If you are lucky enough to have a larger home, then designating a ‘play space’ for your pet would be ideal. This should be introduced in the early training stages and involves creating a room that you will allow your pet to roam freely in. It can include plenty of toys and if you want to avoid your pet sleeping in your room, also their bed. In teaching your pet that this is their space to unwind and play, you can prevent them from running riot around your house and causing havoc.

When deciding on which room would be best suited to a pet ‘play space’, many homeowners steer clear from the most used areas of their home. For example, the kitchen, living room and bedrooms would not be convenient as a room dedicated to your four-legged family member because they are too heavily relied on. Instead, we suggest making use of additional living space such as an outbuilding, conservatory or converted garage. These are all spaces that would otherwise be used as merely another room to relax in, so there would be no harm in creating a section for your pet.

With many years of experience constructing outbuildings, garage conversions and conservatories in Milton Keynes, our team can help you to design the perfect space. They will work with you to bring your vision to life, altering the space to accommodate your furry friends. Whether you require pet flaps to be installed on doors or furniture to be secured to avoid accidents, we’ve got you covered!

5. Pet-Friendly Garden

Pets love to explore the outdoors, which means that it is vital to alter your garden so that they can enjoy the sunshine alongside the family. Luckily, there are a whole host of super easy ways that you can begin to create a pet-friendly outdoor space without spending a fortune.

First, it is vital to choose your plants and flowers carefully to ensure that you do not fill your garden with those that are harmful to pets. Particularly if you are a dog owner, there are a number of toxic species which can make your pet incredibly ill should they ever swallow them. A full list of the most common poisonous plants to dogs can be found on The Dogs Trust. If you are a cat lover, on the other hand, you must also be careful not to plant any species that may become dangerous. You can find more information on this on the Cats Protection website.

If you are a dog owner, then along with planting non-toxic species, you must also ensure that the area is secure. Dogs can be culprits for digging holes in the ground, which means that if you do not have secure borders at the base of your fence, they could easily dig deep enough to escape under the fence. Not only should fences be secure to the ground but also high enough that your dog cannot jump over. Buy Fencing Direct has put together a helpful article on how to make your fence taller through DIY methods without having to schedule a replacement.

Dog running across garden

6. Cosy Pet Bed

No guide to creating a pet-friendly home would be complete without the addition of a cosy pet bed. A pet bed is a necessity to make your furry family member feel relaxed, welcome and most importantly, at home. It is entirely up to you where you choose to place your pet’s bed, but bear in mind that this will be the location that they will be trained to sleep in. If you begin by placing the bed in your bedroom, then it is more than likely that you will struggle to get your pet to settle should you wish to move them to, for example, downstairs in the living room. Everyone has different beliefs regarding where their pet should sleep at night, so the final decision will be based on what works best for your family.

When researching into different pet beds, you most definitely will not be short for choice. There is an abundance of different styles, shapes and colours to choose from, meaning that it couldn’t be easier to coordinate with your interior design. If you’re new to purchasing pet beds, we suggest taking a look at Overstock’s handy article on choosing a bed that is not only comfortable but also stylish.

7. Undisrupted Outdoor Views

When becoming a pet owner, windows are often a factor of your home that is overlooked. Now, we’re most definitely not expecting you to pay out for a whole set of brand new windows, but instead, we recommend ensuring that your pet can enjoy an undisrupted view of the outdoors. Pets adore being nosey and peering out of the window to watch what’s going on outside. They love even more waiting by the window for you to come home from work to greet you, an excitement which can cheer you up on even the most stressful of days. Try reconfiguring your room layout, particularly those that your pet spends a lot of time in so that nothing is obstructing the window.

Dog and young girl looking out of the window

Making A House A Home!

Pets are always considered part of the family, which means that it is vital to make your house a home for not only you but also your loyal companions. Through taking the time to plan any pet-friendly home upgrades meticulously, you can keep costs at a minimum without compromising on quality. We always recommend starting small with essentials such as a pet flap, pet bed, and creating a safe environment for your four-legged friends. You can then move onto adapting the layout of your property to accommodate your growing needs.

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