With so many of us working from home over the past 18 months, we have been sharing an unprecedented amount of time – and most likely a desk, a sofa, and a lunchtime walk – with a beloved dog. Such is our devotion, that we are now looking to adapt our homes to better suit our pets.
The kitchen is the place to be for new puppies, as “dog bed ideas for kitchen” saw a massive 2700% increase in Google searches, and more specifically, “dog bed under kitchen worktop” saw a 490% increase.
When it comes to designing your perfect kitchen, you want it to work for all members of the family, without compromising on style or practicality. The experts at Wren Kitchens have offered their top tips on designing a pet-friendly kitchen to keep everyone happy.
1. Incorporate a boot room
Muddy paws are a kitchen nightmare, especially in the winter months. A boot room is a practical addition to your home, with space to store coats and boots, as well as hang collars and leads. If you have space, it is worth considering a deep ceramic sink in your boot room area to clean dirty paws as they arrive indoors.
2. Add a nook for your pet
It’s important that your dog feels safe at home, so tuck a bed into a quiet spot in the kitchen - anywhere that can double as a storage space for bowls, leads and food is a bonus. Whatever you do, keep them away from cooking areas to protect them from smoke or fumes, and equally to protect your dinner from theft…
3. Choose easy-clean materials
The durability of your kitchen is of upmost importance, and prevention is always the best course of action. Choose finishes you can easily wipe clean with a damp cloth and soapy water. High gloss units tend to show up nose smudges, so it’s recommended to stay clear of these if you have an inquisitive dog.
Always pick an easy-clean floor, such as laminate or tiles, which are both durable and can be quickly swept or mopped to remove fur and paw marks. If you’re looking to add a rug for a bit of warmth, choose one that’s washable so it can be easily cleaned.
4. Add hidden storage
Inevitably, owning a pet means you must consider storage for food, toys, leads, and towels. Choosing a dedicated area in your kitchen is the best way to keep your dog’s essentials in one easy-to-reach space. If you’re lucky enough to have a utility or boot room, dedicate some storage space there to keep your dog’s food and accessories separate from toxic items such as cleaning products.
5. Stick to dark tones
Even with pets around, you can still achieve a sleek, well-designed kitchen. Darker shades such as charcoal, navy, raven black, and forest green can create a sophisticated look and help to disguise scuffs and blemishes.
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