Dog-friendly kitchen ideas to keep your pooch happy

Have you got a puppy or new furry friend during lockdown? There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed our relationships with our furry friends, right? They’re the ones who’ve been the happiest about us spending longer at home. And since the first lockdown back in March, there has been a high demand for pet-friendly furniture with integrated beds – and when the chance to write about just that, I jumped at the chance!

Forget sticking a dog bed in the corner, our pets deserve a bit more luxury too don’t they? As a key part of the family, why not give them their own little nook to curl up into – dog-friendly kitchen ideas designed as part of your living space from the get-go? Check out these ideas to see what I mean…

Design a dog bed into your kitchen

Go for bespoke kitchen furniture so you can create a designated space for a dog bed in your kitchen island or cabinetry. This way, you will ensure you have a sleek kitchen design while making sure your pet has a place of their own. Plus, your space will have a polished look as the dog bed will be integrated in the island, instead of in your way.  

Dog-friendly kitchen ideas
Create a cosy nook for your pet and their bed, like this homeowner did. Kitchen design by Sustainable Kitchens. Photography: Brent Darby. 
This pet-friendly island, from Cox & Cox, £1275, features a clever space for a compact bed under the worktop.
Dog-friendly kitchen ideas
Solid Ash Pembroke kitchen furniture in Navy Blue matt painted finish by Daval with an integrated pet bed.

If your pet already has a favourite place to sleep, another dog-friendly kitchen idea is to create them an alcove in your island for their food and water bowls instead – less mess and a cleaner look. Use one of the drawers in your island, or a kitchen cupboard, to store their food and have it close to hand.

The Legacy kitchen by Mowlem & Co with a special alcove designed into the plinth of the island unit to accommodate the food and water bowls.

If you don’t have space for an island, don’t worry, you can still make your kitchen pet friendly by making space for their bed or bowls in between your cabinets. Or get a dog bed to match your kitchen like this one…

Dog-friendly kitchen ideas
Humphrey Munson Berkeley oak dog medium bed, £395.

Dog bed in the utility, hallway or boot room

Do you have a spacious hallway or a boot room? Luckily for you, this is one of the best ways to add a built-in dog bed and use the storage space to organise all of their essentials. Boots and coat on, grab the leash and you’re out the door.

Cambridge Forest Green boot room inspiration from Benchmarx Kitchens
Dog-friendly kitchen ideas
The clever utility in this home includes a copious amount of storage, and is used for cleaning when entertaining. Plus, the best bit, it includes a shower area for the family dog Summer. Designspace London kitchens start from £25,000. Photography: Jemma Watts

Make it pet friendly by leaving a space between your run of cabinets large enough for your dog’s bed. Of course, you’ll need to tailor this to the size of your dog!

A clever and pet friendly design by Kitchens International.
Dog-friendly kitchen ideas
Show your beloved pooch just how much they mean to you buy including a bespoke sleeping area for them in your boot or utility rom. An Artichoke kitchen costs between £240,000 and £360,000.

What about a Pawdrobe too?

I must admit, I love the sound of that. If you have a bit of extra space in your utility or boot room, include a built-in wardrobe for your pet’s food, spare bowls, leash, toys and cold weather raincoat or jumpers, and create a cosy nook for them with a comfortable bed.

The Pawdrobe is a sliding door wardrobe for your dog by Spaceslide.

I don’t know about you, but looking at those cuties (and the dog-friendly kitchen ideas, of course) has left me feeling all warm inside…

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Featured image: Cambridge Stone Grey boot room inspiration from Benchmarx Kitchens for a pet friendly home.

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