7.10.2012

Stylish Built-in Dog Beds and Kennels

Our kitchen is pretty small so every bit of space is a precious commodity. What takes up a chunk of the little floor space there is? The dog bed for this little bat-eared cutie:
Having a dog bed in the kitchen is a necessary evil because Hope never lets me out of her sight - if I'm working in the kitchen and there is no dog bed for her to lie down on, she is totally underfoot. In a few years, we hope to completely gut and remodel our kitchen and I would love to incorporate a built-in dog bed into the new kitchen design. If we're able to squeeze an island into our new kitchen (doubtful unfortunately...), a built-in dog bed such as one of these would be perfect: 

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{Cook Architectural Design Studio}

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Other options are to build a dog bed into a kitchen banquette,

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a window seat,
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or a kitchen base cabinet.  Adding doors to the cabinet transforms it into a built-in kennel that is so much better looking than those ugly wire crates!: 
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Another option is to create a custom pet nook in the wall with the option of adding a door to serve as a kennel:
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I would definitely want our built-in dog bed to be in the kitchen, but if your dog likes to lie down in a more quiet, out of the way space, consider a built-in niche or kennel that uses the wasted space under the stairs:
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Another fabulous idea for dog and cat owners is to have built-in food and water dishes that you don't have to be tripping over as you move around the kitchen:
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{Artisan Kitchens}
Would you also love a fancy built-in space for your pet's bed or dishes (or do you think that incorporating something like this into a kitchen design is a bit on the crazy side....)?



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7 comments:

  1. LOVE these ideas. I would definitely do something like this. :)

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    1. Aren't they fun ideas?! Would love it for my home too!

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  2. I am renovating now and am going to do the built in crate, I think!

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    1. I'm jealous! If you end up doing it, I'd love to see a pic!

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  3. These are really great ideas! I wrote a post a few weeks back on the "good, the bad and the ugly" when it comes to trendy pet furniture. I love these built in solutions, rather than over priced furniture the animals don't use.
    http://mydomadesign.com/design-musings/pet-savvy-design/

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  4. where can I buy these??? I love them!

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    1. Robin, unfortunately I think that they are all custom made but I don't think any of them are too difficult. A carpenter would be able to make what you want!

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