Your dog is likely just as much part of the family as your kids. You want to make sure that they are as happy as everyone else in the house. Whether you are remodeling your home and want an area just for your dog or you’re getting a brand new puppy and want them to feel welcome, you can transform different areas of your home into space for your four-legged friend. Read on for seven great ways to create a unique space your dog will love!
Under the Stairs is a Magical Place
Take advantage of the space you have under your stairs, known as a spandrel, if you own a dog. Instead of letting the space gather dust, create a cozy nook for your pet. Your dog will love having a “cave-like” area that they can go to when they are tired or stressed. The area under your stairs will usually provide enough space to insert plenty of toys, blankets, and a cozy dog bed. It can be a little tough to find the perfect, durable dog bed since our beloved canine may have different needs – no worries, The Pampered Pup has your back!
Use a Corner to Create a Cozy Nook
You may not think that the corners of your home could come in handy, but why not let them be a space for your dog? Setting up their dog bed in a corner gives your pet a place to sleep that is out of the way while still allowing them to be with the family. Choose a corner that no one is likely to trip over. You don’t want your dog to be scared to go to sleep!
Create a Space by the Window
Your dog will always enjoy a chance to lie down in the sunlight. You may have already noticed that your dog enjoys lying in front of windows and doors in order to soak up the sun. If you have a window in your home that receives a lot of sunlight during the day, set your dog’s bed up in front of it. Just make sure that there are no drafts coming in through the window before you set it up.
Repurpose an Unused Fireplace
Do you have a fireplace in your home that you don’t use? If so, you have a space that would be perfect for a cozy dog bed! Chances are, that fireplace is even in a place you use often, such as your living room or common area. Your pet will thoroughly enjoy being able to hide themselves away in the fireplace while the rest of the family gathers around to watch television or play games. Just clean the fireplace out completely and then place a comfortable dog bed inside.
Convert a Space in your Kitchen Island
If you have an island in your kitchen, you may have some empty space under it that is just going to waste. Consider converting this area into a cozy dog nook for your pup! If there are doors on the island, take them off at the hinges. Clear out any junk or debris that is taking up space and fill it with a dog bed, blankets, pillows, and dog toys. Your dog is sure to love being in it, especially if they already spend a lot of time with you in the kitchen.
Upcycle Old Furniture into a Dog Area
You probably have at least one piece of furniture in your home that you wouldn’t mind parting with. Why not save yourself the trouble of hauling it to the local thrift store by converting it into a dog space? Many pieces of furniture can be converted into something your dog will enjoy. Old cribs, changing tables, end tables, dressers, desks, beds, and shelves can all be easily converted into something your dog will fight to sleep in. You can even use old dresser drawers to create a cozy bed for a smaller dog.
Give Your Mudroom a Doggy Makeover
If your house has a mudroom, you probably only use it as a storage space. After all, a mudroom is a place for you and your family to come in and leave behind wet, muddy shoes, boots, and other items. You may already bring your dog with his wet and muddy feet into this room to try and clean him off, so why not convert it into a room just for him? It’s likely small enough that you don’t use it for much anyway but large enough to create an actual dog room for your pet. You can even keep all of your supplies in here, from leashes to old towels to dog blankets and more.