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Pet-Friendly Kitchen Design Ideas

Last Updated on August 17, 2022

We love our pets. In fact, we love them so much that millions are owned in the U.S. alone. Recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that approximately 65% of U.S. households own at least one dog and about 56% own at least one cat. That’s a lot of furry friends! Ask any pet owner and they’ll tell you their pets are a part of the family. And as we all know, after you’ve been away for a long day, your pets can’t wait to see you again.

Unfortunately, our evenings are busy cooking, cleaning, and doing evening chores. The great news is that you can still enjoy quality time with your beloved pets while in the kitchen. When you create a welcoming and comfortable space for your pet, they can join you as you spend time in your kitchen area.

So, how do you make family time in your kitchen more pet-friendly? Keep your furry friends in mind as you begin designing your new kitchen space. To help you out, we have gathered together some fun and interesting ways to turn your kitchen into a pet-friendly space.

Keep It Easy to Clean

When we talk about keeping it easy to clean, we often think about our countertops. After all, that is where we prepare our food. But when you have pets trying to hang out next to you as you work, you also need to think about the lower surfaces.

Choose kitchen cabinets that won’t show dirt and slobber marks as clearly. Whether you’re doing a full overhaul or just a cabinet refacing, you may also want to consider a material that doesn’t dent or scratch easily. A great choice is RTF cabinets from Granite and TREND Transformations. Easy to clean with just soap and water, and dent-resistant, they are an ideal option for pet-friendly kitchens. RTF cabinetry is also available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you can fully customize your space.

Durable Flooring

We may not want to admit it, but our pets can leave our floors a mess. Whether it’s muddy paws on a rainy day or an accident while still in training, our floors need to hold up to whatever comes their way. Hardwood floors are not pet-friendly since they stain quickly and can dent and scratch easily. Today’s homeowners are opting for tile or granite flooring, which is easy to clean and maintain.

Granite and TREND Transformations offers the ideal flooring for the kitchen of your dreams that will also withstand the antics of your pets. Durable flooring options are available in a wide variety of materials, are water-resistant, easy to clean, and offer countless choices to suit your particular design style. A fantastic option is the granite collection. It is non-porous in nature and is also stain and scratch-resistant, so your pets can run free!

Countertops

If you have a cat or even a small dog, you know that no matter how hard you try to prevent it, they always end up on top of the counter. With particularly delicate countertops, this could lead to scratches or dents that cannot be fixed.

Protecting your countertop surfaces from wear, tear, and stains will keep your new kitchen looking beautiful for years to come. You can achieve this and get the countertops of your dreams with Granite and TREND Transformations. Our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are stain- and scratch-resistant. We offer a wide selection to choose from, including quartz, marble, and recycled glass.

Island Dreams

Let your kitchen island double as the perfect hideaway for your pet. This clever built-in bed allows your dog or cat to join you during family time while keeping them out from under from your feet.

Kitchen island with built-in dog bed
Photo credit: thekitchn.com

Feeding Station

You enjoy family time around the kitchen table, so why not give your pet their own space, too? A feeding station is not only a great way to give your pet their own space to nibble, but also a convenient way of keeping everything in one place.

Convenient pet feeding station in kitchen
Photo Credit: grandinroad.com

Doggy Door

If you have a fenced-in yard, then a doggy door is a great way to give your furry friend the freedom to let him or herself out. It’s a dog-friendly interior design idea that is a win-win for you and your dog. And while it is called a “doggy door”, we know some cats who like to use them too!

Doggy door in kitchen
Photo Credit: Houzz.com/Buckminster Green LLC

On the Lookout

Cats and dogs love to look out the window, so why not give them their own window seat to scope out the outdoor scene? You’ll love knowing where they are, and they’ll love the fact they have the best seat in the house. Plus, a washable pad helps keep the area clean and fresh.

Dog bench in kitchen design
Photo Credit: Houzz.com

Pocket Door

For those times when you need to keep your pets away from the hustle and bustle, a sliding pocket door can be your “other best friend.” It’s another great dog-friendly interior design idea that is ideal for your pet-friendly home.

Pet pocket door in kitchen
Photo Credit: thekitchn.com

Other tips to create a pet-friendly home:

Now that we’ve covered some pet-friendly kitchen designs, it’s time to shed (pun intended) some light on other ways to make your home a place that is pet-friendly – from a décor perspective, of course:

  • Choose the right fabric – Some fabrics like velvet, corduroy, velour and chenille can be magnets for pet hair. Instead, choose smooth tapestries and synthetic fibers that can stand up to shedding and sharp claws.
  • Select the right paint – You may not be aware of it, but your walls can attract fur, which makes for an unattractive home. Avoid highly-textured walls that can be difficult to clean. Instead, opt for satin or semi-gloss paint that can help repel fur and keep your walls looking fresh and clean.
  • Consider the flooringWe may not want to admit it, but our pets can leave our floors a mess. Whether its muddy paws on a rainy day or an accident while still in training, our floors need to hold up to whatever comes their way. Hardwood floors are not pet-friendly since they stain quickly and can dent and scratch easily. Today’s homeowners are opting for tile or granite flooring, which is easy to clean and maintain, and both of which Granite and Trend Transformations can offer you.

How Granite and Trend Transformations can make your home pet-friendly

Granite and Trend Transformations can help make your kitchen – and home – more pet-friendly by helping you design a space that will work for all your needs (as well as your pet’s needs). We’ll help you select the best materials for the job, including countertops and surfaces that are stain and scratch-resistant, easy to clean, and will hold up against whatever your life may throw at it (including what may come from your pets).

Our design team enjoys working with our clients to select just the right products to create the pet-friendly kitchen they envision. We will work with you to ensure that not only are your style choices met but any functionality needs as well.

Are you ready to start planning your next home remodeling project?  If so, find a Granite or Trend Transformations location near you and call to schedule your free in-home design consultation today. Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have!

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