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Creating a Pet-Friendly Home with Stylish Furniture and Accessories

A four-legged friend fills the house with joy and cuddles. They run, climb and play, putting a strain on furniture and furnishings.

What Is Pet Design? A Combination of Comfort and Décor.
Photo by: WERNER STRAUBE

Pet furniture is a combination of comfort and décor, all here simple. Fortunately, many pet-friendly solutions allow animals and design lovers to share the domestic space in perfect harmony.

It’s called Pet Design or pet furniture, and it’s the Design applied to objects for our beloved pets, which has nothing to envy from ‘human‘ Design regarding beauty and originality!

Functional yet stylish furniture!

When we take an animal with us, we must remember that we are adopting a living being that will have its own needs and habits and, consequently, need its own space. Therefore, to have a cat- and dog-friendly home, carefully preparing the area dedicated to our pets is essential.

We often do not consider it, but when we choose to keep a pet at home, we force it to live in an environment that is not natural for it: a home is designed for a human being, certainly not for a dog, cat, rabbit and so on.

Our animals are family members, and, as in all families, a balance must be found with them so that cohabitation is serene and peaceful.

The market offers furniture and accessories to make things easier, such as kennels, scratching posts or litter boxes, but they are often not the height of elegance and Design.

Pet furniture: Everything is designed for them.

But why should the house be designed exclusively for its human inhabitants? This is the question that many interior designers have asked themselves, and they have started developing furniture designed for pets.

Their challenge is creating practical furniture for humans and animals, using environmentally friendly or recycled materials. Above all, with a quality standard open to the design objects we love in our homes.

Shapes and colours blend harmoniously and fit into domestic environments, stimulating and celebrating the human-animal relationship.

Please don’t call it a kennel.

Pet Design. Friendly Interior Design Ideas Your Furry Friend Will Love.
Credit: Love the Sign

A famous Italian designer has created a ‘den‘ for cats that combines comfort and aesthetics. Two hollow stones inspire the shape placed one on top of the other: above; the kitty can dominate its surroundings or relax on the soft cushion; below, it can do its nails thanks to the integrated scratching post or have fun with the suspended toy of the plush toy. An object with an elegant and contemporary design that does not disfigure even in the most sophisticated living room.

Website: Love the Sign

A…’ Pet Armchair’

Dog kennel named Firenze, Pet superfine, with capitonné work in full grain leather.
Credit: PetSuperfine.

The dog also deserves a kennel to match the décor: another Italian company from the Veneto region specialising in pet furniture has thought of this.
The founder’s designs, characterised by maniacal research into shapes and materials, are made in limited editions by local craftsmen; it is difficult to distinguish the dog kennel from its owner’s armchair.

Website: PetSuperfine

A sofa for two

For harmonious coexistence, animals and humans each must have their own space. This is precisely why a famous Korean designer, Seungji Mun, has created a sofa to accommodate dogs and their owners, creating a new comfortable sharing space for both.

Inspired by the same principle is, the sofa dedicated to all those who share their days with their beloved feline, who can have fun running through the tunnel that forms the headboard of this ultra-modern sofa.

Website: Eazel

Pet Design the scratch cactus

Whoever has a cat knows: the scratching post is a ‘necessary evil‘ to save the sofa from the clutches of felines! What if this accessory became a design object? This is the idea of a French brand that, in collaboration with a famous French designer, has created Vegas, a cactus-shaped scratching post that brings a fun and cool touch to the home! You can find it for about £ 70.00 in various online shops.

Website: Meyou Paris

Pet-proof fabric

The sofa of those who have a pet is often put to the test by our beloved companions: between hair, stains and ‘nails’, it is almost always not in the best state.

The solution is to choose a stain-resistant, water-repellent and scratch-resistant fabric. There are many different types and finishes on the market to suit the style of any home.

For example, a famous company in northern Italy uses an innovative technology that covers every sofa fibre, creating the protection that becomes an integral part of the fabric: all it takes is a sponge soaked in water to get rid of even the most difficult stains!

But it is not the only one; another Italian company has developed a synthetic fibre covering that prevents nails from penetrating the weave of the sofa fabric, preventing the classic fraying.

Regardless of the pet furniture, the advice for all those who have a pet at home is to choose a leather or microfibre cover, which are fabrics that are particularly suitable for those who want to save their sofa or armchair!

Designer furniture with built-in bowls or kennels.

All-in-one pet station.
Credit: MICHELE PARTENIO

Finding space for kennels, bowls, and litter boxes is sometimes tricky, especially in tiny houses. These items, essential to our pets’ lives, sometimes get in the way and can give the house a cluttered look.

When we have guests, we may find ourselves locking the dog and cat in their kennels because, among the patrons, there may be those who are afraid of animals or perhaps do not like having them nearby.

Again, our interior designers have given free rein to their imagination, coming up with multifunctional furniture with built-in amenities for the cat or dog (but which are also great for other pets).

Thus, kennels blend with chests of drawers and consoles, puffs, kitchen cabinets, sofas and coffee tables in the living room; individual kennels become design objects with minimalist geometric shapes to be proudly displayed: you will look great with friends, and your pets will be happy at the same time.

Cat-proof table and bookcase

CATable by Hao Ruan offers a shared work surface for cats and their owners.
Credit: Hao Ruan

How often have you found the cat on your table or desk, perhaps crouched over your computer, without wanting to move to allow you to continue your occupation?

To get around this problem, Hao Ruan, a Chinese designer and architect, has designed a wooden table that has two levels: the first is designed for us and is an ordinary wooden tabletop, and the second is designed for the cat and is a natural pathway game: it is a tunnel full of tunnels and holes that will only attract and amuse our furry friend.

Part of the same line is the modular cube cat bookcase designed for the same purpose. It is a design formed from cat cubes, allowing the kitty to frolic without being scolded or doing damage…maybe!

Pet Design Save my floor.

Floors, especially hardwood floors, are also challenged by the presence of dogs and cats.

The experts advise opting for a surface that resists dirt and wear and tear: an Italian company, Pergo, has developed a 100% waterproof, natural-looking laminate floor that resembles wood but is designed to withstand wet environments and high-stress conditions. Beautiful and practical for those with four-legged friends!

A somewhat “square look!”

If the walls and furniture in your home have a square design, they certainly will not be able to coexist with objects with lines that are too rounded. However, a famous Japanese designer has found a pet-friendly solution with an innovative collection: playhouses, beds, bowls, spongy toys, and balls.

Each object follows or contains the regular, clean lines of the cube. The doghouse, for example, is composed of two square parts joined by a zipper.

Website: Japanese studio Nendo

Website: Nendo’s Cubic pet accessories are designed to complement minimal interiors

If, on the other hand, you prefer the slightly more rounded aspects….

APOLLO a luxury kennel-made in Italy.
APOLLO luxury kennel made in Italy. Source: PetSuperfine

Don’t worry; you can start from the opposite situation! In this case, the pet-friendly solution is again provided by a brand made in Italy, Superfine, which specialises in high-quality pet living.

Superfine’s proposal is called “Apollo” and is a Pet Design kennel that combines two steel half spheres, cleverly cut from an irregular shape for comfortable access for your pet.

The spherical structure is edged with a round steel rod to allow our four-legged friend to enter safely—hand-applied gold leaf decoration, hand-turned wooden supports, stain-resistant microfibre cushioning, removable and easy to clean.

A beautiful kennel made entirely of wicker.

BACO pet bed, entirely handmade, is composed of a stainless steel frame covered with a wicker weave!
Source: Brando Design

However, for those with a cat who prefer wicker, there is the ‘Baco’ cat kennel designed by Brandodesigne, another Italian company. The kennel is entirely handmade and has a stainless steel frame covered with a wicker weave; it can be kept slightly suspended from the ground with two flexible slides or raised thanks to an elegant pedestal.

The kennel also allows the cat to observe the environment from the small vents and the two opposing openings, comfortably lying on the reinforced microfibre cushions in different shades.

The price is certainly not accessible to everyone; it is around 1,500.00 euros (about £ 1,333), but we are talking about a high-quality, handmade product.

Website: Brando Design

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The "Frenchie Breed" website is a blog aimed at dog owners. We regularly publish articles about our four-legged furry friends. Among the contents of our blog, you will find ample space on the latest news in the sector, with information and in-depth analysis dedicated to the world of dogs in all its forms, the latest trends and news of the moment, curious facts, events devoted to dogs, product reviews, as well as an intense activity of information regarding the health and well-being of pets.

Please Note: The articles in the 'Frenchie Breed Blog' are for information purposes only; nothing published can or should be construed as an attempt to offer professional advice or consultation with a physician, veterinary surgeon or another health professional.

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