Want to create a stylish and cozy room for your dog, but don’t know where to start? You need to think about where this room should be, what it should contain and how you can decorate it.
I will talk about all that in this article. Among all the dog room ideas you will find inspiration.
- Step 1: choose a room
- Step 2: Decorate the room
- Step 3: set up the room
Step 1: choose a room
The first question you need to decide on is: which room in the house should the dog room occupy? There are several options for this, but the rules are the same:
- The dog needs a secluded place to rest, where there is no excessive noise (and preferably away from windows, as noise and traffic on the street can disturb dogs, especially at night).
- But it shouldn’t be a completely isolated place, as dogs want to be part of the family.
- This place should be safe. For example, there should be no electrical wires or heaters nearby. There should also be no drafts in the room that can make the dog sick.
Do the dogs need their own room?
A separate room is needed only in a few cases:
- For shelter dogs that are afraid of people.
- For older dogs, that need peace and quiet.
- If you have several animals that need to be kept apart from each other.
If you think your dog needs a separate room, you can set up a secluded space in the laundry room, basement, or unused closet:
Look closely, maybe you have a space in your house that is not being used? For example, near the stairs.
under stairs dog room idea
How to designate a part of the room for the dog
In most cases, it’s best to reserve part of a room for the dog. This can be the living room, kitchen, bedroom or mudroom. The main thing is that the dog has enough space and his bed isn’t in the hallway under the feet of family members.
Here are some ideas on how to integrate the dog space into your home:
A place for the dog under the table
A place for the dog in the mudroom:
Another idea: to save space, you can also make a built-in space for the dog.
You can separate the space for the dog with a divider or dog gate:
A partition with a gate is a good way to keep your dog safe when you aren't at home.
Step 2: Decorate the room
Of course, your furry friend doesn’t care how his room looks, but you do. Nowadays, many people are very engaged in designing the dog’s room, and the availability of many products on the market makes it possible.
To decorate a dog room, you can use pictures of dogs, bone-shaped items, paw stickers and much more. Garlands, pillows, toys and other decorations are also suitable. I also like posters with animal names or a name cut out of wood.
Here are some ideas for inspiration:
You can also paint the walls in the dog room:
I also like the idea of decorating the dog’s room like a human bedroom, with the same small bed, closet, and nightstand:
Some might like the idea of a doggie room that looks like a luxury apartment:
Decor for the dog’s room:
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You can also install a camera in the dog room to keep an eye on your pet while you are away. I would like to recommend you the PETCUBE BITES 2 LITE camera. With such a camera you can even talk to your pet and give him treats.
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Step 3: set up the room
What should be in an indoor dog room? Here’s a list of things you might need.
The most important thing for a dog is a bed, because that’s where it’ll spend most of its time. Therefore, it’s important to choose a good-quality product to provide a healthy sleeping environment. If your dog has an uncomfortable bed, the animal will be restless.
But every dog has different preferences. My Buer’s guide with best dog beds will help you choose the right one for your dog.
I like raised beds because they are more durable and practical; they get less dirty. Check out this lovely raised bed with drawers that I found:
Even if you don’t plan on crating your dog, it can be helpful to have one. The crate might come in handy in the future, for example, for transporting the dog. So it’s good if the dog is used to the crate and isn’t afraid of it. The crate can be a favorite place for your dog to rest, because it’s like a den.
There are many kinds of crates: plastic, metal, soft, and wooden, that look like furniture. You can even match the crate to your interior.
The crate can be built into any cabinet:
Or look for the furniture style dog crate that can serve as a table:
Storage for dog stuff
Toys can be stored in any crate. But you can also buy a special basket for dogs, which will fit the design.
Boxes with toys can be stacked on racks or hanging shelves.
Here’s what a wonderful shelf I found:
If your Fido has enough clothes, you can place them on a hanger for decoration:
You may find it convenient to hang hooks for collars, leashes, and other things:
If you have a large enough room for your dog, you can even install some large toys, such as a pool with balloons:
You also need to decide if you want to put bowls in the dog room. If yes, you need to put a tray or a special mat under the bowls to protect the floor from water and dirt.
Here’s a good idea on how to set up a feeding area:
By the way, I found out where you can buy such a feeding station:
You can make a pull-out bowl to save space:
I feel more comfortable feeding my dog in the kitchen. Food storage can be placed not far from the bowls.
A feeding station can be made in some niche:
This idea is suitable for those who want to create a space for their dog in the laundry room. It has become popular to set up a separate bathroom for dogs.
It’s good if the bathing station is located near the main entrance. Then when your dog comes dirty from a walk, you can wash him right away and the house stays clean.
Do dogs need their own room?
Dogs need their personal space and sometimes they even want to be alone (although dogs are very social). Besides, such a safe room can be very convenient in case you ever need to leave your dog alone.
How can I make my room more dog-friendly?
Here are some tips:
1. Abandon carpets in favor of hard flooring.
2. Use dirt-repellent fabrics.
3. Avoid very low tables or nightstands. The dog may accidentally push items onto the table.
What color should a dog room be?
The color of the walls in the dog room should be light. Dogs perceive blue, green and purple colors better.
I recommend watching this video at the end for even more ideas:
An organized space for your dog helps keep everything in its place and keeps the house tidy. Your pet will have a private place to rest. Wouldn’t that be great?
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