Monday, April 28, 2014

Decorating The House With a Dog in Mind

So you have a fluffy friend. A member of the family that you wouldn’t be without, despite the fact that they slobber everywhere, smell the place out, need regular walks, run through the house with dirty paws and jump on the sofa when they know they aren’t allowed.

Yes, they are part of the family, part of the furniture, often when you like it or not and so your house needs to be kitted out to accommodate for their needs and wishes. Sometimes this can be an additional cost that you don’t really have on you to spend and other times it can mean a total change in lifestyle and living space to accommodate for the new pet.

A dog is a member of the family and therefore will need to adapt into your family set up and surroundings and that includes their own furnishings as well, which you may well want to adapt to your taste and style rather than buying any old tat that can be found on the market.

Here are some things to consider when kitting your house out for a dog. 

Dog bowls

So you’ve just had your kitchen kitted out with new cupboards, a brand spanking new oven and brand new tiled floor. It looks great, apart from the plastic dog bowls in the corner. Yes, they are for practical use and yes no one will be judging you on your taste in dog bowls. But you will. There are hundreds of thousands of dog bowls that you can find that will match your kitchen interior so that your dog bowl looks like part of the furnishings and won’t stand out at all.

Dog blankets

So now and again you give your dog a treat by letting him or her have a sleep on the sofa. However, the last thing you want or need is to have their fur all over the sofa at the end, meaning that you’re going to have to get the hoover out and clean it up, which is never a fun game. A dog blanket can eliminate that problem and can be brought out and thrown over the sofa as and when you need it. Better still, if you find one that matches the furnishings and someone casually pops round, the throw can look like it’s meant to be there and that you aren’t just casually mismatching throws and furniture around the home.

Dog toys

Okay so this may be a little extreme but if you are really into your home interior, it is likely that you are going to want to have your toys matching your interior. There are loads of different toys available for your dog that they will love that come in all shapes and sizes. If you are sticking to a theme of toy or colour it’s likely that you won’t be able to find them in the room should they go missing, so consider this when your dog is barking at something on your rug that to you, just looks like your rug!

Dog beds


Aah, aren’t they cute when they are fast asleep? No noise. No movement. Silence. What you now need is a bed that fits to the style and taste of your living space or wherever your dog is allowed to sleep. A comfortable and stylish option is to purchase a beanbag dog bed or a memory foam dog bed, the perfect solution that can come in a whole host of colours and styles and will see your dog fall soundly to sleep as the material molds to their shape. And if their bed is the best, it’s likely that the sofa will be given the cold shoulder which means a win win scenario all round!

Geoff Ainsworth is a director of R U Comfy Beanbags with a passion for home design and technology. He writes for a variety of home design websites and loves vintage/retro styles.  

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  2. I am also thinking about it, I mean buying a couch for my dog. The dog bed looks amazing, I wonder where I can find one. I would like to invest in this kind of thing for my little buddy. But there's a problem, I am going to transfer to a new place called tanjong rhu condo but I am not so sure if the HOA or admins will allow a pet in the unit.

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  3. I think it's so cool to have a design like this one. But unfortunately there are condominiums and apartments where in pets and other stuff are not allowed. But I am hoping that once I transfer to my new place at city gate condominium
    I will be able to buy a new pet.

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