Having pets has definitely changed how I approach my home decor. Last fall, my husband and I added a yellow lab puppy named Zoey to our family. Zoey is 6 months old now and full of energy. She is especially fond of my 11-year-old cat Harper—Harper is less than thrilled with our little addition but she makes do.
As a pet owner it’s important to me that I design our home to better serve our pets’ needs as well as our own. Luckily, there are a lot of pet-friendly home decor tips out there to inspire and improve the homes of pet owners like me.
I’ve rounded up my favorite tips to show you the endless possibilities when it comes to pet-friendly home decor. So many of these ideas would make a huge difference in the organization and appearance of my own home. Hopefully, this list will help all of you fellow pet owners out too!
12 Pet-Friendly Home Decor Tips
Build an Attractive Pet Gate
While it might be tempting to pick-up a cheap, plastic baby gate from your local Walmart, I guarantee you’ll be happier if you take some time to create your own DIY pet gate. There are a lot of simple options out there with easy-to-follow plans and instructions.
How to Build a Pet Door // Better Homes & Gardens
Barn Door Dog Gate // Remodelaholic
Picket Fence Pet Gate // Knick of Time
Create DIY Storage Solutions
Creative DIY storage options go a long way in improving the organization and appearance of your home. I know I hate having ugly containers breaking up my home’s flow and overall feel. All of these ideas are both handy and practical.
Pull-Out Dog Food Bin // Better Homes & Gardens
6 Easy Ways to Hide Your Cat Litter Box // Remodelaholic
Stylish Pet Food Storage + Free Printable // IHeart Organizing
Build Your Own Pet Feeder
As Zoey continues to grow, I’ve been considering building a pet feeder for her to make it easier for her to enjoy her daily meals. Here are some of the best DIY options I’ve found. For my fellow dog owners, I recommend talking to your vet to determine the best height for an elevated feeder based on your particular breed.
How to Build a Pet Feeder (Rustic or Modern Style) // Remodelaholic
DIY Pet Feeding Station // Addicted 2 Decorating
Choose Your House Plants Wisely
Until I started researching house plants, I had no idea many popular varieties like Fiddle Leaf Fig and Aloe Vera are toxic to pets. Make sure you review the handy infographic and other articles below before bringing home any new plants. I’ve also found that generally speaking plants that are safe for pets are also safe for children.
10 Pet-Safe Indoor Plants and 7 to Avoid // Pistils Nursery
Cat-Friendly Water Bowl Planter // The Happier Homemaker
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Clarissa is a wife and stepmom embracing life in the Land of Enchantment. She works as a nonprofit communication specialist by day and blogger by night. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, green chile, baseball, country music, and her yellow lab.