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15 pet-friendly mudroom features

Your pets are an important part of your life. Give them a special space of their own in the mudroom!
  • GRATE built-in kennel

    Kennels take up so much floor space! This indoor doghouse, built underneath a counter, makes the perfect space for a pooch. Include a comfy bed and a couple of toys, and use a recycled floor grate as a door. Not only does the grate look, well, great, but it provides ventilation and lets light into the dog's space. Add a latch to keep your pet in place when needed.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Cozy cupboard

    Many dogs love the feeling of being in a cave or an enclosed space. It makes them feel safe and secure. Turn an end cabinet in your mudroom into a doggie cave by cutting out a side panel, installing a curtain on a tension rod, and placing a comfy bed inside. 

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Soak in the sink

    If your dog is relatively small, a deep farmhouse sink will do the trick for bathing him. Invest in a restaurant-style sprayer to make washing and rinsing easier.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Dirty dog station

    When you live in the country, your dog is going to get muddy. It's going to happen. This corner clean-up station keeps Fido out of the doghouse when he has too much fun in the mud. Tiled walls surround a shower base, and hanging storage blocks hold towels, toys, shampoo, treats, and more. A low-mounted, hand-held showerhead make it easy to hose down the dog. Don't forget a super-absorbent bath mat!

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Go pro!

    If you have several dogs -- or just one that gets really dirty -- you might want to consider investing in a professional dog grooming station for your mudroom. It has a pull-out ramp to make it easy for big dogs to get in, and keeps you from having to bend over to wash them. 

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Modular mudroom

    This cleanly designed mudroom has a special corner just for the dog! His food and water bowls sit in a covered drawer, which slides out at mealtimes. The cupboard to the left keeps large bags of food out of the way, drawers store treats, bins hold toys, and leashes have a home on wall hooks.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Canine cupboard

    Give your furry friend his own cabinet in the mudroom, and it will be easy to find his things when you need them. Hooks installed on the inside of this cabinet door make the perfect spot to store leashes. Square metal bins securely hold bulk dog food, and glass jars with lids are filled with treats, which keeps food fresh and safe from pests.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Armoire for dogs

    If you don't have built-in mudroom cabinets, you can still make a mini mudroom for your best friend! This store-bought armoire holds food, toys, medicine, and more! Chalkboard paint on the inside of the front doors make a good spot for reminders, and hooks hold leashes, spare collars, and mini buckets of toys and treats.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Canine corner

    This open corner makes the perfect space for the family dog! A toy box made for children holds his favorite playthings, hooks hold leashes, a shelf holds treats and medicine, and he even has a tray for his bowls. A wall-mounted food dispenser makes feeding time easy. How many times do you suppose this dog has tried to jump up and dispense food for himself?

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Privacy, please!

    This low cabinet door hides a litterbox, giving Franklin the cat the privacy he wants when he does his business. A hole cut out of the door lets him get in and out easily, and protects the rest of the room from getting kitty litter kicked all over it.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Picnic on the lawn

    People aren't the only ones who get spring fever! Give your dog or cat a taste of summer with this adorable grassy food tray. Sprinkle some soil in the bottom of a tray, add wheat grass seeds, and let it grow! Place their food and water bowls in the center, and watch them enjoy the feel of grass under their paws! The best thing is that it's find for dogs and cats to munch on the wheat grass.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Rolling buffet

    It's easy to transform a mudroom cabinet into a rolling food station. Check your local home store for the hardware to add a sliding base with rack for holding garbage cans. Then fill the cans with dog food, and you're set! Many come with space for trash and recycling, so you can use one for cat food and one for dog food, or take advantage of the extra bin and buy extra dog food when it's on sale.

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Gated community

    An interior gate is a good option for pet-friendly mudrooms. Sometimes you want to keep the dog in (or out of) the mudroom, but don't necessarily want to shut the room completely off with a door. This gate folds up accordion-style when not in use, and its smooth painted finish and shiny hardware make it look like part of the architecture of the house. Much prettier than a baby gate!

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Traffic stop

    If your pets are allowed to come and go as they please, install a doggie door going from the mudroom to the yard. It easily closes and latches when not in use, but gives your pets a little freedom. Here, the cat is coming in, which made the dog decide to go out. 

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014
  • Floors for Fido

    Dogs love ceramic tile, especially for cooling down on hot summer days, like this Lab. It may not be the best choice for a mudroom that will house pets, though, because accidents can soak into the grout and even into porous tile. Wood and laminates can also be damaged by accidents, but harder finishes hold up pretty well. Carpet isn't a good idea for a mudroom whether you have pets or not. The best choice may be vinyl or linoleum, which will stand up to most of the abuse your dog can dish out. 

    Date Published: February 28, 2014
    Date Updated: June 13, 2014

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