9 Bougie AF Pet Rooms Better Than Your First Apartment
You might love your pet, but do you love them enough to give them their own room? Sure, your fluffy pal is like family, but some people are all about giving their pups and kitties the good life, devoting entire rooms to their furry companions.
And these aren’t just any old rooms. These are over-the-top, highly amenitized pet rooms designed lavishly enough to make most humans envious of the digs. We rounded up some of the coolest pet-dedicated spaces that have popped up over the last year so you can see for yourself. From studio apartment-sized cat playgrounds to dedicated dog showers, here are 10 pet rooms and spaces that are probably way better than your first (if not, current) apartment.
Above: Designer Dina Bandman dreamed up this totally aspirational laundry room for the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Complete with a custom dog shower, this spot is nicer than most people’s first (or second!) home.
Leave it to a designer to go above and beyond for their canine companions. Inside Vern Yip’s family home in Los Angeles, the HGTV star converted his basement den into an OTT dog room for his two favorite pooches, complete with overstuffed dog beds, bins of tennis balls, and mason jars filled with doggy treats.
Turns out a well-designed pet-dedicated space can be entertaining for humans, too. Case in point: Kimberly’s cat haven from Catastrophic Creations. Filled with wall-mounted hammocks, bridges, and cannon ball-style sisal posts that span their entire living room, Kimberly’s owners fashioned the accessories to look just like a Super Mario Brothers video game, making it just as fun for them to watch as it is for their cats to play.
The only thing better than having a laundry room at home is having one that doubles as a pet spa. Featured on This Old House, Barbara and Edward Marshall transformed their laundry room into a streamlined dog wash station for their pups Roxy and Bella, complete with a mini-shower and built-in bed.
Looking for a safe way to let your cats play outside? Catios—like this large-scale custom stunner from the Cat Carpenter—are all the rage with overprotective pet parents with money to spend.
HGTV star Brian Patrick Flynn is no stranger to a good design hack, and his dog bedroom is no exception. Designed with functionality (and affordability) in mind, Flynn dreamed up a doggy room with bright walls, canine-inspired art, and a DIY Dutch door—so you keep your pooch locked up and in sight, without making them feel trapped.
Turns out that lavish pet rooms are so popular these days that developers and designers are starting to offer them as built-in amenities. For example, at the luxe Hannover Village at the Park in Camarillo, California, prospective buyers have the option to add a doggy-devoted pet suite (as seen here in an image from Yahoo)—think: a washer and dryer, refrigerator, wash station, and wall-mounted TV—to their home before move-in.
Okay, I know I’m a little bias, but I’m a big fan of the bunny room I created for my pet buns. Formerly a walk-in closet inside my tiny NYC apartment, I added an all-natural rug, bi-level bunny condo, and a mini-four-poster bed to give my bunnies a rabbit-proofed paradise to spend their time in when I’m away.