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Five Ways to Design a Pet-Friendly Kitchen

1. Incorporate a boot room

Muddy paws (and muddy boots!) is everyone’s nightmare especially in the winter months. A bespoke boot room is a designated area to keep the mud at bay and helps to prevent the dreaded dirt splattered around your kitchen and home.

Create this practical yet pretty area near your door with space to store coats and boots as well as hang collars and leads off hooks.

The main elements of a boot room is seating to perch, boot storage at the base, hanging racks and hooks overhead as well as integrated floor to ceiling tower units to hide away all those extra items.  

If you have space it will be worth considering a sink in your boot room area, such as a deep ceramic style to help clean any dirty paws (or even children!) as they come indoors.

Contact your local Wren Kitchens showroom to discuss adding some special areas into your kitchen for dogs and cats.

After all, it’s their home too, right?

2. Add a nook for your pet

It’s important that your pet feels safe in its environment, so we’d recommend tucking your pooch or feline away in a quiet spot in your kitchen.

Wren can offer bespoke pet beds or feeding areas that are neatly integrated into your kitchen space to offer a seamless, clean look.

These quiet nooks for your pets not only create a real feature in your space, but they’re extremely practical too and can create sleek storage for bowls, leads and food. Don’t forget to tuck them away from danger and cooking areas as smoke and fumes can make your furry friends ill. A good extraction system is definitely worth considering.

3. Choose easy-clean materials

The durability of your kitchen is super important to endure the drool, dirt splatters and scratches that your pet will throw at it.

Pets are generally messy creatures but cats in particular are inquisitive ones and love to jump up on surfaces no matter how much you tell them. It’s important to get a worktop that withstands kitty claws and we have just the answer for you. Wren’s Xena Quartz is scratch, stain and heat resistant so it’s the ideal choice for busy kitchens and comes with a 25 year guarantee!

Prevention is always best, so we’d advise our Ultra door range and opt for a satin finish so you can easily wipe it clean with damp cloth and soapy water. High gloss units tend to show up nose smudges and waggy tail swooshes so it’s recommended to stay clear of these.

Always pick an easy-clean floor such as laminate or tiles which are durable and can be quickly swept or mopped to remove the fur and paw marks. If tiles are your thing, then choose a dark grout such as charcoal or black to avoid nasty stains over the years. If you’re looking to add a rug for a bit of warmth, choose one that’s washable so it can be easily cleaned.

4. Stick to dark tones

Even with messy mammals around, you can still achieve a designer looking kitchen. Darker shades such as charcoal, navy, raven black and forest green are the perfect hues to disguise those scuffs and blemishes.

If your space is small and looking to opt for lighter shades, why not consider a darker shade on the lower units and a lighter shade on the wall cabinets? Your floor units will take the brunt of the wear and tear from your fluffy friends so it’s a win-win situation!

Cats especially are culprits for brushing up against lower areas of your furniture such as legs. If you’re looking to choose bar stools or a table in your kitchen area, don’t forget to pick ones with dark legs to hide the dirt, scrapes and scratches from your pet. An on-trend hairpin black style would be ideal.

5. Add hidden storage

Inevitably owning a pet means you have a lot more stuff to store such as food, toys, leads and towels to clean them down with. Choosing a dedicated area in your kitchen is the best way to keep your furry friend’s essentials in one easy-to-reach space.

Depending on the size of your pets wardrobe, we’d advise storing their items in a dedicated floor-to-ceiling tower unit with a pull-out larder or just simply a unit with deep drawers and integrated dividers to keep them organised. Always use air-tight containers to store their fave treats and dried foods to keep the look organised and uniform.

If you’re lucky enough to have a utility or boot room then naturally a space should be devoted to your fluffy friends there so it’s separated from human foods and toxic items such as cleaning products.

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