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Pet-friendly kitchen ideas

With our pet-friendly ideas, you can be sure your kitchen looks its best and keeps your pet safe from everyday hazards. Choosing the right materials is key to ensuring your kitchen stands up to daily wear and tear and will be easy to clean. From decor tips and tricks to ingenious storage solutions, see how you can create the ideal kitchen for you and your pet.


Space for your best friend

Utilising space under a worktop or within an island or unit to create a multi-use pet area is a fantastic way to keep floors tidy and prevent trip hazards such as beds, dishes and toys from getting underfoot or in the way. These clever nooks not only save space, they’re a stylish way to keep pet accessories organised while transforming a traditional sleeping area into a design feature, especially with a built-in food and water station.

Utilising space under a worktop

Pet-friendly flooring

Muddy paws and claws can be tough on floors but choosing the right flooring will ensure you get the look you want and keep it that way for as long as possible. These options have unique benefits and all are durable, scratch-resistant, easy to clean and water-resistant but to keep them looking their best for longer, mop up any spills as soon as possible.

Cork

Cork

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hypoallergenic & antimicrobial
  • Heat insulation & sound absorption
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Luxury vinyl

Luxury vinyl

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Unpolished options require less maintenance
  • Extremely strong & can last a lifetime with the right care
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Bamboo

Bamboo

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Quiet to walk on
  • Thicker than vinyl & laminate
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Porcelain & ceramic

Porcelain & ceramic

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Stronger than hardwood
  • Hypoallergenic & antibacterial
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Natural stone

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Available in prints & patterns
  • Unpolished options require less maintenance
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  • Avoid obvious muddy paw prints between cleans by opting for darker or patterned flooring
  • Complement smooth flooring with rugs or mats for extra grip if your dog is prone to running & slipping
  • A cork floor is naturally flexible so is the most comfortable choice for a pet to lay on, but we recommend providing a cosy bed for any hard flooring

To learn more about flooring options, see our guide to tile materials and flooring FAQs.


Pet-proof walls

Choosing the right materials is essential for a pet-friendly decor. Even the most pristine pooch can wipe mud, drool and shake dirty water onto your walls so it’s important to opt for wipe-clean and stain-resistant surfaces

Wallpaper
Paint
Tiles

Tiles

Whether you want a tiled border or feature wall, tiles create a beautiful focal point that’s long-lasting, durable and easy to keep clean.

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  • Opt for darker or patterned walls to avoid obvious pet marks between cleanings

To learn more about wall options, see our painting FAQs and our guide to tile materials.


Keeping your pets safe

Pets can be very curious and love to explore but a few simple steps will keep them safe from daily hazards.

Secure bins

Keep bins covered and inside a cabinet to prevent pets from coming into contact with dangerous waste and foods that can be hazardous or even lethal, such as chocolate and chicken bones. This will free up floor space and look neat and tidy too, but you may need a cupboard catch for a determined pet.

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Storage safety

Keep any chemicals such as cleaning products on high shelves or inside cupboards and always check your laundry, washing machine and dryer for snoozing pets before operating. Integrated appliances with cabinet doors are an easy—and stylish—way to help keep pets out. It’s also important to securely store any unsafe items that might appeal to a playful pet, such as haberdashery or children’s toys, in out-of-reach places or inside storage containers.

Cable management
Hazardous hobs
  • Make sure all vents have covers
  • Store all sharp objects such as knives and tools well out of reach
  • Check for and block any small spaces or holes behind units or inside cabinets
  • Keep food out of reach – store any wrapped and open food on shelves or inside high or locked cabinets