New Home Essentials: Dog Showers and Built-In Crates

The furriest member of your family already gets the most snuggles of anyone else in the house, and now we're going to up their comfort level with design choices made to accommodate their every need.

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March 04, 2020
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Tailor-Made for Fur Kids

Coral and white penny tiles combine to create a luxurious shower, and green tiles spell out "Woof" so that everyone knows whose bath this really is. A half-glass wall allows the homeowner to bathe the pup while keeping water from spraying outside of the shower.

Designed With Pup in Mind

This family dog may share her digs with a laundry room, but its ultra-chic style and plethora of amenities make it the perfect pairing. Tucked in the corner is a cozy bed and the adjacent cabinet holds food, treats and other essentials. The leather-handled drawer at the bottom pulls out to reveal food bowls and around the corner is another set of built-in stainless-steel bowls with a faucet above for fresh water.

Squeaky Clean

Keep the pup mess at bay with an oh-so-handy dog shower in the mudroom. The classic subway tile with dark grout makes for a striking pairing against the newspaper-print walls. Durable, easy-to-clean gray tiles ground the space in a herringbone pattern.

For the Loyal Companion

Crates do not have to be bleak affairs, as evidenced by this stylish white birch option. The double-wide crate gives even a large dog plenty of room to move around and the ventilation bars allow for ample airflow.

Double Duty

Everyone doesn't have room for a full-size doggy shower, yet some smart sink planning can accomplish the same task. In the HGTV Smart Home 2019, the oversized deep sink in the laundry room is set lower than the countertops and has a hand shower so that it doubles as a pet-washing station.

Practicality in Design

An expansive and organized mudroom is an asset for all family members, including the four-legged ones. Here, a store-bought crate gets a custom look when an entry table is built around it. Not only does the pup have a safe place to be when the family is gone, but they also have a practical space to unload groceries, set packages or prep backpacks for school.

A Room of Their Own

For the HGTV Dream Home 2019, designer Brian Patrick Flynn created a whole room under the stairs designated for pets. When entertaining or stepping out for a bit, the pine Dutch door closes off the nook from the rest of the home.

Simplifying Bath Time

No dog groomers needed here. A custom-built shower makes it easy to bathe your dogs, and a wooden step pops up to help them get in and out of the shower. Additionally, each four-legged creature has his or her own kennel and bed to relax in after a day of rolling in the mud.

Going to the Dogs

Keep your pets in mind when designing or renovating your home. The laundry room in HGTV Smart Home 2014 incorporated simple elements — an area designated for a cushy dog bed and a pullout drawer for food and water. Having your pet's essentials in a room that can be shut off when needed makes your life easier and gives your pup a stress-free place to retreat to.

No Space Left Unturned

Most of our pets don't need a ton of room to feel comfy, but having a spot where they can withdraw gives them a much-needed sense of calm. Here, another under-the-stairs area offers the ideal place to let your pup hide away.

Canine Grandeur

Our furry friends need opulence in their lives too. This dramatic built-in bench has a towering tufted velvet backing, studded curtains for privacy and bed cubbies underneath for when the pups need to get away from it all.

Petite Home, Clever Solution

Every inch counts when designing small spaces. Here, a dog crate is built below the pantry to maximize the floor plan and ensure that the pup has a place of his own.