Having extra space to dedicate to your pets is the ultimate first-world luxury. Dog rooms vary in size and layout depending on the needs of individual dogs and the preferences and budgets of their owners. A dog room can include such features as a feeding station, dog-sized shower, dog bed, latched kennel, and storage for food, toys, and the rest of your dog's stuff.
Depending on your budget, a dog room can be as minimal as a pull-out feeding station in the corner of a mudroom or as elaborate as a dedicated room with a canine-friendly shower that rivals the local doggy spa.
Check out these cute, functional dog rooms that will keep you and your best friend looking and feeling good.
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Blend It in
Dina Bandman Interiors added a compact dog shower in the very center of this spacious laundry room. It's lined in a navy blue subway tile with white grout that perfectly blends into the blue-and-white decor scheme of the room.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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Hide the Dog Bowl
Crisp Architects added a pull-out feeding station under the bench in this all-white mudroom with a hidden dog bowl and food storage to keep the elegant space looking tidy between meals.Continue to 3 of 28 below.
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Make It Discrete
This modern dog room from a Calgary-based Canadian firm Studio North opens the light-flooded open-plan living room via a round cut-out that also gives the house dog a perch to take in the action.
On the other side of the canine portal is a bedroom with a dog house fitted into a lower cabinet of a wardrobe behind a door.
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Hang Some Art
This spacious canine shower from Tiffany Leigh Design has gray-green tile, wall art, and a glass pane shield protecting water splashes from the step-up shower.
"Here at TLD, many of our clients have precious pups who become a key factor in our design decision-making," says the designer. "We consider fabrics that are easy to keep clean and flooring that won’t get all scratched up. Dog shower requests are becoming the norm, and we’ve even designed custom dog beds that complement the decor and color scheme. I think it’s safe to say dogs rule the design, but it doesn’t have to mean compromising style.”Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Create a Multipurpose Dog Room
This multi-purpose space from interior designer Stefani Stein combines a laundry room and mudroom which is equipped with an integrated food and water station for Cooper, the family Labradoodle.Continue to 6 of 28 below.
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Add a Collar Display
This mini kennel cabinet dog room from Mel Bean Interiors has navy blue paint, brass hardware, and breathable mesh doors. A countertop display of dog collars keeps them organized and accessible.Continue to 7 of 28 below.
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Carve Out a Dog Niche
Interior designer Stefani Stein added a corner niche for the family dog to hang out in that doesn't encroach on the small space.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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Make Use of the Under Stairs
This under stair dog crate from Crisp Architects virtually disappears when closed. The space gives dogs a place to get some of their own time to chew on a tennis ball or a bone. It can also be used as an impromptu kennel if you need to keep them contained while you mop the floors.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Include Open Storage
This dog room from Martha O’Hara Interiors includes a black-and-white shower and open storage to keep treats and toys visible and accessible.Continue to 10 of 28 below.
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Build a Dog Spa
Interior designer Laura Hammett designed this sleek modern dog shower and feeding station in a home on the Isle of Man that is decorated in soothing shades of pearl gray and white. The spa is accented with mixed metals, a white orchid, and a stack of fluffy towels.
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Use a Kitchen Cabinet
If space is at a premium and your dog is small, consider turning one of your lower cabinets into a mini dog room by adding a perforated door for air circulation, like this eat-in kitchen from Michelle Berwick Design.Continue to 12 of 28 below.
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Double the Space
A seamless wall of white Shaker cabinetry with silver hardware includes twin sleeping cubbies for a pair of puppies in this dog room from Mel Bean Interiors.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Add Leash Hooks
This spacious mud room for humans and canines alike from Crisp Architects has bench seating and a row of hooks to hang coats and dog leashes.Continue to 14 of 28 below.
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Install Extra Shelving
Crisp Architects located the dog shower right next to the door, making it easy to clean those puppy paws before letting them roam through the house. A nearby sink with open storage for dog supplies keeps essentials at arm's length.Continue to 15 of 28 below.
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Bring in Beadboard
Kate Marker Interiors added beadboard painted in a soothing blue and embellished the dog shower floor with patterned star tile as an extra flourish in this canine-friendly space.Continue to 16 of 28 below.
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Blend Everything Together
A Beautiful Mess hid a bedroom corner dog kennel with custom DIY cabinetry and decorated the top with a gilded mirror and a collection of plants to help it to blend into the room.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Dedicate an Elevator
While renovating a home for a Los Angeles family with two kids and an aging dog who struggled to go up and down the stairs, Nicole Michael Designs installed a dedicated dog elevator for the Shepherd mix. It's outfitted with a high-performing wood laminate floor, wood-paneled walls, and canine wallpaper.
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Go Industrial Farmhouse
Crisp Architects used a black, white, and red color scheme to give this industrial modern farmhouse style dog room with a fresh and graphic appeal.Continue to 19 of 28 below.
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Designate a Mud Room
A flower-patterned water bowl and a wood-paneled cubby with a comfy striped bed give this mud room dog room from Martha O’Hara Interiors a cozy feel.Continue to 20 of 28 below.
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Keep It Open
This built-in food and water dog bowl from Martha O’Hara Interiors is open and accessible but tucked under the sink to keep it out of the way.Continue to 21 of 28 below.
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Set Up a Dog Door
This clean white tiled dog room shower from Mel Bean Interiors includes a dog door. This way, your pup can come in from the yard without leaving muddy paw prints on the floor before getting cleaned and toweled off in the spacious shower.Continue to 22 of 28 below.
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Martha O’Hara Interiors added a pull-out feeding station in the corner of this spacious kitchen that gives the dog a place to gobble down his dinner in peace without being tripped over as you rush around cooking. Built-ins provide plenty of space for stocking up on food so you never run out.Continue to 23 of 28 below.
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Swap It Out
Martha O’Hara Interiors swapped a storage cabinet for an under-desk dog bed cubby on one side of this home office that gives your canine pal a place to hang out while you work.Continue to 24 of 28 below.
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Use Natural Materials
This neutral-toned dog washing station from Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions is decorated with a small wooden bench to hold shampoo and soap and a woven basket for towel storage.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Plan a Theme
A black-and-white color scheme keeps this dog room from Mel Bean Interiors feeling as polished as the rest of the decor, while canine-themed wallpaper adds a note of whimsy.Continue to 26 of 28 below.
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Match the Flooring to the Dog
Martha O’Hara Interiors installed wood floors that nearly match the color of the dog's fur to help a client manage door hair issues in every room of the house.Continue to 27 of 28 below.
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Look for Empty Spaces
If you live in an NYC apartment, you're lucky to have a room of your own, let alone a dedicated space for the dog in your life. In this NYC apartment from Travis Londons/Studio London, an animal print dog bed takes pride of place beneath the window next to the couch to give your pet a place to chill while you do.Continue to 28 of 28 below.
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Add a Nameplate
This open-air house-shaped dog bed from Michelle Boudreau Design is set in a quiet outdoor corner, with open sides, graphic black-and-white bedding, and a nameplate that announces to would-be intruders that it belongs to Mr. Butterscotch.
What Should a Dog Room Have?
There are no set rules when it comes to outfitting a dog room. Having extra space to devote to your pets is a luxury and the way you equip and decorate it depends on the needs of your dog and your own requirements. A dog room can include such features as a feeding station, a dog-sized shower, a dog bed, and storage for food, toys, and the rest of your dog's stuff.
What Color Is Good for a Dog's Room?
Some experts suggest that it’s a good idea to choose colors that dogs can see, such as greens, blues, and purples. But many people choose to incorporate special canine-friendly features that blend in with the home's existing decor.
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