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Welcome To The Doghouse; The Experts at Carpet One Floor & Home Put Spotlight On Rise Of Canine-Inspired Interior Design For National Pet Month

Welcome To The Doghouse; The Experts at Carpet One Floor & Home Put Spotlight On Rise Of Canine-Inspired Interior Design For National Pet Month

Hardwood floors like these Hydrotek hardwood in Exquisite Beiged Hickory are a great choice to stand up to puppy paws.

For kitchen floors, homeowners should look for fashion and function that can withstand high traffic and moisture. Waterproof hardwood floors are an increasingly popular choice for kitchens that can withstand the occasional dribble of kibble or overzealous water bowl lapping.

May is National Pet Month, but for the 70 million of us with four-legged family members, every month is pet month. In fact, more than 11 million Americans brought home pets during the pandemic, making them even more essential to everyday family life. With so many fur babies living under our roofs, it’s led to the rise of “Canine Design”: interior trends inspired by the dogs we live with a love. Carpet One Floor & Home’s retailers have rounded up the best-in-show canine-inspired trends.

Consumers are also spending more to improve the quality of life for pets. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), total pet industry expenditure across the United States was estimated to reach $99 billion by the end of 2020, up from $95.7 billion the previous year.

Some of those doggie dollars are aimed at making furry family members even more at home. The design-experts at Carpet One Floor & Home polled their member retailers to find the most requested, best-in-breed interior trends in Canine Design that their customers have been sniffing out:

Pet Playrooms

With so many of us working-from-home, keeping our doggos occupied during Zoom calls has become a unique pandemic problem. To that end, some pet parents created “pet playrooms”, designated spaces in the house to be self-contained (with baby gates, in some cases) and stocked with their pup’s favorite toys so they can be entertained while we work – specifically “enrichment” toys that focus on their instinctual needs of sniffing, chewing and foraging. In fact, Tik Tok viewership of “Dog Enrichment Toys” videos topped over 200 million views last year.

As far as the best option for flooring for a pet playroom? Engineered hardwood floors are one the most popular flooring options out there. Fortunately, thanks to new flooring technology, your pet and hardwood floors can live together in perfect harmony. The best pet-friendly hardwood options include harder species like bamboo, oak and hickory. Look for hardwoods that are made from tougher woods so that they stand up better under the clickety clack of paws.

Napping Nooks

Forget the old school doghouses in the backyard like Snoopy slept on top of – modern day pooches are getting their own designated napping nooks built inside of their homes. Dog owners are repurposing spaces under staircases, buying built-in benches and purchasing pop up teepees all in the name of giving your pet a cozy, safe place to snooze. Searches for “doggie nooks” on Pinterest turn up tens of thousands of results and ideas, cementing them as a best-in-show trend.

Cozy spaces are perfect places for carpet to warm up your décor. And don’t fret – there are perfect soft surface options for you and your pets. Look for a carpet with nylon fibers, as it’s the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber on the market (especially when treated with stain protection). Ask about static, stain and soil resistant treatments when shopping for a carpet that will really stand up to high traffic from humans and animals.

Bath Mutts

While some canine design could be categorized as pure flights of fancy, some canine design influence is pawsitively practical – like the rise in dog showers. Dog owners are adapting their own bathrooms by adding faucets and shower heads at dog-level; installing doggie doors in the shower for pets to easily access the wash station; adding steps to help them into tubs and more. Some are designing dog wash stations in laundry rooms as well.

Tile is a great flooring option for moisture-prone spaces like bathrooms or laundry rooms, but keep in mind it provides little traction for the pitter patter of paws – so keep an eye on your pet post-shower time and maybe throw down a bath mat for the slippery areas.

Built In Food Drawers

Dog cubbies and drawers are leading canine design, especially in kitchen cabinet design. Built in food drawers are the new “farmhouse sink” when it comes to kitchen must-haves for dog owners. Retailers like Etsy and Petco offer ready-made cabinets and built-in feeders, but tails are wagging for the pull out drawers built into pantries and kitchen cabinets. Sized at the just-right height for dogs to dip into food and water, owners love that clean up is easy, and there’s less “clutter” on kitchen and laundry room floors.

For kitchen floors, homeowners should look for fashion and function that can withstand high traffic and moisture. Waterproof hardwood floors are an increasingly popular choice for kitchens that can withstand the occasional dribble of kibble or overzealous water bowl lapping.

For more information on pet-friendly floors, please visit http://www.carpetone.com.

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