FORM MEETS FUNCTION
As pets continue to be considered less as possessions and more as furry family members, the humanization of many of their products is following suit. Colors are no longer drab and the materials used in making many home accessories are the same as those used in human housewares. Successful design companies that specialize in bowls and beds stay connected with pet lovers to remain up to date on consumer demand. After all, what was popular last year might no longer be trendy and desirable.
Manufacturers of the most popular houseware lines are savvy enough to know that today’s pet products need to easily fit into any home’s interior design. That’s why they’ve developed their products to have a warm, cozy feel while being appropriate for the pet’s needs. From treat containers and feeders to litter boxes and beds, the wide array of styles are sure to be a hit with consumers looking to match them with their personal décor. And since many pet parents have been spending more time at home, they’re going to want to freshen up their living space.
Brands like Hauspanther from Primetime Petz, Kennel & Crate and Ware are finding innovative ways to incorporate pet products that fit seamlessly into a pet parent’s home décor. Thanks to product designers like Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther, many brands are creating products that combine form and function, with Benjamin’s creativity being responsible for attractive cat beds, loungers and scratchers that blends in smoothly with a consumer’s home décor.
With retail space being limited for brick-and-mortar store owners, it’s important to come up with a strategy regarding the way to display products like bowls, crates, beds and other furnishings. Utilizing vertical space will go a long way in getting cat trees and pet beds at a customer’s eye level. What follows is a sampling of products from manufacturers that are upping their game when it comes to offering consumers products that feature decorative designs while maintaining high quality and durability.
Bowsers Dog Beds
From the Bowsers line of dog beds comes the Chinchilla Scoop, which is crafted from a super plush, luxurious faux fur combined with overstuffed bolsters and cushion to provide the ultimate cozy nest for a long winter’s night. This innovative design features a “scooped” front that creates a modern sleek look while creating easy access for smaller or older arthritic dog. It features a zippered cover for easy machine washing and drying.
Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel
Made in the U.S. from recyclable materials, the Ultra Vari Kennel from Petmate is designed for travel and training, making for the perfect “home within a home.” Taking into account a dog’s natural denning instinct, each kennel is manufactured with the pet’s comfort and safety in mind.
Kennel & Crate
Kennel & Crate crafts beautiful, luxury dog kennels for every dog—big, small or in-between. These hand-crafted indoor crates feature quality construction, endless design options and attention to detail that cannot be matched in the marketplace today. These crates are built with hand-selected, top-of-the-lime materials for a piece that will last a lifetime.
All Around Faux Fur Collection
The All Around Faux Fur collection is a bed for pets that love to cuddle. Faux fur inside and out provides the warmth and security pets need. This calming bed is ideal for pets who love to curl up and feel a sense of security. Available in dark grey ombre and light brown ombre.
Diggs has recently introduced two new color options, ash and charcoal, for its Revol Dog Crate. The brand also added two new Snooz Pad colors, sand and dark grey, which complement the expanded color palette. Secured through hidden magnets, the Revol Crate Cover protects the crate during travel and keeps dogs feeling more comfortable while inside. The cover’s modular, multi-paneled infrastructure allows owners to choose which sides of the Revol are covered to optimize airflow, visibility and light.
ScoopFree Covered Self-Cleaning Litter Box
The ScoopFree Covered Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Second Generation, self-cleans for weeks with no scooping, cleaning or refilling, and comes with a cover for added privacy. The upgraded model features a sleek design in neutral grays to integrate seamlessly into modern home decor. Additionally, it includes safety sensors and a health counter to help detect early signs of health issues.
Carhartt Dog Bed
Every dog needs a comfy place to rest and recharge, but it’s imperative that it can also pass the test of time. This bed is made from the same durable duck used for the Chore Coat (and human jackets), but with a feel that’s broken in from the start. With a washable shell that’s easy to remove, this bed is designed for your dog to get dirty–and for the pup who’s used to luxury, you can upgrade to a sherpa top option for ultimate coziness.
Made in the United States., the ZenCrate dog den is used as a tool to reduce anxiety caused by separation, loud noises and storm phobia. The den is sound insulated and has orthopedic memory foam, a motion-activated fan for improved ventilation, motion-activated music with a curated anti-anxiety playlist and a battery backup to prevent power outages.
Ware Cat Furniture
Ware’s newest collection of cat furniture features USA Carpet Tough durable carpet in four colors (tan, brown, gray and cream) chosen to best complement most home décor. Available in four structures, RTA furniture offers an easier way to transport the furniture from store to home.
Primetime Petz Lounge
The Primetime Petz Lounge offers a spacious, raised lounging surface, perfect for small dogs. A reversible fabric hammock attaches to the sturdy wood frame, creating a suspended bed that molds to your pet’s body shape. It’s easy to assemble and easy to keep clean with a sleek, modern look.
Club Nine Luxury Pet Furnishings
Club Nine’s luxury beds are designed to provide the highest level of comfort for a pet while complementing the furnishing style of a home. With collections that range from traditional and mid-century modern to metro and soho, these furniture designs are made of premium yet durable pet-friendly fabrics that offer a value unsurpassed within the industry.
Prevue Ottoman Collection
Prevue’s new Ottoman Collection is fun for the whole family. Cats and small dogs love to snuggle inside the hideaway, or lounge on the backs of their favorite elephant, rhinoceros or dinosaur. The best part—you can rest your feet, too. Made of luxurious faux-leather fabric and solid pinewood legs that ensure stability. Perfect for the living room or a child’s bedroom.
Velvet Donut Bed
Scruffs Velvet Donut Bed is a stylish addition to any modern living space. Designed for small dogs and cats, the bed will ensure your pet is kept as snug as possible with its one-piece design and wrapped-around crushed velvet finish. Each bed features a fixed deep-filled center cushion for enhanced support, and high-walls for added security and comfort.
Park Life Designs
Park Life Designs’ Pet Placemats provides superior protection against any pet’s mealtime messes. Made for eager eaters, this fashionable mat keeps food contained and water splatters off the floor. A chic print wreathes its water-resistant frame, adding an air of luxury to an everyday necessity. Help protect your floor with stylish and water-resistant placemats from Park Life Designs.
Park & Bench
Park & Bench’s line of cat products fit with the style and finesse of the modern and sophisticated cat. These scratchers bring something new to the table – something sure to delight cats and their humans alike. Your cat has her own style. Give her the tools she needs in a style that suits her personality with Park & Bench’s unique line of hip cat scratchers.
SuperMax bowls are a unique and stylish bowls with a square shape. They are made with extra-heavy duty sand-casted aluminum construction with simple designs on brightly colored ceramic interiors. They have a clear lacquer finish and an anti-skid base.
Feline Château Cat House
Feline Château Cat House is the perfect place for feline friends to roam around like royalty. Made of compressed, recycled cardboard that is strong enough to accommodate several cats, it also includes multiple scratchboards inside. As if that’s not “paw-sitively” amazing, did we mention it’s non-toxic and easy to build? Furry friends will be purring with satisfaction.