What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of spaces designed just for animals? There are farms, of course, but there is so much more out there, and that’s because our pets have now become an indispensable part of our lives. Here are ten unique ideas that you might want to include in your next project.

Interior design for pets

DIABLA came up with this beautifully designed doghouse, a trend that’s also been picked up by big brands like IKEA and ZARA, who have also launched product lines for pets.

 

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Rest areas in stores

IKEA has also included a rest area for dogs in one of its German stores.  The idea has been a huge hit with pet owners, and it also makes sure people aren’t leaving their dogs in hot cars.  Customers’ pets can now stay fresh and cool in the in-store rest area.

 

Menus for your four-legged friend

Many restaurants, including Smith and Whistle, are now offering pet menus so you can enjoy a luxurious brunch with your pet.

Cat cafés

Cat cafés have become very popular over the last few years.  The phenomenon started in Japan and has spread all over the world.  There’s much more to these places than just blankets and scratching posts: their different designs now attract customers just as much as their menus and pet-friendly atmosphere do.

Coworking spaces with animals

Coworking spaces want to make sure they are accommodating their pet-owning clients. Many now include facilities like indoor and outdoor parks as well as other supervised areas so that pet owners can work while their pets have fun.  Work and Woof in Texas is a great example.

 

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Dog neighbourhoods

If there are a lot of pet-friendly apartments in one area, there also needs to be common areas where owners can take their pets for a walk and enjoy leisure activities.  Several luxury real estate agents in New York now offer services such as Dog City, a dog club with obstacle courses, food, and a bone-shaped pool.

 

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Holidays for the whole family

Canine Cottages in the UK are completely pet-friendly, meaning that furry friends of any size can relax alongside their humans with facilities and services designed especially for them, including gardens and special events.

 

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Pet spas

Our pets need the occasional spa day just as much as we do.  But for our four-legged friends, it’s less about relaxing and more about treatments that can help prevent dermatological problems.

The cricket refuge

Insects form part of the diet of many different cultures.  This refuge and farm breeds crickets for this purpose and makes sure they are protected.

Petting zoo

Petting zoos are very common in the Dutch city of Almere.  These zoos let you get up close and personal with the animals.

What is your favourite space designed for animals? Would you include one in your next project? Tell us your thoughts on social media using #ConnectionsByFinsa.