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How Pet Owners Can Utilize Cabinets and Closets

How Pet Owners Can Utilize Cabinets and Closets

Closets are some of your top resources for organization and storage around the home, and you might have a few different purposes for how you utilize them in different areas. One group of people who will often use certain specific cabinets or related storage areas in a particular way: Pet owners, who often utilize these items as ways of keeping their pet's belongings and "area" properly stored and segmented.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're happy to provide not only custom closet systems, but also numerous related cabinet hardware and accessory pieces that are perfect for helping you organize every part of your pet's life -- from the storage of their belongings to defining the area that's "theirs," so to speak. What are some of the ways closets and related storage accessories can be used in this area? Here's a primer.

Closets as a Designated Pet Storage Area

The most common use of closets among pet owners when they're looking to improve organization is as a designated space to store pet supplies, food, and other items. When you have a designated closet for this purpose, it's easy to keep like items together and make sure they're always easily accessible.

Closets are ideal for many of these items because they completely block your pets from accessing them at all times. A closed closet door is a great way to keep your pet's food and other supplies out of their reach, preventing them from scattering items all over the house or helping themselves to something they shouldn't have.

As you're organizing your closets with your pets in mind, think about including some of the following items:

  • A food storage area, with shelves or bins to store pet food and treats
  • A water dish or dispenser, mounted on the inside of a door or on a wall near the closet
  • A designated place to hang leashes, collars, and other pet supplies
  • Shelves to store toys and other pet-related items
  • A toy box or bin for your pet to store his favorite playthings. Closets are often big enough that you can fit several options into the storage space, allowing your pet to have a wide selection of things to pick from each day

Cabinets for Quicker Access

In many other cases, you may consider the use of cabinets as your primary pet storage solution. Cabinets are often a better option than closets when you need to have quick and easy access to pet supplies, as you can typically open them without having to go through any extra steps (like opening a door).

As you're looking for cabinets to use in this area, think about installing some that open from the top or that have sliding doors, as these will be the easiest to access for grabbing a toy or a bag of food. You may also want to consider cabinets that are located near your pet's area, so you can keep an eye on them while they're playing.

Importance of Shelving for Pet Cabinets

If you're going the cabinet route for pet item storage, shelving is an important consideration. Shelving will give you a place to store items like food and water dishes, leashes, and other supplies so they're always within reach. It also allows you to maximize the space in your cabinet by using all of the vertical storage space available.

Precision Closets & Garage offers a wide variety of shelving options that are perfect for adding in a custom cabinet. These include wire shelves, adjustable wood shelves, and tray dividers, among other options.

Designing Your Pet Area for Convenience

Often when you're designing your pet area in a closet or a cabinet you want to keep it simple and easy to use. Store items that are used most often near the front of the area and items that your pet doesn't need as often toward the back.

When you're putting together your closet storage space for this area, make sure to leave room for a bed or some other comfortable place for your pet to sleep. If your pet is like most dogs and needs a certain level of comfort when they sleep (such as a raised bed), you'll want to include this in your design.

Other Storage or Convenience Accessories

Here are some of the other items or accessories you might consider when looking to streamline your pet area organization and storage:

  • Hooks: Pets often have leashes, toys and other items that can be hung from a hook to keep them off of the floor. This method will allow you to save space and keep your pet's area tidy.
  • Racks: If you have a lot of items to store in your pet area, consider installing a rack to hold them all. This will free up space on shelves and in cabinets, making it easier for you to grab the item you need.
  • Drawers: If you want quick and easy access to all of your pet's supplies, consider installing drawers in your cabinet or closet. This will keep everything organized and in one place.
  • Baskets: For pets with toys, such as dogs who are always moving from one toy to the next, laying out a few baskets can be a great way to corral all of the toys. This will make it easier for you to clean up after your pet and keep the area tidy.

For more on how to utilize cabinets, closets and related storage themes to keep your pet's belongings and areas organized, or to learn about any of our custom cabinets or garage storage solutions, speak to the staff at Precision Closets & Garage today.

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