10 Pieces of Pet Furniture to Jump on the Barkitecture Trend

Dogs and cats have always had gear around the house, from a comfy pillow to nap on or a chew toy to play with, but a new trend is kicking things up a notch for our beloved pets that involves considering them before making major design and remodeling decisions. 

You might be familiar with the term “Barkitecture,” which originally meant elaborate dog houses and cat condos, but it has expanded to cover all sorts of elegant furniture and gear for pets. 

So what’s behind this trend?

Jennifer Kovacs, Vice President of Merchandising for Dog and Cat Supplies at Petco tells RetailMeNot, “Pet parents continue to find new ways to treat and care for their pets as they would any other family member – including them in the home design process is just another way to do that. It’s more than just designating space for your pets to wipe their muddy paws; it’s about incorporating your pets’ behavior and preferences into the flow and design of your home, instead of tucking it all away.” 

The trend has been growing for years, the expert says, with pet parents extending their personal preferences, standards and expectations towards their pets when it comes to everything from wellness to home décor. 

“If the pet parent leans toward a modern, minimalist style for their home, they’re looking for items that help them extend that style to their pets’ spaces, as well.” 

Maybe you don’t have the space or budget to build a full-on pet palace (though Americans did spend over $100 billion on their animals in 2020!) but there are still many ways to incorporate a sense of style and pizzazz while shopping for your pet. After all, who is more deserving of spoiling than our beloved companions? Scroll down for some fun splurges, then visit RetailMeNot’s massive list of pet freebies and deals to balance it all out. 

Dog Furniture

Fable Crate 

Fable Crate
Image: FablePets.com

What You Get: This wooden dog crate fits right into an elegant living room, and serves as a handy little side table, as well. Comes in small or medium, depending on the size of your dog’s adorable chonky body. 

Why You’ll Love It:  Dog crates are not the most attractive things around since they’re typically all wire and more function than form, so designers taking the time to make ones that look good is appreciated.   

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Dogs consider their crate a safe haven to sleep, chill and destress. 

Price: $395 – $595 at FablePets.com  

Merry Products 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate and Gate

Merry Products 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate and Gate
Image: Petco.com

What You Get: This cool 2-in-1 crate from Petco unfolds to serve a gate to keep your dog in (or out) of a certain room.  When in crate form, it’s got an attractive wooden top so it can stay in the living room/family room and blend in instead of sticking out. 

Why You’ll Love It: Getting anything 2-in-1 cuts down on expenses (and outfitting a home for a new dog can add up) and saves you space. This is also handy if you’re taking your pet on a visit to a relative and want to keep them in one room.  

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too:  “Ensuring pets are comfortable, at ease, safe and stimulated in their home environment is an important aspect of supporting their overall health and wellness,” Kovacs says, so products that prevent them from getting into trouble or getting hurt makes their lives better and more fun. 

Price: $157.90 at Petco.com  

Tucker Murphy Pet Dog Sofa  

Tucker Murphy Pet Dog Sofa
Image: Wayfair.com

What You Get: A gorgeous tufted couch bed for dogs. It’s 14” x 30.25” x 21.75” so it’s the ideal size for toy breeds and other small pooches. 

Why You’ll Love It: The piece is seriously attractive. As in, if it came in a bigger size, you’d want it for yourself. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Dogs sleep half the day away (and puppies need up to 18 to 20 hours of sleep each day!) so you know they’ll love another spot for naps 

Price: $125 at Wayfair.com 

Farm House Dog Bed  

Farm House Dog Bed
Image: Etsy.com

What You Get: Perhaps rustic is more their style? If so, order this medium (30”x 20” x 8”) or large (36″ x 24″ x 8″) acaia wood cozy sleeping spot for them. 

Why You’ll Love It: This will match your farmhouse decor, and from a practical standpoint, you’ll appreciate that the cover of the cushion unzips and can be thrown into the washing machine. Kovacs says that personalized dog beds are particularly trendy now, too, and all part of creating a space for a pet that’s all their own. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: As noted above, more spots to snooze = happy pup! Plus, the mattress is made of orthopedic memory foam for an extra-comfy snuggle spot. 

Price: $179.95 – $224.95 at Etsy (28PetSupplies Shop) 

PawHut Wicker Dog House  

PawHut Wicker Dog House
Image: Amazon.com

What You Get:  A rattan dog bed with canopy covering to keep them cool and comfortable on sunny days. This 33.5″ x 27.25″ x 33.5″ holds dogs that weigh up to 110 pounds.  

Why You’ll Love It: The design blends well with the outdoors and it’s roomy! (Check out the Amazon reviewer photos for all sorts of large friends enjoying themselves on theirs.) 

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Where you are is where they want to be, so if you’re outdoors chilling and grilling, they can join you without getting overheated. 

Price: $259 at Amazon.com  

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Cat Furniture

MiaCara Desco Cat Feeder 

MiaCara Desco Cat Feeder
Image: Maisonette.com

What You Get: MiaCara is a pet design company run by a husband and wife whose Labrador, Cara, is the inspiration behind their marriage of form and function. This feeder holds a bowl for food and for water. 

Why You’ll Love It: This can be used indoors or out, though it should not be left outdoors in extreme weather. The stainless steel bowls are conveniently dishwasher safe. Kovacs says that a more elegant-looking food and water set up is not just a way to include a beloved pet in family meal time, but does so in a way that matches the aesthetic of the rest of the home. 

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Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: This is designed with a cat’s comfort in mind — the feeder is the perfect height for eating and drinking, and the bowls are prevented from making annoying noises with a bit of silicone holding them in place. 

Price: $169 at Maisonette.com 

Cat Storage Basket 

Cat Storage Basket
Image: PotteryBarn.co

What You Get: A 16″ x 13.5″ x 8.5″ storage basket made of woven natural water hyacinth and an iron frame. 

Why You’ll Love It: It’s the simplest way to quickly clean up any messy toys. Got a dog? Get a bone-shaped basket for them

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Though cats may not mind what shape their toy box is, they will like that this one gives them access to their favorite squeaky toys whenever they feel like grabbing one. 

Price: $69 at PotteryBarn.com 

Wood Backrest Cat Sofa Chair 

Wood Backrest Cat Sofa Chair
Image: HappyAndPolly.com

What You Get: Choose from a pretty pastel pink or a more subdued blue, this cotton and wood chair gives cats the dignity they deserve. 

Why You’ll Love It: It’s easy to put together, and the cushion is made of an abrasion-resistant cotton so it won’t get ruined with one wrong flick of the paw.  

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Felines know that they deserve throne-like seating. 

Price: $79.99 at HappyAndPolly.com  

Pawhut Wood Litter Box Enclosure

Pawhut Wood Litter Box Enclosure
Image: Wayfair.com

What You Get: With a mid-century modern design, this litter box lets them have some privacy when doing their business. 

Why You’ll Love It: Though it’s still a litter box and nothing will change that, this is about as attractive a way to house one as you’ll ever find, and the enclosed design helps reduce odors. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: The added level of privacy is something cats will appreciate. 

Price: $249.99 at Wayfair.com

EveryYay Scratchin’ The Surface Cactus Cat Scratcher 

The Surface Cactus Cat Scratcher
Image: Petco.com

What You Get: This on-trend cat scratcher keeps cats happy and engaged, in a design that blends in nicely to the rest of a home that is infused with natural elements. “Cat furniture and scratchers have evolved significantly and pet parents are always looking for colors and configurations that blend in and keep their cat occupied and happy,” Kovacs says. 

Why You’ll Love It: It’s made from jute, it’s attractive, and your cat will (hopefully!) scratch this and not your sofa.  

Why Your Pet Will Love It Too: Three awesome covered scratching posts for all sorts of playtime shredding fun.  
Price: $34.99 at Petco.com

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