Americans absolutely love their pets! According to the American Pet Products Associations more than 62 percent of Americans own a pet and spent 53 billion dollars on them last year alone. It’s no surprise that most of these pets are cats and dogs. Many people go to great lengths to make sure their beloved cat or dog is well taken care of and lives a great life. A huge portion of what people spend on their animals is spent on goods that give their pet comfort—whether it’s toys, treats or comfy beds and play areas.

Have you ever considered that you could have custom furniture made or renew your old furniture especially for your pets?! OK, some of you might think that is over the top, but others would love the idea!

Your pet would be thrilled with a specially-made bed for him or her to lounge on in the family room with the rest of their human family. Or perhaps, a built-in water bowl stand that helps big or old dogs reach their food easier? With custom made furniture, your options are literally endless. You could build something for your animal outside, for use or for look. A dog house can be a beautiful addition to your backyard, or if you spend a lot of time outside, your pet would love an area  to enjoy while keeping you company.

Even if you don’t think you are the type of pet owner who would go to that kind of length for your furry companion, you might change your mind when you consider the advantages.

You spend a lot of time and a lot of money planning out and decorating your home. Why not put the same effort into the details? Don’t settle for furniture that doesn’t match your home or fit your décor. Cats love to have furniture to climb, sit and play on. Instead of buying the often drab looking furniture from the pet store, create something new! By having custom furniture made for your pet, you can make sure it will suit the look of your home.

A furniture specialist can build furniture  that works specifically for your pet. If he or she is older, you could have a small ramp built to help him or her up the stairs out front. Or, as mentioned above, build a bench for his or her food bowls.

Another huge advantage is you could save money by having a piece redone! Before you get rid of a piece of furniture you think has run its course, always ask the professionals if they think they can do anything with it.

It’s important to remember to protect your other investments you have at home—your furniture. Owning a pet is a wonderful gift, but at times they can damage furniture not intended for them. There are great resources in New York for fabric protection and this is important if you’d like to extend the life of your furniture. Make sure you look into a quality company first.