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Ikea Hack: Mod Storage + Litter Closet

When you live in a very small apartment, it can be difficult to find a place for everything, including the cat’s litter box. I used to hide it in a small closet with a forward-facing entry hole, but ever since we got Hudson, it just proved to be non dog-proof. And when a dog gets into the cat litter box, the repercussions can be very ugly. If you are both a cat and dog owner like us, you know what I mean.

I was inspired by the Catteux cabinet by London-based Elips Design, and went on a mission to find an inexpensive piece of Ikea furniture that we could modify. The Besta seemed to be the perfect solution. It has a nice minimal design, customizable modules and different veneers to choose from. We bought three modules, 2 singles and 1 pair. The first cabinet is used for storing our serveware, the middle cabinet stores our living room crap, and the third has Sumo’s litter box in it. Since the cabinets are 3 separate pieces, the litter closet can easily be removed or replaced if it gets damaged by his cat paws.

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Using a jig saw we cut a hole at the side of the cabinet (tip: do this before you put the cabinet together!). I had also purchased a thin sheet of wood veneer at an art store and used it to trim the rough opening with industrial-grade glue. Wait til it gets tacky before gluing it down, otherwise it won’t stick!

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Having the entry at the side of the cabinet allows us to conceal the litter closet. It also allows us to put an obstruction (in this case, a guitar), to prevent Hudson from sticking her head in the hole. For some reason, she is super terrified of the guitar, which works well in our favor.

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There even is ample room to store all of Sumo’s supplies!

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And there you have it. Our living room is back in order and everyone is happy!

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What pet-inspired solutions have you done around your house? Do share!

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is genius! Does it help with odor, too?

    September 15, 2014
    • I scoop it out once a day and never had problems with odor!

      September 15, 2014
  2. Shawna #

    Genius. I’m a cat owner hoping to someday move to a place big enough so I can get a dog too. I’ll have to keep this in mind.

    March 2, 2014

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