There are several solutions to hide that unsightly pet accessory, the litter box. By making a hidden litter box enclosure, you can prevent unwanted litter, odor, and mess around the house and give your cats a private place to do their business.
However, before you go and rock your cat's world by moving, changing or altering the litter box area, there are a few things to consider.
- What are your cat's preferences? Every cat has them. Do they prefer a covered litter box or an open one?
- How many cats do you have? Each cat needs its own box plus an extra one to decrease stress and anxiety. How often are you cleaning the boxes?
- Have you ever had to use a portable restroom at an all day concert before? This is how some cats view enclosed cat boxes that are not cleaned. Yeah, they think it's gross, too.
- Do you have a cat that has arthritis or a cat that is just tiny? Don't make them jump or have to climb to get to the litter box. That makes it really hard for them when they really have to go!
Okay, now that we have thought about a few things from our feline friend's perspective, let's get creative! Here are 16 clever, original DIY ways to conceal and contain your feline's litter box.
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Add Trim Around the Cat Door
This upcycled furniture project is modern, chic, clean, and perfectly suitable for a litter box. By using chalk paint and some strategic trim placement, Amanda from Domestically Creative was able to transform a dated laminate hutch into something much more suited for her home and cat. For all the details and a cute picture of her cat, William, check out her blog post.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Put a Litter Box Inside a Large Basket
We agree with Hannah from All the Little Details when she says that litter boxes are an eyesore. When she started shopping for litter box enclosures, she didn't like any of the results coming up, so she opted to convert a large wicker basket instead. She liked the wicker chest idea because the enclosure feels airy and light, and the top door makes every-other-day cleaning easy. Visit her guide to learn how the cat door was added.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Build a Mini Cat House Litter Cover
This cat tutorial from A Beautiful Mess isn't just about function; it's about aesthetics as well. The genius behind the idea wanted to upgrade the look of a basic litter enclosure and make it feel more like a cherished piece of home decor. Do you think they succeeded? If so, head on over to the blog post to learn how to make one for yourself and your cat.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Keep the Litter Cabinet Organized
If you can find a cabinet with two doors and no drawers, you can make concealing a litter box a lot less cumbersome. Instead of needing to remove and convert any drawers, all you'll need to do is add a cat door. We love how Danae from The Homebody House organizes her litter storage area. She hung the litter pan on the inside of the cabinet door and stored other essentials on the top shelf.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Paint a Pattern on a Basic Litter Box Cover
After renovating her home, the last thing Ashley from Sugar & Cloth wanted was her cat, Thomas to ruin all the upgrades with his litter habits. To combat the problem, she purchased a litter robot, which she talks about in detail, and then crafted a box to cover it up. She also suggests that there are covers available that you could paint if you didn't want to go through the trouble of making a box from scratch. Check out her blog to find out how you can make your own patterned cover.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Remove Drawers and Install a Hinged Door
Giving a piece of furniture a makeover is one thing, but giving it an entirely new function is another. When you're searching for old furniture to repurpose for a cat cave, opt for pieces with a lot of interior space. Lisa from Recaptured Charm made this cabinet more suitable by removing two drawers and adding a hinged door. The larger door makes cleaning the litter box a much easier process. Find out how she did it, and how to do it yourself.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Install a Cat Door in Wardrobe Cabinet
The simplest way to hide a litter box is to look for furniture pieces you already have but might be underutilizing. Dana from House Tweaking decided to clean out the bottom shelf of a tall wardrobe cabinet and add a cat door to the side. When finding a cat door to work for this purpose, make sure it can be installed on a thin panel. For more details, read the rest of Dana's breakdown on her blog.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Drape Fabric Around an End Table
When attempting this project, make sure you pick an end table that can fit over the top of your existing litter box with ease. The more space you have, the less likely that litter is going to end up everywhere. Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles transformed this Morrocan-style accent table using black spray paint and some striped fabric. Find out how she adhered the fabric to the table by visiting her tutorial.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Add Curtains to a Console Table
If you are into woodworking, then this concealed litter box idea might be perfect for you. Scott from Saws on Skates made an unused console table virtually unrecognizable by building doors and curtain panels and salvaging only the butcher block top and legs. Check out the detailed tutorial for easy-to-follow furniture plans complete with diagrams.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Build a Custom Kitty Litter Box
Lindsay from A Design Story decided to build a custom litter box for her cat, Tebow. She originally had the litter box in the guest bathroom, but she quickly got tired of litter making its way into the bath and other hard-to-clean spots. By making a box, they were able to customize the size and contain all the litter inside. Get all the intel on how they did it on their blog.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Use the Inside of a Bench for Kitty Litter Storage
This bench that doubles as a litter box started as a toy box from Ikea. After some shopping, Alewood Furniture Co realized it was cheaper to tweak the toy box than it was to buy a litter box enclosure of the same size. To convert the piece, they added an opening to the side that was large enough for their cat, Lola, and then sanded down the edges. Make it yours by checking out the website and learning more.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Convert a Bedroom Dresser into Litter Box Storage
Bethany from Reality Daydream acquired this vintage dresser for next to nothing and wasn't sure what she was going to do with it. When some new kittens came into the family, she didn't hesitate to convert the find into a concealed litter box cabinet. Check out her step-by-step guide to find out how she converted a pair of drawers into a door.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Repurpose a Tote for a Larger Litter Box
If your cat is an avid scratcher, you might be familiar with litter flinging behavior that causes litter inside a standard litter box to end up everywhere. Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating has a cat that does exactly that, so she decided to repurpose a storage bin to create a litter box with high sides. The litter is contained and the new box fits inside a utility cabinet. Find out how to make it yourself by checking out her website.
This Really Is a Post About a Cat Litter Box from Addicted 2 DecoratingContinue to 14 of 16 below.
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Add Playful Decals Outside the Cat Door
Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design created some clever cat decals for outside the litter box, and one of her customers used these decals on an incredible concealed cat litter box set up. The cat owners converted an Ikea cabinet into a cat's dream bathroom complete with fans and a motion sensor night light. We encourage you to read the post in its entirety. You will be blown away by the level of detail that went into this project.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Put the Cat Door on the Top of a Cabinet
Many cat owners opt for litter box enclosures that have top entry instead of entry on the side. One reason for this is that the top entry makes it less likely that litter will find its way outside the litter box. Andrea submitted this cat litter hack to Ikea Hackers and shows readers how she converted this cabinet into a concealed litter box for her small apartment. You have to see it for yourself.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Create a Cat Walk to Remove Excess Litter
Do you absolutely hate any sign of litter in your house? If so, extra precautions can be taken. By making a cat litter box that has two levels, you're better able to control the litter on your cat's paws. A mesh-like cat walk will collect excess litter as your cat makes your way outside of the litter box. Check out this step-by-step for all the details.
Hidden Litter Box with De-littering Cat Walk from Instructables
How do I hide the litter box from my dog?
There are a number of ways to keep your dog away from the cat's litter box. Easy fixes include using a covered litter box, placing the litter box in a high place your dog does not have access to, and keeping the box exceptionally clean. Another way is to keep the box inside a cabinet only the cat can access, or place it behind a pet gate so your dog doesn't have access.
How do I hide litter box smell?
To get rid of litter box aroma, start by scooping daily. Make sure yours is in a well-ventilated area and add baking soda to the litter. Wash the box weekly with a vinegar and water solution, to tackle any odors.
Do cats like hidden litter boxes?
Studies show that cats do not care if their litter box is covered or not.