We’ve all seen those super creative ways to hide cat litter boxes around the internet (especially places like Pinterest). The problem is, usually, they involve a project. Anytime I see a really cool Pinterest DIY pin, I briefly fantasize about how awesome it’d be to have that in MY home – then snap back to reality. My Pinterest attempts usually come out looking like it was done by a 3-year-old, so I’ve basically given up hope for myself.
Sure, I would love to have a super adorable cat house box built over my litter box, but the reality is I’d never make anything that good in a million years.
So if you’re like me, this list is for you. Simple, yet practical solutions to the ever so unsightly litter box!
#1. Hide within spare bathrooms
A bathroom is a popular spot for litter boxes, and for good reason. They’re out of the way, easy to clean, and already a “dirtier” area of the home. But if you have a spare bathroom that doesn’t get used much, it’s even better. This at least keeps them hidden for the most part, without any complicated project involved.
And actually, if you have an extra bathtub that never gets used it could be an even better way to hide the box altogether. Make sure your cat has no problem jumping up into the tub though!
Just one tip if you like the bathtub idea – washing the extra litter down the drain might seem like easy cleanup, but it could actually clog your pipes. Instead, sweep or vacuum up any spare litter when tidying up the area.
#2. Under-utilized closets
If you have extra closet space that’s large enough, you can definitely use it to your advantage when it comes to discreetly placing litter boxes around your home. Just make sure it’s somewhere the cat can easily access, and leave the door at least cracked wide enough for them to get in and out.
This works especially well if the closet is out of the way of high traffic areas and won’t get in the way. Places like the laundry room, a spare bathroom, or even a hallway closet could work well. Just try to avoid bedrooms as you really don’t want to place the litter box anywhere near where you sleep.
If you don’t want to fuss with leaving the door ajar, you can take it off altogether or simply install a cat door. This does involve some sawing to cut out the door hole, but most cat doors you buy come with a nice stencil to trace onto the door to make it as easy as possible (like this one).
#3. Convert unused cabinet spaces
Assuming the inside is big enough to fit a litter box, you can convert a cabinet into a designated cat litter box station without a ton of effort and you definitely don’t have to be skilled at woodwork or know how to use a saw to do this one. This would work great in a bathroom but you could do this with a kitchen cabinet if you had the extra space.
Before you do this, you definitely want to double-check the measurements to make sure you can fit a litter box. You don’t want the area to be too cramped either so make sure there’s room to spare.
The simplest way to do this without cutting into your cabinets would be to take off one of the cabinet doors and install a curtain rod above the door frame. You can do this outside or inside the cabinet, depending on your taste. Just make sure to measure the width of the cabinet door to know the right size curtain rod to buy.
You’ll also want to measure and note the length AND width so you know what size curtains to buy. If they don’t sell curtains that are close to the measurements you need, you can always cut them to size or just make some yourself.
#4. Creative disguises
When you’re looking for a super simple way to keep your litter box out of sight, yet still want to be a little creative, it doesn’t get much easier. This is a $10 Ikea table, placed into a corner, with a curtain hung by a suspension rod. The plant’s hanging leaves help to conceal the litter box area just a tad bit more.
#5. Corner litter boxes
Did you know they make litter boxes specifically designed to fit into corners!? While it’s not so much a solution to hide the litter box alone, these are great for maximizing space and allowing a litter box to sit a bit less obtrusively.
You could even add a large plant or two (preferably fake) in front to help the area remain a little more hidden. This could be a great solution for placing them in a bathroom or somewhere without a ton of extra space.
This one by Nature’s Miracle has a ton of great reviews.
#6. Hidden Litter Box Furniture
If you like the idea of hiding a litter box in a piece of furniture or cabinet but don’t really want to convert any of your own, you can actually buy this stuff premade on Amazon.
This way, the most complicated part is putting it together! What I like best about this furniture is it opens up a ton of possibilities to places you can put your cats’ box – even right out in the living room! It’s a great option for those who are limited on space and options for placing the litter boxes around their home!