Cats need litter boxes, there’s no two ways about it. Whether you have a completely indoor kitty or a cat who’s free to roam most of the day, there will always be times he needs to use the litter box. The trouble is, nobody really wants a stinky litter box sitting on the floor of their family room. Enter litter box furniture. At a glance, it looks like a standard bench, cabinet, or end table, but there’s a hole in the side for your cat to get in, and within it lives his litter box. So, your cat has a private spot to do his business and you don’t have to look at his litter tray laying around—everyone’s a winner!
We reviewed dozens of pieces of litter box furniture to identify the best of the best. Among the factors we considered are furniture type, material, durability, overall appearance, and average reviews from existing customers.
After careful consideration, we chose the Refined Feline Refined Litter Box as our top pick. The extra-large size can fit the majority of automatic litter trays, or large standard trays, while the carbon filters neutralize odors.
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The 5 Top-Rated Litter Box Furniture
|Best Overall||The Refined Feline Refined Litter Box||4.2|
|Runner Up||Merry Pet Cat Washroom||4.0|
|Best Budget Buy||New Age Pet ecoFlex Litter Loo||4.2|
|Best Litter Box End Table||Petsfit Assemble Odorless Night Stand Pet Litter Box Furniture||4.0|
|Best Litter Box Bench||unipaws Designer Cat Washroom Storage Bench||3.4|
*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change
Our Top Pick: The Refined Feline Refined Litter Box
One of the main draws of a quality piece of litter box furniture is that it’s discreet, and The Refined Feline Refined Litter Box looks just like a regular end table or cabinet. Made from solid wood with either a mahogany or espresso finish, this is quality litter box furniture with a traditional appearance. The internal dimensions of 31.5 inches wide, 20.5 inches high, and 20 inches deep give your cat ample room to do her business. It’s also large enough to fit self-cleaning litter trays, if that’s your jam, and has space to run a power cord out of the rear of the unit.
Another excellent feature is the dual carbon filters that fit in the back of this cabinet, helping to trap and neutralize odors for a more pleasant-smelling room. We also love that the side walls are interchangeable, allowing your cat to enter from either the right or left, which is handy if you want to position one side up against a wall. All these quality features will set you back $250, which isn’t cheap, but the majority of buyers say it’s well worth the money.
The Refined Feline Refined Litter Box Key Features:
- Internal plastic liner to make cleanup easier
- Storage drawer behind the cabinet doors
- Easy to assemble
Our Runner Up Pick: Merry Pet Cat Washroom
The trouble with the majority of cat litter box furniture is that you have nowhere to store clean litter, scoops, trash bags, and so on, which means you have to lug all of that over when it’s time to clean out your kitty litter. With the Merry Pet Cat Washroom, however, you have a storage compartment large enough to fit all of that and more. That said, this storage compartment is optional during assembly, so if your cat has an extra-large automatic litter box, you can forgo it. Another factor you can choose on assembly is which side to put the entrance, which makes it easier to place this cat washroom in a convenient spot.
It’s not all about practicality, either. We love the look of this white bench-style piece of litter box furniture, which would equally be at home with vintage or contemporary decor. It’s also available in a walnut finish if white isn’t your style. Retailing at around $160, this is more affordable than our top pick, though the overall quality is slightly lower.
Merry Pet Cat Washroom Key Features:
- Two doors on the front open for easy access
- Minimizes odor
- Smaller option also available
Best Budget Pick: New Age Pet ecoFlex Litter Loo
The New Age Pet ecoFlex Litter Loo is a highly practical choice of litter box furniture for the cat owner on a budget. Although the ecoFLEX material might not be quite as attractive as wood, you can’t see a huge difference at a distance. Plus, the huge benefit is that it’s completely non-porous, so you won’t get urine soaking into the furniture if your cat misses they litter box. This can make a big difference in the longevity of your litter box furniture, since urine-soaked furniture will start to smell bad and eventually need to be discarded.
The New Age Pet ecoFlex Litter Loo is extremely easy to assembly, with no tools required. It’s available in five colors and two sizes, but we’re focusing on the standard size, which retails at just under $90, making it an affordable choice.
New Age Pet ecoFlex Litter Loo Key Features:
- ecoFLEX material is made from a blend of recycled wood and plastic
- Front entrance gives your cat easy access
- Doubles as an end table
Best Litter Box End Table: Petsfit Assemble Odorless Night Stand Litter Box Furniture
If you’re looking for cat litter box furniture that doubles up as an end table, we’d recommend Petsfit Assemble Odorless Night Stand Litter Box Furniture. Since it opens up at the front, you can put decorative items or top or use it as a spot to put down your coffee mug, without needing to clear it off every time you want to empty the litter box. The compact design means it isn’t big enough to house extra-large or self-cleaning litter boxes, but it has plenty of room for standard boxes, which are all most cats require.
It’s only available in an espresso shade, which some buyers may find a little dark for their tastes, but which is fairly versatile, since it won’t clash with other colors. Retailing at around $110, it isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it won’t but a huge dent in your bank balance, either.
Petsfit Assemble Odorless Night Stand Litter Box Furniture Key Features:
- Perfect for a compact space
- Easy assembly
- Latch closure
Best Litter Box Bench: unipaws Designer Cat Washroom Storage Bench
Available in white only, the unipaws Designer Cat Washroom Storage Bench looks great in light, airy rooms with other painted furniture. Unless you saw the entry hole for the cat to get inside, you’d never guess there was cat litter box inside! The spacious interior means there’s plenty of room for plus-size litter boxes or for large cats to maneuver. However, there’s also an optional partition with another hole for your cat in it, which is designed to sit between the main entrance and the litter box to decrease the amount of litter that gets tracked out on your cat’s paws.
This litter box bench is fairly easy to assemble, but you will need your own Phillips head screwdriver to get the job done. With a price tag of $150, we think this is quite reasonable for the size.
unipaws Designer Cat Washroom Storage Bench Key Features:
- Opens outward so you can put items on top
- Easy to wipe clean
- Feels solid and sturdy once assembled
Who Should Buy Litter Box Furniture
Although not all cat parents will decide to use litter box furniture, it’s definitely something worth considering if you share your home with a cat. In general, cats like to have their litter boxes positioned in quiet, low-traffic areas of the house. However, if you don’t have a lot of little-used space in your home, this can be tough. Placing your cat’s litter box inside an end table or bench in a quiet corner of your living room might be the most private option.
Another reason why litter box furniture is especially useful in smaller homes is to tuck litter boxes away so you don’t end up tripping over them. They’re also great for households with dogs or young children who can’t be trusted around a litter tray unsupervised.
Important Features to Consider
Litter box furniture should have a few important features. Here’s what to consider when selecting litter box furniture for your cat:
- Furniture type. First of all, think about what type of litter box furniture you’d like. The majority of choices are either designed to look like benches or end tables, but you can find some non-standard options, such as ottomans and even flowerpots.
- Size. Check the internal dimensions of any litter box furniture that you’re thinking of purchasing. It must be large enough to fit your cat’s litter tray and for him to comfortably turn around in.
- Material. High-end cat litter box furniture is made from solid wood, but this can be expensive. Cheaper options are generally made from particle board coated in laminate or wood veneer. However, you can also find some options made from plastic or a compound of plastic and wood. Not only is this affordable, it’s also chosen for its ability to stop cat urine soaking in.
- Color or finish. Even if your litter box furniture isn’t made from solid wood, it may have a wood-effect finish, ranging from pale pine hues to deep mahogany. You can also find plenty of white pieces of litter box furniture, which may or may nor have a wood grain effect to look like painted wood.
- Ease of assembly. Your cat litter box furniture will arrive flat packed, but how easy or hard is it to put together? If you have experience assembling flat pack furniture, you shouldn’t find it too much of a challenge, but some pieces are more difficult to assemble than others, and some require some basic tools that aren’t included, such as a screwdriver or a mallet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cat litter box furniture?
Cat litter box furniture looks like regular furniture from the outside (albeit with a cat-sized hole for entry) but is set up on the inside to house a litter box.
Where can I hide cat litter?
Some cat litter box furniture has a separate compartment for storing clean litter, ready to use it when you need to. Alternatively, you’ll need to hide your litter in a coat closet, kitchen cupboard, pantry, or garage, bringing it over to your litter box each time it needs refilling.
How can I keep my dog out of the litter box?
Litter box furniture is a great way of keeping your dog out of your cat’s litter box, as long as your pooch isn’t small enough to get inside the furniture. Alternatively, you could position the litter box up high, where your dog can’t reach it.
Where do you put a litter box?
Cats prefer to do their business somewhere quiet and out of the way, so it’s best to place a litter box in a room that doesn’t get a huge amount of foot traffic, such as a spare bedroom, dining room, or office. However, this might not be possible in smaller households, so a tucked away corner of a well-used room is better than nothing. Litter box furniture also helps to create the illusion of privacy.
Other Litter Box Furniture We Reviewed
We looked at 20 other pieces of litter box furniture. Even though they didn’t make our top 5 cat litter box furniture list, they’re the best of the rest and each is still a great option for your feline friend. The information you’ll need to compare each one is included with the listing.
- Litter Box Benches
- Litter Box End Tables
- Other Litter Box Furniture
Litter Box Benches
Somewhere between a bench and a cabinet with a lift up lid. The quality hardwood construction is highly durable.
- Choose between mahogany and espresso finishes
- Waterproof floor stops urine soaking into wood
- Side entry panel can be set up left or right
This extra-large bench is available in white only with an attractive paneled effect that would suit contemporary vintage-style decor.
- Staggered entrance holes help prevent litter tracking
- Opens upwards
- Enough room for giant litter boxes
This model is extremely similar to the one above, but with slightly smaller dimensions and an espresso finish.
- Hook to hold litter scoop
- Optional insert creates a staggered entrance
- Opens upwards
This long bench-style cat litter box enclosure looks great, with a classic white finish, and is super sturdy, too.
- Handy storage compartment
- Opens outwards, which means the top can be used to put things on
- Hole in back to accommodate cords from automatic litter boxes
The sleek bench-like design and four color options makes this a stylish choice of litter box furniture.
- Large walkway to litter box is great for larger cats
- Minimal tracking
- Outward-opening design
Litter Box End Tables
This compact litter box end table is extremely versatile, decor-wise, with its white finish and simple design.
- Extra shelf can be used to store litter scoop and other accessories
- Outward opening for easy cleaning
- Ventilation holes provide a more comfortable environment for your cat
The retro design is a bit different from the majority of litter box furniture on the market, but there isn’t a lot of room inside, so it’s not the most practical choice.
- Rubber feet prevent sliding or damage to wooden floors
- Compact design
- Only large enough for small litter box
Although marketed as an indoor pet house, you can certainly use this as litter box furniture, though it won’t do a great job of keeping dogs or curious kids out.
- Pale pine finish
- Doubles as an end table or a night stand
- Plenty of ventilation
Available in espresso or white, this compact end table can hold medium and large litter boxes, though it’s not big enough for jumbo or automatic varieties.
- Access for cleaning via outward-opening front door
- Simple assembly (though screwdriver required)
- Two color choices
It might not be the sturdiest option on the market, but this is an affordable choice for buyers on a budget.
- Ample ventilation
- Opens outwards
- Compact size ideal for small spaces
If you like traditional furniture, you’ll love this mahogany-finish litter box end table.
- Double doors open outward for easy access
- Integrated storage drawer
- Right side entry only
This two-level litter box end table can fit a litter box below with an extra level for your cat to hang out in above.
- Choose between white or espresso finishes
- Cute paw print cut-outs also offer ventilation
- Easy assembly
Cost: $190 to $220
This is a smaller, less expensive version of our top pick, made from plywood with an oak veneer.
- Three choices of color/finish
- Plastic liner to protect wood
- Storage drawer
This mid-century modern style litter box furniture is vastly different from the majority of choices, but it is great option for someone with a more unusual decorative style.
- Waterproof coating inside helps prevent urine damage
- Opens outward for easy cleaning
- Entry hole can be orientated to the left or right
This is the smaller end table version of our top litter box bench. Available in white or espresso.
- Storage shelf is handy for litter scoop or similar
- Easy outward opening
- Plywood construction with wood veneer
Other Cat Litter Box Furniture
This alternative piece of litter box furniture looks just like a clay pot and comes with a faux plant included.
- Vented system controls odor and dust
- Suitable for large cats or multiple cats
- Comes apart for easier emptying
It looks like an ottoman and can be used as such, but your cat’s litter tray is hiding inside.
- Durable construction
- Cushioned top
- Roomy inside
Another ottoman, this time in a black faux leather finish. Although it’s not specifically designed as litter box furniture, you can certainly use it as such.
- Wipe clean finish
- Comfortable cushioned top
If you like wicker furniture is is a nice spacious choice of litter box furniture but, admittedly, it’s not to everyone’s taste.
- Super simple assembly
- Easy-clean catch tray sits under litter box
- Large and jumbo sizes available
The top balcony prevents this from acting as a side table, but it’s something your cat will love sitting on!
- Wooden construction
- Easy to assemble
- Fits a small litter tray, though no easy access makes cleanup more challenging