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Author Gary Fujioka built a home grooming station for his Havanese in a coat closet.

Havanese Home Grooming Shop in a Closet

I wanted a convenient area for Rory’s grooming; her daily combing and brushing, cleaning her eyes and ears, brushing her teeth, etc. – and when I get the courage up, to do her full grooming. Update: I got the courage up.

The problem is I did not have a place to set it up. Many Havanese owners adapt their laundry rooms and use the space on top of the washer and dryer. I have a stacking washer/dryer set so that was not going to work.

And while I don’t think that there is such thing as a ‘spare’ closet – I did have one that I could reclaim by organizing the others better. Voilà! I have a convenient little grooming station. Emphasis little.

I ordered most of the basic grooming supplies from Amazon and Chris Christensen, and after they arrived, within a couple of hours I had a functional place where I could accomplish all of my pup’s basic grooming needs.

Probably the biggest challenge was lighting. I wanted nice even lighting, but there were no fixtures installed, and in such an enclosed I felt heat might become a problem. For that reason I went with LED lighting strips that I could just mount to the bottom of the closet’s shelf.

I bought the wall storage unit from The Container Store. It’s a system called elfa® and you can order whatever hooks, trays, or containers you need. These pieces came to about $100 and you can order online or in-store if there’s a location near you.

LINK: I bought this set of 3 x 10-inch LED under-cabinet light strips with AC adapter for $25.

LINK: I chose this heavy duty stainless steel grooming table because stainless steel doesn’t corrode and it has a lower basket.

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About Gary Fujioka, Sr.

Gary Fujioka, Sr. is a lifelong dog owner, first time Havanese owner. He is a proud father and grandfather, online presence management consultant, software developer, writer, musician, CEO of The Pathmark Group of Companies, and publisher of Havanese World.

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