If you have a home-based office, you likely have to deal with a lot of distractions. One of those distractions may very well be your cat. From demanding belly rubs to planting themselves squarely in the middle of your keyboard, it can be awfully difficult to get any work done with a restless kitty around.
That’s why Ruan Hao of Hong Kong’s LYCS Architecture created the CATable. The CATable is a desk that features a flat top with a series of kitten-sized cubbyholes below.
The idea behind the desk is that it should keep your cat more interested in crawling through the lower level than walking through the middle of your workspace or sitting on your laptop.
The designer explained  a bit about the idea behind CATable on the company’s website:
“Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole… It is a table for us and a paradise for cats.”
Of course, cat owners want to keep their cats happy. But as more and more entrepreneurs start businesses that allow them to work from home, entertaining feline friends yourself isn’t always feasible without sacrificing productivity.
There are already tons of products available for your cat’s climbing needs, from cat trees to shelves, various cat furniture and even kitty condos. But one of the aspects of the CATable that could appeal to cat owners is that it offers the opportunity to keep your cat nearby while you work.
Small business owners often work long hours and don’t always have the time to separate work and home life. So a piece of furniture like this has the potential to help you get more done while still spending quality time with your pets.
The desk was recently displayed during Milan Design Week  and there is no telling yet when it might be available for sale. But it does show one way in which designers are beginning to think about work-life balance — including for home-based business owners.
Images: Lycs Architecture