So, in my current apartment the cat box is in the utility room, by the washer and dryer. (Yeah, I know, but luckily the washer and drier don't seem to bother the cats.)
My new apartment in Iowa isn't going to have a utility room, though. It does have a little closet with the various water heaters, etc. but the more I think about that, the less it seems like a good place to put the box. (For one thing, I'd either have to leave the door ajar or remove the door, replace it with a new one, and then install a cat door in the new one... not appealing.)
However, the new apartment does have a spare bedroom! This is seeming like a better and better place to put the litter box. However, I'd also like to use the spare bedroom myself for non-cat-potty purposes, so having a way of hiding the box seems appealing.
Looking around, it looks like the washrooms
everyone around here keeps getting seem like a good alternative. Too small to hold my current litterbox, but I think it would hold the Feline Pine sifting box, which I've been meaning to try.
The color choices are rather unfortunate, though. (Not that I have any real "decor" to speak of, but I prefer natural wood.)
The other possibility I've been considering is getting some sort of cabinet on my next trip to IKEA and cutting a door in it myself. For example, I could get another cabinet like the one that currently holds my TV: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40033763
-- the larger 20" deep version. It's huge, but could easily hold a good-sized box (I think even my current one, turned sideways), the spare bag of litter, with a deep shelf on top for storage for whatever I didn't mind keeping in the same cabinet as a cat box! (Canned cat food, maybe?) And, I could mount a few bookshelf shelves on top of it. The big question would be how to finish the inside so I could wipe up "accidents" -- it's unfinished pine. Contact paper? Are there paints that would accomplish this?
Any thoughts about the advantages/disadvantages of going one way or the other?