It’s a really good thing that most people unconditionally love their pets, because they have a huge impact on our lives. Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, one that most new owners underestimate when they are out looking for a furry friend to bring home. Pets leave a lasting paw print on our hearts, but they will also leave lasting marks on our carpets, scratch marks on our couches, bite marks on our furniture and endless hair on every surface in the home. Our pets will influence our decisions about where to live, our daily routines, if and when to travel, how we budget our income and so much more.
Picking out furniture when you have pets in the home means that you need to look for pet-proof furniture that will hold up to their paws and claws, if you pick the wrong furniture it is likely to fall apart in a few short months and you’ll be out looking to buy something new real soon. Some of the most common ways that pets damage furniture include:
Dogs and cats can easily damage furniture fabric on accident with their claws as they jump up and down, some cats may even do it on purpose.
Pets can, and will, scratch up the wooden parts of chairs, tables, ottomans and couches. They can also scratch up windowsills and doors if they jump up whenever they get excited or anxious.
Pets that are bored, stressed or frustrated may find the legs of your favorite chair or a decorative table to chew on. Some may also tug on the seams, tags and corners of couches too in an effort to relieve some pent-up tension.
Pets that are notorious for drooling excessively, like certain large breed dogs, can create large stains on couches and chairs that are very difficult to remove. Stains from bathroom accidents can also ruin your furniture.
If you own especially energetic or rambunctious animals, you may find some of your smaller furniture toppled over on its side during playtime. This can be dangerous because the furniture could potentially hurt your pets or bump into something more fragile that can break and create an even bigger hazard.
Now that you know the many different ways a furry friend could destroy your beautiful furniture and décor, it’s time to look up some pet-proof furniture ideas. Here are some tips and tricks for selecting beautiful furniture that will hold up to the damage and love your pets will undoubtedly bestow upon your home.
Whether you are looking for fabric that repels pet hair or is scratch proof you will want to look at options that are durable and easy to clean. The type of fabric you select is up to you and largely dependent on the type of animal that you have – leather for example will repel pet hair, but it will easily scratch. Microfiber sofas tend to be the best option for pet owners because they don’t rip or scratch easily and pet hair can be easily removed with a lint roller or a vacuum. Some other top choices include durable fabrics like denim and canvas, which feature a pretty tight weave so they’re less likely to snag on sharp claws and are also easy to clean. You’ll want to avoid furniture that is made out of materials like silk, velvet or chenille because they are not durable enough to withstand animal claws and can be very easily ruined and stained.
When looking at wood furniture, it’s important to remember that wood is typically covered in a stain or some type of water-proof sealant. These finishes are vital to protecting the wood from claws, so try to select furniture that has a really high-quality finish.
If you still have your heart set on a beautiful couch that you know won’t hold up to your pet, then you’ll need to embrace pet proof furniture covers. A cover for your couch, chairs and other living room furniture is a great way to prevent furniture damage, and they’re also very easy to clean and wash if they get stained. Another option is to work with your vet or an expert trainer to discourage your pet from jumping on, clawing or biting your furniture. You can also designate a special area in the living room with a pet bed and train your pet that this space is just for them and that is where they are allowed to play, sleep and rest if they want to join you in the living room. For more pet-proof furniture ideas, please visit our showroom or contact our team.
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