Our four-legged friends are more than just our pets. They are family. Let’s face it, though—these family members are not always the cleanest and can unintentionally damage some of your furniture, including upholstery. Pets are the best companions, but they tend to chew, claw, scratch, and shed all over the place. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to design pet-proof spaces in your home. All it takes is a little planning and finding the right additions to make your space great for you and your pets. Check out our recommendations below to cultivate a comfortable (and clean!) pet haven.
When selecting furniture for your home, pick fabrics that are resistant to pet fur. Because upholstery is a magnet for fur and is easily soiled by dirt or damaged by pet claws, it is not ideal in a home with pets.
Some of our favorite pet-friendly fabrics include
• Synthetic fibers
• Any quality textile that will withstand the test of claws and scratching
We recommend avoiding
• Upholstered materials
• Any delicate materials that could get snagged by claws
If you already have upholstered furniture in your home, don’t fret! There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your sofa stays fur free.
Step 1: Dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over the surface of the couch to attract hair. Once the glove is covered, simply rinse off the glove and repeat as needed.
Step 2: Lightly spray a mix of water and fabric softener on your upholstered furniture and then wipe off as much pet hair as you can until the mixture dries.
Step 3: Once your furniture is free from dirt and fur, consider covering it with a liner or blanket to prevent future damage.
Furniture with a Dual Purpose
Pet furniture can be bulky and take up a lot of space, and it is not always designed to match popular interior design themes. Sometimes pet essentials cannot be hidden either. Pet crates, for example, tend to be large and wiry, and litter boxes, though necessary, are unappealing. Finding a way to make these pieces multifunctional and feel like part of a room’s decor is rule number one in incorporating your pet’s furniture into your space.
When selecting pet furniture, remember that materials matter. Consider selecting a dog crate that has a flat top that can be converted into a useful surface. Incorporating a dog crate into any space in your home can be achieved by styling the crate to fit your space. Add a wooden outer layer to your crate that matches the color of your wood furniture, or custom design a stylized dog crate for your living room or mudroom.
A similar concept could be applied to your cat’s litter box. We all know that although litter boxes are not the most pleasant addition to your home, they are necessary. Consider purchasing a cabinet that is big enough to store your cat’s litter box and has easy in-and-out access for your pet. You may even get some easy extra storage space out of it! Adding this to your bathroom, laundry room, basement, or mudroom makes it easier to keep your home clean from any debris that might escape the litter box.
When you own pets, choosing the right flooring materials matters. Pet-friendly flooring comes in different varieties. Whether you’re looking for hard- or soft-surface flooring, there are different options for you to choose from. Typically, you can find pet-proof flooring selections in hardwood, carpet, laminate, and luxury vinyl. Pet-proof flooring is tough enough to withstand damage from urine, scratching, tracked-in mud, and more. Here are some great benefits of pet-friendly flooring:
• Stains, mud, scratching, and moisture are no match for pet-proof floors.
• Pet-proof flooring offers traction so your pets can “grip” the floors and avoid slipping while walking or running.
• Pet-proof flooring is durable, waterproof, and easy to keep clean.
• Many options are budget-friendly, so regardless of how much you are willing to spend, you are likely to find flooring in your price range!
Go The Extra Mile
If you’re looking to take your pet-friendly home design even further, there are steps you can take to make your pet’s life more luxurious. Dog showers can make a great addition to any canine’s home. Installing a dog shower in your mudroom or bathroom can help alleviate dirt and quickly fix any messy situation. Not only are dog showers convenient, but they also can make washing your pup much easier and less stressful for both you and your dog.
If you have cats, consider installing wall-mounted floating perches or window perches for your feline friends. They not only act as a stylish piece of decor, but also provide a great adventure for cats who love to climb.
There are so many ways to make your home pet-friendly and pet-proof. Whether you’re adding a new space for your fur baby or adapting an old space to fit their needs, you are sure to find a creative way to make your home better for the both of you!