Pet hair, scratch marks and stains cramping your style? Follow these top tips for pet-proofing your space – and keeping your furniture in top shape for years to come.
1. Fabrics that Won't Attract Pet Hair
When it comes to upholstery, the smoother (and shinier), the less likely hair will stick to it. Leather, polyurethane, polyester, silk and even denim are your best options for keeping dog and cat hair out of sight.
2. Metal Legs – Which Dogs Can't Chew
If your living room consists of tables, sofas and chairs with wooden legs, it's almost like you're giving your dog the 'chewable playground' of his dreams. To keep your 'precious' fur baby from attacking your favorite pieces, swap out wood for metal – which won't invite gnawing.
3. Fabrics that Cats Won't Want to Scratch
Because of their tough, durable exteriors, leather or faux leather should be your go-to material choice if you're sharing a space with a furry friend who loves to scratch. If you have your heart set on fabric, though, opt for upholstery with a tight weave (as a loose weave makes it easy for claws to 'catch' and undo).
4. Fabrics that Are Easy to Clean
To make sure you choose a furniture piece that will last as long as possible, carefully read the description of its material; look for words like "stain-resistant" and/or "high performance fabric" to ensure easy-to-clean upholstery. Microfiber, leather, faux leather and wool often fall into these categories.
5. Rugs that Won't Wear Down with Scratching
When it comes to rugs, keep the pile low; this will not only help diminish your pet's urge to scratch, it will also help to keep hair and dander away. And as in furniture upholstery, pay attention to the weave pattern: the tighter the fibers are weaved together, the less likely the claws will come out!