Ok, so we all say no pets on the furniture, but come on, we know the truth! So, why not choose furniture that matches your home decor style and is pet friendly, at the same time. There are so many choices for pet-friendly home decor designers love and you will too. Here are some ideas to consider when buying new furniture, accessories or even flooring for pet and people homes.
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Whether starting with a new build, remodel or just buying a single piece of furniture for a home with pets and people, there are some things to consider from the fabric to the actual design and from the function to the care. We have outlined our suggestions for the best fabric, furniture design, functional pieces and ease of care items. We hope these ideas make your product a little easier and help answer a few questions before you begin. You can click on the photo or the product link to find out more about the products, design ideas or article.
Let’s start with the best fabric and material options you will want to consider when purchasing a sofa, sectional, ottoman or chair for your pet and people home. The best options are Cloth, Slipcover, Leather, Microfiber and Denim.
Pet Friendly Fabric Choices
1. Cloth Fabric Furniture – not a bad choice for sofas and sectionals at all, but you want to make sure the fabric has a tight weave, durable and does not pull easily. If there is an indoor/outdoor fabric option or treated fabric that will help you keep it looking good – anything with the Sunbrella® name is a great choice and you will find this as a fabric option on many of the furniture sites. You also want to make sure that the fabric does not overly attract pet hair and when it it does, that it is easy to clean. We know this sounds silly, but test it. Not all fabric is created equal and a piece of furniture is an investment. You can also add a little protection by applying Scotchgard Fabric Protector.
2. Slip Cover Furniture – slipcovers are in style and they are also a great choice for pet homes. You can slip the covers right off and toss them in the washing machine. When choosing the fabric the same rules apply and an indoor/outdoor option is a great choice. For lighter color fur choose a lighter color like this sectional, but if your pet spends a lot of time outside and comes in with dirty paws….you need to decide how you feel about stains verses fur on the sofa.
3. Leather Furniture – a great choice for a pet home, especially when there is a lot of pet hair. You can basically wipe it off, keeping things pretty clean. Leathers are not all created the same, so choose high quality leather that does not show scratches as easily. If you are really concerned choose a rustic style that does not show the blemishes much. You will also want to apply leather cleaner and balm to help maintain the hide.
4. Microfiber and Microsuede Fabrics – these synthetic fabrics are better than they have ever been and come in a wide range of colors from vibrant to subtle and from neutral to black and white. They come in a variety of finishes, so be sure to make sure that you choose one that will not pull, pet claws won’t make holes or that pet fur sticks easily. The texture will make a difference.
5. Denim – is a heavy duty cotton fabric that will stand up to the test of time, like a pair of good blue jeans, your denim furniture becomes a part of your homes wardrobe and looks great too. Choose denim for a side chair or the entire sofa or sectional. In this case, choosing a chair with a flat top and only the seat cushion being movable allows pets who like to rise to the occasion and sit on top have a flat place to lay and the removable cushion makes it easier to clean.
PET FRIENDLY FURNITURE DESIGN
Like the denim chair design, you want to also consider the design of your furniture just as much as the fabric. For example, sofas and sectionals with soft, loose pillows can be destroyed by pets over time if they are climbers, like to lay on the back or rustle with the pillows. They can become pet beds, stacked to get higher or smashed if they are used to lay on the back of the sofa. Choosing a solid structure eliminates the constant battle with back cushions, like this Aria Sectional by Ballard Designs in a tan or neutral color. You can always add a few throw pillows.
You can also choose pieces like this pet friendly Ballard Design Printed Lounge Chair that could be used for your pet to nap or rest during day hours. As we said before we say no pets on the furniture, but let’s be real and choose pieces that if they are no one will ever know. Choosing a printed fabric verses solid is another way to distract from pet wear and tear. This lounge also represents a flat surface which can be more comfy for pets and people.
Note: Fabrics and material to stay away from are suede, silk, velvet, loosely woven fabric, linen and other easy to pull or tear. You might like the look at first glance, but pet nails, simple scratches and even snuggles can change all that.
If you have the chance to build your home, choosing wood, tile or one of the new materials that are waterproof, wash up easy and are very strong is always a good choice. If you have carpet, converting to one of these hard surface options may be your first choice before choosing your decor pieces. The best options are hardwood, bamboo, vinyl, laminate, faux brick, stone and cork. Make sure that what you buy is considered pet friendly as some of the above are more delicate and not as pet friendly as you might hope. Here is a great article from the Floor Critics – “Best Flooring for Dogs and Cats” and it breaks each floor type down for you, with the pros and cons of the flooring choices.
Our favorite choice is a high quality laminate plank that is made to look like real, distressed wood. These planks are rugged, won’t scratch, they are waterproof, easy to clean and the most important part is this floor looks amazing!!!
This example is from Home Depot where you will find a huge selection of pet friendly, beautiful flooring options. This is not your grandma’s vinyl flooring, these high quality, engineered vinyl planks are amazing, durable and are available in many different colors, styles and designs.
This room layout care of Ballard Designs is a great example of using a hard surface for the majority of the room and adding a throw rug. There are a few more things to consider when buying rugs and accessories for a pet friendly home.
Rugs – you know your pet, so choose a throw rug that works best in your home. Indoor/outdoor rugs are a great option, Scotchgard treated rugs or washable rugs are always the best choice. You can also apply your own layer of Rug and Carpet Scotchgard to create an extra layer of protection. There are some beautiful rugs out there that are not washable or pet friendly, so make sure you read the fine print or spray them with Scotchgard and see how it goes. Here is a great choice from Overstock.com who offers the largest selection of throw rugs we have found and they are always adding new designs.
Room Accessories – Choose accessories that you can also use to store pet toys, blankets and accessories, allowing them to be a part of the room without notice. Pets that fit comfortably in our home spaces are happier and so are their pet parents.
Baskets and Storage Containers – These amazing rustic, vintage baskets are available at Pottery Barn and certainly fit the bill of looking great and helping to keep your people and pet things organized and close by. We love that there are different sizes, that they stack and they look great too. The large bottom basket can even double as a dog or cat bed filled with a great cushion.
Pillows – choose pet friendly accent pillows that are washable, no loose parts and made from the same fabrics suggested for furniture. You don’t want your pet choking on buttons or decorative elements. We love this faux fur pillow option that is washable, fuzzy and fun.
Art – choosing art for the spaces in your home can also reflect your love of animals. From black and white photos to custom works of art, you can find unique art that fits your home decor style. Shop local galleries, Etsy and online shops to search for art pieces that speak to you. Check out our Pet Art Pinterest Board for a wide range of art styles, artists that do custom work and wall decor inspiration.
From the ground up making good choices on pet friendly items will make like so much easier in your pet home. With new furniture, rugs and home decor pieces you will want to observe your pet a few days before leaving them on their own. Pets love to explore all that is new and they do so a bit differently than people. Let them do their exploring while you are around, find their comfort zone and help all that is new become part of the home.
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We hope we can help you through the design process of decorating your pet friendly spaces. Our team is always available to make suggestions, give an opinion or provide product links and information. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com We love when pets and people live in harmony. There is never a fee for advice or suggestions. We would love to hear from you.
Quick Links to More Pet Friendly Home Decor Ideas:
Home Decor Styles for Pet Friendly Homes – we have boards for our favorite home decor styles – Farmhouse, Modern, Rustic, Coastal, Tropical, Lodge, French Country, Antique, Hollywood Glam, Western, Shabby Chic, Mid-Century Modern, Country, Traditional, Eclectic, Industrial and Contemporary.
Pet Art and Wall Decor Ideas – we have a soft side for all pet art from cows to pups and for kittens to chubby pigs and we love the expressions, the color and the style created by pet artists from around the world.
Pet Beds and Cushions – choosing a bed for your pets that fits your style is one of our favorite things. There are so many options on the market today or if you are handy, there are some fantastic DIY ideas too.
Pet Storage Ideas – here are some great ideas for storing pet toys, blankets and even attire that will fit into your home decor style and help keep things neat and organized.
Pet Bowls – your choice of pet bowls not only depends on your home decor style, but also your pet’s needs. Here are some great options for food and water bowls for dogs and cats; handmade organic bowls to elevated modern designs.
Pet Food and Treat Organization – we have collected some great containers and ideas for storing pet food and none of them are plastic tubs or bags of dog good. Find the right set for your and let your pet food storage be a part of your home decor style.
Design Mood Boards – We love to create mood boards for pet friendly home decor ideas. Here are some of the boards we have curated and we are always adding more as the inspiration hits us. Creating your own mood board is a great way to pull all the elements of your room together before making any decisions. You should love it on paper or screen first.
Pet Rooms and Corners – consider creating a pet room while you are in the design mood. The can be under the stairs, part of the laundry room or even a corner of your home. We love to collect ideas and share them. A fun little space to decorate to fit your home or have fun and do something unique.
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