Being a pet-owner has all kinds of perks, but there are few pitfalls to sharing your home with a four-legged friend – wear and tear on your furniture being one of them! Luckily for pet-lovers, we have some tried and true suggestions on the best furniture for a pet-friendly home!
When I first adopted my pet, all I expected was playtime, snuggles and a friendly companion to greet me each night after work. What I didn’t consider is how owning a pet opens up all kinds of new considerations when it comes to one’s living space. Suddenly, I had to contend with scratches, messes, and fur absolutely everywhere! I realized that I needed to make some changes, not only to ensure that my furniture could stand up to puppy playtime but also to make sure my home was a safe and comfortable place for my new furry addition.
While time, patience, and training play a huge role in how pets behave in our homes, there are a few tricks and choices you can make in your interior design to ease the process and reduce your risk of a pet-wrecked living space.
This is a big one, and somewhat obvious because it really works. Pet-friendly fabrics are essentially made with a tougher weave, creating a stronger hold against claw marks and scratches. It also tends to be easier to clean and stain resistant which is a critical component since no matter how well trained your animal may be, we all know accidents can still happen.
The best furniture fabric options are durable and strong, but still soft to the touch. Joybird offers a wide range of pet-friendly fabric options for all our customizable pieces in a kaleidoscope of colors. For easy cleanup of clingy fur, opt for a woven fabric like our Synergy, Dawson, and Essence fabric collections. Meanwhile, our velvet-textured Microfiber choices, like the Bella and Bentley collections, are great for hiding wear and tear. And our Safeguard fabrics, any of the Sunbrella collection, can stand up to the toughest stains, keeping your furniture looking new for years to come!
For chairs, it’s a good idea to select something sturdy that can withstand pets jumping upon over and over (sometimes at a running start.) Our classic wood-framed chairs like the Soto or Paley are excellent choices in this regard. What’s more, the wood arms, legs, and back gives pets less scratching material, and thereby these pieces have a much longer life in pet-filled homes.
If you have hardwood, tile, or laminate floors, little paws have the potential to skid and slip across the surface, leading to crashes and potential furniture damage. An easy fix is to add rugs to your living spaces instantly making those key furniture focal-points slip-proof and scratch-proof. As an added bonus, a well-selected rug can really enhance the style of your space, so it’s fashionable as well as functional. Win-win!
Have you ever seen your pet literally try to “dig” into your sofa seat cushions? Add a plush throw and some accent pillows to the sofa to add a layer of protection between the upholstery and your pup’s claws! If your pet manages to mangle the throw or pillow, at least those are easy and quick to replace.
Playtime is an essential part of our pets’ daily lives, so you want to ensure your smaller tables can stand up to any bumps and knocks that may come their way. Tables that wobble, or fall over too easily can be disastrous when it comes to pets, not to mention dangerous. Select coffee tables and end tables that have sturdy legs and a strong, wide base. Our Tolsen End Table and Cullen Coffee Table are perfect examples, as their thick, flared legs create a secure base that’s impervious to topples and wobbles.