You love your pets; that goes without saying. However, this fact does not eliminate those inevitable byproducts of living with your furry companion/s. Shedding, scratching, and "accidents" can cause harm to your home,
especially your furniture, and test the bonds between you and your pet. This guide explains how to shop for furniture with your trusted sidekick in mind, ensuring you live a happy and stress-free life together.
Only you know your pets and their habits, and this knowledge will go a long way in preventing your furniture from long-term, irreversible damage. As you begin, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Cats, or dogs, who scratch can cause significant damage and leave lasting marks. Choose a tightly woven fabric to resist damage or a patterned one to hide marks.
An obsessive licking habit can leave unattractive wet spots on your upholstery that can resemble water marks, while a chronic chewer can wreak havoc on exposed wood. Be wary of microfiber type fabrics, as they are more prone to water marks.
Like it or not, your pet's hair will find your furniture. If your companion sheds, consider either a patterned fabric or one that matches your pet's coat.
Puppies and kittens can be difficult to house train and messy accidents are bound to happen. Fabrics that are easily wiped will help in this case, as well as ones that don't retain odors.
Your upholstered pieces are the most vulnerable to pet behavior and damage. Leather, distressed leathers, and synthetic fabrics are, in most cases, the best choices for pets.
Regardless, you'll save money, time, and stress just by choosing a fabric that both you and your pet will love.
Distressed Leathers boast all the benefits of normal leather, PLUS the distressed pattern will be able to better hide blemishes.
To learn more about leather, click HERE to see our Leather Buying Guide.
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