We all love pets. I mean, what’s there to hate. They could be as huge as a Labrador, as little and pugnacious as a Chihuahua, or as demanding as a cat. I’ve got Chunky, my rabbit. And she’s been nothing but pure joy since I got her. It’s okay to keep in touch with the human world, but the kind of companionship that pets offer is on another level. No one can take your excesses as they do.
However, these snuggly, cuddly beings from heaven do have their excesses, and our furniture has experienced most of it. Don’t you hate it when you walk in on your pet to meet their remorseful, vindicating eyes and the entire couch in shreds? No matter how hard you try, sometimes shredded furniture is collateral damage – the price you have to pay for having a pet.
But what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be that way? Yes, you heard me right. There’s a chance in this world that you get to keep both your pet and your furniture without doing the other any harm. And I’m about to give you this for free.
The Two Best Types of Furniture to Have with Pets
Fabric furniture sure does have its perks. It’s soft, warm, and comfortable. But you’ve got to think twice about fabric upholstery if you’ve got a pet. Chances are it’ll end up torn to bits, or on the other hand, an absorber for their piss and poop. If you have pets, you can do much better than fabric furniture by using:
Leather Furniture - Sometimes your pets don’t mean to inflict the teeth or claw marks you see on your couch. I mean, it wouldn’t be right for me to assume that all pets are deliberately naughty just because my Chunky is. But whether or not the harm is deliberate, I’ve found that using leather upholstery brings down the cases of furniture destruction in homes.
On the downside, leather furniture can be quite expensive
. They don’t have much range in color and pattern options, and they have a slightly inorganic feeling. Nevertheless, what they have in cons, they more than makeup for in pros. Because they’re thick, leather furniture has greater resistance to the scratches and bites your pet may want to inflict.
When they become mischief-makers enough to pee or poop on your sofa, a smooth and water-resistant leather surface makes it easier to clean. Also, if you’ve been worried about your pet leaving parts of them on your furniture – it might be an odor or hair – leather furniture eliminates that worry.
Some of you might be tempted to go for artificial or recycled leather to get a jump on the expensive cost of original leather. Please don’t. Artificial leather is much thinner than the original one and may not do a good job making your upholstery impervious to your pet.
Microfiber Furniture - For those of us who can’t get the expensive cost of leather out of our heads, you can go for microfiber furniture.
Microfiber furniture is made up of fibers that have been tightly and neatly woven to create a taut layer over the frame of your upholstery. This taut layer will hold off puncture marks and scratches. Plus, it’s got greater options for patterns and colors than leather. However, on the downside, microfiber furniture doesn’t repel odor and stains like leather. It also doesn’t resist punctures like leather.
Ultimately, microfiber furniture is a perfect strike between other types of furniture and leather. If there’s ever a reason why you can’t get leather, go for microfiber. It’ll accommodate you and your pet much longer than fabric.
How Can I Make My Sofa Pet-Friendly?
There are several things you can do to your sofa to make it pet-friendly. And they are:
- Frame - As you well know, sofas come in different frames. And the frame of a sofa comprises the size, style, structure, and material. If you have pets, the chances are that they’ll run over your couch or sit on it as much as they would on the ground. If your pet is as little as my Chunky, then you may not have to bother much about the frame. However, if your pet is bigger than a rabbit, you seriously cannot afford to overlook the frame. The strength of the frame determines how long your furniture can last under pet pressure.
- Fabric - If you’re looking to make your furniture pet-friendly, you can’t overlook the fabric that’ll be used. Like I said earlier, a leather or microfiber fabric would be best for a pet-friendly sofa. Microfiber and leather do have their downsides when compared to cloth fabric. But you’ve got to make a choice.
Would you rather go through the trouble of making constant fabric changes? Or would you choose the other side of the coin and steer clear of pet-furniture trouble? Sometimes, picking the right fabric can be a thorn in the flesh. In moments like this, here are a few tips that’d show you what to look for.
- The fabric you use should be impervious to stains.
- You have a range of colors – from the dark and light sides – to pick from. Darker colors are better at concealing stains. However, lighter colors are better at concealing when your pet’s hair gets stuck between the fabrics.
Regardless, I’ve found that lighter colors only work at concealing bits of hair when your pet is of a light color. A cream couch, for instance, can’t hide the hair of a black dog.
- You should also pick a fabric that will resist wear and tear. Fabrics that puncture or tear easily wouldn’t see the light of day if you’ve got pets in your house.
Do Dog or Cat Claws Ruin Leather Furniture?
There’s a common fear among dog or cat owners that their pets can puncture or scratch their leather furniture. This fear isn’t out of place because it’s normal to care about stuff like that. However, in truth, those who should harbor this kind of fear are those whose upholstery is made up of artificial leather.
Have you ever felt the skin of an animal after it’s been peeled off and dried? Did you see how tough it was? That’s exactly how original leather should be. The only difference is that what finds itself on your couch is the finished product, the skin that’s been refined to attain a marvelous finish. The thickness and texture of the original leather make it difficult for your dogs or cats to ruin.
What Type of Leather is Best for Dogs?
If you’ve got a dog, you need to put a little more consideration into the type of leather you use for your furniture. Leather with a glossy sheen would be best. The smooth surface makes it easier to clean in case your dog drools or does something nastier.
Aniline and semi-aniline leather are a staple for your furniture if you want to hide or make it impervious to scratching. These types of leather have a natural healing effect and will close up any impediment on your furniture.
Now, it’s easy to see that you get to keep your pets and your furniture in excellent health with the right choices.