August 19, 2013
The Best Pet-Friendly Furniture
When Shopping for Pet-Proof Furniture, Keep These Tips in Mind: High-gloss finishes, powder-coated metals, and materials that wear well outside are also resistant to claw and teeth marks--and these days, well designed outdoor furniture can often toggle between indoors and out. Bonus: you'll find great sale prices in August.
Step away from the cream colored sofa (soon to be covered in paw prints) and opt for patterned upholstery in high traffic areas; a print helps to disguise stains and doesn't show pet hair as easily.
They trap odors, so you'll want a low-pile option, which is thin but durable, and much easier to clean than its thicker peers.
Forget silk and velvet. Leather is incredibly hardy and versatile, which means it offers something for everyone; from a sleek midcentury armchair to a tufted Chesterfield sofa.
Microfiber is a tightly woven synthetic material that's stain and scratch-resistant, making it a top choice for pet owners. Thankfully, it's also widely available. At Room and Board, for example, almost all of their sofas and chairs can be custom upholstered in this pet-friendly fabric.
Accidents happen, so do yourself a favor and be prepared. Instead of a dry-clean-only duvet, go for something that's machine washable, and keep plenty of interchangeable throws on hand.
Photograph: Courtesy Modernica
|Awning Stripe Sundial Chair, $1,795, Serena & Lily||Round Park Bench, $48, Terrain||Case Study Stainless Lounge Chiar, $1,295, Modernica|
|Calvin Chair, $1,139, High Fashion Home||Missoni Home Master Moderno Pouf Ottoman, $570, All Modern||Corrigan Chair, $998, Anthropologie|
|Patina Rug, from $1,149, BoConcept||Tie-Dye Stripe Rug, from $169, PB Teen||Lappljung Ruta Rug, $99, Ikea|
|Monroe Leather Chair, $1,999, Thrive||Henry Leather Sofa, $2,999, High Fashion Home||Zuni Leather Pouf, $499, Crate & Barrel|
|Sloan Upholstered Chair, $649, West Elm||Andre Sofa, from $2,050, Room & Board||Union Jack Microfiber Ottoman, $798, Brookstone|
|Stella Duvet King, $420, Furbish Studio||Linden Monaco Blue Border Bedding, from $30, Crane & Canopy||Knit Herringbone Throw, $13, Pier 1|