Pets are a huge part of our families; they bring joy and happiness to our lives and to our homes. With our pets in mind, we consider some pet friendly decorating tips to create a home that is suitable for their active lifestyles, yet doesn’t sacrifice comfort or style in the process. It is all about choosing materials, especially fabrics, that will accommodate the inevitable wear and tear from our furry friends. Here are a few tips to help you create pet-friendly environments for the two rooms most frequently visited by paws – the entryway and the family room.
The entryway into your home can take a lot of abuse, not only from people, but pets as well. It is the first area in the house where animals come in from the outside and shake off from rain, snow, mud, and dirt. First, eliminate any materials where odors will be captured. Carpeting will soak up odors, dander, hair will stick, and any “accidents” will be soaked into the carpet as well as the padding. Wood, tile, cement, or other sealed flooring are the best choices for easy upkeep, including vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping. Tile or cement are both nice choices for warmer climates, because either material creates a cool spot for your pet to lay low and escape the heat.
With wood flooring, you have multiple options with different price tags, but most homes have pine, mahogany, red oak or maple floors. Wood offers warmth and natural character, as the grains vary from board to board. Wood is a penetrable material, so scratching from your pets’ long nails can occur. It is best to keep their nails short to reduce damage to the floors. Remember to have a designated mat where pets can wipe their paws. Choose mats that are made of coarse synthetic fibers that will hold up to tough wear and will catch loose dirt.
The family room is where pets and people love to gather for relaxing, lounging, and spending time together. Choosing fabrics and furnishings that support these activities creates a low key and happy place for everyone in the family.
Laying the foundation is first and foremost: the area rug! Some key concerns when choosing the right area rug for your pets – Is it easy to clean? Does it have a tight weave? Will it stay in place with high traffic? Choose a rug that has clear care instructions on what cleaning products are okay to use to spot-clean. Try to avoid rugs that are dry clean only. Synthetic fiber rugs are just as good as natural fiber rugs, and tend to be a little less expensive. Depending on the blend type, they can even be a better choice for heavy traffic areas because of their durable and stain-resistant nature.
The weave type of the rug is also significant if you have animals that tend to knead or dig a lot. Their nails will create pulls and separations in the rug that will lead to constant rug replacements. Choose rugs with a tight closed weave, and avoid options that have loose or knitted textures.
Keeping the rug in place is an additional factor to consider, because a family room with pets is destined to become a play area! Investing in a high-quality grip rug pad is recommended for any type of rug to help keep it in place.
When choosing sofas & chairs for the family room, consider slipcovered frames versus upholstered frames. A slipcover allows for much more flexibility for easy cleaning and is easier to replace when the time comes.
Some people shy away from slipcovers because they want a more tailored look, but not all slipcovers have to be loose and ill fitting. Look for a heavier weighted fabric that will keep its shape when draped. A welt, or piping, around the frame also helps to give a slipcovered piece more structure. With either slipcovered or upholstered pieces, just like rugs, choose fabric material that is easy-to-clean and durable. As we all know, no matter how much we try to keep our pets off the furniture, it’s the first, and last, place they want to sleep!
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