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If there are animals in the house, you need to choose particularly strong materials. In this article, we discuss anti-destructible or pet-proof wallpaper and other materials that are too tough for them to destroy.
Pets make us happier and are said to save us from some medical conditions. But even the most intelligent cat can scratch the sofa from time to time. And even a well-mannered dog can unintentionally eat half the house. Not to mention puppies and kittens! We threaten and scold, but love the little troublemakers, so we wallpaper and change the furniture again. Meanwhile, you can turn away from the usual path and use special anti-vandal or pet-proof materials.
The Walls: Enough With the Stains and Scratches!
If you have a dog, especially a big one, you probably know that after a walk in the rain or a bath, they tend to rub their sides against the wall. Therefore, in the corridor and next to the bathroom, it is better to use washable finishes that can withstand not only wiping with a damp cloth but also cleaning products. What are the best options here?
The most familiar solution is simply wallpapering. Some online shops have entire sections with " pet-proof" options. The most common choices are:
- Non-woven wallpaper: This is a dense and sufficiently strong material that is resistant to scratching, impact and temperature variations. It can be cleaned and, if necessary, repainted easily.
- Laminated wallpaper: Even stubborn dirt can easily be removed from it.
But these wallpapers are not suitable for those who have cats, as they are not resistant to sharp claws. Owners of meowing cats are advised to use fibreglass and contract wallpaper.
- Fibreglass wallpaper This is a vandal-proof and pet-proof coating at an extreme level. It is washable, re-paintable, acid-resistant and most importantly, cat-resistant. In fact, this particular wallpaper can be called universal, suitable for homes with both cats and dogs.
- Contract wallpaper is a vinyl or PVC wallpaper on a textile fabric. It was originally designed for use in commercial areas but is also quite suitable for homes with animals. It is glued and painted on. Although it is inferior to fibreglass wallpaper in terms of durability, it is the most cost-effective.
Important: To ensure that your wallpaper lasts, do not compromise on the quality of the paint. This will affect how durable the finish will be. In addition, always keep extra wallpaper and paint in stock so local damage can easily be repaired.
The most obvious—but not the easiest solution—is to paint the walls. Here, it will be necessary to put a special effort. It is easier to deal with the application of decorative plasters: they do not require a painstaking approach. But we must remember that textured coatings can be tidbit for pets. If they scratch it, that's half the trouble. It's worse if they chew it up.
Plastic panels seem to be able to solve all problems at once. But this is only partly true. If the panels are hollow on the inside, they are easy to damage. A large dog can puncture the plastic with its paw. And there's a good chance that he'll hurt himself.
Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) panels can also be considered, but they can vary greatly in quality. The cheapest versions cannot withstand cat's claws, moisture or constant cleaning with detergents. Therefore, for homes with pets have to choose high-quality material, and, accordingly, expensive. They can be painted in any colour you like and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the house.
There are wooden and plaster variants; in classic interiors, they are called 'boiserie'. However, they are quite expensive. Plaster panels are quite heavy and have a raised texture, which is sure to interest ponytails. Wooden ones are beautiful and versatile in terms of design, although their price is very pricey.
What should you do if a renovation has recently been completed and a cat has entered your home? If this is the case, there are special protective screens: thin sheets of transparent plastic. They are suitable for protecting wallpaper, plaster or painted surfaces as well as doors. The screens are fixed with double-sided adhesive tape or simple paper clips. As a result, the interior remains the same, but cats lose all interest in the walls, as their claws simply slip off the coating. They come in different sizes, so you can find a solution even for difficult places or walls with curves.
The Right Flooring
Flooring should be durable, moisture-resistant and not absorb odours.
Linoleum is the most suitable and affordable flooring. It does not absorb odours or moisture, is easy to clean, scratch-resistant and comfortable for the animals. But there are nuances. For example, commercial or semi-commercial linoleum should be chosen for flats with animals. Cheap counterparts can deteriorate even from the claws of the cat.
Colour also plays an important role: On linoleum that is too light or too dark, animal hair is immediately visible. So that it is understandable that it needs to be cleaned up in a timely manner.
Another material to consider is cork flooring. This flooring is warm and non-slippery and can withstand frequent cleaning and endless running around. Very importantly, it has shock-absorbing properties, which means it reduces stress on animals' joints. Another plus is additional soundproofing.
Windows with a hinged opening mechanism can be a deadly trap for cats. Chasing a bird or even a butterfly that flies over, they will get caught in the gap, get stuck in the gaping area and may suffocate. It is, therefore, better to use a window opener - and use a stopper to prevent the cat from jumping out into the street.
In addition to open windows, mosquito nets represent a danger to cats. In case they see potential prey outside the window, the hunting cats will lean against them with confidence. But these nets are not designed to even for a cat's weight and will fall out of the mount together with the animal! Moreover, the nets are easy to tear with sharp claws.
You can protect your pet from falling by installing a special anti-cat net. Its purpose is to prevent a tragedy. The Anti Cat is a stainless steel chain netting which can withstand loads of up to 20 kg and cannot be torn by sharp claws. The sturdy frame secures firmly to the window opening.
When it comes to upholstered furniture, the most suitable upholstery material is a synthetic flock. It is resistant to wear and tear, does not shed or lose its shape when cleaned, almost does not absorb liquids, has the property of "anti-moisture". Flock has a velvety surface, on which even small cuts are unnoticeable.
Furniture made from vandal-proof and pet-proof fabrics must not be washed with aggressive detergents, as these could wash away the protective coating.
If you do not plan to change your furniture, special anti-vandal covers for sofas and armchairs can help. As a rule, their sizes are universal, so you can find an option for any furniture.
Our Pets Are Worth It
There have always been dogs and cats in our house. Over the years, several sofas and a recliner have been torn to pieces. Stools, doors and wallpaper are beyond counting. Seemed like enough experience to stop but no.
Next time you renovate your house keep in mind your full family. Because you can live without fancy wallpapers, but you cannot live without your pet.
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Leather Furniture for Pets: Pros & Cons
Here’s a list of the pros and cons that come with selecting leather furniture for pet-friendly homes.
Leather Furniture Pros:
- Resists punctures and is easy to clean.
- Extremely odor resistant.
- Long-lasting material that ages well.
- Comfortable in warm or cool temperatures.
- Great investment.
Leather Furniture Cons:
- Typically costs more than fabric.
- Limited color and pattern options.
- Has a different feel than fabric.
These are just a few of the reasons to buy leather furniture instead of fabric upholstery.
When you purchase leather furniture, you’re investing in a piece you and your pets will enjoy for a long time.
Other Pet-Friendly Furniture Considerations
While you want to think about the ways your pet may damage furniture when picking out a new couch or chair, it also makes sense to think about the ways your pet will enjoy your new furniture too (assuming you intend on letting him sleep on your new sofa).
Some of the things you may want to keep in mind when picking out new furniture include:
- Try to pick furniture that sits close to the ground if you have a tiny pet. It can be difficult for small dogs to jump up on tall couches and chairs, so try to pick something that won’t force your pup to pole-vault anytime he wants to take a nap.
- Avoid excessively soft cushions. While people often like couches and chairs that allow you to sink down when you sit and provide a bean-bag-like experience, these types of furniture can be tricky for pets to walk on. Additionally, they will usually fail to provide the type of support your dog wants when sleeping.
- Avoid slippery fabrics. Most smooth-and-silky fabrics are unsuitable for pets because they’re easy to damage, but they also make it difficult for dogs to walk around and feel safe while doing so. This may even increase the chances that your dog will dig in with his claws to avoid slipping. Instead, select furniture that has a bit of texture to it.
- Use caution when picking recliners and other types of moving furniture. No living room is complete without a reclining chair, but you must be careful when selecting one if you have pets. Your pet may inadvertently cause the chair to recline, which may cause him to panic a bit. He may end up knocking the chair over or – in a worst-case scenario – becoming trapped or injured by some of the moving parts.
It can be a challenge to pick out furniture that’ll stand up to the indignities your pet inflicts upon it, but if you heed the advice provided above, you’ll likely be able to find some furniture that works for you and your four-footer.
Tell us about the furniture you use in your home. Have you found a couch or chair that has held up exceptionally well? Do you prefer one fabric over another? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.
I’m not particularly fancy when it comes to furniture. I have a 10-year-old pleather couch that suits me and my pooch just fine. She’s scratched it up a little, but I’ve probably damaged it more than she has over time. When the time comes, I’ll likely go with another pleather couch, unless I become rich and decide to go with real leather.
However, I will likely look for distressed pleather or leather when I do to help de-emphasize the scratches my pooch causes and keep it looking its best.
The Best Pet Friendly Fabrics for Furniture
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The time has come to update your furniture. Since you’ll be investing a considerable amount of money into the project, you want to make it count by purchasing furniture that can withstand the beating it will take in a home with pets. Do you have to sacrifice the style you want for upholsteries and designs that are more utilitarian in nature just because you are a pet owner?
Furniture manufacturing companies have recognized the need for pet friendly furniture. Most pet owners would much rather spend more money up front to purchase furniture that will stand the test of time and pet-related abuse than have to make more frequent acquisitions of furniture that is just not up the challenge of a home with pets.
Leading furniture companies realized that pet owners don’t want to choose from the same few boring options. They want colour, texture, patterns, and style choices to enable them to select furniture that is reflective of their tastes and lifestyle. And…they stepped up to the plate to deliver.
The Problems of Pets and Fabric
Can our pets and fabric live together in peace? The answer is most definitely ‘yes’. However, it helps for us to understand ahead of time some of the challenges our furniture fabric is up against.
Pets can potentially contribute the following to our furniture:
- Excess pet hair that sticks to or becomes woven in fabric
- Dirt from mud or other household debris
- Odor from health conditions or food, bone, or toy particles
- Saliva and urine stains
- Scratch marks and tears from nails
Just from reading this short list, we can see that the fabric we choose for our furniture can easily become tired and old looking without proper care. The best prevention we can put in place is choosing fabrics that are durable, easy to clean, and up to the task of the wear and tear of pets.
Pet Friendly Fabric Choices
So, we know what the problems are now it’s time for the solutions.
What are the best pet friendly fabrics for furniture?
Here is a list of some of the top fabric choices for families with pets.
- Leather—Many families would dismiss leather as an option for furniture upholstery because of its penchant to scratch, and even tear, under the burden of pet abuse. While it is true that leather does scratch more readily than other fabrics, the scratches are quite easy to buff out and tearing is no more problematic than with any other upholstery material.
For those concerned with unsightly scratch marks, distressed leather is another great option. Many people love the look weathered leather gives to their home, and it is a wonderful solution for pieces of furniture that take more of a beating in a home.
Leather has much to offer. Because of its slick surface, pet hair rarely sticks to it making it also quite easy to clean. Due to its non-porous surface, it is odor, stain, and spill resistant all big plusses in a fabric for furniture for pet owners.
- Synthetics—Synthetic fabrics are available in a wide variety of materials. Microfiber is an extremely popular option because of its versatility and potential. Synthetic fibers come in many colours and even in patterns. They are comfortable and soft, but what makes them most appealing to pet loving families is their ease of maintenance. Synthetic fabrics are easy to clean, and by their nature, are resistant to tearing and staining. Though not completely odor resistant, they still offer more protection against odors than more traditional upholstery fabrics such as tweeds and cotton. It is also possible to have synthetics treated with stain protection such as Scotchgard to add another layer of security against odors and stains.
- Crypton—Crypton is a revolutionary high performance fabric. It boasts the high honour of being one of few upholstery fabrics that have been awarded the prestigious Greenguard certification. This certification is given only to companies whose product meets the exacting standards for fabrics approved for heavy duty home and commercial use. Crypton earned this distinction for its high quality fabrics that are soft and luxurious while also being odor and stain resistant and exceptionally easy to clean. Crypton is the industry leading choice for furniture upholstery fabrics for pet loving families.
- Sunbrella—Sunbrella is a fabric designed to weather the toughest use imaginable. Available in an array of colours and patterns, Sunbrella has fabrics for both outdoor and indoor use. These materials are resistant to sun and water damage. For couch cushions with removable covers, they are quite simple to clean by tossing in your washer. They can also be given a quick wipedown with a damp cloth and mild soap cleanser to refresh their bright and lively appearance.
For best results, it is recommended to immediately remove dirt, hair, and other particles from the fabric with a vacuum or cloth. Sunbrella offers some stain and odor protection through its tightly-woven fabric design. It is also recommended that the fabric be treated with Scotchgard or a similar stain protection product to ensure that the fabric continues to look fresh and new.
Ready to add some new furniture to your home? Choose from one of these great fabric options designed to keep your well-loved furniture looking its best at all times. You will love it, and Fido will too!
What Are the Best Pet-Friendly Fabrics?
If you live with pets, you know the kind of damage they can do to your furniture. Claws, teeth and fur can all wreak havoc on your couches, armchairs and ottomans. Therefore, it’s important to know the most pet-friendly upholstery fabrics available so you don’t waste time and money reupholstering furniture that won’t be able to stand up to your pet’s paws and claws. While no fabric is 100% pet-proof, certain types of fibers and fabric options are more resilient than others. In this blog, we’ll cover the top pet-friendly fabrics as well as our recommendations for the best upholstery brands for pet owners.
Couch, pillows and curtains upholstered in Bella-Dura will stand up to your pooch's paws.
Leather & Faux Leather
Real and faux leather furniture are popular choices for pet owners. They are both stain, odor and puncture resistant, and fur doesn’t cling to them. It’s easy to brush away loose fur with a dry rag or dust catcher, and most stains wipe up easily with soap and water, or whatever cleaning solution the manufacturer recommends. Another benefit of real and faux leather is that since the material is nonabsorbent, pet dander can’t embed itself, making your furniture allergy-friendly for guests with dander and pet allergies.
While real leather is more puncture resistant than faux leather, both are susceptible to aggressive cat scratches. Some dogs may be attracted to natural products like real leather, and if your dog likes to chew on things, your couch may suffer the consequences. If budget is a concern, real leather is very expensive and also limited in color and pattern options. Thankfully, faux leather and vinyl upholstery fabrics have risen in popularity and quality over the years, and Sailrite’s faux leather and vinyl offerings will hold up well to Fido’s roughhousing. Not only are these fabrics a less expensive alternative to real leather, but they also come in a wider variety of colors and textures to match your style and aesthetic.
We have a wide variety of vinyl and faux leather upholstery fabrics that would look great in your home. Our favorite brands include EverSoft™, Sunbrella ® Horizon, Morbern ® Bayside, Nauga Soft and Ultraleather ® . These upholstery fabrics are all incredibly abrasion, odor and stain resistant. These synthetic fabrics are a fantastic leather alternative for budget-minded upholsterers. They are soft and supple, with rich graining textures that offer a look similar to real leather. You'll love the look of these high-end vinyl and faux leather upholstery fabrics in your living room, family room, dining room and more. Some of them are even suitable on the patio!
We offer beautiful faux leather and vinyl upholstery fabrics in a kaleidoscope of colors!
- Fur won’t stick to furniture
- Resists punctures
- Easy to clean
- Odor and stain resistant
If you want the look and feel of a woven upholstery fabric, polyolefin is a great option for pet owners. This synthetic fabric is renowned for its durability and strength. Polyolefin is a great alternative for someone who likes the look and feel of traditional upholstery fabric, and Sailrite offers the best synthetic polyolefin fabrics on the market. With a wide variety of color and pattern options, you’ll have no trouble choosing a fabric that coordinates with your home décor.
Our only polyolefin fabric brand, Bella-Dura ® is a high-performance upholstery fabric known for its ability to handle everyday wear and tear. Bella-Dura fabrics are woven from proprietary polyolefin fibers that have been specially engineered to deliver premium abrasion, stain, odor and mildew resistance. Bella-Dura is also anti-pilling, and the fibers are infused with antimicrobial silver ion technology that can withstand 1,500 hours of UV fade resistance. Lastly, the fabric is solution-dyed, meaning it can be cleaned with bleach for tough stains and disinfecting purposes without damaging the color or quality of the fabric.
Something to be aware of, though, with these fabrics is that they are woven. This means it is possible, especially for cats, to get their claws stuck in the weave and cause rips or scratches. A dog’s nails are not as sharp as a cat’s and would not cause any kind of damage to these fabrics. But if you have a cat that loves to scratch and has very sharp claws that you don’t trim down routinely, it’s possible this is not the best choice for you.
Can you picture these stunning Bella-Dura fabrics in your home?
- Bleach cleanable (when needed)
- Fade resistant
- Repels most dog scratches
The biggest selling point of microfiber is the fabric’s tight weave. There aren’t any loops in this type of fabric, so your pet’s claws won’t get stuck and shred your newly upholstered furniture. The surface of the fabric is plush and suede-like, meaning sharp claws are less likely to sink in and gain traction. This is an ideal choice for cat owners whose felines treat furniture like their personal scratching posts. As long as you keep your cat’s claws trimmed to a reasonable length, this fabric should stand up to the abuse.
Sailrite’s microfiber offering is Ultrasuede ® , a high-quality ultra-microfiber known for its luxurious, suede-like feel. The soft, plush texture of this fabric delivers not only comfort but high-end style and elegance to your home. It’s made from 100% recycled polyester, and it never sags, stretches or loses its shape, meaning your furniture will look great year after year. Ultrasuede is extremely abrasion resistant (200,000 double rubs). Due to its extremely tight weave, dirt and dust can’t penetrate the fabric and are easily wiped away with a medium-bristle brush. The odor- and stain-resistant properties of Ultrasuede also make it a great choice for that rambunctious canine in your life.
Microfiber is not water resistant the way vinyl and faux leather is, so stains and spills need to be wiped up immediately. Another concern is that this type of material will attract pet fur like a magnet, so your furniture will need to be cleaned frequently with a vacuum or lint roller to remove the loose hair.
An assortment of Ultrasuede fabrics in supple neutrals suitable for any home.
- Very tight weave
- Good cat claw resistance
- Highly abrasion resistant
- Odor and stain resistant
- Luxurious feel
Fabrics to Avoid
You definitely want to stay away from fabrics with loose weaves and nubby texture like tweeds, chenille and corduroy. These fabrics are like catnip to your feline! Your cat won’t be able to resist sinking his paws into your furniture and flexing his claws like your couch is his new cat tree. Dogs who are allowed on furniture can also damage textured fabrics with their rough nails and paws as they jump on and off the couch. Fabrics with loose weaves will also trap and hold fur and dander, making it nearly impossible to fully remove these allergens.
You also want to avoid delicate fabrics like silks and linens. These fabrics aren’t durable enough to sustain a pet. You’ll begin to notice areas where the fabric is wearing thin due to your pet hopping on and off the furniture or roughing up the seats with their paws. You also don’t want a fabric that pills, especially if you own dogs. The abrasion and abuse your couch endures from your pup jumping on and off will cause some fabrics to pill within a very short time span.
Colors & Patterns
Depending on what type of pet you have and how messy they are, either solids or patterned fabrics will better suit your needs. Patterns hide stains and small scratches better than solids. Bold ikats, geometrics and florals distract the eye and hide fur and blemishes. Dark colored upholstery will hide stains, dirt and “accidents,” but if your dog or cat has light colored fur their fur will show.
You need to consider all the factors and select a color that not only coordinates with your home décor and personal style but also works with your pet’s fur color. Neutrals like dark grays, browns or camel-colored fabrics will blend well with most pet hair and will fit into most homes’ color schemes. You can always select neutrals for your big upholstery pieces — couches, armchairs and ottomans — and introduce pops of color with bright and fun throw pillows, curtains, lampshades, wall art and blankets.
These pillows upholstered in Bella-Dura introduce color and pattern to a neutral setting.
As the saying goes: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s not enough to upholster your furniture in a pet-friendly fabric, though that is the most important step. You also need to maintain the quality and lifespan of your fabric with regular maintenance and cleaning. Your upholstery can only do so much, the rest is up to you. Check to see what products can be used on your chosen fabric. 303 ® Stain Guard for Indoor Fabric is a fantastic protective spray for upholstery that helps repel liquids and prevent pet stains.
Another way you can prolong the lifespan of your upholstery is to provide your pet with distractions. If you can’t keep your cat off the couch and fear an attack of his claws, put scratching posts and toys near your furniture so your cat is attracted to those items and keeps his claws off your newly upholstered couch. Pet repellent spray is also an option. It deters your pet from scratching and chewing on furniture and pillows, but it requires weekly or even daily application. However, this will train your pet to stay off your furniture entirely. So if you like your pet cuddling with you on the couch, this isn’t the solution for you. It also goes without saying that keeping nails and claws trimmed and clean will also help keep your fabric looking fresh and scratch-free. Brushing your pet regularly will trap loose fur and keep it off your couch.
Unfortunately, there is no all-encompassing, pet-proof fabric that will prevent every issue that comes with owning a pet: stains, odors, sharp claws, abrasion and chewing. We hope this blog provided you with some valuable information about the types of upholstery fabric that hold up best to dogs and cats, along with our recommendations for the best pet-friendly fabrics. If you’re still not sure which fabric is right for your home and pet, consider ordering fabric samples. We sell samples of all of our upholstery fabrics and keep them stocked and ready to ship. Select the ones you like best and see for yourself if they will work in your home.