Pet Friendly Home: Love living with your Pet

coppermohairSO MANY OF US pet owners consider our pets a family member. And they typically are treated as such. We give them treats and toys and so much love. They romp around the house and take naps on their favorite piece of furniture. They express how much they’ve missed us by the wagging their tails and sharing snuggly kisses when we walk in the door after a long day. Pets are great! If we could change just one small thing about our loving little furry children, wouldn’t it be the seemingly endless amounts of fur that end up everywhere?? Are your upholstered furniture pieces looking like furry creatures themselves? During this time of year it is especially difficult to maintain a fur free home. I’m going to help you to live in harmony with your furry friends and still be able to have a great looking home.
Does Spot live in his “favorite” chair or sofa when you’re not home? Does he like to snuggle up on the sofa when you watching the TV? Does he love your chair & sofa as much as you do? My guess would be “yes.” One of the easiest ways to help keep your sofa clean & fresh would be to slipcover it! I’m not talking about one of those saggy baggy slipcovers that look sloppy and never seem to stay in place. I’m talking about a tailored slipcover that stays in place.White Cotton Slipcover with a Spaniel A tailored slipcover follows the contour of your sofa like a tailored suit or dress. The fabulous part about owning a slipcover for your sofa is that you can take it right off & wash it in your own home. So anytime our friend Spot is shedding extra fur, you can wash it and have a clean sofa in as less than 1 hour! Click here for more slipcover ideas and tips.
If a slipcover is not your cup of tea and you want a more modern look, then I would recommend leather upholstered furniture. Fur cannot stick to leather and it is easy to maintain. You can wipe off most dirt & food with a leather cleaning & conditioning product. That’s all you have to do to keep leather looking clean & conditioned. Leather Furniture Can Work Well in a Pet-Friendly HomeNot all people prefer leather because it can get cold during the winter months and when it’s hot in the summer your skin tends to stick to it. As a designer I believe the other downfall to leather is that you cannot keep decorative pillows on sofas. They tend to slide around and not stay put!
So if fabric is your choice of material, but you’re still not sold on the idea of a slipcover, then I recommend heavy cotton /polyester material or even an outdoor fabric. Yes, outdoor fabric for your indoor upholstery pieces. Manufacturers have found a way to make the outdoor acrylic & polyester spun fabrics remarkably soft. These fabrics are easiest to keep clean because you can use a diluted bleach solution on them. Since they are tightly woven, it is easy to remove pet fur from them as well. If you prefer to use a cotton or polyester, than choose a color that is similar to your dog’s fur color. This will hide the fur and keep a little more sanity around the house. Also choose a fabric that has a pattern. Patterns help to hide stains better than a solid will.

just-try-to-keep-a-jack-russell-off-the-sofaLast but not least, if you really want to help shed all that fur from your furniture, have a custom bed made for your favorite pet. You can make it as small or large depending on the size of your pet. You can use medium or high density foam with either a polyfill or dacron stuffing material depending on the amount of firmness your pet may need. I would use thicker & firmer foam if your pet is older. They may need the extra support for their arthritic bones. And they’ll love you for it. Then select a durable fabric, again it could be cotton, polyester or an outdoor material. You will want something that will hold up under lots of washing. You will also want to make sure you have a zipper sewn into your cover so that it is easy to remove. Your pet then will spend a little less time on your favorite furniture piece and a little more time on his custom bed that is oh so comfortable!
Unfortunately I can’t help you to keep your pets off your favorite piece of furniture, but I hope I have given you solutions so that you can live in harmony with your furry creatures! My 13 ½ year old dog still loves naps on my sofa while I’m out of the house. Can you blame her?

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