We all love our pets, they shower us with joy and unconditional love, but they also know how to keep us on our toes! They claw rugs, knock over anything that is not glued down, get fur everywhere, and let us not forget their ‘accidents.’ With their little claws, fur fluff and fur balls, keeping a purr-fectly clean, comfortable and nicely decorated home can at times be challenging. So, here are five of my top tips for creating a pet-friendly home where you do not have to abandon the idea of having a stylish and comfortable home.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
Avoid materials and fabrics that attract pet fur or can be easily damaged such as loosely woven fabric, velvet, corduroy, tweed, velour, chenille, and silk. Choose stronger and durable materials such as tapestries, microsuede, tightly woven fabrics and faux leather. These fabrics will also be easier to clean. Microfibers also keep out allergens, are stain-resistant, durable and comfortable.
Consider using slipcovers on your furniture. There are inexpensive, easily machine-washable and you will protect your furniture from stains and fur.
Wicker and rattan can be beautiful pieces of furniture but are just fancy cat scratching posts and oversized doggy chew toys. Instead of having wooden legs on your furniture and risk having it clawed or chewed, opt for metal or chrome legs.
There will always be stray fur and at times stains, it is just part of a pet owners daily life. To minimize showing fur and stains, simply choosing the right fabric or material colour and patterns for your sofa and chairs, ottomans etc., can help. A black sofa and a white fluffy cat is a lint brush’s dream! The opposite, of course, is also true, white sofa and orange or black fluff ball will keep you busy hauling out the vacuum cleaner. Lighter coloured pet = lighter coloured furniture and darker coloured pet = darker coloured furniture. Materials with a small pattern will also help camouflage fur and stains, but large patterns will showcase spots.
Rugs and Flooring
Of course, wood, laminate, tile floors are the easiest to maintain and keep clean. However to add comfort, style, and definition to a space adding a rug adds to a beautifully decorated home. It’s probably best to have inexpensive rugs e.g. indoor/outdoor or low-pile.
Walls and Curtains
Cats (and dogs) love to look out the windows to watch for their humans to come home and can spend hours basking in the sun or sleeping on windowsills. To minimize having to constantly clean walls and windowsills, avoid highly-textured painted walls, it will attract pet fur fluff like crazy. Opt for satin or eggshell paint, it will help repel fur and keep your walls clean.
To avoid having shredded curtains, avoid thick fabric curtains. Consider lightweight and sheer fabric curtains or blinds. Your fur kids will still be able to see outside and watch the world go by. If you have blinds, roll them up half way, and tie the cord up high so it is not a danger to them.
Pets can easily brush or knock something over while playing or swishing their tails. And we have all seen those funny cat videos where they knock over pens, cups, glasses, vases just … because. My cats are no exception! For a safe and pet-friendly home, avoid placing candles, vases, breakable, etc. on low tables. Place your beautiful and breakable accessories up high or in a cabinet with doors where they are protected but can still be viewed and enjoyed.
It just takes a bit of thought and time to ‘style your home’ with a pet-friendly eye … Have fun decorating!
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