If you have a dog or a cat, you know all too well that furniture needs to be resilient to withstand pet hair, paws or claws. When you have pets, buying a sofa or couch may need more consideration. How well will the materials hold up to muddy paws, shedding fur, or scratching claws? Delicate velvet may be out of the question but you have a host of options to keep your pet happy and your home looking and feeling its best.
Here we’ll guide you through the best materials and fabrics for your furniture, couch or sofa sleepers if you have a pet. So, go ahead and let the dog (or cat) on the couch!
Leather is super easy to clean making it a great fabric for couches and sofas if you have pets. If muddy paws end up on the couch after a dog’s outdoor stroll, simply wipe off the dirt. This material is extremely durable and occasional scratches or marks can be easily buffed out. Cleaning after your pet’s mess will be headache-free with a leather sofa.
Avoid very smooth leather as this treatment usually weakens the material and may scratch more easily. Another tip is to ensure that you are buying genuine leather as you’ll find some suppliers that combine thin leather with a synthetic backing at sofa stores in Vancouver. Unfortunately, this bonded leather is known to flake and fall apart in no time.
Avoid high maintenance fabrics like silk and velvet that are difficult to clean. Skip fabrics like tweed or anything with loose weaves. Pet hair and dirt can get trapped in the gaps within the fabric. Snags can happen easily when pets claw at the material. Fabrics with a tight weave like canvas, denim and microfiber help the dirt roll right off. These make them great options for households with kids and pets.
Ultrasuede is often described as an artificial substitute for suede leather. It’s a synthetic ultra-micro fiber fabric that is resistant to discolouration and stains. Although it’s a woven fabric, it won’t pill or fray easily. The best part is that it looks and feels like suede. The density of this material will stand up to a cat’s claws and make it less appealing for a cat to want to scratch. Allergens like cat dander can easily be vacuumed or cleaned off with lint or pet roller.
There are performance and outdoor acrylic fabrics that work great as indoor fabrics. These fabrics are engineered to be durable and they’re perfect for homes with kids or pets. Other fabrics such as Inside Out fabrics, Crypton fabrics, polyester, and polyblend fabrics make cleaning very easy. You can spot clean and relax — this fabric will last a long time!
Of course, you can also keep your favourite sofas clean from pet messes by covering them with a blanket. Find the ideal sofa sleepers and sofa beds in Vancouver at one of the best sofa stores in Vancouver. Visit Industrial Revolution Furniture for a sofa bed sale in Vancouver.