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  • Writer's pictureJoani Stewart

Designing with Paws in Mind: Pet-Friendly Fabrics for Your Home

We love our pets, and we want them to be happy. Pet owners realize that their homes are not just for people, kids and guests; they are also havens for our furry companions. Our four-legged friends bring immense joy and warmth to our lives, but they also pose a challenge when it comes to maintaining the beauty and freshness of our environment. That's where pet-friendly fabrics come to the rescue. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can be tough on furniture and upholstery. Scratches, hair, and occasional accidents are part of the deal. Fortunately, there are fabrics that are tough and can withstand the wear and tear that comes with pet ownership. Some excellent choices include microfiber, leather, and tightly woven fabrics. Accidents happen, and it's essential to choose fabrics that are stain-resistant and easy to clean. Look for fabrics that are treated with stain-repellent finishes or inherently stain-resistant materials like Crypton or Sunbrella. These fabrics make it easier to wipe away spills and stains before they set. Pets can bring odors into your home, and these odors can become trapped in your furniture and fabrics. Fabrics with odor-resistant properties, such as those infused with antimicrobial agents, can help combat this issue and keep your home smelling fresh. While durability is essential, don't forget about your pet's comfort. Select fabrics that are soft and inviting for you and your pets to snuggle on. Velvets, chenille, and certain microfibers are comfortable and pet friendly.

It is important to also consider the color and pattern of the fabrics you select. Light colors show pet hair more prominently, so opt for darker shades or patterns that camouflage hair and stains. Cleaning pet hair can be a daily task, so choose fabrics that are easy to vacuum or lint roll. Additionally, fabrics that can be spot cleaned or machine washed are ideal for maintaining a pet-friendly home. There are several options for pet friendly fabrics that blend style and functionality. Microfiber, also known as Ultrasuede, is a synthetic fabric that is durable and resistant to stains and odors and is easy to clean with just a damp cloth. It's also soft to the touch, making it comfortable for both you and your pet.

Leather is another option that is not only stylish, but it is also highly resistant to scratches and stains. It's easy to wipe clean and develops a beautiful patina over time. Crypton is a newer fabric that is treated with a special finish that makes it nearly impervious to stains, moisture, and odors. It's an excellent choice when looking for longevity and ease of maintenance. Sunbrella is another wonderful fabric that was originally designed for outdoor use but works well indoors too. Sunbrella is highly resistant to fading, stains, and moisture, making it an excellent choice for pet-friendly homes. Many furniture manufacturers offer other high-performance fabrics designed specifically for pet owners. These fabrics are tested for durability, stain resistance, and ease of cleaning, and they come in a variety of textures and colors to suit your style.

It is possible to create a pet friendly home that is stylish and functional with the right choice of fabrics, without sacrificing your interior design aspirations.

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