My family is the animal saving, animal loving, animal crazy kind. We’re happy to have two cats, Olivia and Elsa, and now three dogs, Zoe, Lucy and Clover. Given our new addition to my family and the Lila Home/Lauren Nicole Designs studio, Clover the 10 week old miniature Australian Shepherd, I’m now thinking again of smart ways to design with our furry children in mind. (These rules can also apply to families with kids.)
1. Select stain and scratch-resistant fabrics.
In areas where pets spend a lot of time, skip the delicate fabrics that can be a magnet for stains. The same goes for anything velvet, a pet hair magnet. Instead, opt for a Crypton fabric which wards off all of those accidental stains. And be sure to consider a Sunbrella fabric, yes, Sunbrella! Not just for outdoor pieces, they now offer an array of beautiful indoor fabrics that are just as durable as their outdoor options. These kinds of endurance fabrics help ward off stains but if you do have a little accident, the moisture will bead off of the top protective layer and will not penetrate the furniture. Simply wipe it away like it never happened.
Engineered leather is also a perfect choice. I can’t say how much I love this option for your main upholstered pieces! Not only is it super soft and warm without years of breaking in, it is also resistant to scratches from your little one’s sharp claws as it is scratch proof!
2. Choose bedding that is washable.
Our animals love to sleep comfortably where we do. The best ways to make a pet friendly bed is by starting at the bottom. Use a thick mattress pad to protect your mattress. Next, select cotton bed sheets that can be thrown in the wash regularly. While you’re selecting your sheets, search for a darker color or fun pattern that more easily disguises any stains or pet hair. Your bed spread should do the same thing. But if you are a fan of a light and solid color bed spread, think about a duvet cover that can be easily washed as well.
3. Hard surface floors to the rescue.
Potty training a puppy can be a difficult task so the less carpet, the better. There are endless possibilities when it comes to alternatives to carpet. (Too much tan carpet can get a little boring anyways, right?) Tile floors are the best option for high traffic areas because they are easily cleaned and put up the fight against scratches. Hard wood floors are also a great option but are more susceptible to scratches while playing fetch in the house.
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