What are the best (and worst) couch fabrics for dog owners? It’s a question I get all the time – so here are some handy tips for picking out the best sofa fabrics for pet owners. There are plenty of options available to both show off your style and keep your pup happy! Of course, some strategies will help you avoid scratches, stains, or even fur on everything else in the house! So read on if you’re ready to learn more about which couch fabric is best for your furry friend.
Because let’s be honest. As pretty as my dogs are, they don’t always leave my house looking as shiny as they do.
The Best Sofa Fabrics for Dog Owners
You love your dog, but you also love your home and don’t want to see your furniture destroyed by your lovable fur-baby. Even if your pet isn’t trying to damage your furniture, the simple act of jumping up on the sofa can leave unwanted scratch marks, not to mention it can be hard to keep your sofa free of the fur, oils, and dirt that accumulate over time. Whether you’re a firm “no dogs on the sofa household” or you allow your pup to cuddle up to you during your Netflix binge, I know it can be hard to keep your sofa free of dog hair, scratches, and stains.
So, how do you save your home and furniture from being destroyed by your lovable fur-baby? Luckily, there are several durable fabric options available that are pet-friendly and don’t sacrifice style! Just because you have a pet, that doesn’t mean you should cover the entire furniture or rugs with plastic.
My personal favorite is leather. Leather is a great sofa fabric for pet owners because it is durable, and pets are less likely to scratch or chew on this material.
Leather couches are easy to clean and come in a variety of colors and styles. For example, distressed leather hides claw marks. Our sofa is from the West Elm Leather Collection, and we absolutely love its durability and aesthetic. Not to mention that the pet hair and dirt paw prints wipe right off.
Leather is one of the best options for a pet-friendly sofa, and I highly recommend it! Leather couches are easy to clean and come in a variety of colors. You can go with distressed leather, which hides claw marks better than smooth leather, but if distressed leather isn’t your style, smooth leather is an excellent option as long as you keep your pet’s nails trimmed. As I said, our Leather Couch is from West Elm, and we have been so happy with our purchase. It is the second couch that we have bought from West Elm.
That said, leather can be expensive, which might make you think twice about choosing it. However, the cost of leather is worth it because you won’t need to replace it as often due to scratches or stains. Way Fair & CB2 have a wide selection of quality Leather Couches.
How to Care for a Leather Couch
Leather couches are expensive pieces of furniture that should not be neglected when it comes to cleaning. Whether you have a brown, tan, or black leather sofa, the below methods will help you keep them looking their best. It is recommended to vacuum your couch once a week or more if necessary to get rid of dust, pet hair, and other particles that accumulate on the furniture. This will also help prevent dirt from becoming embedded in the material. I recommend using a microfiber cloth to spot clean stains and spills with diluted dish soap and water. Please make sure this is damp enough so that it doesn’t leave behind dry spots. You can dip it in water for easier wringing out before wiping down the area with the cloth.
Tight Weave Fabrics
A General Rule
FAQS: Choosing the Best Dog-Friendly Couch
Should I let my dogs sit on my couch?
Many owners had no problems except for vacuuming up pet hair and cleaning up pet oil stains. The cuddling privileges are often well worth the risks, particularly for the owners of the couch privileges. However, some dogs with a couch advantage can be considered equal to the home’s human inhabitants, which may lead to disobedience.