The Best Sofa Fabrics for Dog Owners


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One of the questions I get all the time is how to make your dream home with pets.  Because let’s be honest. As pretty as my dogs are, they don’t always leave my house looking as shiny as they do.
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 a number of durable fabric options available that are pet-friendly and don’t sacrifice style!
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My personal favorite is leather.  Because leather is easy to clean and comes 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 just wipe right off.
Way Fair & CB2 have a wide selection of quality Leather Couches, too!
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, as long as you keep your pet’s nails trimmed, smooth leather is an excellent option.
As I said, our Leather Couch is from West Elm and we have been so happy with our purchase. It is our second couch that we have bought from West Elm.

Tight Weave Fabrics

While leather is a great choice, it can be a bit pricier than other types of fabrics. If leather is not in your budget (or you aesthetic) but you still want a stylish and durable sofa, stick with fabrics that have a tight weave. Microfiber, canvas, and even denim are great choices for pet-friendly fabrics.
A microfiber couch is a great option for your next pet-friendly sofa because it has a very close-knit weave that makes the fabric more water-resistant and easy to clean. It has a soft finish and a slight texturing that looks chic and modern, and since it is a synthetic fabric, it comes in a wider range of colors. Canvas is an excellent option as well since it holds up better to cleaning solutions than other types of fabrics.

Performance Fabrics

While typically, you would want to avoid open-weave fabrics, such as tweed, or more absorbent fabrics like velvet, many furniture retailers offer premium or performance fabrics that are designed to be water-repellent and abrasion-resistant. West Elm has a number of high-performance velvet options (as well as performance-washed canvas fabrics) that come in a variety of posh colors, and almost all of their collections have the option to select one of their high-performance fabrics.
Our first couch from West Elm was the Andes. Since purchasing our Sedona Leather Couch we’ve taken the Twill Andes Sectional couch to my photography studio.

A General Rule

In general, darker colors and fabrics that have patterns or texture are better at hiding dirt and stains, so even if you fall in love with a sofa that has an open-weave fabric, you can still maintain its beauty by choosing a darker color or pattern.
If you still aren’t sure which fabric is best for your lifestyle, West Elm has an amazing sofa guide. Not only does it give you a variety of fabric choices and colors, but it also has a size guide, advice for arm and cushion details, inspiration, and more resources.
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The Best Couch Fabrics for Dog Owners

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