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Best Furniture Fabrics For Pets

Posted by Mandi Bugatti on

If you’re a pet owner, you know how hard it can be to hard to deny Fido or Fluffy a spot on your sofa when they just want to love on you. You could try to keep the pet hair contained to a blanket, but do you really want a blanket over your couch all the time? And what about when you’re not home?

Wouldn’t it be easier to have a couch with a more pet friendly fabric? In this article we discuss the best and the worst upholstery for dogs and cats so your next sofa choice can truly be for the whole family.

What To Avoid

Loose Weave Fabrics- Tweed and similar fabrics gave more space between the fibers where they cross over each other, and claws can get snagged in them pretty easily. Dirt can get trapped more easily as well

Velvet- This fabric falls in the category of high maintenance, and would need to be professionally cleaned if your pet has an accidents. Also, velvet attracts pet hair like a magnet. Not so fun.

Suede- While it looks good and is rather durable, if it gets wet your sofa could be ruined. Suede sofas are probably best for people without pets.

Best Sofa Fabrics

Tight weave fabrics- The tighter the weave of the furniture fabric, the less likely it is to catch on your pet’s claws. Canvas, microfiber, denim, and leather are all great choices for dog and cat owners.

Microfiber- This man-made material is tightly woven, wears well, and is easy to maintain and clean. Microfiber is very affordable, and can be found in nearly every color to suit your taste. Some pets owners recommend getting a sofa color similar to your pet’s fur color so it's harder to see between cleanings. Stains and spills are easily cleaned with a towel and a little soap and water. It’s even easier if treated with something like Scotchgard. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

Polished Microfiber gets a high recommendation as well. It has all the qualities and feel of microfiber, but it looks like weathered leather. If you like the distressed look, you will enjoy living room pieces made from this fabric. The Albany Bandit Smoke Sectional shown below has polished microfiber upholstery.

Denim- It’s easy to find a denim colored sofa. Finding one made of denim may be a bit tougher, but they do exist.

Leather- Many long-time pet owners recommend leather as the best fabric choice if you have furry ones in your home. It’s durable, won’t snag claws, wipes clean with wet rag, and occasional scratches can be buffed out or add to the weathered aesthetic and the sofa’s personality. Genuine leather is more expensive, but will last a long time. Not much can be done, however, if your cat decides to make it her official scratching post.

Canvas- Bring the outdoors in, as this durable fabric is used on many patio furniture pieces. There are many stylish options and available, and since they are built to handle outdoor elements, these sofa sets have a higher durability factor than indoor furniture.

Thinking it's time for a new sofa or sectional? At Savvy Discount Furniture, we make it easy! Our furniture store in Farmers Branch, TX offers a wide selection of beautiful pieces at low prices. Need it now? Certain items are available for same day delivery in the Dallas area. Call (214) 434-1143 or visit our website to browse the inventory.

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