It’s not as hard as you think to have a well put together, stylish home that is also pet-friendly. After all, more and more of us are opting to include pets as an important part of our home – they’re part of the family after all! And there’s no reason we can’t have it looking exactly the way we want… with a few minor compromises. Whether you’re moving into a new home, redesigning your current home, or are just looking to make a few minor changes, here are 10 tips to use when designing a pet-friendly home.
When it comes to choosing fabric for your furniture (especially if your pet is allowed on it), choose for fabrics that do not show pet hair easily and that can be easily wiped clean. For example, if you have a pet that has dark fur and is prone to shedding, don’t choose a white sofa covered in fabric that is impossible to wipe clean. A leather or a microfiber couch is a great way to go if you let your pets on the furniture because they can easily be wiped clean. Velvet is a no-no because it’s a pet hair magnet. Opt for stylish looking furniture covered in leather, microfiber, or a thick weave fabric. If you can match the color of your furniture to your pets’ fur, even better!
Yes, it’s hard to beat the look of beautiful hardwood flooring but, when you have pets, it’s easily stained and scratched. Plus, it holds smells. There are a few pet-friendly options that are just as stylish, including stone, laminate flooring, and ceramic tiles. These types of flooring all contribute to keeping your pet cooler in the summertime as well. If you can’t live without those gorgeous hardwood floors, opt for a harder, darker wood, such as mahogany or oak and make sure you’re on top of your cleaning game in case there’s an accident.
It’s tempting to let your pet have the run of the house – after all, they’re your furry best friend! But not only can this lead to behavioral issues, but it can also lead to a messier house. Instead of letting your dog play and run around wherever it wants, set designated areas of the house where they can let themselves be pups and play with their toys without constantly having to worry about your possessions getting ruined. Don’t forget to give them some CBD dog treats for being a good dog! You’ll also have less deep cleaning time which is always a plus. Keep a basket or a bin on the floor to easily store their toys that you can tuck away out of sight at the end of the day.
When it comes to furniture, wood can be a poor choice. Although wood furniture is absolutely beautiful, if your dog is a chewer, chances are they’re naturally going to want to sink their teeth into the legs of your table or chairs. You can still choose a wooden table, but try to find one that has a metal or chrome base. The same goes for chairs, coffee tables, and side tables. Any exposed legs or easy to get to edges are a puppy hazard!
This may seem like an arbitrary thing but it can make a world of difference in the aesthetic of your home. Either match your pets’ beds to your own furniture or go for a pattern or a pop of color that adds something to your décor. There are couches made especially for your pet that are designed to seamlessly match your décor but not everyone wants to shell out the cash for one of those, which is perfectly understandable. Check out this amazing Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler by Best Friends by Sheri or the Orthopedic Plush & Suede Sofa-Style Couch Pet Bed by FurHaven.
Whether you have a dog or a cat, your pet will love the chance to sit by the windowsill and gaze outside, waiting for you to come home. If you leave curtains closed when you leave the house, don’t choose thick, heavy material that your pet can’t see through and won’t easily be able to get around. Light, airy, sheer curtains are the way to go. Not only does this create a nicer ambiance in your home but it also allows your pets to see through them and give them something to do during the day when you’re not home. (Just make sure you leave the blinds pulled up!)
Carpet is a definite no-no – even area rugs act as a trap for fur and a potential chew toy for your pup. If you need carpet, low-pile is a good idea as it’s much easier to clean – just make sure that your pup does not designate it as a pee spot.
Unless you leave food out for your pet all day, find a place to store it’s food bowl when not in use so there’s one less thing on the floor in your kitchen and one less unsightly mess. Water bowls cannot simply be put away but there are plenty of options that match the aesthetic of your kitchen and keep the bowl off the floor. Try the Raised Cat Water Bowl by Necoichi, or this Dog Water Bowl by UPSKY.
Instead of finding a place to keep your pet’s food, water bowl, or litter box somewhere inconspicuous, install pet doors to an area of the house that does not get as much foot traffic, so they’re completely out of sight. This could be a mud room, laundry room, or any other room that is out of the way.
Last but not least, stay away from textured walls. Whether your pet is rubbing against them of not, they act like a vacuum when it comes to hair. Keep your walls clean and minimal with either a semi-gloss or satin paint and there’s a good chance you’ll never find fur stuck to your walls.
We hope we have given you something to think about when it comes to making some functional, aesthetic changes to your home that work for both you and your pets. Having a furry friend is no reason to not have the modern, stylish home you love – you just have to make a few little adjustments!