So you finally took the plunge and got a furry friend but as they grow you start to worry about them ruining your furniture? We know exactly what you mean, their fur gets everywhere, the cat scratches the couch and the carpet and the litter… let’s not even go there…
But the truth is that we can’t live without them, so how can we ensure that we have a stylish home, they have a place they feel comfortable in and we are prepared for all sorts of accidents!
1- Pets love design too
It’s not just us humans who love a good design – cats and dogs also love to nest, to have their own space and sometimes, the best way to keep them off the couch is to give them their own.
Also, done are the days when you had to compromise style for comfort – there are so many options available that you are bound to find something that will fit within your style. We have you covered whatever your style! From Louis Philippe inspired to Modernist options, here are some of our favourite stores to find amazing pet furniture. For luxury options, Mungo & Maud are always a favourite for dog and cat beds and accessories. On the high street, Zara Home is a trove of design not just for your living room but for your trusted furry companions, and online Etsy will satisfy your most whimsical design needs.
2- Whose house is it anyway?
Large dogs don’t always have large personalities but they do have large beds and large crates! The best place to put a dog bed is in an empty corner of the living area; this way the dog can be around you, still have his own space and you won’t feel like he’s taken over.
If your dog is crate trained, camouflage it into furniture and make it a display for your photographs, plants or books. We, however, would not recommend putting any candles on there as the large furry inhabitant might knock it over.
Small dogs fit small beds even if they sometimes have larger than life characters! If you choose a small cushion bed, the best place for it is closest to you, by the sofa right by your feet. And, if the bed is unique in design, make it a feature and place it near the TV stand but not too close to the speakers so the little sleeper can still catch his or her zzz’s.
Let’s not forget our feline friends, cats are still predators and a little wild, and like to get the lay of the land. They need to see around them from above, so their beds should be placed on higher levels as this helps them feel safe. You should consider places like the centre of a bookshelf, the top of their scratching post or on a side table by a sofa.
3- How to avoid stains and fur build-up?
Woven rugs and microfibre are the best materials to have around pets – they don’t collect as much hair like wool and natural fibres and are easier to clean. We particularly like those ones from Zara Home which come with matching bowls and will add some colour and fun to your furry friend’s space.
5- Finally some practical tips & tricks!
Here are our favourite methods to get rid of pet hair on clothes and furniture:
- Wet a cloth and squeeze some of the water out of it so it remains damp and then rubs it on your clothes to catch the guilty fur. This would have to be repeated a number of times as you will need to rinse the cloth repeatedly – it works nonetheless
- Wrap your fingers in sticky tape and pick the clusters of hairs on the surfaces you want to clean. It’s quite the workout but it’s worth it!
How to prevent muddy and dirty paws from destroying the carpet?
Although we all love a good paw print in the wild – having one right in the centre of a white carpet or on brand new bedding is not that great, especially after having worked so hard to make your house look so beautiful. Well, we have found a great solution for you – the foot washer that you can find here from Pet Pavillion – all you need to do is put water and pet friendly soap and put it by the door. Train your dog to wait by the door as you use it to rinse his paws and then dry with a mini towel. Wash, rinse, repeat – your furniture will love us.
If that’s too much work there is always a pack of Paw Wipes or even the dreaded Baby wipes!
How to stop the cat from destroying the furniture?
The age-old question for cat owners and design lovers. The first approach is a question of texture, cats love to get their claws into fabrics that resist them, so consider smooth fabrics like velvet as well as leather for some of your furniture. This will not be enough however, you will need to give your feline a variety of poles and scratching posts to scratch and rip as much as they please
To get them used to use the posts rather than your Eames Ottoman, add in some kitty treats or catnip to lure them in. You can find all these items here at Pet Pavillion:
- Cat Nip Spray
- Cat Nip Filled Banana or Apple or Lemon or Rainbow or Cigar
- Cat Scratching Posts from Wayfair
So there you have it, your furry friends can be a handful but they really should be at home in your home! The least we can do is offer them some comfort in return for their unconditional love, and very valuable time with us.
We hope you love the options we have shared with you and if you’d like any further assistance with designing your space and how to best include your pets in it, please click here to book a free consultation call!
We look forward to hearing from you
Until next time,
Here is the RoomLab pet team in all its glory! First up is Chopper, Suzann’s Border Terrier – then comes Tambal, Misa’s Tabby – followed by Ginger, Nicole’s Beagle, then Barclay, Murray’s German Wirehaired Pointer pup and last but not least Jett, Rayan’s Doberman: