It’s a widely known fact that pet lovers go through harrowing experiences to maintain a clean home that is friendly for your pet as well.
Your love for your pets obviously makes you want to provide a safe and warm home for them to roam around in, but you also want to maintain your prized furnishings with as less hassle as possible.
Here’s how you can easily do both.
1. Blend In Pet Furniture
Pets require a lot of accessories such as leashes, crates, litter boxes, and toys. This can create a good amount of clutter around the house.
So, it’s important to contain these as much as possible inside the house. You can be smart and use unused corners of your house to place the dog house and blend it in.
You can place the dog house underneath the stairs, even custom making it fit the place is a great idea. Or you can also use the space underneath the tables or desks or the pullout drawers in the kitchen to place your pet beds or crates.
Using a designated area to store your pet accessories will greatly free up space and keep the clutter away from the main living space.
2. Buy Furniture from Brand Stores
Pet furniture has come a long way from being the modest home made dog houses. Now reputed brands are creating functional pieces to be used as pet furniture for your home.
For instance, stores are creating designer pieces as your English and French bulldog decorations. Pet feeding bowls, beds and toys are getting a royal makeover as well.
There are block toys available that can be assembled to make storage solutions and can be re assembled in multiple shapes and sizes to make for a fun toy for your furry friend.
You can scour the pet stores or online stores for these multipurpose furniture pieces.
3. Buy Inexpensive Rugs
Rugs or carpets getting stained in a house with pets is a common occurrence. So, the trick is to buy inexpensive and light rugs that can be lifted and cleaned or easily replaced.
You can try seagrass mats that are made of nylon and are available in a myriad of colors. These mats can go with just about any décor and they are fade proof even if you have to use very strong chemical carpet cleaners.
4. Fix the Floor
If you are not so keen on buying carpets or mats due to the hassle of cleaning them, you can always get fossilized bamboo for your floor. This can easily imitate the feel of wood on the floors and won’t scratch or bend easily as it is a very sustainable material.
Tiles can also be a great choice for people who are worried about scratchy floors. Tiles come in many colors and designs and are quite the long term solution for pet owners.
They are also very easy to clean with just a mop and water and don’t scratch or stain easily. Cat and dog owners won’t have to worry much with floor scratches with tiles fittings.
5. Coexist with Fur
Pet owners have to concede to the war with fur sooner or later. It’s inevitable that you are going to have pet fur on your furniture so it’s better to decorate with accessories that resemble fur.
Faux fur can give the room a posh look and fuzzy fleece blankets on your bed can bring a luxurious feel. Use these faux fur blankets and throws to cover chairs and couches that your furry friend loves most to frequent.
You can use fleece blankets at the edge of your bed to cover the heaps of hair your pet might leave behind. Woolen dog pads are a great way to cover the floor or carpeted rooms that will help in disguising the hair your pup sheds.
6. Do Away With Fragile Decoration Pieces
Many of you love to decorate your living room with expensive glass or crystal decoration pieces that are very fragile. But in a house with pets, you have to keep in mind that one swoosh of a cat’s paw or a dogs wagging tail can knock these delicate pieces to shreds.
It’s a good idea to put these items inside a china cabinet that has glass panel doors. That way they are safely out of reach of your pet and people can still admire their beauty.
Another worthy decoration investment is in fine art pieces that you can hang on the walls safely out of your pets reach.
7. Mudrooms near Entrances to the House
While decorating your house one of the things you need to keep in mind is the lifestyle of your pet. If your pet is prone to going outdoors then you need to establish a mudroom at the entrance of the house.
Here you can get the dirt off your pets before they enter the house. This area can have porcelain tiles on the floor and walls and hence are easily cleanable from stains and mud.
You can install shelves on the walls to house the towels used to wipe off the dirt from the dogs. You can also have storage areas under the seats that can be used to store the leashes and food items for your pet.
8. Get the Right Paint
The walls and doors are prime targets of dirt in houses with pets. Dogs and cats can leave smudges on the walls and doors. They also sling drool on the wools while they shake their head.
This dirt can be impossible to clean on a flat-finish painted wall. Paint may come off if you try to clean over them. So, go for semi-gloss paint on the walls which are easy to clean just by wiping down with a cloth.
The gloss will prevent any of the paint peeling off and the sheen will definitely catch the eye from all other irregularities on the walls.
9. Choose Fabrics that are Stain-Resistant
The fabrics of your sofas or other furniture should be a prime consideration for pet owners. Silk, velvet or chintz type fabric should be avoided as they are a huge pet hair magnet. Use leather or ultra-suede instead. These can be easily cleaned and are very durable.
Microfiber is also a smart choice as it is woven tightly and can disguise pet hair easily. While choosing color try to match your pets hair color and it will be that much easier to mask pet hair.
Light colors should be avoided as they require a lot of maintenance. Patterns are also a big help to conceal stains and fur so choose a prolific pattern that serves multiple purposes.
Following the simple tips above can guarantee you to have a clean and well-maintained home that is pet-friendly as well. So, worry no more and just decorate to your heart’s desire while giving your furry friend a warm and cozy home to play around in.