As a loving owner of a cat or a dog, you know that selecting the best upholstery for your couch can be a little complicated. If you are a realist, you must have realized that not just your prized sofa, but most of your home is at the mercy of your beloved pet. Even when not trying to destroy your upholstery willfully, simply by climbing, sitting or walking on it, your pet can exact a heavy toll.
Here are some problems you might have had to contend with:
- Claw marks and scratches
- Pet hair clinging to the upholstery
- Dirt marks
Stains from accidents or throwing up.
Best Couch Fabric for Dogs
While you should definitely consider training your pet to behave, why not also make it easier on yourself by choosing upholstery that is more pet-friendly? Select a fabric that has a tight weave that does not have much texture since that can easily get caught in claws. Stay away from light colors unless you have a well-behaved and well-trained pet. Select a fabric that you would buy for a heavy usage area. And consider that leather and microfiber are best-suited to life with pets.
Leather is one of the best coverings you can choose, period. It is long lasting and actually improves with age and use. It is easy to maintain, comes in many colors, and is available at different price points.
When it comes to pets, it can stand up to most. When pets climb on it, it is easily cleaned; pet hair is easily removed because it doesn't cling to the leather.
It is possible for your cat to leave holes in it if it uses your sofa as a scratching post, but that behavior should be discouraged no matter which upholstery material you choose. You can clean leather yourself, but if it's seriously soiled, you can have it professionally cleaned.
A close second to leather is microfiber, a synthetic fabric.
It is also a good choice, simply because it is easy to clean and maintain and wears well. Microfiber is also more affordable than leather and can be found in many colors.
Your pet's claws won't get caught in it because there are no loops in the fabric. It is not a hair magnet, which is great if your pet is a long-haired breed.
Stains are easy to clean off microfiber, should accidents happen. Just make sure to blot most of the mess with a clean towel and then clean with a little soap and water. But make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning.
You may find that a patterned fabric works better than a solid, but it is best to avoid any fabric that is nubby or heavily textured because your pet's claws can easily get caught in it. Besides, it might be too much fun to scratch. It goes without saying that fragile fabrics, such as silk, wool or linen should be avoided or used only where your pet is not allowed.