If you have pets in your home it can be a challenge to have them hang with the family without having fur stuck in your couch or carpet. Even your carpets, if they are not the right material, can be ruined by your pets. So if you plan on having a home full of pets you may want to make a few furniture changes. Below are several tips and ideas to help you get started.
Go with leather furniture
Whether you have a dog or a cat, the best material for pet owners is definitely leather. Leather is easy to clean up if your dog is shedding, and also easy to vacuum. Of course this is not the most affordable type of furniture, but if you save up for it, it will help to make cleaning easier. You also will not have to worry about any bugs your dog brings into the house like fleas. It’s easier to treat your leather couch than any other type of furniture.
Cover with sheets
If you have old bed sheets that you are not using in your home, than you can use the sheets to cover your furniture. The sheets are easy to remove and wash after a day or two. This will help your furniture to last longer, and not be worn out by your pet. If you want your pet to sit with you on the couch, make a special spot for them using the sheets.
Machine washable rugs
If you like the look of rugs in your home, you may want to consider getting machine washable rugs. This makes it a lot easier to clean up after pet accidents. If you have a puppy or a kitten that suddenly gets sick on the rug and has an accident on it, you can clean it easily. Shop around for rugs that fit your decor and can be cleaned up quick and easy.
Off limit rooms
One of the easiest ways I have found to keep the house clean is to keep certain rooms off limits to your pets. This may mean putting up a pet gate, or blocking an area with a piece of furniture. If you have a dog eventually you can train them not to go in certain areas of the home, but keep in mind that this will take some time. For example if you have a dinning room area, I would recommend not allowing your pets in this area. This way you will not have to worry about them jumping on the table, or messing up any of your dinning room furniture.
Give them their own space
Of course one of the best ways is to make sure you give your pet their own space. This way they have a place to sit and relax, when the family is hanging out. Also the dog will not be trying to invade your space and cause problems.