How to Create a Pet-Friendly Living Room

Pets are a part of the family, and with more and more households introducing furry and not so furry friends into their lives, making your home pet-friendly is essential. We know that some animals are prone to chewing in their early years, and let’s not forget about the muddy paw prints all over the couch. So how can you create a home that is perfect for everyone, including your pets too? Check out some handy ways below.

Easy clean flooring

The floor is where your pets spend most of the time, and this is where you’ll see the most hair and where any dirt collects. In these areas, avoiding carpet can help as this holds hair and dirt and is more challenging to vacuum. Hardwood flooring is also something that should be avoided as it can dent and scratch easily and will be expensive to replace.

For ease of cleaning, laminate flooring or tiling can be a great idea, especially if you have to clear up accidents or muddy paw prints. It’s beneficial for pets, too, as this type of flooring tends to be cooler in the summer months.

Pet-friendly furniture

If your pet has a spot on the sofa, then investing in furniture that can withstand scratchy claws is essential. Upholstery that is a magnet for hair is well-avoided. Still, there are plenty of other options to choose from, including synthetic and smooth tapestry fabrics. You don’t have to scrimp on style either, as Italian leather furniture is also a stylish yet hardy material that is perfect for your living room.

Incorporate a pet bed

Pets are an important member of the family, but if you want to avoid hairy chairs and constant cleaning, why not consider a pet bed? There are several types of beds available, including floor and leveled designs. If you make the bed slightly higher off the floor, it will feel like they are sitting on the furniture with you, and may mean they stick to this little space rather than stealing everyone else’s seats.

Declutter and tidy wires

Pets often have a habit of nibbling on anything that sticks out or catches their eye. To avoid any wires being the next snack, think about tidying any that drape or hang where they might reach them. Furniture can often be a chewing or scratching post for younger pets, so removing anything expensive in the short term could help.

Don’t forget the walls

It’s surprising how much hair sticks to the walls in your home, especially if you have textured wallpaper. An easy fix for this is to keep it simple and choose satin or semi-gloss paint, so this reduces hair issues. You may also want to consider paint that is easy to wipe clean too. This ensures it doesn’t affect the look of it, and it can reduce the need to repaint if mud suddenly appears on your glistening white walls.

The tips above make it really easy to make your home pet friendly, so everyone is happy and content in the space.