What Is the Best Sofa Material for Pets?

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What Is the Best Sofa Material for Pets?

When selecting a sofa fabric for a home with pets, there is more to consider than merely animal fur and shedding. Cats and dogs also deliver wear and tear through their nails and claws, saliva, odour, and any dirt they may have tracked on their paws. Faced with the wrong adversaries, a new couch can look greatly used in a very short time. Prior to making a purchase, an evaluation of fabric choices is in odour. While no one material can completely withstand the added wear and tear possible with a pet, some choices are indisputably better than others.

Therefore, a discussion of those fabrics preferred for pets is in odour, including distressed leather, microfibres, Ultrasuede, and Crypton. Although not as effective as choosing the right fabric at the outset, such layers of protection can undoubtedly add life to or prevent the occurrence of a pet-worn sofa. Once the decision to buy has been made, appropriate couches are available from a variety of places including furniture outlets, department stores, and online display sites, such as the ever-popular buying site eBay. When purchasing a sofa for a pet, it is important to consider which fabrics are the most comfortable and pet-friendly for any animal.

The Pet-Friendly Home

Owning a cat or a dog can bring a new kind of happiness to a home; in fact, pet ownership has proven health benefits, as well. However, not all homes are animal-ready, in which case a certain amount of protection and adjustment needs to be taken to make the environment safe and comfortable for both pet and owner.

One such area of contention revolves around the furniture. A lint roller may be the perfect stopgap when a few cat hairs dot a suit jacket, but against the sofa on which the pet sleeps, it is nearly useless. Other considerations include the cat or dog’s fur, dander, and dirt. There is a reason many families with pets shy away from cream or light-coloured carpeting, as it readily displays every speck and stain. As they do in evaluating carpet colours and surfaces, pet owners are similarly taking a second look at their couch coverings, as different materials provide varying degrees of protection against claws, fur, and dirt. A lesser factor, but one still worth a thought, is the composition of the material, as cats can sometimes become trapped if their claws get stuck in too wide a weave.

Sofa Fabrics for Pet Owners to Consider

Prior to the evolution in fabric options for furniture, pet owners were advised to select patterned or textured materials. Dark, muddy colours were recommended, too, as a means of hiding dirt and hair. These days, however, materials both natural and manmade are widely available, allowing furniture owners to maintain the best appearance while enjoying the welcome company of man’s best friend. Today, a number of fabrics have been either identified or created to withstand the added wear and tear that can be delivered by pets.

Benefit

Leather

Distressed Leather

Synthetic Fibres (e.g., Ultrasuede, microfibres)

Crypton

Fur is easily removed

X

X

X

X

Dirt is easily wiped clean

X

X

X

X

Can withstand claw holes and scratch marks

   

X

X

Resistant to odour

X

X

 

X

Patterns may better hide blemishes

 

X

   

Tightly woven to resist damage

   

X

X

As the above table illustrates, no one material offers every single benefit. The pros and cons of some sofa fabrics are discussed below.

Leather

Despite the "bachelor pad" notion that leather furniture is inappropriate for pets and children, the material often holds up well to many challenges. Leather has more than a few advantages when it comes to furniture in homes with pets. To start, the material is easily wiped clean, whether of dirt, slobber, or fur; in addition, leather is also fairly resistant to odour.

In pet-friendly households, however, distressed leather is preferable to coated, as any scratch marks only blend in to its patina design. Furniture designers Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold recommend a finish of full-aniline dyed leather, which, with its colour density, better absorbs scratches; a painted-on finish, on the other hand, is more likely to be marred by dog, cat, or ferret nails.

Synthetic fibres

Man made fibres, such as Ultrasuede or microfibre, offer a number of benefits to households with pets, including durability, versatility, a broad colour palette, and easy care. As the materials are synthetic, they make fur cleanup easier, and enable the easy removal of stains and dirt with just a sponge, soap, and water.

Another important point of note is that synthetic fabrics are more tightly woven than natural options like cotton, tweed, or chenille. Not only is this better in withstanding the claws of a cat, resisting damage and ensuring that the cat’s paw does not get stuck in the upholstery, but it also prevents pet fur from becoming woven into the couch itself. When this happens, hair removal can be quite a challenging proposition.

Crypton

As it is especially durable and rugged, the synthetic creation crypton is worthy of its own discussion. Crypton is not only stain and odour resistant, but it also repels both moisture and bacteria. Designed to withstand rough use, especially that which is delivered in hospital and industrial settings, crypton holds the distinction of being nearly indestructible, making it ideal for homes with pets. As with other synthetic fibres, a damp sponge easily wipes it clean.

Exterior Protection

Beyond choosing a pet-friendly couch fabric, homeowners can protect their furniture in other ways. Two of the more popular means are safeguarding the fabric with Scotchguard or shielding the entire piece of furniture with a slipcover. Scotchguarding is a simple and popular solution that, with proper application, enables the fabric to be easily wiped clean.

Slipcovers have the added bonus of providing a choice of colours, patterns, and fabrics, thereby enabling an old sofa to look fresh and new. Slipcovers shrink the more they are washed, however, a looser fit is advised for homes with pets, where the covers receive more launderings. Finally, a fleece throw or other temporary covering may provide some relief. These solutions may be especially welcome if a sofa is already in the home when a pet joins the family.

Sofa Fabrics for Pet Owners to Avoid

Just as there are specific sofa fabrics that are recommended for households with pets, there are others that should be avoided when dogs and cats enter the home. Many people prefer the look and feel of a chenille finish, as it is both textured and soft. However, when animal nails come into contact with the loops comprising its nubby pile, the finish is easily pulled and soiled and, once unravelled, it is impossible to repair.

At a glance, velvet seems like the ideal fabric for pets. Its pile is soft and sturdy, and a dark shade hides dirt well. In addition, its surface is such that hair and debris are easily wiped away with a damp cloth or lint brush. However, stains in velvet are extremely difficult to remove, and undue animal activity may crush the velvet irreparably. Even in pet-free households, silk is a bit of a gamble. Although beautiful to the eye and the touch, it is fragile and highly prone to stains, tears, and moisture damage. It is also tremendously difficult to clean.

True, tweed is a surface easily cleaned, yet it is one to which pet hair holds tight. Similar to chenille, any damage to its surface is also difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Wool and linen are both fragile, easy to mar, and hard to clean, making them two additional fabrics pet owners should avoid when choosing a sofa and other furniture.

Buying Pet-Friendly Sofas on eBay

Buying a piece of furniture is not a small decision. You should weightwant to consider your options carefully, as the sofa is a part of your home’s décor for many years to come. Characteristics to evaluate include not only the sofa’s size and design, but also its colour and fabric. When you have a pet in the home, the choice of fabric is especially important.

By now, you’ve evaluated some of the more pet-friendly sofa fabric options, including distressed leather, along with manmade materials such as microfibres, Ultrasuede, and Crypton. When you are ready to buy, it’s time to go online and navigate to eBay. The online marketplace has a wide range of sofa options, all easily accessed by performing basic searches: "velvet sofa", "microfibre sofa", "faux fur", and "leather sofa". If you prefer to keep your fabric choices a bit more open, you can search for "sofa slipcover" or even "Scotchguard sofa".

eBay employs a feedback system that allows buyers to view the comments and ratings of sellers left by previous customers. This ensures that sellers who prioritise and value their customer service are quickly and easily recognisable. It is also possible to narrow your list to products sold by local sellers, which can give you the opportunity to see your sofa before you purchase it, or pick it up and avoid delivery charges. Contact the seller through the ‘contact member’ portal by clicking on the seller id in odour to discuss the options for your chosen sofa.

Conclusion

The fabric is an important component of any new sofa purchase; however, the decision takes on a bit more relevance when there are pets in the home. With their claws, fur, dirt, and odour, cats and dogs can challenge even the best cloth. Therefore, certain sensitive fabrics, such as wool, satin, velvet, and even leather, are best avoided in the presence of animals.

Pet-friendly sofa fabrics are available, including distressed leather, Ultrasuede, microfibre, and Crypton. The colour of the fabric may also be worth considering. In the event a recommended material is not feasible or desirable for any reason, surface fixes do exist, including applying a protective, cleanable coat of Scotchguard, outfitting the sofa with a slipcover, or providing a protective layer with a blanket throw. Before purchasing a new sofa for a household with cats or dogs, a buyer should investigate the fabric options available, including the pros and cons of each. Once a decision has been made, an Internet site such as eBay is an ideal place to shop.

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