Looking For Pet-Friendly Furniture Fabrics?

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Rockville / 07-27-2016

You have finally bought that sofa that you have always wanted. You own a really cute pet and you are willing to let it do whatever it wants, except getting up onto that sofa. Even if you succeed in doing that, did you know that your pet’s fur will ‘magically’ find its way through the air and onto your fabric? Yes, it will! Now let’s say you own an upholstered sofa, and then you have pet fur on it. That fur can embed itself in the weave and become difficult to clean. That’s why it is highly recommended that you opt for pet-friendly furniture fabrics. With such furniture fabrics, you need not worry about scratch marks, pet fur accumulation, drool marks, and more. With that in mind, here are some functional, pet-friendly fabrics you can consider for your sofa:

Outdoor Fabrics

Outdoor fabrics are widely available and are extremely easy to clean. What’s more, they are available in a wide variety of beautiful colors and prints, and can even be made from natural materials. While outdoor fabrics are not as soft as synthetic fibers, their designs and styles certainly make up for what they lack. If your pet has found a favorite spot on a specific sofa, you can also consider getting slipcovers made out of a similar fabric.


If you like the upholstery effect, you will definitely love leather. The allure of this material is that it doesn’t attract pet fur and is odor-resistant. Even if pet fur happens to find its way onto the cushions, you can easily wipe that off with a dust cloth. If you own cats, be sure to make scratching posts easily accessible. This helps them avoid your leather sofa. Sometimes, pets leaving a scratch may be unavoidable, but fret not, because you can usually buff these scratches out. Here’s a quick recommendation: go for distressed leather. They draw less attention to scuffs and scratches.

Microfiber Fabrics (Synthetic Fiber Types)

Aesthetically speaking, it’s not that easy to get excited about this choice but its pet-proof properties are hard to ignore. Somehow, cats don’t like scratching synthetic fibers, especially if a scratching post is available nearby. When it comes to microfibers (sometimes known as ultrasuedes), cleaning them is easy. All you need is a simple cleaning solution of soap and water.

Patterned Fabrics

As long as you are not dealing with tweedy textures (they allow pet hair to become wedged in the fibers), fabrics with patterns are generally a good option to consider, for hiding evidence of pet fur. What’s more, patterned fabrics can help to camouflage marks and stains as well. If a predominant color in your pet fur and fabric patterns are similar, that’s even better.

Other Solutions

One of the other solutions available is by scotchgarding the upholstery. Other protective measures including using slipcovers (purchase them, they are exceptionally useful) or throwing a blanket over your sofa. To save yourself from further trouble, it is a good idea to avoid fabrics such as silk, linen, wool, velvet, and chenille. They are fantastic fabrics for furniture, but since there’s a pet, you’ve got to make a slight sacrifice!

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