Thinking to pet proof your interiors isn’t something that initially comes to mind when bringing home a new family member. Living with pets is thought to be so much fun. And they are our family companions which will stick with us through thick and thin.
But when you wish to maintain a beautiful home, the devotion to your four-legged friend can sometimes get a little tested. Think of muddy paw prints all over the carpet or the silk made curtains are pulled down from the track.
Accommodate pet’s needs in interior design
So, how do you pet proof your house to fully enjoy the company of your dog, cat, guinea-pig or budgie? Firstly, consider your pets needs and habits. Then accommodate a place for their toys, along with an area that is designated for eating and a place to rest their furry or feathery heads.
Set up a dog friendly hallway to help pet proof your interiors
Create a storage space in the entry area where you keep the dog’s leash, maybe some toys and an old towel to clean up those muddy paws before they transform the rug into a mess. If you are remodeling your kitchen, consider a niche designed for the food dishes and some cabinet space for the pet food and treats.
Hard surface flooring for pets
When it comes to flooring, timber, laminate, tiles or painted concrete are easy to keep clean and stain-free. If you are tossing up between timber and tiles, have a look at my expert tips.
Such floors are also cooler in summer which is an important consideration for pets with thick or long fur. But be aware that hardwood flooring is prone to scratches and you might wish to trim your pet’s nails regularly to maintain this beautiful timber surface.
Carpets in interiors and pets
Carpet has also something going for it as it provides a good grip when walking on. It also means that there is a comfy resting place for your pet basically everywhere in the house. A good choice is to go for stain resistant carpet to easily clean up accidents and be aware that you will need to use your vacuum cleaner frequently. Also look out for a cut pile as opposed to a loop pile as it can unravel when caught by a claw.
Interior fabrics and pet hair
Think twice before you buy a couch that is covered in velvet or chenille as those fabrics are magnets for pet hair.
Leather sofas and pets
Leather is a good choice for a pet-owner’s furniture because it’s durable and easy to clean. But leather is not indestructible, it can be scratched and even punctured by big claws, so make sure you’re comfortable with the natural patina that is sure to develop.
Washable fabrics in interiors
A good solution for your chairs could be using slipcovers made from cotton or a polyester blend that can be thrown into the washing machine.
When ordering furniture, bring home several fabric samples and use them to pet your dog or cat. The winning sample is the one that best disguises your pet’s hair.
But don’t be under any illusions, keeping a sticky roller handy is key to keeping your furniture intact.
Cat scratchers in interiors
Cats just love to scratch their nails. Provide them with one (or more) scratch opportunities to hopefully prevent them from using your sofa and chairs instead. There are many options on the market from cardboard scratchers, rope wrapped posts or climbing trees to choose from.
This way you can enjoy all the fun and less hassles with having your pet in your home.
Do you need to consider plants when wanting to pet proof you interiors?
Yes! Were you aware that some plants can be poisonous to our furry friends? Click here to read our blog to help you get familiar with which ones are safe for our fur-babies.
If you have questions about interior design for pets, or any other interior or commercial design then please contact the team of Inspired Spaces.