Choosing the right covering or upholstery for your new sofa can be a little tricky for owners of pets, some materials stand up much better than others to the everyday wear and tear inflicted by your much loved cats or dogs. Along with animals ability to scratch a sofa cats and dogs will climb, walkover and sit on your furniture leaving a trail of paw prints and hair in their wake which over time can take its toll on your expensive suite. A lot of people will use a throw or blanket on their suite to reduce pet damage, but if you have forked out big money for your new suite you want to show it off in all its glory. Luckily there is no need to take this damage as a given or get rid of your pet, there are a few options for your choice of sofa upholstery that are more pet-friendly.
Leather sofas are great for families with pets and children. Leather is really easy to clean with a soft damp cloth and is pretty tough and durable. Pet hair is also easily removed from leather sofas by either wiping or carefully vacuuming. It might be a good idea to steer clear of lighter colours such as white and cream leather sofas and instead opt for either a brown leather sofa or black leather sofa, any marks will be a lot less visible.
Microfibre or suede sofas
Microfibre is a synthetic fabric that is also very durable and easy to maintain. Unlike other materials microfibre sofas do not have loops in the fabric meaning your cats claws are less likely to get caught. Microfibre fabric is also really easy to clean and pet hairs will not stick as easy as other standard fabrics.
Choosing a sofa with a pattern rather than one single colour might be a better move and there are definitely certain fabrics that you should steer clear of should you be a pet owner, silk, wool, linen and velvet sofas should be avoided.