We love our pets. We pamper them with decadent treats, dress them for comfort in inclement weather and spoil them with accoutrements fit for royalty.
So it's no surprise that there's a variety of home decor designed specifically for your pet-friendly abode. There's no reason to mess with your home's delicate feng shui when adding a furry friend to your environment. Home furnishings for pets come in almost any color and size, in styles ranging from covert to chic — though it's up to you to keep Fido house-trained.
Below, we've compiled a list of some of the most practical and unique ways to prep your home for pets.
The basics of pet-friendly home design
Just as you'd baby-proof a home before bringing home a new bundle of joy, pet-owners should take steps to ensure that any four-legged family members will be comfortable (and won't completely destroy the apartment).
Carpeting and flooring: Yup, pet-friendly flooring is a thing.
Some experts recommend vinyl, laminate, stone, marble or even cork flooring for rooms that pets frequent, due to the optimal durability and easily cleanable properties of these materials — hard bamboo is another option, though it's important that bamboo or hardwood floors are appropriately treated so that you can wipe away any pet-made messes and so that claws and nails don't easily scratch the surface. Keep in mind that some pets may have trouble with traction on hard floors; but if you opt for carpeting, think about going with a low-pile option.
A dedicated pet room: For true pet fanatics with the space to do so, it's not unheard of to dedicate an entire room to your furry friend(s). This is primarily common for cat and dog owners, though a pet room for a bunny or other animal may make sense if you're opposed to keeping your pet in a confining cage. Check out some examples of awesome pet rooms on Houzz for inspiration.
Stain-resistant fabrics: Chiffon may not be the optimal fabric for your sofa set if you've got animals in your home — you've got claws, paws, shedding and inevitable accidents to consider. Carefully weigh your furniture choices when decorating for a pet-friendly house; leather is easy to clean and often durable, and microsuede can help keep Fluffy cool. Crypton Fabric is a brand worth checking out for material that, according to the company's site, "lives up to life's messes."
If you've ever walked into a home to be visually assaulted with one of these bad boys (otherwise knows as a "cat tree"), you might have developed an aversion to all pet furniture. But more and more brands are developing pet-focused furnishings that actually add aesthetic appeal to your home and don't create an eyesore.
Modern-design cat trees: You probably won't find these types of cat trees at the discount pet store (some of them can cost a pretty penny), but they are true works of art. Designer brands like Wohnblock and Designer Pet Products make beautiful climbing furniture for feline companions that won't take over your living room, and can even serve utility as a bookshelf or extra storage.
For the true cat person, this beautiful German-designed cat furniture is exquisite. The brand is Goldtatze, and it currently ships to most European countries. For further inspiration for similar pet furnishings, browse though these gorgeous designs.
Pet beds for the refined feline and pampered pup: One way to encourage your pet to stay off your bed or couch is to give them a comfortable option of their own — the Vurv line of pet beds and bowls is classy, simple and exudes elegance.
Chic doghouses: Move over Snoopy; "barkitecture" will change your mind about traditional doghouses. Check out these incredible examples from this year's design competition in Austin to spark your creativity.
Elegant aviaries: There are a number of brands and designers that make simply gorgeous bird perches and cages for homes with feathered friends. Avian Accents describes their beautiful, handmade aviaries as "impeckable." (The pet industry, it seems, is full of puns.)
Flashy fishtanks: If your home and lifestyle simply isn't conducive to a more demanding pet like a cat or dog, it doesn't mean you have to forego the companionship of another living being. Fishtanks can make stunning home accents — but beware that salt water aquariums in particular are a lot of work, and a serious investment. Be sure that you're willing to make the commitment (financial and time) to keeping your tank clean and well maintained before you spend thousands of dollars on an elaborate set-up.
For a smaller (but equally captivating) option, consider these awesome jellyfish tanks.
Top tips for a tidy home
Here are a few helpful hints for making your home as welcoming to guests as it is to your pets.
Consider an air purifier. Pet dander can seriously diminish your home's air quality; an air purifier (or several, one in each room in which your pets spend the most time) can help keep your family and any guests with minor allergies more comfortable, especially if you've got a multi-animal home.
Keep your home clean. Consistent cleaning and vacuuming is key to keeping your home in tip-top shape when pets are involved. Don't have time to clean yourself? Handy, a cleaning service available in select cities throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada, is currently offering new customers a two-hour cleaning session for just $19.
Train your pets to stay off human furniture. Any pet owner will tell you that this is easier said than done, but try training pets to stay off the bed or couch from an early age to help ensure the longevity of your furnishings.
Make an investment in pet furniture. As with any home furnishings, the cheaper the purchase, the less likely it will last and provide comfort for your loved ones — in this case, your loved ones with four feet.
Keep your pets properly groomed: Grooming is key to keeping your animals happy and your home free of pet hair. Try FURminator products to reduce shedding up to 90%.
Match pet furniture to your color scheme and wood stain. This can turn otherwise unsightly pet furniture into a tactful addition to your home decor.
Check out return policies. Sometimes your pets just aren't appreciate of the "investments" you've made on their behalf. If your cat turns up her nose at a state-of-the-art cat tree or your dog is unexplainably petrified by his new luxury dog bed, you'll want to know your options for return or exchange.
Do you have pets at home? Share your favorite pet-friendly design tips and products in the comments.
Source : https://mashable.com/2014/11/28/home-design-with-pets/