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  • Michael Cardone / The Associated Press

    Enchanted Home Pet makes dog-sized sofas. The furniture is contemporary styling, colors and patterns are designed to be inviting and comfortable for pets while offering aesthetic appeal to their human owners as accent pieces that will look nice in a well-appointed home.

  • The Associated Press

    Designer, Jay Jeffers at his store, "Cavalier by Jay Jeffers," in San Francisco. If you own pets and must have fabric-covered sofas, consider this advice from Jeffers: “I would always suggest a fabric with a small pattern or texture – a herringbone pattern or small check creates a great disguise.”

  • The Associated Press

    Enchanted Home Pet makes dog-sized sofas. The furniture’s contemporary styling, colors and patterns are designed to be inviting and comfortable for pets while offering aesthetic appeal to their human companions.

Finding pooch-proof sofas can be a challenge

Published: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 - 11:39 am

Sydney Masters’ dog Angus has white fur. But he loves to play and dig in the mud, so his paws are often brown. And that was a factor in Masters’ choice of sofa.

“We didn’t choose the lovely white sofa that I wanted. No! We chose a rich dark brown leather couch,” said Masters, who shares a Manhattan apartment and a home in France with her husband, who is French, and with Angus, a West Highland terrier.

Finding furniture that dogs and cats won’t ruin is a challenge for pet owners. Here are some things to think about when you’re buying furniture, along with some ideas for protecting it from fur, stains and scratches.

Leather

Many dog owners report that leather works well as a pooch-proof alternative to fabric. “It’s that kind of glossed leather that repels water and dirt,” Masters says. Angus tends to stay off the sofa because the leather surface is “not as comfy or warm as other places and it’s a little slippery.” If he does occasionally sit on it, Masters says the dirt is easily wiped off.

But leather might not work for households with cats, who may damage it with their claws, according to the American Humane Association’s chief veterinary adviser Dr. Patricia Olson. Owners of dog breeds that habitually dig or scratch might also think twice about leather.

Microfiber

In addition to leaving scratch marks on leather, cat claws can destroy fabric upholstery. Some cat owners say that microfiber, a synthetic, velvety suede-like material, is a good alternative. It’s smoother and less appealing to cats than knits or woven fabric they can sink their claws into. And fur – from dogs or cats – is easily removed from microfiber with a vacuum, lint roller or cloth. Microfiber can also be spot-cleaned.

Fabric

Texture and design matter when choosing furniture. Some folks don’t like the feel of leather (too cold) or microfiber (too synthetic) compared to fabric. Fabric-covered sofas and chairs also come in the widest range of colors and patterns, offering more choices for home decor.

If you own pets and must have fabric-covered sofas, consider this advice from Jay Jeffers of the Jeffers Design Group in San Francisco: “I would always suggest a fabric with a small pattern or texture – a herringbone pattern or small check creates a great disguise.”

Fabric slipcovers with zippers that are easily removed and washed are a plus. Some brands, like Ikea, sell fitted slipcovers for their sofas so they can be replaced easily.

A couch of their own

One way to keep pets off your furniture is to give them a couch of their own. Choices abound, from $30 floor pillows at discount pet chains to $1,200-$1,400 custom B-Home brand dog beds, sold at Jeffers’ design store, Cavalier – named for his two cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Enchanted Home Pet sells classy dog-size sofas that look a lot like sofas for humans.

Read more articles by Beth J. Harpaz



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