When you design for families you often have to take kids into consideration. From furniture style, to fabric type, a lot of those small changes can make a home kid friendly. But we often don't take our pets into consideration the way we do our kids. Fortunately there is a lot of overlap with kid and pet-friendly home products, but here are some tips for those of you wanting to create a pet-friendly home.
Vacuum. This probably goes without saying if you've ever been a dog or cat owner. Those little guys can shed sooooooo much fur! there is an entire industry created around pet hair picker-upers. (We are making that a word if it isn't already.) Pet hair has an odor, and it contains an oil that will attract dirt to the fabric on which it sits, so the longer it sits the more damage you can do to sofas, rugs, and beds. You can also try brushing, bathing, and grooming pets more frequently to slow the constant shedding.
Use stain-resistant and washable fabrics. Use stain treated fabrics like Crypton, a synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws. Its a great alternative to upholstering everything in Ultrasuede and microfiber. If your pet sleeps with you, you may need to take extra precautions in the bedding department. Use cotton bedsheets, they will launder the best and consider using duvet covers -- you can take them off and wash them regularly.
Designer toys and accessories. You don't need to deck your home out with pet beds and cat condos, but having one place they can call theirs will keep them off of other furniture and contained to that area some of the time. Keep your cats from scratching furniture by having an easily accessible scratch post somewhere near the furniture they will want to scratch. t's important to give your dog something to chew on, or he might go after a chair leg. Above all select stylish looking toys and beds for your pet, if you need to bring it into your home it may as well match the decor.