Pets, paw prints, and piddle: You need hard-surface flooring to keep pet-occupied rooms in tip-top shape. Choices such as laminate flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, or painted concrete might be easier to keep clean and stain-free than carpet. Such floors are also cooler in hot weather, an important consideration for pets with thick or long fur.
For less time spent vacuuming, choose carpet and/or area rugs that coordinate with your pet’s fur. The same thing goes for upholstered furniture. See the next three slides for advice about choosing upholstery.
Your goal is to choose upholstery fabrics that create less work for you. Think carefully before you buy chairs and sofas covered in velvet or chenille (they’re magnets for pet hair) or delicate fabrics that can be easily ruined by pets. If you want to use silk, reserve it for window treatments instead of furniture. Surprisingly, tweed can also be a nightmare to clean because pet hair gets caught in its uneven surface.
Leather is also a good choice for a pet-owner's furniture because it can be durable and easy to clean. But leather is not indestructible. It can be punctured by big claws, and those holes can be tough to repair. Leather can be scratches, too, so make sure you're comfortable with the natural patina that is sure to develop. For best results choose top grain, semi-aniline leathers.
You won't be surprised to hear us say, "Avoid white!" when it comes to upholstery. Instead, choose tightly woven upholstery fabrics with patterns, textures, and darker colors that help camouflage stains and pet hair.