Your Guide to Choosing Pet-Friendly Furniture

As a pet owner, you know that furry friends can bring great joy to your home. But they can also bring a lot of wear and tear — and be difficult to keep off of your furniture. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or both, choosing pet-friendly furniture can help keep your home looking its best and make sure your pet is comfortable too. Read on to learn more about what to consider when selecting pet-friendly furniture.

Focus on Fabric

When it comes to pet-friendly furniture, there are a few things to consider. The most important factor is the fabric. Not all fabrics are created equal when it comes to pets, so you’ll want to choose a fabric that is durable and easy to clean. 

Choose Synthetic Over Organic Materials

Fabric type can have a big impact on how easy it is to clean and maintain your pet-friendly furniture. If you’re looking for a more durable fabric for your pet-friendly furniture, consider performance fabrics or outdoor fabrics. These fabrics are designed to be strong and resistant to wear and tear. Pet-friendly fabrics are typically made with synthetic, easy-to-clean materials that are more resistant to wear and tear. Tightly woven fabrics and performance fabrics tend to hold up better against pet hair and dander (and are easier to clean)! Take a peek at fabric labels before making a purchase.

Go for A Tight Fabric Weave 

When selecting fabric for your pet-friendly furniture, you’ll also want to consider the weave of the fabric. Look for a tight weave that will help repel pet hair and dirt. You’ll also want to look for fabrics that are designed to be spot clean, meaning you can easily clean up any messes without having to deep clean the entire piece of furniture.

Which Fabrics Are Pet Friendly?

For more of a traditional look, consider upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture can be pet friendly as long as you choose the right fabric. Look for pet-proof fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain. Synthetic materials like polyester and microfiber are great options that are resistant to dirt and stains and can be easily cleaned with just soap and water.

Form and Function

If you’re going to be sharing your couch with your beloved pet, it’s wise to take your pet’s needs, age, and size into consideration. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Choose Pieces With Enough Space for You — and Your Pet

If you have a larger pet, such as a Great Dane, you might want to opt for sectional or larger pieces — you know, so you have somewhere to sit, too! For smaller pets, like cats, you’re free to choose a space-conscious loveseat or an accent chair with arms that your pet can curl up on.


If you have a toy breed or an aging pooch or feline, you’ll want to ensure that it’s easy for your furry friend to gain access to their favorite spot — the couch or chair next to you! Consider opting for lower pieces of furniture and leaving ample space around each furniture item for your pet to get up and down. Consider purchasing or DIYing in pet-friendly steps, too.

For extra traction, consider layering in an area rug. Low-pile rugs are great for both high-traffic areas and pet owners alike — and as a bonus, they’ll help tie your space together.

Find Pet-Friendly Furniture at CORT Furniture Outlet

Looking for the purrfect loveseat to cuddle up with your kitty? Or, looking for a sectional to accommodate your Great Dane? Find durable and stylish options at CORT Furniture Outlet. Whether new or gently used, all of our furniture and decor is designed with durability in mind. Find options that are easy to clean and maintain at your local CORT Furniture Outlet. Shop our ever-changing inventory online or in-store and enjoy free pick-up today.


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