As a nation of pet lovers, we often have to base household design and redecoration ideas around the presence, and actions of, dogs and cats. From shed fur to scratch marks to muddy paw prints, property and pet owners often sacrifice their preferred style for something a little more practical. In our role as upholsterers serving Upminster and the surrounding areas, we regularly undertake upholstery jobs with the caveat of a pet living in the house.
While this isn’t the biggest of issues, some fabrics undoubtedly perform better than others in such environments. We want our customers to have the ultimate satisfaction with their furniture investment, so we advise on using materials capable of standing up to the potential rigors of life with a pet.
Patterns – A patterned fabric always makes a good choice for a sofa or chair as the design plays an important role in hiding lingering pet hair. Our upholsterers also recommend using washable fitted covers where possible. This provides greater freedom for refreshing furniture as and when it’s needed. Furthermore, we also advise against heavily textured designs. With sharp claws around houses in Upminster, fabrics can soon become plucked and loosened, something that ages a fabric far sooner than expected.
Velvet – First, we should note that velvet is far from the perfect material in a pet environment. However, we understand its popularity and it certainly does have some benefits. For example, it only takes a simple lint brush or damp cloth to remove pet hair without any concerns; but velvet has less ability to conceal stains and marks. As such, if you truly want some velvet in a room, our upholsterers suggest compromising with plush velvet curtains and scatter cushions, with a hardier material for the sofa itself.
Tweed Textures – As another popular choice of upholstery material in the Upminster area, tweed has a proven durability which can withstand the demands of life with a pet. Customers should note, however, that tweed has a deep weave. This can actually trap pet hair and make it trickier to clean. If you have your heart set on tweed, though, placing throws on the arms and seats will catch most errant hairs.
Leather – Due to the fact that it doesn’t harbour odours and has a wipe-clean finish, leather remains one of the most popular materials used by our upholsterers for customers with pets. One potential factor to consider is the age appearance of the material. With a ‘new’ look, leather will highlight any scratches more prominently. Leather with an aged appearance has far more effectiveness at hiding imperfections.
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Asheton Farm Business Centre,
Tysea Hill, Stapleford Abbotts,
Essex, RM4 1JU