Dogs are the best. They give you unconditional love and are always excited to see you when you get home.
But while your dog may be your best friend, it is most definitely not your décor’s best friend. In fact, your four-legged friend can damage some of your favorite items and entirely change how you decorate your new house.
It is possible to make your new home dog-friendly while keeping your sense of style. Use these dog friendly home ideas to help you create a space that both you and your pup will love.
Clean-House Tips For Dog Owners
1. Buy Stain-Resistant Fabrics
Dogs drool, sneeze, drip, slobber and do many other things that can damage your upholstery.
These characteristics might make them cute to you, but when faced with a huge cleaning bill, it won’t be as charming.
Before buying items like sofas, chairs and rugs, make sure that cleaning is something that you can handle on your own. Stain-resistant fabrics include treated leather, microfiber, coated cotton and other materials blended with wool.
2. Use Washable Bedding
If you’re like many people, you may let your dog into bed with you. Whether you have a huge Doberman or a tiny pug, you’ll need bedding materials that are easily washable. Duvet covers that can go in the washer and then right to the dryer on a low setting are your best bet. In the summer months, opt for a few layers of cotton blankets.
3. Choose Rugs Wisely
Rugs take a lot of abuse from furry friends. As much as you may love that off-white wool rug, it probably doesn’t make sense in a dog-friendly space. Instead, choose rugs that are made to be spot-cleaned, like those made of treated wool. Sisal, jute and other textured floor coverings also tend to resist dirt.
If you have a home office where you spend a lot of time with your pup, it’s especially important to make sure the rug is easily spot-cleaned. Check out our tips on how to create an at-home workspace that works for you.
4. Consider Alternative Window Treatments
Floor-to-ceiling draperies can be gorgeous, but they may not make sense for a household with a dog. The cost of having them cleaned and replaced if your dog does damage can also be astoundingly high.
Instead, opt for window treatments like café curtains that go down just below the windowsill. Options like cellular shades, vertical blinds and wood shutters are also much more dog-friendly.
5. Try Matching Your Pet
It might sound a little crazy to match the color scheme of your home to your dog, but if you deal with lots of shedding, doing this might help you keep your sanity. This can also reduce your vacuuming.
While you can’t make everything the color of your dog, matching certain items makes a lot of sense. If you’ve got a brown lab that won’t stay off the couch, for example, brown washable upholstery can be an intelligent option.
Moving With A Dog
Moving is exciting! But it can also be scary – not just for you but your dog, too! Too much change at once can cause behavioral problems. Consider these ideas to help your dog adjust to a new home.
Use all these tips to help you decorate your home. When you’re done, you will have a space that’s just right for you and your puppy pal!
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