Pet Friendly House Design: Dos and Don'ts

Pet Friendly House Design: Dos and Don'ts

If you own a pet there are a number of changes you can make around the house to protect both your pet and your furniture. 

Here, we’ve compiled practical pet-friendly ideas to make sure your pets will live comfortably and that you can keep your interiors looking fresh for longer.


  • Paint your walls with paint that is resistant to scratches and scrapes from your pets. Picking out a durable and hardworking paint will leave your walls looking fresh for a longer period of time.
  • Use hardwood flooring or tiles. Tiles hold up well to pets since they don’t scratch easily and they make it easier to clean if your pet pees on the floor. With hardwood floorings, make sure that you choose the hardest and most durable such as oak, elm, or mahogany. Also, make sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches on the floor.
  • Use throw blankets to protect your upholstery from dirty paw prints and fur.
  • Consider an air purifier, especially if you have many pets, to help improve air quality in your home.
  • Match your furnishings to the colour of your pet’s fur. Your pet can be a source of inspiration for your house design. If your cat has grey fur you can opt for grey upholstery. This will not only look nice but it can help to make any hair they shed on the couch less visible.


  • Avoid carpet where possible. This is the worst flooring choice because it is easily damaged by pets. If this is your only option the best thing to do is choose a carpet without loops so your pet’s nails will not snag. This will make the carpet last longer.
  • Put your collectibles in open shelves, especially if they are breakable. Instead, keep them behind closed doors or in a safe room. This will prevent accidents and clutter.
  • Go with a white couch and chairs. Anything that is white is a bad choice because you can easily see any fur. Leather can be a good option for a pet couch or add a slipcover with patterns and colours to your chairs and sofa to help avoid stains and tears.
  • Display any electric wires from lamps, TVs, gaming systems, or any electronic systems. Your pets might get hurt if they chew on the wires. Try to hide the wires as much as possible.

Aside choosing pet-friendly materials, you should also groom your pets regularly including bathing, brushing, and trimming their nails to avoid damaging your upholstery. Toilet training them will also help.

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