A Romp Through Dog-Friendly Materials

These stylish and durable flooring materials and fabrics let you give Fido the run of the house
By Katya Popova Houzz, June 2016
Hello, Chewie!

Hello, Chewie!

World, meet Chewie. Chewie is my favorite chow chow–German shepherd mix in the world. But as much as I love my rescued best friend, having him around typically means constant shedding, some drooling and more than a few lost pillows. Sound familiar?

Having Chewie has forced me to consider how to make coexisting under the same roof more of a pleasant experience than a dreadful chore. And all it took was picking some clever materials for our townhome. Below is some advice I wish I’d had before committing to my long-term relationship with my dog. Let’s dig in.

 

Stinson Beach House

 

Let's start at the bottom: the floors. Our townhome has hardwood floors, and I've wished on more than one occasion that they were concrete instead. This is especially true for homeowners who are considering a puppy, because lots of messes come along with potty training.

 

Spanish Oaks Residence Living

 

Another great floor material for puppy training? Natural stone — though be aware that porous materials, such as marble, can stain. So choose wisely what kind of stone you install.

Porcelain tile is a fantastic alternative to natural stone. To accomplish this sophisticated and clean look, make sure the grout lines are minimal. Also, it's good to note that dogs, seniors and puppies in particular, could have a tough time gaining traction on these floors so watch out for injuries. See our tips on caring for senior dogs.

 

Canyon Barn

 

Of course, hardwood floors can work well too. Just know that when your pet reaches maturity, you may have to refinish those lovely boards. Thankfully, with hardwood floors, you can always count on intact wood beneath the scratched surface.

Laminate is a practical way to get out of the extensive care of hardwood. It maintains the look while offering a virtually indestructible play surface for your best friend.

 

Supon Phornirunlit/ Naked Decor

 

For a softer option, you can always choose carpet. Just be prepared — it will take some vacuuming to keep that freshly installed look.

If you want a more practical option for carpeting, you could choose carpet tiles. Minor accidents (bound to happen) can be remedied by replacing individual tiles instead of an entire floor of carpeting. I speak from experience.

 

palm springs living room

 

I would have thought a cowhide would be one of the last choices for floor treatments in a house with pets. To my surprise, the cowhide in my house is one of the most practical decisions I have ever made. Its texture naturally repels dog and cat hair. This interior takes full advantage of the cowhide's beauty and durability.

 

Cosy sofa

 

When it comes to furniture, my advice is to go for a low-maintenance fabric. I have not found a successful way of keeping my dogs off the couch (have you?), and every day I am thankful for my lucky decision to purchase a microfiber sofa. Microfiber is one of the most forgiving upholstery fabrics; it cleans up with great ease.

 

Living Room / Kitchen

 

Perhaps an even better option for furniture is leather, especially for dogs. You can simply wipe it clean and be done.

Tell us: What materials have you used in your home to help you with your pet-related chores? How does owning pets affect your choice of furniture and decor? Please share below!

Katya Popova graduated in 2008 with a degree in Marketing Management complemented by her Studio Art and Communications minors. Her graphic design career started in a Fortune 200 Oil & Gas company while working on the organization's e-commerce architecture and design. Since then, she has expanded her online presence through her personal website where she chronicles her ongoing design projects, remodeling undertakings, and interior design concepts.