the Love of Your Home
I’ve been offering my clients pet savvy interior design for about ten
years now. The most common complaint, repeatedly expressed to me, is about
the disdain they have for the copious amount of fur that is shed on
furniture, like sofas and comforters by their four legged children. This
is perhaps, akin to living with a teenager who has a severe aversion to
picking up his dirty clothes – it’s completely natural and is not the
perpetrators’ fault…however, with a bit of dedication - can be completely
eradicated. For the human solution – taking away the car keys will solve
the issue in a heartbeat! For the four legged solution, the following tips
and tricks will bring more harmony and style to your animal house.
There are simple techniques to
eliminate the issue of fur on furniture, even if you don’t have the budget
for an interior designer. The sad thing is that so many pets in the
shelter are there and facing their demise because they shed. How tragic
that something so natural and so easily manageable can cause one to
abandon their best friend.
Multi-colored fabrics with a
pattern are always going to conceal multi-colored pet hair the best. Try
to find a pattern where the primary colors are similar to your pets’
primary colors. For mutli-colored pets, you’ll want to source out material
that has a small pattern of the combination of their colors interspersed
throughout. And for solid color pets? Well, that’s a no brainer.
Fabric choices for furniture,
throws, duvets, linens and comforters -
concealing color patterns, your pet will still shed. But you don’t
have to contemplate adorning everything in 50’s plastic (although in some
genres that’s actually cool again!) or buying new to match your fur child.
All of the above, including sofa and chair covers, come in all sizes,
materials and patterns these days. Fabrics to avoid that actually pull out
and hold on to your pets’ fur is micro-suede (the worst!) denim, flannel,
corduroy, velvet and wool-type fabrics. Fur is very attracted to this
material and very difficult to remove, even with a sticky roller. The
color rule applies to rugs as well.
Choose fabrics that are slicker to the touch, such as faux leather and
blended polyester, acrylic and silk fabrics. These fabrics make fur
practically slide right off.
Prevention is the key -
Weekly brushing with the right
tools (one of them being “patience”) can make your life, your pet and most
areas of your home – fur free.
One important note; never dry clean rugs or furniture, as the chemicals
used in the process can be hazardous to your pets and young children.