Welcoming a new pet into your home is truly a joyous occasion. However, you still need to think about making your home more pet-friendly. You don’t want to risk your pet getting hurt or damaging your furniture and cables. That said, pet-proofing your home doesn’t have to take a lot of your time, and you most definitely don’t need to sacrifice the stylishness of your home interior.
Take care of your upholstery
If you generally plan to reupholster your furniture, it is a good idea to go with some durable materials. You may be surprised to learn this, but velvet is one of the best and most durable furniture materials when it comes to dealing with energetic pets. It also looks great. On the other hand, if you don’t plan to reupholster, you can always opt for throw blankets. These will protect your sofa and armchairs from dirty paws, they are easy to clean, and a range of different patterns allows you to style up your home effectively while pet-proofing it.
What about the floors
In general, the best and the most practical solution for your floors is to ditch the rugs altogether. With a pet that spends time both indoors and outdoors, getting rid of all the rugs can be a lifesaver. However, if you want to keep the warmth that rugs provide for your home, opt for a low pile rug that’s darker in color and/or has small patterns. Rugs like these are easier to clean and the stains don’t look extremely obvious. In general, avoid shag or chunky wool, jute and sisal rugs like a plague.
Add more closed storage
Open shelving is very stylish and trendy at the moment, but you should place them on the upper parts of your walls where your pet can’t reach them. When it comes to areas that they can reach, closed cabinets are a must. Not only will this help you store away your valuables, cables, and potentially dangerous items such as cleaning agents that could hurt your pet, but more closed storage will also help you create a clutter-free environment in your home.
Designate a pet area
Even though your pet is probably going to move around your home, it still needs its own space. In general, pick a place that can easily be cleaned – this can be an area in the kitchen, laundry room, hallway and similar – basically any area where your pet can have some peace and just enough freedom of movement. The next step is to fill this area with pet essentials such as a crate/bed, toys, water and food bowls. These days, it’s easy to find a reputable pet shop online and get everything your pet will need for complete comfort, health and happiness. Other essentials include pet treats, collars, hygiene products, etc.
Use accent pieces
In order to keep your home stylish and well-decorated while keeping it pet-friendly, you need to find the perfect balance between budget-friendly and maybe more expensive decor. As mentioned, use affordable throw blankets and easily removable decorative cushions covers, and create a stylish look with accent pieces that your pet can’t reach such as wall art. Also, it’s important to have plants in your home but keep them somewhere your pet can’t get to and avoid those that are generally toxic for animals.
If you want to minimize the risk of accidents in your home, it’s essential that you spend time with your pet, let it play and run outside, train it patiently and select its food carefully. That way, your pet will be loved, happy and healthy and won’t be as interested in your furniture and other bits and pieces as it may be otherwise.