Many dog owners enjoy sharing their favorite living room sofa with their beloved canine. However, this can present a problem when trying to keep the seating areas clean and fresh. If your dog sheds or leaves a distinct odor on the upholstery in your home, you may be considering leather for your next furniture purchase. Here’s information you’ll want to know to help determine if leather in the living room is right for you and your dog before you buy.
Unlike other upholstery coverings which have a weave or nap that collects fur, dirt and dander, leather is often considered pet-friendly because the smooth, natural surface does not attract or trap debris. Fur does not stick to leather and it is easily brushed off – which makes it an excellent choice for dog-lovers with pets that shed.
Another benefit of a leather laden sofa is that it easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. This makes it ideal for cleaning up after a pup with muddy paws or even the occasional visiting sticky-fingered children.
Durability and Quality
When it comes to durability and quality, it’s important to note that not all leathers are created equal. Soft leathers may be prone to scratches from your pup repeatedly jumping on and off the couch. As a matter of fact, no leather is completely scratch-proof. Ask for samples when shopping and do your own scratch test before you buy to see just how durable the material really is.
A dog owner’s best bet is to purchase a thick, high-quality distressed leather sofa. The thicker material will better stand up to wear and tear. Also, what scratches that do appear on the leather will naturally blend in with the distressed look and only add to its rustic charm and beauty.
Considerations for Dogs That Chew
There is one thing to consider when pairing puppies or young adult dogs with leather furniture. Since leather is an animal hide, you’ll need to be mindful of dogs still in developmental chewing stages. Make sure they’re trained enough to know the difference between their toys and the family sofa before making your big purchase.
What Do Other People Think?
If your want to hear what other pet-lovers think about using leather in decorating their homes, check out Burning Question: Whether To Leather? by Sherry Petersik on Young House Love. The post includes a poll on what readers considered their “dream sofa” covering – choosing from leather, slipcovers or microfiber. Leather came in as first choice with 33% of readers selecting it because it’s rich looking and practical as well as kid, wine and dog friendly.
If you’re tired of fighting with fur on the sofa and trying to keep fabric upholstery clean, leather in the living room may be a terrific option for your next furniture purchase.