Creating a Pet-Friendly Living Room: Tips and Tricks for a Harmonious Space

For many pet owners, their furry companions are a beloved part of the family. However, accommodating their needs in a stylish and comfortable living room can be a challenge. With a few tips and tricks, it is possible to create a pet-friendly living room that both you and your pets will love. From choosing durable and easy to clean flooring, to selecting furniture that can withstand scratching and shedding, there are many aspects to consider. While safety considerations are also important, creating a harmonious space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing is the ultimate goal. With a little creativity and planning, you can design a living room that accommodates the needs of both pets and humans, creating a truly welcoming and happy home—Carters Furniture can help!

Choosing Pet-Friendly Furniture

Pets can wreak havoc on furniture, so it's important to choose pet-friendly and durable pieces. Here are some tips for selecting the best furniture: 

Opt for Pet-Resistant Materials

Look for materials that resist scratches, spills, and stains like leather, microfiber, or synthetic fabrics. They are strong, sturdy, and easy to clean.

Choose Furniture with Removable and Washable Covers

Accidents can happen, so having removable and washable covers allows for easy cleanup without replacing the entire furniture piece.

Go for Darker Colours

Darker colours hide pet stains and hair better than lighter ones, saving you time and effort in cleaning.

Keeping these tips in mind, you can have furniture that is both stylish and pet-friendly. 

Pet-Proofing Your Living Room

As pet owners, we all know how important it is to keep our pets safe. While we may have made our homes comfortable for ourselves, they may not always be the safest for our pets. That's why we need to take the time to make our living rooms safe for them too. Here are some tried-and-true pet-proofing techniques that will keep your living room safe and comfortable for your pets: 

Techniques for Pet-Proofing


  • Pet Gates- One of the easiest methods to protect your pets is to use pet gates. Place gates in doorways to restrict access to areas that may be dangerous and limit your pet's roaming space to a safe area. 
  • Door Stoppers- Common injuries to pets include getting their paws or tails caught in doors. Door stoppers can prevent these accidents by holding the door open or closed and ensure that your pets stay safe. 
  • Furniture Protectors- Pets can cause damage to your furniture with scratches, hair, drool, and accidents. Investing in furniture protectors can keep them in good condition and prevent costly repairs or replacements. 

Potential Hazards and How to Eliminate Them 

  • Houseplants- As much as our pets love to munch on plants, they may be toxic and can make your pets sick. To avoid this, make sure to research the plants and flowers in your living room. If they are hazardous, remove or relocate them to a safe area.

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  • Cords and Wires- Electrical cords can be a choking hazard and cause electrical shock if chewed on. To keep them safe, tidy up any dangling wires and secure them to the wall or floor to ensure that your pets can't access them. 
  • Cleaning Chemicals- Always store cleaning chemicals in a safe place that is out of reach of your pets. Even some natural detergents can be harmful. Ensure that everything you use is pet-friendly and keep them stored safely. 

As a customer of Carters Furniture, you can trust us to provide you with top-quality furniture and tips for pet safety. 

Flooring Solutions for Pet Owners

As pet owners, we want our pets to feel comfortable at home while also protecting our floors from scratches and messes. Choosing the right flooring can make a big difference in maintaining a clean and welcoming environment for both you and your pets. The following pet-friendly flooring options and solutions can help you achieve the perfect balance of style and practicality for your home: 

Pet-friendly Flooring Options 

  • Laminate: Laminate flooring is a great option for pet owners because it is scratch-resistant and easy to clean. With its moisture-resistant coating and durability, it can withstand the occasional accident or scratch. However, it is important to choose a laminate with a strong finish to best protect the floors. 
  • Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is another popular option for pet owners. It is resistant to scratches, stains, and easy to clean as well as being waterproof. Vinyl comes in various textures that can mimic the appearance of hardwood, stone, and tile, offering homeowners a range of design options. 
  • Hardwood with Strong Finish: Many pet owners shy away from hardwood because pets' nails and claws can scratch the surface. However, solid hardwood with a strong finish can be a great option. Investing in flooring with at least seven coats of finish can provide a protective layer, ensuring that it lasts for a long time. Regularly trimming your pet's nails can help prevent scratches on hardwood floors as well. 

Rugs and Mats

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Rugs and mats can provide an extra layer of protection for your floors while also improving your pet's comfort by providing traction and warmth. Floor mats can be easily placed in areas most susceptible to stains, spills, and scratches. Rugs can range in thickness and material, so consider the texture when selecting a rug. A flatter weave rug may be easier to vacuum and clean, while a shag rug can provide your pets with a soft and warm surface to rest and play. 

Stylish and Washable Décour

There are plenty of stylish and washable décour solutions that will have you and your pets living in harmony. And what's even better, these décour elements are available at Carters Furniture. Read on for ideas and information on choosing pet-safe, non-toxic décour. 

Stylish and Washable Slipcovers

One of the easiest ways to keep your furniture clean is to invest in washable slipcovers. These come in a variety of colours and textures that will allow you to switch up your décour every season. For pet owners, they are a lifesaver as they can easily be removed and washed, keeping your sofa or chairs looking like new. At Carters Furniture, we offer many stylish, machine-washable slipcovers, in a variety of sizes and colours, that are perfect for pet-friendly homes. 

Pet-Themed Throw Pillows

Pet lovers can show off their passion through stylish décour elements such as pet-themed throw pillows. Enjoy a range of design options to add colour and personality to your room. Choose fabrics that are also easy to clean so you can simply toss them in the washing machine when needed. Carters Furniture’s pet-themed throw pillows will add a touch of whimsy to your couch or bed. From dog and cat prints to slogans and quotes, we have options that will suit any pet lover's style. 

Choosing Pet-Safe and Non-Toxic Materials

Decorate pet-friendly homes with pet-safe materials. Pets can experience health issues from toxic materials. Carters Furniture understands the importance of pet safety, offering non-toxic décour. We provide pet owners with non-toxic rugs, fabrics, and furniture. 

Organised Pet Zones

As much as we love our pets, with pet ownership also comes clutter, such as toys and food bowls strewn across the living room. A messy living room can cause stress and overwhelm. That’s where designated pet zones come in. Get organised pet zones with these Carters Furniture tips: 

Benefits of Designated Pet Zones 

  • Promote Cleanliness and Hygiene: Manage pet mess efficiently by creating zones for feeding and toy storage. Cleaning becomes more accessible and simplified.
  • Provide Comfort: Show your pets how much you value them by designing a comfortable area specifically for them. This allows them to feel relaxed and provides a safe haven during high-stress times.
  • Maintain Organisation: A designated pet zone helps keep toys and other essentials organised, reducing mess and clutter throughout the living room. 

Integrating Designated Pet Zones Seamlessly into Your Living Room Design


  • Selecting Complementary Colours: When planning out the designated pet zone, consider finding complementary colours and patterns in the room to make the zone stand out and look perfect in the overall design.
  • Using Furniture as Pet Zones: You can often use your furniture as part of your pet zone design. You can consider using a multi-pet bed that can double up as an elegant living room bench or coffee table when needed.
  • Choose Elevated Feeders: Elevated pet feeders conveniently store your pet’s food and water, which garners attention and looks stylish and functional in your living room without taking up too much room.
  • Ensure Pet Safety: Consider investing in non-toxic materials for your pet zones and select designs that don’t contain sharp corners or edges to prevent accidents. 

Maintaining Cleanliness

Pets bring joy, love, and mess to our homes. As pet owners, cleanliness is crucial for our well-being and pets. From cleaning routines to pet-friendly products, there are many ways to keep your home clean. Here are some tips and safe cleaning products: 

Cleaning Tips

Regularly vacuum carpets and furniture to remove pet hair and dander. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Lint roll clothes and furniture and consider using baking soda for odours. Use air purifiers to maintain fresh air. 

Pet-Friendly Cleaning Products

Choose products with natural ingredients and fewer chemicals. Vinegar and baking soda are safe and effective natural cleaners. Brands like Method and Seventh Generation offer pet-friendly cleaning products. Try Bissell's Woolite Pet Urine Eliminator and Arm & Hammer OxiClean Carpet Cleaner for carpets and upholstery. 

Furniture Maintenance

Invest in pet-friendly covers, throws, and blankets. Choose durable, easy-to-clean, and odor/stain-resistant fabrics. Leather furniture requires regular conditioning. 

Litter Box Maintenance

Scoop the litter box daily and conduct a thorough clean once a week. Use unscented, clumping litter and consider litter box deodorisers. 

Safety Considerations

As a pet owner, ensure that your pet is safe and secure in your home. You should consider several safety measures to ensure that your home environment is suitable for your pet. 

Securing Cords and Wires

Cords and wires are potential hazards in your home, especially if you have a pet. Your pet's chewing can be a significant risk as it could cause electrocution or result in their choking. Thus, ensure to hide cords and wires that are within your pet's reach and consider covering them with cord protectors. 

Toxic Plant Avoidance

Several indoor and outdoor plants, including lilies, daffodils, and tulips, can be toxic to your pets if ingested. This could result in painful symptoms for your pets such as vomiting, diarrhoea, and in severe cases, could even cause death. Research and ensure that the plants in your home are pet-friendly. 

Pet-proofing Electrical Outlets

To prevent electrocution or accidental shocks, consider using covers or barriers to keep them away from outlets. Always avoid leaving wires and cords laying around to deter your pets from venturing near electrical outlets. 

Proper Supervision and Training

Training and supervision are the most important safety considerations for your pet. Correct pet training will help you control your pet's behaviour, relieve stress, and prevent accidents. Supervision, on the other hand, is essential, especially for younger pets, as they could become curious and venture into areas that are deemed unsafe. 

Training and Behavioural Tips

Training is crucial for pets to understand and respect living room boundaries. Consider providing a dog bed or cat tree near the sofa or their favourite spot to redirect their attention. Positive reinforcement, such as treats and toys, helps reinforce good behaviour. Be consistent with training to set clear expectations. 

Being mindful of your pet's needs is important for their comfort. For instance, if your dog jumps on the sofa, you can cover it for easier cleaning or choose a scratch-resistant leather sofa. 

Contact Carters Furniture for Tips with Your Pet-Friendly Living Room Today!

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