Pet Proof Your Pad – Stylishly
Truth be told, your furry family member can pose a serious challenge to your design sensibilities. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are 5 easy ways to pet proof your pad – stylishly.
1. Splurge on a pet bed
Poke around the internet, Etsy for example, to find interesting, beautifully designed pet beds that won’t detract from your home’s design aesthetic. Also check out Be One Breed and furrplay.com for some beautiful, contemporary options.
2. Protect upholstery
Shedding, drooling & chewing are unavoidable but there are ways to ensure damage is minimized. The easiest way is to invest in leather furniture but if that isn’t your jam, Teflon-coating your upholstered pieces or using indoor-outdoor fabrics are other options. Also, consider furniture with metal legs. They won’t satisfy teething puppies or scratching kittens but that is the point.
.3. Use semi-gloss paint
Use semi-gloss paint with eggshell or satin finish on your walls as these are easiest to wipe clean. Here is a link to Benjamin Moore’s offerings though every paint manufacturer has paints in these formulations.
4. Set up a feeding station
Buy a stylish mat to protect your floors from spills and splashes. Many inexpensive, design-forward mats are made from recycled fabric and can be hosed off – no need to resort to utilitarian rubber. Purchase contemporary stainless steel or ceramic feeding bowls and consider buying ones that are slightly raised. For a good selection, check out Messy Mutts, Be One Breed or make one yourself that looks like the one below!
5. Establish an animal area near the entry
Invest in a hidden asset – an ottoman or bench that doubles as storage for dog-related items like leashes, toys, jackets, towels etc. Alternatively, install a few hooks or shelves to hold leashes and other dog accessories.
These are simple tips & tricks to make sure pet ownership doesn’t cramp your style!