According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 36.5% of households own dogs and 30.4% own cats. This to say that a good percentage of American families live with pets. However, living with them means you need to design a pet-friendly home. You want to avoid unnecessarily exposing them to poisonous chemicals and disease-carrying pests. You also need to consider the comfortability of your other family members.
Here are some home designing tips that you can follow:
Check the walls and use semi-gloss paint.
Let’s start with your walls. Check for holes and cracks. There might be insects, which can irritate your pets, living inside them. If there are any, be sure to caulk them. If you see more serious signs of pest infestation, contact Rove Pest Control right away.
Once the walls are in their best condition, repaint them with semi-gloss finishing. Semi-gloss is easy to clean. Your pets can leave as many smudges on your walls as they can, and you need not worry. With semi-gloss, you only need a damp rag to wipe away the dirt. Other alternatives to semi-gloss paints include eggshell and satin finishes.
Install hard-surface floors.
The safest flooring option is to go bare. However, it’s not the most ideal in terms of design. Concrete, brick, and terrazzo are durable enough to handle large dogs. You can go with them. What you really want to avoid is using hardwood. Your pets can easily leave scratch marks on them.
The best floor in terms of durability and design is the ceramic tile. They are stain-resistant and easy to clean. They are also generally scratch-proof. Your pets’ toenails will do them no harm. Moreover, they give furry animals some place cool to nap on hot summer days. Best of all, they make the room look elegant.
Choose stain-resistant fabrics.
For your curtains and sofa covers, the best option is Crypton. This fabric is resistant to smell, stain, and bacteria. Thus, it is perfect for your pets. Ultrasuede, a microfiber that looks like suede, comes in second place. It is machine-washable and feels really smooth. No matter how the weather changes, it stays cool, thus giving comfort to your pets. In third place comes leather. Leather is durable and easy to clean. Some leather grades can only suffer from Fluffy or Fido’s claws.
Keep fragile decors.
If you’ve lived with pets long enough, you know that they don’t go well with fragile items. Keep your chinas and figurines safe inside cabinets. That way, your pets can’t break them, and their broken pieces can’t injure your pets.
If you own paintings and framed photos, keep them out of your pets’ reach. They might accidentally scratch them.
Build an animal area near the entrance.
Dogs like going outside to play. When they come home, they bring mud and other kinds of dirt with them. If you don’t want them to spread the dirt all over the house, create a place where they can get rid of them.
Hang the leash near the door. Also, it’s better if you install tiles halfway across the walls to prevent stains. Place a shelf where you can store your pets’ towels to wipe the dirt from their paws.
Pets are part of the family. It is only natural that you consider them when planning your home’s interior design. Try the tips mentioned above and see whether they’ve helped make your home a safer place for your pets.