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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dog Friendly Furniture

Okay, we are officially on the lookout for new family room furniture. I wanted opinions on what is your favorite dog friendly couches/material- all of them get on the furniture and that isn't going to change. While we have a non shedding breed, I find my Ikea couch attracts every piece of hair that comes off the dogs, leaves, etc. I was thinking possibly leather and started to look but would love to hear everyone's advice on what they love but especially what to stay away from. This will be for the room we spend a lot of time in watching tv, reading, etc.

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Yep, leather is the best! It is washable and very dog friendly. It's warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, only true leather is though. I love mine!!!
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Doesn't leather slide all over the place, though? Or, rather, the DOGS slide all over the place.

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After having our poodles eat through the back and front of our rather expensive couch I researched to see what would stand up to our animals. We settled on a full hide leather couch from Italy. We have now had it for four years and it looks as good as the day it was delivered. The dogs, a toy poodle and our new havanese try digging holes in it, throw up on it and we spill things on it. I wash it down with saddle soap once a month and then use a polish that came with it. It has a very long warranty and it looks better once it is used and abused. Looks like an old family piece, passed down for generations.
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Leather is the best, though you should polish regularly in case there are any marks on it to preserve the look.

Also, steer away from white!


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Okay, any alternative to leather? DH isn't a big leather fan but I think that is what I want.

Lina- I know better than white with my kids and the red dirt in my backyard... yikes!

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We have a microfiber couch, and I would NEVER recommend it!! Ugh!
It shows every little lick that the dogs do (and for whatever reason they love to lick it..ewwww!) and it shows alot of drips and dribbles. I don't like it at all!
I can't wait for the day when these wear out and we can get something new!


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I have a chenille fabric sofa and so far it has held up well. If it needs to be spot cleaned, I just use a fabric cleaner I got at the market. The only part that takes a little abuse are the loose back pillows. Kodi and Shelby love to sleep on them, so we are always plumping up the pillows.


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We have a red corduroy sofa with loose pillow backs, made by MitchellGold and Bob Williams.
It has stood up very well for the 2 years that we have had it. The dogs are all over it, and we don't care.

It is very sturdy fabric and easy to clean.
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Leather, leather, leather!! We got our first leather couch when our oldest (now 18) was a wee baby and have continued to buy leather couches since for different rooms. When we shopped for our last one, I would sit in it and discreetly scratch up a small area on the inside, near the cushions. If the scratches left a mark, we moved on. I know, it's probably NOT recommended, but there was no way we were going to get leather unless I knew for sure it would withstand puppy claws - I was still working on hubby to get a dog! lol

So, choose a tough, thick leather and you'll be happy you did. Tell DH to sit on a throw if he doesn't like it!!!

We do have a denim sectional couch in the family room, from Ikea, that looks better and better as it ages, just like an old pair of your fave jeans. The slip covers are washable and it does remain quite clean-looking. Again, it's denim, so not every little mark shows up. We love that couch too!!




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