The Internet may engage in frequent debates about whether you should let your dogs on the couch. However, a survey from Stonyfield Organic showed that out of 1,000 Americans surveyed, 74 percent said that they happily shared their couch and/or bed with their pooch. In fact, many pet owners feel that few things are more soothing than the end of the workday, when they can snuggle with their pet and catch their favorite series or film. If you are looking for seating that will suit the humans and pets in your home, the following tips may come in handy.

One Size Fits All

The first step involved in choosing a couch and additional chairs is to work out the ideal sofa size for your space. Typical couches are about 96 inches in length, and they seat up to four people. However, if you have a bigger dog (Labrador- or Shepherd-size and up), then a five- or even six-seater is ideal (after all, you never know when you might get a second forever friends). If you are worried about space, consider an L-shaped sofa. A Loveseat (which comfortably seats two people and a pet) will help make up an ideal living room set.

Choosing Sturdy Fabrics

Dog-friendly couches and chairs should be easy to clean, so your fabric choice is crucial. Choose comfortable yet dependable fabrics like microfiber, cotton, or nylon. Avoid fine fabrics like satin or those like linen, which tend to ‘trap’ hair. If you are made about Chesterfield or other fine quality leather furniture, don’t be deterred. Quality leather is extremely thick and touch and dog paws are highly unlikely to puncture the material, provided you keep your pooch’s toenails short and well filed. Leather is also less absorbent than fabrics, so if your pup has an accident, simply wipe the affected area with an absorbent cloth. For extra protection, consider throw blankets and large, soft, flat cushions.

Replaceable, Washable Coverings

For outdoor spots like the garden and patio, teak or rattan furniture is ideal. Most people who live in sunny areas have soft cushions in these chairs with removable covers that can be washed frequently. The bonus is that these cushions are affordable to change frequently, either because you want your furniture to be in line with seasonal trends, or because the fabric is a little frayed or hold. To wash fabric, use a mild-chemical-free laundry detergent that is suitable for your dog’s skin, especially if they have sensitive skin or an existing skin condition. Finally, make sure your dog has her own low-lying bed both indoors and outdoors, so they can have a quiet sleep and a little ‘me time’ when they need it.

Many homeowners enjoy having their dogs on their couch or chair alongside them. Somehow, it makes the day a little less stressful and your viewing experience a little more appealing. Don’t worry about your pooch scratching or staining your couch or chairs. Choose sturdy fabrics that are easy to clean and vacuum, and choose washable chair and sofa covers for outdoor furniture.


About the Author: Now working as a writer, Jackie started her career as a veterinary nurse and has always been an animal lover –  but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local animal welfare charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after, including a sparky whippet called Charlie.