Pets are a part of our family, but more than often our houses are designed in such a way that they are not suitable for our furry friends. Pets are like kids and they often have a lot of toys, accessories, and other stuff which makes it quite a hassle to keep your house clean and organized. But don’t worry; you can make some simple changes in your house and interiors that will make your house more suitable for your pets. Simply, your house will not only look great but will also make it safe and conducive for your four-legged friend. Here are some tips that you can use to make your house pet friendly.
Flooring and Walls Matter
The floor tile design that you choose should be suitable for your pets. Patterned rugs are better than huge carpets as they are easy to clean and can be discarded easily if the need arises. Use tiles that do not get stained easily and which can be cleaned quickly. Flooring for pets should ideally be smooth and non-slippery. Cats love to scratch and rub against rough surfaces, it is therefore recommended to avoid embossed wallpapers and textured walls. Use satin or glass paint which is easy to clean.
Don’t let corners sit in the corner
The corners of dining tables, cabinets, etc. are some of the most ignored spaces in a house. These spaces however can be used as pet houses. The pet can crawl into the corner for a safe and cozy space. These corners can also be used as bed spaces for your pet. Just put a bed for the pet in the corner and see your pet getting warm and cuddly. These spaces can be anywhere in the house including the living room, bedroom, and even the study room.
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Built-ins are a pet-friendly interior design option that can also help you use and save space efficiently. Built-in furniture looks great and provides a space for pets. This also trains them to go in their own space whenever they need rest, want to relax, or want some me-time. Try to make the space as ‘personal’ as possible for the pets. You can also customize it efficiently to make the space look good and attractive.
Being a maximalist with pets is almost impossible- so better get used to minimalism as soon as possible. If you want to create a simple, safe, and attractive decor that will suit your pets, then minimalism is the right choice for you. Minimalist decor means less moving around, less cleaning, and more area for your pet to explore and play around. Try to keep the furniture and accessories minimal. Avoid using a lot of glass or fragile materials around the house. Keep the pieces out of reach of the pets to keep them safe.
Pets love windows as they allow them to look out, get a view of the outdoors, and enjoy a fresh flow of the breeze. Pets love to sit next to or by the windows so be sure to allow them enough space to do so. Do not use thick curtains on the windows to block the view. Thick curtains not only block the view but also obstruct light making the house look dark. Instead of using thick curtains, use thin or sheer curtains that will not only look good but will also allow for light to pass through. Use airy and lightweight curtains so that your pet can see outdoors with ease and enjoy some natural light. If you do want to use shading, keep it out of reach of the pet. Do not use extremely delicate curtains as pets will surely tear them off.
Choose the Right Fabrics
While fabrics such as corduroy, velvet, and chenille look good, they are hair/fur magnet. Instead of textured fabrics try to choose smooth fabrics such as leather and other synthetic fabrics. This will reduce the frequency of vacuuming and will also look good. Synthetic fabrics and leather repel fur just like smooth walls which makes cleaning an easy task.
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Most pets love to cuddle with their human in their beds whenever they can, but if your pet prefers to have their own space at night, then it is necessary to invest in a good bed for them. A good bed ensures a good night’s sleep for the pets. A good bed will provide ample rest and relaxation to your pet. Do not buy a bed that does not go well with the look of your house. Choose a pattern that goes well with your space. Try to buy good quality beds that will last for at least a couple of years.
Pets are like family members. It is necessary to treat them with love and affection. These tips will help you make your house pet-safe making it a haven for your dear furry friends.
Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.