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The most pet-friendly sofas

Looking to accommodate your four-legged, furry friend? Look no further than my selection of pet-friendly sofas. Let's dive into factors worth considering when you’re catering for your dog, cat or even your house rabbit!

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What to consider when choosing a pet-friendly sofa?


As a pet owner myself, I know when it comes to choosing your brand new sofa, there are several factors to consider. Below I've created a handy checklist for you to tick off when comparing different sofa specs. 


1. Colour


I'd say your beige and brown sofas will be your best option as they're good at hiding the matural mud soiling that all dogs have even after a good rub down with towels after a muddy walk.


All of our ranges are available in a palette of colours, from light neutrals through to deep browns. Though I'd advise staying away from creams

as muddy paws and accidents will be harder to remove on lighter fabrics.


You can easily shop all of our fabric sofas by colour in our dropdown menu – for ease, our beige sofas are here for you. 


If your pet doesn’t moult, looking for a darker coloured sofa such as a chocolate brown or dark grey may be a better option as any mucky paws will be easily hidden.


2. Material


Certain fabrics are more pet-friendly than others because of their properties, such as easy-clean. So when you’re choosing your upholstery it’s worth bearing these in mind, so you can make your sofa work for the whole family.


Some of the most pet-proof fabrics include leather and synthetic materials such as nylon. 


3. Protection


With little paws running around and jumping onto your sofa, investing in our Premium Sofa Guard will be well worth it.


Essentially it’s a complete package; consisting of an environmentally friendly, water-based spray that works to protect your sofa from bacteria and its harmful effects.


What’s more, it covers you for everyday accidents like stains and rips which you’re more prone to with pets – giving you total peace of mind. Available on the majority of our stylish sofa ranges, it’s simple to add Sofa Guard to your basket when you’ve found your dream sofa.


Not only does it give you an extra level of protection, but it also automatically extends your warranty making for a worthwhile investment. If you’re interested in finding out more about our Premium Sofa Guard protection, check out our full guide.


Whether you opt for a fabric or leather sofa, we offer handy care kits that’ll help you keep your sofas looking their best. 


Another way you can safeguard your sofa from the playful antics of your pets is by strategically draping throws and blankets over the cushions.


These protective layers not only add a stylish touch to your living space but also act as a barrier, shielding your sofa from fur, scratches, and spills.


Choose durable, pet-friendly fabrics to strike the perfect balance between maintaining the integrity of your furniture and providing a cosy retreat for your furry companions.


What fabrics are most pet-friendly?


I know how much your pets love to jump up and join you on the sofa, and I don’t want them to miss out as they too deserve to enjoy the comfort they have to offer.


Typically, the best materials to go towards are those that are: more scratch-resistant, easy maintenance, stain-resistant, easy wipe and anti-allergenic man made synthetics such as microfibre - our Endurance range for example would be a fantastic option. Ideally, your pet-friendly sofa will tick all of these boxes. 


Leather


It may surprise you that leather sofas can be a great option for pet-friendly households for a handful of reasons.


Firstly, they’re low maintenance and easy to wipe, so any spills or muddy paw prints can easily be removed – keeping your sofa looking pristine for longer.


Also, pet hairs and odours won’t become trapped in the fibres of leather as it doesn't have a weave.


The best part about leather is that it gets better with age, so any wear and tear will essentially be breaking your sofa in and making it even comfier and characterful! 


There are however some considerations to keep in mind when opting for leather over fabric, as any damage can be far more consequential. For instance, if the leather surface gets damaged, especially by claws, it can be quite a task to repair. Cats, in particular, tend to dig their claws into leather, causing deeper damage.


Additionally, our beloved furry friends naturally transfer oils from their coats/skin onto the leather surface. While these oils are invisible, they can accumulate over time and, if left, may impact the sealant. Taking preventive measures and regular maintenance can help preserve the beauty and longevity of your leather sofa.


Find out more about caring for your leather sofa in our care guide.


Fabric coverings 


If you’re thinking of investing in a fabric sofa, you’ll want to make sure you look out for a few key features to ensure it’s pet-friendly. One thing is for certain, they’ll love to join you on your fabric sofa at the start and end of the day.  


A variety of synthetic, man-made materials such as polyester and nylon are great for hiding pet hairs, and also for disguising any snags or pulls, making them perfect candidates for dog-friendly sofas.


Plus, they can withstand more wear and tear than natural materials (except leather of course!)


Your pets can lounge at their leisure, as synthetic materials are more resistant than traditional fabrics against pet claws you won’t have to worry too much about snagging. Whilst these materials are hardy, keeping your pet’s claws trimmed will be the most effective way of ensuring minimal tearing.


Looking for sofas with removable covers is another top tip as you can always pop them in the wash when they start to look a little tired and are in need of a freshen up.


For an alternative to machine washable fabrics, some easy to clean sofas will be just as effective. Our range of Aquaclean sofas are made using an innovative technology that allow you to wipe up stains using just water - perfect for getting rid of unwanted marks quickly and easily.

Our top pet-friendly chairs and sofas


If you’ve got a furry, four-legged friend to consider, my selection of top picks will help you narrow down your search.

1. Theo 2 Seater Sofa Standard Back


Our Theo range is an ideal choice when it comes to looking for dog-friendly sofas.


Available in four versatile shades, you’re sure to find a colour that suits you and your pup.


This spacious 2 seater sofa offers your fury friend a comfy place to curl up whilst you put your feet up on a coordinating footstool.


Special features: 



  • Available in four stylish colourways 
  • A wide choice to suit busy households
  • Choose between mahogany and oak-effect feet
  • Lifetime frame guarantee

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2. Aquaclean Mollie 3 seater sofa


Made with specially treated easy-clean fabric, our Aquaclean Mollie sofa is as practical as it is stylish.


The innovative technology within Aquaclean sofas allow stains and spills to wiped up using only water - perfect for pets and busy family homes alike.


Special features: 



  • Durable, specially treated fabrics
  • Easily cleanable using only water
  • Available in a huge range of colours
  • Lifetime frame guarantee 



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3. Winnie Dog Sofa


If you really want to treat your pets, why not treat them to their very own pet sofa? 


The Winnie pet sofa would make a stylish statement in any space thanks to its on-trend boucle fabric (think teddy bear!)


The range comes in 2 seaters, 3 seater sofas as well as arm chairs and snuggle chair. If you're looking for something bigger, check out the corner sofas with chaise ends. 


The storage footstool would make a perfect place to keep pet toys or blankets.


Special features:



  • Available in charcoal grey, clay, oyster and pewter colours
  • Finished with contemporary boucle fabric
  • Lifetime frame guarantee 
  • Exclusive to ScS


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4. Endurance Xavier Faux Leather 3 Seater Sofa


As recommended, opt for a brown sofa or chair as they have the ability to camouflage pet hair and stains, making them more forgiving and easier to maintain.


The neutral color also tends to do a better job at hiding scratches and marks, providing a practical and stylish choice for households with furry companions – so you can enjoy the best of both worlds!


Special features: 



  • Choose between light or dark wood feet
  • Available in 3 neutral and stylish colourways
  • Soft and supportive foam seats included
  • Lifetime frame guarantee 
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5. La-Z-Boy Pittsburgh 2 Seater Static Sofa


Specially manufactured from high-quality fabrics, our La-Z Boy beige chenille sofa will add both comfort and style to your home.


Special features: 


  • Compact and curved to suit all room shapes and sizes
  • Neutral colourway to suit your existing interior scheme
  • Comfy foam seat interiors as standard
  • Lifetime frame guarantee 
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Pet-sized sofas


If you're looking for a dedicated space for your fury family members, check out our options here.


And, if you're looking to treat yourself to a new sofa set, check out the full range for human-sized options!

Pets on sofas


I love to see your fury family members stretching out and relaxing. Don't forget to tag @scssofas or use #myscshome.

With our selection of pet-friendly sofas, you’re sure to find the perfect match that works for the whole family.


Just remember to look out for those easy to clean and claw-friendly fabrics when you’re on the hunt for your dream sofa. 


If you don't want to fork out for a new sofa, check out our top 6 tips on dog-proofing your sofa and other household furniture.

Paul O'Reilly

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Upholstery Service Manager

at ScS

1st February 2023

With over 30 years of experience working within Upholstery and nearly 20 years of service at ScS, Paul knows a thing or two about sofas. Along the way, Paul has trained in all areas of upholstery, modern and traditional, antiques and factory-produced pieces, creating, and restoring. Paul is passionate about making sure upholstery is properly cared for. His top tip is to care for the cushions on your sofa like you would do your pillows on the bed; dress them, plump them, smooth them and turn them. Spending just 5 minutes a day can keep you sofa looking its best.