It is no secret that pets can be tough on a home. However, that doesn’t mean that pet owners have to live with torn couches, stained rugs and scratched up floors. You just have to shop smart and buy things that can withstand the wear and tear a pet brings, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.

Durable Varieties of Flooring

Hardwood floors are the go-to for many homeowners nowadays. However, they typically don’t stand up well up against our four-legged friends. Light floors hold up the best and show the least. So you don’t have to worry about small scratches and pet hair. The best type of flooring is tile and laminate. You can even get these in wood-look styles!

Area Rugs

Carpet is very hard to keep clean over a long period of time especially with pets. So a good solution is instead of replacing carpet with more carpet, replace your floors with either tile or laminate. Then if you need something soft on your feet an area rug is the way to go! That way if your pets destroy the after a few years you can simply pick it up and have it cleaned or replaced.

Funiture w/ Stain Resistant Fabric

It is hard to say no to a pet who is begging to cuddle with you on the sofa. Needless to say, if you are trying to keep your pets off your furniture you will end up losing that battle. So be sure to get a sofa that uses Sunbrella, Crypton or another similar fabric that is stain-resistant and relatively durable.

Toys & Beds

Furniture can become a scratching post or a bed at any time and one way to reduce your pets use of your furniture it to get them their own. If your pet has a nice bed out in the living room along with several toys they can play with, they will be less likely to use your furniture for entertainment or a nap.