For many of us, it’s an absolute pleasure to share our homes with our four-legged best friends. But there’s no denying that our pets can sometimes lead to wear and tear on our homes. Yet with careful planning and some redesigned elements, we can enhance our house so that it’s conducive to our pets and ourselves. If you live with a beloved pet, the following design trends and home-living tips are sure to promote a home that’s comfortable for everyone — and everything — that lives there.
Avoid Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, your guests are bound to note from the moment they enter your home (even if pets aren’t present) that you live with animals. In spite of routine cleaning, carpeting harbors pet odors and allergens. If you can’t live without carpeting, opt for a low pile that’s easy to clean. You might also consider adding easy-to-clean area rugs in your home — just be sure to add slip proofing beneath these rugs to keep them securely in place.
A hallmark of a pet-friendly home is durable flooring. While hardwood and eco-friendly bamboo are durable, they may show wear and tear (i.e. scratching) sooner than a concrete or tile floor will. Your pets likely spend considerable time on the floor, so it makes sense to install flooring that is ideal for them. You may also want to consider other pet-friendly types of flooring like vinyl and linoleum. Be sure to research your flooring in order to choose the best type for your home and your particular pet.
Install a Dog Door
Many homeowners love the convenience of a dog door, which allows dogs and even cats to let themselves in and out of the home as they need. With a dog door, you don’t have to rush home from work to ensure that your dog gets out on…