Pet owners often want to spend as much quality time with their pets as they can when they're at home. If you have pets and a patio, you can enjoy even more time together by choosing patio furniture that's cat- and dog-friendly. That way, you can allow Fluffy or Fido to join you outside without worrying whether they'll ruin your outdoor furniture. Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind to help you find the perfect pet-friendly pieces for your patio.
Choose Durable Materials
What if you turn your back and your cat decides to relieve himself right on your patio table? Will you be able to keep your cool if the dog gets muddy in the backyard then shakes herself off right next to your outdoor sofa?
By choosing furniture made from materials that are durable and easy to clean, you can remain calm when inevitable pet accidents occur. Here are some of the top pet-friendly patio furniture materials to consider:
This durable material is incredibly easy to clean. For simple messes, just spray down your furniture with the hose. Use warm, soapy water to clean a bit deeper. Resin doesn't scratch too easily, which is another bonus for pet owners.
Aluminum and iron are two great choices for metal patio furniture when you have pets. These heavy-duty pieces like this cast iron patio bench from Serenity Health & Home Décor can’t be jostled by an excited dog. Use a protectant spray or wax on the frame each year to protect it from scratches and rusting.
Wood furniture is another durable option as long as your pets are not prone to scratching or chewing on it. Use paint and varnish to protect the wood from degrading over time.
Find Easy-to-Wash Fabrics
Cozy outdoor furniture typically features some comfy cushions and pillows. But if you have pets, you know that these materials will likely encounter a mix of pet hair, dirt and drool over time. In addition, a potty accident could make for a serious mess on your nice patio pieces.
The key to maintaining a stylish atmosphere despite the presence of pets is to choose fabrics that will wash easily. Pick seat cushions and throw pillows with removable covers that you can toss in the washing machine whenever necessary. If you have outdoor rugs, choose the type that can be easily hosed off rather than something you'd have to lug to the dry cleaner.
If the padding inside your pillows or cushions gets damaged by a pet-related incident, don't worry. You can keep your stylish covers and just buy replacement padding to place inside.
Use Furniture Covers
When you shop for new patio furniture, be sure to look for pieces that come with a fitted cover. This is a great way to keep your furniture free of pet messes if you ever let your pets go outside unsupervised. It allows your dog or cat to explore the backyard or take a quick potty break without being able to get up on the furniture. When you're ready to enjoy the patio yourself, simply uncover the furniture to reveal a clean, neat spot to sit.
Let your furry friends enjoy your patio along with you by choosing pet-friendly outdoor furniture. Use these tips to buy pieces that will hold up well over time.