Having pets, kids, or a combination of both may lead to a bit more worry in the upholstery department. The key is to be prepared and choose fabric that will hold up to cat claws, stains, and general wear and tear.
So, what upholstery is best in these scenarios? There are a lot of factors that go into this, and it depends on what you're looking for. But high-performing, stain-resistant fabrics are a great place to start.
Of course, many of the performance fabrics can be used in multiple cases. It really comes down to what's important to you, and whether you're looking for anti-fade, anti-stain, or durability. Or perhaps a combination of all three! For an in-depth review of the performance fabrics we carry, read more here.
In most cases, we recommend getting a furniture protection plan for your upholstered furniture. Especially if you have pets, kids, or you just don't want to be worried about stains and spills. Our 5-year UNITERSPure Protection Plan (learn more here) will give you the freedom to not worry if there's damage made to your upholstery.
A furniture protection plan is a great option, but you should also learn how to take care of your furniture. Regular vacuuming and cleaning will extend the longevity of your upholstery. Learn more about how to care of your leather furniture here.
Finally, while the fabric you choose is very important, it may also be worth considering what style of upholstery you choose. A tight back sofa or chair is a great option for a second home. It gives a neater appearance to the room and it means you don't have to fluff cushions.
The goal in choosing fabric for kids, pets, or summer homes, is to be worry-free. Taking time to choose the fabric carefully and/or protect it with a warranty will take a lot of the weight off your shoulders.
Once you've weighed the options, come into one of our showrooms to chat with a designer. Regardless of what you're looking for, they'll ask the important questions and guide you through the process of choosing upholstery.
Author: Julia Maiman
Julia is a writer, blogger, and believer in the smell of old books. She has been crafting stories since she could put pen to paper. She is also a lover of dogs, traveling, and Led Zeppelin.