Having pets, kids, or a combination of both may lead to a little bit more worry in the upholstery department. There are cat claws, stains, spills, and general wear and tear to worry about! Or perhaps you have a summer home with a more relaxed lifestyle. Either way, the key is to be prepared and get the best upholstery that will hold up to these factors. 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.
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! Although the furniture protection plan covers all furniture and upholstery, it will be an especially good idea if you choose a fabric that does not have a high cleanability"”like linen. Our 5-year UNITERSPure Protection Plan (learn more here) will give you the freedom to not worry if there is damage made to your upholstery. You can call them any time and as many times as you need to clean your furniture. The plan also includes 1 full replacement within the 5 years if need be. The price of the plan is dependent on the value of the furniture you're purchasing and ranges from approximately $99 to $999.
Read More: Buying Furniture for a Second Home: How to Maximize Your Budget 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.
The fabric you choose is very important when it comes to pets, kids, and second homes. It may also be worth considering what style of upholstery you choose. A tight back sofa or chair, like the Blake sofa and Sally chair, is a great option for a second home. It gives a neater appearance to the room and it means you don't have fluff cushions. Learning how to take care of your furniture is important! Regular vacuuming and cleaning will extend the longevity of your upholstery. Learn more about how to care of your leather furniture here. Read More: How to Pick the Best Fabric for Your Upholstery
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 will ask the important questions and guide you through the process of choosing upholstery. Get to know our designers!