Setting up with pets - what should I consider?

Pets bring a lot of cuddling potential and love - but also mean an increased workload. They need care and they make a mess. That's how it is with the dear four-legged friends. Dogs and cats bring dirt into the home and spread their hair all over the house.

A white dog and a black couch? You can use the lint roller over it every day.

A black couch and a white cat? As well.

It would therefore be pragmatic to forego furniture that does not harmonize well with the pets. For example the white couch. Or the leather sofa, which quickly becomes unsightly when scratched. But you don't have to do without (your) style entirely.

Furnishing with pets and style - the 8 best tips

Furnishing in a stylish but easy-care manner is the motto when furnishing with pets. The best thing is that dirt and paw pads from furry friends should be able to be wiped up quickly, claws should not be able to harm upholstered furniture and carpets and the walls should be designed in such a way that they can be touched up quickly.

Here are our top 8 tips for setting up with pets:

1. The right walls for living with pets

If you want to give your apartment a makeover before a new pet moves in, you can paint the walls animal-friendly right away. We recommend a muted wall color - we advise against colors that are too light. The wall paint should ideally be wipeable. With wallpaper, there is a risk that puppies or cats will cheat on it and cannot be easily repaired. In an emergency, you can simply repaint a dirty wall at this point.

2. The right floors for furry paws

If you want to renovate your living space, choose an easy-care floor straight away. Tiles are good, as is a linoleum floor or a vinyl floor. Vinyl and linoleum are considered particularly animal-friendly - they dampen noise and are not so slippery for the four-legged friends. Laminate and parquet are less suitable for pets. They are too slippery for dogs and cats, not moisture resistant and not very durable. If you cannot lay the floor again and it is too slippery for your pet, lay out washable cotton carpets in prominent places. Shaggy carpets are not well suited as they are difficult to clean.

3. This furniture is suitable for households with pets

The surfaces and fronts of the furniture should be easy to wipe clean. At Metallbude we stock furniture with metal and wood elements. These are easy to care for and hard-wearing - even if your dog is rampaging through the apartment and the cat wants to try out its claws. If you keep cats, you should make sure that all furniture can withstand the cat's attempts to climb.

4. The right room concept for living with dogs and cats

Create space for your faithful four-legged friends. Your furniture should be positioned so that dogs and cats have enough space. An open living concept gives the small four-legged friends enough space to move and the large four-legged friends enough space not to always lie around. The open space allows people and animals to run around and have fun - this strengthens the bond.

5. The right upholstered furniture for dogs and cats

Upholstered furniture should be darker and covered with durable fabrics. Because even if the dog actually has a nice dog bed - somehow you still find him regularly for cuddles between the sofa cushions. Microfiber covers are best. Leather, velvet and silk only to a limited extent. Hair and odors tend to stick too much in woven fabrics.

6. Decorate with pets

Animal lovers should also consider a few things when it comes to decoration. You should set up decorations in such a way that your cat doesn't throw every family picture off the shelf and the dog doesn't "wag" tricks off the sideboard. It is best to place decoration sparingly according to modern furnishing principles. A few selected decorative elements come into their own on modern, linear furniture or open industrial furniture made of metal.

7. Set up with pets - be careful with plants and flowers

If a cat inhales the pollen of a lily or nibbles on the leaves, it can be fatal. Even the smallest amounts of lilies are poisonous to cats! Before you bring a puppy or kitten into your home, check whether your houseplants could harm your pets.

8. Sturdy pet furniture with style

Feeding station and dog bed - these two pieces of animal furniture are part of the basic equipment of every dog ​​owner. But you should also plan storage space for dogs and cats. Maybe an additional coat hook for the dog leash? Or a chest of drawers for the animal toys? The animal furniture can be chosen so that it fits perfectly into your existing furnishing style. The metallic animal furniture from Metallbude, for example, goes perfectly with furniture in the industrial style.

Setting up for pets - the apartment becomes a pet playground

If you want to adapt the house even more to the needs of your pet, there are of course even more ideas: You can, for example, install a dog or cat door in your front door, which opens automatically for your pet thanks to the microchip.