Doggie Design: Home Interior Design Tips For Living With Dogs

15 July 2022
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If you are a lover of dogs, you already know how much they rule the home and how challenging it can be to keep your home free of pet hair and messes. Fortunately, there are ways to make your home more dog-friendly. Choosing home interior design elements that are dog-friendly can make it easier and less messy to live with the pets you love and cannot imagine life without. 

Durable flooring is a must

Hardwood flooring is a good choice for living with dogs, but light woods are best and hide scratches better. While your floor will become scratched over time, these imperfections will add to the natural beauty of the floor. Avoid carpet that makes cleaning up doggie accidents challenging or linoleum they may tear easily when marred by doggie paws.

If you like the texture and look of carpet, opt for rugs placed over a hardwood floor. Choose rugs in smaller sizes that can be easily washed if they become soiled or choose indoor/outdoor area rugs that you can take outdoors and spray clean when needed.

Get dog bowls off the floor

Doggie dishes on the floor are easy to trip over and are easy for larger dogs to move around, which leads to spills and messes. Consider installing a bench customized to your dog's height for water and food bowls. This makes it easy for your dog to access water and food, and the bowls will stay in one place.

A mudroom is a good place to install elevated doggie bowls, and they can be incorporated into an existing mudroom bench if desired. Choose bowls to match your mudroom décor to give the room a cohesive look.  

Limit upholstered furnishing

The less upholstered furniture you have, the less dog hair you will need to vacuum off sofas and chairs. For instance, choose solid wood dining room chairs instead of padded chairs. Use a wooden rocker for an accent chair in a kitchen instead of an upholstered chair.

Limit upholstered furniture to a living room sofa constructed with durable and easy-to-clean fabrics, such as crypton or polyolefin. Round out your living room interior design with leather furniture or wooden accent chairs.

Dogs are part of family life and bring so much joy to everyone, but they can also make it difficult to keep your home neat and tidy. Making your home pet-friendly is the key to keeping your home in order when living with dogs. When you design your home's interior around the dogs, both you and your dog will benefit from the changes.