We are treating ourselves to a new couch for Christmas.
I have a cat and a black lab.
Beulah will sleep on the couch because I allow her to. I know I could keep her off, but, I just won't! ;)
So... what fabric should I get that the hair won't stick to? I have read about Microfiber and some people say it attracts hair, some say it doesn't. Some say it is easy to wipe off, some say it is really hard to get the rough hair off it. ARGH... She also scratches when she is getting comfy, and we yell at her every time and tell her to not scratch the couch, but she usually does anyway, just to situate herself. So it's gotta be tough enough that one scratch won't burst the seams.
So, keeping those two things in mind: Any suggestions for fabrics we should get?
I usually cover it in a blanket when we are gone for her to sleep on, but you know how well that works.
We got a new micro-fiber couch and love seat 2 weeks ago. Everybody was ranting and raving to me about this great micro-fiber stuff. Supposedly it cleans up very well. I wouldn't know because we only kept it one week and then sold it and went and got something different. The dog hair stuck to it like it was made of the inside of scotch tape! And NO, it did not come off easy! We HATED it! We went back to the same velvety type fabric we had before.
We have a microfiber sofa and loveseat. We love it! Mason doesn't shed much at all, but once every couple of weeks I will use a lint roller to pick up any stray hairs that are on the sofa. I also have a fleece blanket on the sofa for him that lays on.
Mine was micro-fiber. The doxies hair wasn't that bad. But out JRT and American Bulldog's hair was horrible. And yes their hair is different than the doxies. Some of it was sticking straight into the couch like a needle, and had to be pulled out one at a time.
We have 2 dogs and I will never, ever own a sofa that is not leather - ya just dust it off... and you're good to go. We do have a couple spots where the dogs have licked the sofa - but the leather just looks more "worn in" - and doesn't bother us a bit.
I have leather couches in my living room that are hardly used, except by my wire fox terrier, and she has made a few scratch marks even though she isn't a big scratcher before she lays down. So I would think that unless you got a real heavy type leather you would get the marks as you said Beulah likes to scratch before laying down.
The best animal friendly couch I had was a sectional that was covered in a polyester fabric that looked and felt kind of like suede. We paid to have the sealant put on it, but even when it got old all we had to do was wipe it with a damp cloth to remove spots. The only down side was that when we first got it, it did get marks where people or pets sat but that went away after it got broken in. My WFT hardly sheds at all but I did have an English Springer Spaniel who shed moderately and her hair came off easily.
We have a leather couch, our dog and cat not only sleep on it but they chase eachother around on it, Jump on it, and even fall off it. I have never found hair stuck to it it was only sctrached once on the back but the cat got stuck behind it when we were gone and we found him trying to get out by grabing the back corner. other then that it looks new its nice to sit on and it looks nice.
Ours is shiny black, lick marks whipe right off everything comes right off. It did cost a bit we walked in the shop and said we want everything and it was 4K but we had never had a new living room set everything has always come from other people so we decited to get what we wanted and not worry about price, It took about a year to pay off but I love it.
Its well worth the money I swear we cannot sctrach the couch the pets play all over it, the kids play all over it, Me and mike even wressle on it and it still looks great.
***Edited By: monkeyeatbutt on 11/27/2006 4:33:58 PM*** Reason: add
Well..... I have never had a new living room set either... but, probably still won't get one for a while! You suck!!! lol, just kidding. I just can't afford it, but I mean, there is the argument that why buy one now just to buy another one later.
What about a puffy leather couch? You can get one in any color from blakcs and browns to pinks and blues. Some look stiff and cold (mine) others look so nice you just have to sit down (my dads) mine is actualy starting to not look so stiff.
I have to agree the more use the better they look. I saw a free neon pink leather sofa (im guessing 2 people moved intogether and one couldnt take the sofa) it was bazar looking but looked new and I had to have it we went to get a truck came back and it was gone.
We couldnt afford it eather But we have a bad habbit of saying "you know F this I want it and Im gonna have it". Its not good because we have ended up quite broke because of it. But hay hubby works hard and i have to run after 2 kids all day I think sometimes giving your self somethin you want is totaly worth it.
Ours is the more suedish looking - but over the years it has gotten shiny.
I always felt the same way about leather sofas... but here's what I've learned:
Color is key... black leather is cold, but a nice rich brown is warm and inviting.
Pillows add to the warmth - I treat myself to new throw pillows on a yearly basis - and I experiment with covers for them. For winter we have fleece covered pillows, faux fur covered pillows, felt covered pillows... and for summer, I prefer ginghams and cottons. For Christmas I mix satin, fleece and other rich fabrics.
Having quilts or warm snuggle blankets draped on the back - helps to make the space more inviting as well.
I keep throws and the little lighter weight quilts draped across my couches and loveseats. Then when we have company I just take them off. MY schnauzers don't shed but I would make sure too that whatever material other than leather, of course, that you choose that they scotch guard it. That would help too.