How To Create The ‘Pawfect’ Home For Your Pets

Pets are a great addition to the family and play a significant role in home life. When building your new place, you’re going to want to include the design and features that best reflect your lifestyle for a smooth transition process. It is important to remember what best suits every member of the family, which is why establishing a pet-friendly home can make all the difference. This article will present a few tips on how to transform your living space and make sure your four-legged friends feel right at home!

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Be Accommodating

By keeping a pet-friendly home, this can mean making special considerations and a few small adjustments. You can install an entryway door for your pet and make some space, that’s surrounded by wipes and treats, where you can wash them after a walk. For their pet bed, you should create a relaxing space that is away from breakable objects but also ensure it matches well with the interior design.

Fur-Free Furniture

A major concern with having domestic pets is maintaining the quality of the furniture while taking care of the fur being scattered everywhere. It is helpful to strategically select the right fabrics as they can accumulate a lot of pet hair. You can opt for smooth tapestries, synthetic fibres and leathers that can withstand your pet’s claws.

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It would be best to keep clear of materials such as velvet, corduroy and velour as they can be easily damaged. To avoid scratches and bite marks, be careful of any wooden or wicker furniture and go for metal or chrome furniture. For curtains, sheer fabric or blinds may be the way to go so they’re able to absorb the view and welcome the sunshine without any barriers.

Squeaky Clean Floors

It can be quite a task to constantly clean up after your pet, particularly during the rainy season and muddy days. If they are still in the process of being toilet-trained or still settling, they can make quite a mess. For a pet-friendly home, embracing stone tiles or laminate flooring are faster to clean up while hardwood floors can become easily scratched. Pets enjoy having the space to have a play and move around which is why it is essential not to leave belongings spread out all over the floor. To keep the house tidy, you can set up a designated play area where your pets know they’re allowed in and enjoy themselves.

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Keeping It Arranged

An organised space definitely comes in handy when keeping up with energetic and active pets. When it’s feeding time, the kitchen can quickly get dirty if food bowls are left out which is why storing them away when not in use can be a big help. For a more pet-friendly home, it can also be a great advantage to utilise your kitchen cabinets by creating a place purely for pet food and storage. The walls are also another area to keep in mind as they may get stained and be a magnet for fur. To avoid the headache of cleaning up, you may also decide to choose a semi-gloss paint over a highly-textured wall to keep it looking brand new.

Are you in the process of building your new family home? Feel free to contact the iBuildNew team on 1800 184 284 or book a call online for free, expert advice and getting connected with the right builder.

Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Arts. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests for property and design grew and have become her strong pursuit.


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