The best fabric for family room furniture that is durable & pet proof

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The best fabric for family room furniture that is durable & pet proof
The smoothness of leather keeps cats from scratching it. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When deciding on appropriate fabric for your family room furniture, you want to choose fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain as well as being sturdy. This is the area where your family will spend most of their time, including children and pets. Choose upholstery that is tightly woven and has a smooth surface, as these are easiest to clean and the most durable against pet scratches.


Leather is an ideal material for family room furniture when you have pets at home. Leather has a smooth surface that does not attract any pet hair, and cats tend to not scratch it because they don't like the feeling of it. Both cats and dogs do not care for leather, so you will notice they may not spend as much time on the couch. Leather is also very easy to clean and maintain. In the event of a pet scratching the leather furniture, it is fairly easy to cover using a leather repair application.

Micro Fiber

Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that is soft and smooth to the touch. Not only is it comfortable but it is very sturdy as well. It is easy to clean and maintain, as most spills wipe off. You won't have many problems with scratches from pets, as it has no loops or knots for your pets to get a hold of. Micro fibre is ideal for a home with small children due to the ease of cleaning it.

Ultra Suede

Similar to micro fibre, ultra suede upholstery is a smooth and sturdy fabric. It is resistant to moisture, pet fur and other stains. If you do get a stain on ultra suede, it is easy to clean and remove almost completely. Ultra suede will last a long time, as it is easy to maintain. The material is tightly woven, therefore you should not have problems with cats scratching at it.

Crypton Fabrics

Crypton fabric is a popular choice for family room upholstery. Crypton claims the fabric is resistant to spills, stains, odour and bacteria. This fabric is used by many interior designers for its attractive appeal, and many families prefer it on their furniture due to its nonporous surface and the fact that it is extremely moisture resistant.

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