NICCOLE SCHRECK – RENT.COM
Once you have found the perfect new home for you and your furry friend, you’ll want to make it as comfortable as possible. According to a Rent.com survey, 12% of renters have actually moved into another apartment because their pet was unhappy in their original home. So even if your dog isn’t a King Charles Spaniel, he or she should still feel like royalty!
Here are some important things to consider when you’re buying pet furniture for your apartment:
- The Material Matters. As any cat owner knows, claws can easily destroy fabric. You will want to stick to couches and sofas with a tight-weave microfiber fabric that will be too hard for your cats to claw into. If you let your dog or cat sleep with you, you’ll also want to make sure you put washable fabrics on your bed to prepare for odors, shedding and the occasional accident. Thick mattress pads protect your mattress, while cotton sheets and duvet covers are easy to clean regularly without any headache.
- Invest in slip-covers. There is nothing worse than having your pooch jump immediately onto the sofa after a walk in the rain, tracking in mud and grime right onto your loveseat. With a slipcover, you can just remove and wash the part that is dirty, without damaging your furniture underneath. You can find them in almost any department or home store. Added bonus: They can be super affordable too!
- Think Vertical. If you’re living in an apartment with a limited amount of floor space, you may feel constrained by the square footage of your home. Innovative furniture allows you to utilize your available floor-to-ceiling real estate, whether it’s through a bunk-bed to fit multiple pets or a sturdy window ledge that allows your cat to perch up high and view their surroundings. Animals are sun seekers – having a special nook where they can nap and relax, even in a small home, is extremely important.
- Purchase a good vacuum. While this may not qualify as “furniture,” one of the most important things in any pet owners’ home is their vacuum. Unless you’re living with a snake, your apartment or home will have hairballs. Pet hair can have an odor and can attract additional dirt, so if your dog or cat is shedding, you’ll need to vacuum up his or her hair at least once a week – if not more!
There is no reason having a pet should limit your apartment’s décor. With a little preparation, your home can be both stylish and animal-friendly!
Niccole Schreck is a rental experience expert for Rent.com, a free rental site that helps you find an affordable pet-friendly apartment and provides tips on how to move with your pet. She is also the proud owner of two dogs, Bella and Wallace and a cat named Frisby.