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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-24-2017, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Dog friendly sofas?

So with kids and animals (2GSDs, 2 cats) our sofas are in dire need of replacing. I am wondering what kind of sofas other dog owners are using. I?m thinking leather might be a good choice because the fur would wipe off if needed. I don?t let the dogs on the couch, but sometimes I catch them cheating when I?m not around. And the cats pretty much do what they want. What works for you all?
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE my leather sofas. They wipe down easily. Dog hair doesn't cling to them. They don't pick up any doggy odor.

Just need to maintain them with leather conditioner periodically.
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Make SURE you get good quality leather!! Cheap leather (bonded leather) will rip easily with normal use.

Look for leather that is either full grain (the strongest) or top grain.

https://bestleather.org/types-of-leather/
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Ha, used sofas from the rich people garage sales.

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We have microfiber and they hold up well to our kids and animals. They are Simmons brand, which is really pretty affordable. Got a love seat, couch and rocking recliner for less than $1500.
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This is a great thread. I have fitted slip covers on one couch works great but they are actually in for repair from puppy damage. To get new slip covers probably cost more then the couch. It is nice you can wash them. I do prefer the leather couches worried they would scratch but can imagine the upkeep much easier. That leather site was helpful.
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my leather love seat is getting a good worn leather look to it, (thanks to my gal dog and her muddy paws). I clean and condition it with Old English furniture polish. We also have a velvety-ish couch that is looking a little dirty from all the years. It is holding up very well but will need a slip cover eventually to cover the dirtiness.

Sunsilver has it right. You have to get good leather. No shopping at a discount store for that. A yard sale might just be the way to go. Keep your eyes open for someone moving who doesn't want to take their furniture with them.
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Yes I can imagine these good leather couches are real pricey.


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Agreed! Leather sofas are FANTASTIC. We purchased ours in December 2013 and it looks as good now as it did then. We use Weiman leather cleaner/conditioner every week or two, and any scratches buff right out. When the dogs are on the sofas, we use blankets or, my favorite, dark blue thick fleecy pads we purchased from https://piggybedspreads.com/product/piggy-bedspreads/. I know it sounds stupid, but I kid you not... They are wonderful. They're actually liners for guinea pig cages, but they're big and waterproof and they wash and wear beautifully. They make great crate pads, too, and don't get bunched up like blankets do.

Photos posted below were taken just now (Great Dane) and last week. We have big dogs (Dane, 6-month-old GSD, and until a few months ago a Hungarian Kuvasz - rest in peace, sweet bear) and we *love* the way this leather has aged.
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