The Best Furniture Materials for Pet Owners

The Best Furniture Materials for Pet Owners

The key to co-living with your pets

Our furry friends bring boundless joy and companionship to our lives, but they can also bring a fair share of challenges, especially to our furniture. Enter the world of pet-friendly sofas, where style meets durability. But what are they exactly?
Pet-friendly sofas are sofas upholstered with extremely durable, scratch-resistant, water repellent fabrics. In this article, we'll explore how our top tier Israeli pet-friendly fabric and leather can withstand the challenges of life with pets.

The Fabric That Stands Up to It All: Over 200,000 Martindale

One standout feature of our pet-friendly upholsteries to note is that it achieves over 200,000 Martindale rubs. But what exactly does the Martindale test measure, and why is it crucial for pet-friendly furniture?

Understanding the Martindale Test

The Martindale test is an industry-standard method used to assess the durability and abrasion resistance of fabric. It involves subjecting the fabric to a mechanical rubbing action, simulating the wear and tear that occurs during everyday use. The number of rubs a fabric can endure before showing signs of wear is measured in Martindale rubs. See video here.

10,000 or less Decorative use
10,000 - 20,000 Light domestic use
20,000 - 25,000 General domestic use
25,000 - 30,000 Heavy domestic use
30,000 or more Commercial use

 

A fabric that achieves over 200,000 Martindale rubs is exceptionally durable and designed to withstand heavy use. This makes it an ideal choice for households with pets. Even the most active dogs and playful cats will find it a challenge to damage or wear out a sofa upholstered in such robust fabric.

 

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Our Pet-Friendly Sofas

Most of our sofas can be upholstered with top tier pet-friendly fabrics made in Israel. They are

  • Scratch-resistant

  • Stain-resistant

  • Water-repellent

  • Hair-repellent

  • Washable

  • Safe for babies (Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1: every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and certified harmless for babies’ health)

 

We have 2 upholstery options for our pet-friendly sofas:

Pet-Friendly “Leather”

It is a substantial fabric that is leather-like in both look and texture, but without any drawbacks to its strength, clean-ability and comfort as it remains anti-stain, scratch-resistant and breathable.
Composition 52% acrylic, 26% polyamide, 15% polyester, 7% cotton
Weight 665g/m
Martindale Test ≥200,000

 

Pet-Friendly “Fabric”

Features a consistent pattern which provides a uniform, smooth and clean look to a textured fabric, whilst remaining soft to the touch and providing all the benefits of a more durable, easy to clean fabric.
Composition 37% acrylic, 26% polyamide, 23% polyester, 14% cotton
Weight 395g/m
Martindale Test ≥100,000

 

How our pet-friendly fabric excel over others

Scenarios Normal Fabric Our Pet-friendly Fabric Leather Our Pet-friendly Leather
Pet furs/hair Stuck to the fabric and hard to clean Hairs do not stick to the fabric easily, can simply wipe off with cloth or lint rollers Easy to clean Hairs do not stick to the fabric easily, can simply wipe off with cloth or lint rollers
Dirty stains Only stain resistant to some, its resistance decline rapidly after a while High stain resistance, easily wiped off with wet napkins or cloth, its resistance maintains over time* Need to use specialised detergent for cleaning, easy to leave scratches and look worn Top tier resistance to stains, easily wiped off with wet napkins or cloth, its resistance maintains over time*
Pet odours Needs to be dry cleaned A simple wash can remove any undesirable odours, some sofa models allow cover removal for hand or machine wash Needs to undergo special cleaning treatment A simple wash can remove any undesirable odours, some sofa models allow cover removal for hand or machine wash
Wear and tear from abrasion It achieves on average 20,000 martindale only, just enough for domestic use and easy to fuzz and pile Achieves over 100,000 martindale, very durable and do not fuzz up or pile* Leather normally achieves only 6 - 70,000 martindale Achieves over 200,000 martindale, extremely durable and do not fuzz up or pile*
Scratching and claw grinding The fabric has a rough texture, cats usually like to grind their claws on such fabric, causing damages It has a fine lint structure, creating a soft and smooth touch that most cats do not like to scratch. They are more scratch-resistant but not indestructible* Very easy to leave marks and scratches It has a double layered fine lint structure, creating an elastic and smooth touch that most cats do not like to scratch. They are more scratch-resistant but not indestructible*
Liquid spills Liquids are absorbed into the inner layer very quickly Water repellent, liquids are not absorbed quickly, can be cleaned easily shortly after the spill* Somewhat water repellent, but causes damage to leather Has a water repellent double lint layer, liquids are not absorbed quickly, can be cleaned easily shortly after the spill*
Safety Unclear standards Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1 certified, suitable for babies Unclear standards Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1 certified, suitable for babies

*Under normal usage, actual performance varies

Our pet-friendly sofas are our pride and pinnacle of our high quality offerings, they are stylish additions to homes and designed to withstand challenges of life with children and pets. Contact us to know more about our pet-friendly sofa collection.

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