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Fur. Spills. Crumbs. Bouncing. These are the imminent dangers to your home when you have pets and/or kids, so you have to make sure your furniture can stand up to them, especially when it comes to your sofa. So we did the research for you and found an assortment of sofas that have a sturdy build and are made of durable fabric — perfect for even the most chaotic households. They’re pretty much indestructible, easy-to-clean, and cute to boot. Below, check out some of our favorite kid- and pet-friendly sofas. But before you do, let’s chat a little bit about fabric.
Look for the right kind of leather. Leather is one of the most durable materials, so it’s a great choice for households with kids and pets. However, not all leather is created equal. Aniline leather is the most natural and has not been treated with any dyes, so it’s the most sensitive to scuffs — you’ll want to avoid it. Instead, look for semi-aniline or pigmented leather, which has been treated to make it the most durable (and least expensive). Also keep an eye out for “top-grain” leather, which is considered more durable than split leather.
Stay away from delicate fabrics. You’ll want to look for fabric that has a tight weave — chenille, velvet, and silk are no-gos unless you get a special performance variety that is stronger than normal.
If you have a favorite sofa we missed, let us know in the comments!
Kelsie Schrader and Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.