How to Choose Kid-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Furniture

Whether your household includes kids, pets, or clumsy adults (or perhaps all the above!), keeping your furniture looking as good as the day you bought it can be quite daunting. There will, of course, be general wear and tear through the years, but ideally, your furniture is made to last as long as possible—even decades! 

But how? The answer is quality. When you invest in furniture that has been crafted using top-of-the-line material, such as real solid wood and authentic leather, you can expect your items to stand up to the challenge of accidents and everyday use. After all, you get what you pay for! 

So if you’re on the hunt for kid-friendly and pet-friendly furniture, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog, we’ll break down the top materials to consider when looking for durable options, especially for those living spaces and high-traffic areas in the home. 

Performance Fabric

If your Google searches have included things like kid-friendly living rooms, pet-friendly couches, or durable furniture fabric, you’ve likely come across performance fabrics. These ultra-durable, easy-to-clean fabrics are made for action—the coffee spill from a hectic morning, the mysterious gunk from your toddler, the muddy paw prints from the fur-baby, or the wine slosh from that friend who’s all thumbs. Even if your household isn’t quite this rowdy, general wear and tear is inevitable so you will still benefit from investing in these innovative fabrics. 

But can a fabric that repels water and resists stains be comfortable and fashionable? Absolutely!  We offer a fantastic selection of performance fabrics here at Head Springs Depot to fit every home style. Learn more about our four favorite brands and how to care for performance fabric. 

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Did you know that leather is the most durable upholstery? Well, it’s true!! But here’s the thing… it’s got to be REAL leather all over. With so many cheap, faux leather furnishings flooding the marketplace these days, many people have come to mistake the downfalls of the fake stuff with all types of leather. It can be even more confusing when you factor in leather match furniture, which contains top grain leather on the seat and matched polyurethane on the back and sides. 

Peeling, cracking, and flaking are all signs of delaminating polyurethane (PU) coating on bi-cast, bonded, or faux leather. But when you invest in authentic leather and take care of it, your furniture will maintain its handsome good looks for many, many years. 

In addition to durability, leather furniture is also pretty darn easy to clean! Simply dust and vacuum on a regular basis, avoid direct sunlight or heating vents, and use leather cleaning and conditioning products to help it maintain its sophisticated beauty. Learn more about types of leather furniture and care tips! 

Looking for authentic, top-quality leather furniture for your home? We carry a wide variety of sectionals, sofas, loveseats, and accents chairs, including custom options and in-stock pieces that are ready to go home now!

Solid Wood

Another quality material to look for is solid wood. As you may know, we are big fans of real hardwood in every category—cabinets, coffee tables, beds, dining tables, dressers, accent tables, chairs, and beyond! It’s sturdy, sustainable, and easy to restore. (In fact, we wrote a blog about it!) 

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But when it comes to kid-friendly couches and pet-friendly sofas, solid wood may not seem quite so important or be all that easy to identify. Where natural hardwood makes a difference with upholstered furniture is the frame. After all, it’s got to have good bones if you want it to last! Steer clear of commonly used, inexpensive materials such as chip or particle board. Upholstered seating made with these materials is prone to breaking and sagging. And if your sofa sees a lot of action with movie nights, game days, and weekend naps, you definitely want to avoid the cheap stuff!

Quality Craftsmanship

But what makes top-quality furniture exceptional is master craftsmanship. This is where our brands truly shine over mass-produced items. In addition to these superior materials, comfort and good tailoring are key. These experts know how to ensure the lines are straight, the fabric is flow-matched, and the piping is where it should be. They have also constructed the perfect seating support with signature padding and springing systems. 

At Head Springs Depot, we choose to partner with brands who align with our mission to put quality and customer care into each step of the process. These highly-skilled makers have spent decades honing their craft and take great pride in their work. They also have better health and safety standards, especially when it comes to cheap materials that are riddled with chemicals and undesirable substances that could be harmful to you and your loved ones. 

Ready to bring home your pet-friendly sofa or kid-friendly couch? Our furniture warehouse is filled with everything you need to create a cozy, stylish space filled with durable furniture to meet the demands of your daily life. We have custom options from top, American-made brands, such as Mayo and King Hickory, as well as in-stock furniture that is ready to go home with you right off the showroom floor. Come see us at 547 Mount Hope Street in Franklin, Tennessee!

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