The Best Pet-Friendly Couches of 2024 for Every Budget and Style

Having pets doesn't mean you have to let your sofa go to the dogs (and cats). Discover the best fabric for a pet-friendly couch, along with tips for choosing the sofa that's right for you and your furry friend.

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Updated on February 12, 2024

Once upon a time, picking out a new piece of furniture was an exciting experience that came down to style, budget and comfort. Enter Fido and Fluffy. While most of us wouldn’t trade our precious pets for the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated when every piece of furniture you love looks like it’s just waiting to be destroyed.

Photo by: Burrow


As both a dog and cat mom, I’ve experienced this frustration firsthand when picking out a new sofa for my home, and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve made some mistakes in the name of style (cat + linen sofa = major no-no). That said, the sound of razor-sharp claws digging into my brand-new couch is a memory that sticks with me and guides me on future furniture purchases. And while I learned my lesson the hard way, you don’t have to.

On my hunt for a new sofa, I was determined not to make the same mistake twice. I did extensive research to find the best sofas for pet parents, and I was delighted to find several options that boasted durability and style. It seems furniture companies have finally realized pet parents like nice things, too, and I’ve found some seriously beautiful pieces that are actually designed to stand up to claws, drool, hair and whatever else your fur baby can throw at it.

To start, it’s important to understand that every pet is different. While my biggest issues are scratching and shedding, you may be dealing with chewing or incontinence. Start by assessing the biggest issues you face and work from there.


Leather is a great option for many pet parents, particularly dog owners, as it’s easy to clean, repels odors and is generally very resilient. Real leather is the best choice for durability and longevity, but keep in mind it is not impervious to scratches. Look for distressed leather that will camouflage new scratches and look even better with age.

For cat parents, you’ve likely read article after article touting leather and its smooth feel that deters cats from clawing. While that may be the case for some cats, it certainly isn’t the case for mine who adores puncturing holes in my (read: now his) once beloved leather chair. If you have your heart set on leather but aren’t sure how your cat will react, I recommend first buying a smaller, inexpensive item in faux leather. If your cat has no interest in sinking his claws into it, you can feel confident in investing in a real leather sofa.


Seen here in a classic cognac leather, this sleek sofa from Amazon’s Rivet line is a popular choice for buyers as the warm color fits in with most interiors and can be easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth — perfect for the occasionally messy pooch.


Available with either a right- or left-facing chaise, this leather sofa is the perfect combination of classy and cozy. Add a throw blanket and some pillows for an ultra-comfy landing spot both you and your pet will adore.

From $3,099
Pottery Barn

If you think pet-friendly and sophisticated don’t belong in the same sentence, it’s time to take a look at this luxe Chesterfield sofa from Pottery Barn. And with 46 color options to choose from, you’re bound to find a shade that complements your home (and your pet) beautifully.

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Tightly Woven Fabrics

One great thing about a woven fabric is that it offers dimensionality, making it easier to camouflage stains and hide pet hair. Plus, a tightly woven fabric won’t trap hair like loosely woven fabrics (think tweed, wool and chenille). And while certain woven fabrics make it easy for pets to snag them with their claws, an ultra-tight weave prevents rips from the occasional scratch. Some companies, like Burrow, even test their fabrics against pet scratches to ensure they can stand up to claws as well as stains.

$2,090 $1,779

If you want to feel truly seen as a pet parent, look no further than Burrow. Their entire Nomad Collection was created to withstand pet scratches and stains. And the fabric can even be cleaned with a solution of distilled water and bleach. And if that wasn't enough, you can rest easy knowing they only use non-toxic fiber with no chemical additives so it's safe for you and safe for Fluffy. Read my full Burrow review here.


Made of 100 percent polyester and featuring removable cushion covers for easy cleaning, this sofa is as durable as it is beautiful, making it an excellent choice for a little midcentury modern moment.

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If the thought of microfiber makes you cringe, it’s time to reconsider. This synthetic material has come a long way in recent years and can look incredibly luxe while still offering a lightweight fabric that is easy to clean and resistant to stains and liquid. Plus, the tightly woven threads make it harder for cats to dig their claws into. Microsuede, a type of microfiber designed to mimic real suede, looks and feels like the real thing without the high-maintenance care plan. Velvet microfiber is a great choice for homes with cats due to its durability and the fact that it is composed of loose threads instead of a weave making it difficult to snag.

$969.99 $749.77

Gorgeous gray microsuede feels luxe to the touch but can be easily cleaned with water and a mild detergent, making it the chic-but-durable sofa every pet lover's dreams are made of.

$254 $225

A best seller for a reason, this ultra-affordable sofa easily fits in with multiple design styles and is an ideal option for any pet parent who wants to see how a non-woven fabric stands up against their feisty furball.

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When I think velvet, I think opulence, and that usually doesn’t go hand in hand with durability. But hear me out. Because velvet doesn’t have the loops of a woven fabric, you won’t have to worry about it getting snagged by sharp claws. For cat owners especially, this is a game-changer. The downside of velvet is that hair does tend to stick, but if you are diligent with a vacuum that's good for pet hair or a lint roller (and let’s face it, pet owners have to be), hair comes off with no problem, leaving a sofa that looks as good as the day you got it. Keep in mind that there are several different types of velvet, and synthetic velvet is going to be the more durable choice for pet owners as it's much easier to care for.

From $1,599
West Elm

Ultra-comfy with deep seats and coastal-inspired design, this West Elm sofa is the perfect representation of effortless style. Plus, the cushions are reversible and include removable covers, making this sofa an ideal choice for any household where the occasional mess is inevitable.

$779.99 $452.56

A beautiful and budget-friendly option, this gorgeous green velvet sofa also comes in dark gray and blue and features a reversible chaise, making it extremely versatile and a great option for small spaces. Reviewers rave about the quality for the price, while dog owners mention it does catch hair but wipes clean easily. Cat owners may want to opt for a more durable option as some reviewers mention snagging with cat scratches.

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Outdoor Fabrics

While outdoor fabrics don’t have a reputation for being the comfiest of materials, there are options that are just as comfortable as they are durable, and Sunbrella is one of them. Designed to protect furniture from anything Mother Nature can muster, it’s no wonder this fabric is also able to stand up against your pets. Thankfully, many retailers now directly offer their sofas in Sunbrella fabrics, making it easier than ever to keep your investment protected.

From $1,499
Pottery Barn

Available in multiple Sunbrella options, as well as several other performance fabrics, this sophisticated sofa boasts beautiful turned wooden legs, deep seats and pleated English arms — perfect for anyone looking to add a little elegance in a pet-friendly package.

$1,664 $1,269.99

Described as an “inviting spot,” this Sunbrella-wrapped sofa can fit in anywhere, and the easy-clean fabric and reversible cushions make it a clear choice for pet parents.

Birch Lane

Small-space dwellers will adore this petite sleeper sofa that doesn’t skimp on style. A sturdy frame and durable Sunbrella fabric make it an easy pick that caters to pets and overnight guests alike.


If you find yourself wishing you could simply throw your sofa in the washing machine any time your pet makes a mess of things, you're in luck. While machine washing your entire sofa is a bit of a stretch, you could opt for a couch with removable slipcovers that can simply be removed and washed whenever needed. Or, if you aren't quite ready to replace your couch but are looking for a way to keep it protected in the meantime, there are a multitude of washable covers to fit every style of sofa.

From $1,699
Pottery Barn

Boasting ultra-deep seats and three layers of arm and back padding, it’s no wonder this slipcovered couch is literally named “Comfort.” Sink into this cozy sofa with piece of mind knowing you can simply remove and wash the slipcovers as needed. And if things get really messy, you can even replace the covers without having to replace your entire sofa.

Birch Lane

With over 70 fabrics to choose from, this slipcovered cutie has an option for everyone. The fact that it’s also a sleeper sofa and has racked up over 500 positive reviews certainly doesn’t hurt either.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best materials for pet-friendly couches?

There's a wide range of materials that might suit your needs as a dog or cat owner, from scratch-resistant to hair-repelling fabrics. Leather, tightly woven fabrics, microfiber, velvet, outdoor fabrics and slipcovers are all options pet owners should consider.

How should you clean pet hair off a couch?

Keeping pet hair off of furniture starts with prevention. With your vet's guidance on the best care routine for your pet, brushing, washing and grooming pets regularly can help minimize how much hair ends up on your couch. If grooming at home, products like grooming gloves help reduce shedding, and a clean grooming glove can be used directly on furniture to pick up loose hairs, too.

Before you tackle cleaning your sofa, it's best to understand your specific sofa's manufacturer-recommended cleaning guide. Most sofas have a tag on the underside of the sofa or seat cushion with a cleaning code represented by letters and, sometimes, additional care instructions. Here's what the letters mean:

  • W= wet/water cleaning only
  • S = dry solvent cleaning only
  • SW = dry solvent and/or wet cleaning
  • X = professional cleaning or vacuuming only

For the hair that does land on the sofa, vacuum regularly using an upholstery brush attachment. Need a vacuum recommendation? Shop our favorite editor-tested vacuums for pet hair. If you have a larger vacuum but need to use it multiple times a week to keep pet hair at bay, consider adding a handheld vacuum in the rooms where your pets tend to spend the most time since they're easier and faster to use for spot cleaning.

In between vacuuming sessions, using smaller handheld tools sticky roller brushes or reusable lint rollers like the ChomChom roller pet hair remover is a great way to prevent major buildup.

If your sofa has removable and machine-washable cushion covers, slipcovers, pillow covers or blankets, you can also wash them in the machine using in-laundry tools like reusable silicone hair catchers to grab anything missed by vacuuming.

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Are pet-friendly couches expensive?

No, not necessarily. There are pet-friendly couches at all price points. With consistent vacuuming and care, budget-friendly sofas can withstand claws and pet hair just as well as higher-end options.

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