As anyone with little ones or furry friends can tell you, there are few things more devastating in terms of home decor than a dwindling piece of furniture. It’s inevitable: when you have kids and/or pets, the things inside your living space take a toll. I’ll admit it, I’ve made the naive decision to choose style over practicality once or twice in my day. And I hate to break it to you, but it’s rarely ended in my favor.
Fortunately, I’ve learned that durability doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on style. There are just a few key factors to keep in mind when shopping for durable furniture, with fabric selection being the most important. The type of fabric that is used makes a major impact on the longevity of a piece. To save you some time and $$$ in the long run, we’ve gathered a few of our go-to fabrics that are kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and even red wine-friendly.
A personal fave, leather is an excellent option that will stand the test of time, even in family spaces and other frequently used rooms. Its slick surface makes wiping up spills easy and the leather still looks beautiful, even after it’s developed a bit of patina. If you’re worried about dog or cat scratches, there are good scuff repair solutions available that help keep that new look. Tip: treat your high-traffic leather pieces with a leather conditioner once or twice a year to keep it looking soft and supple.
We have this daybed in the studio and it has aged so beautifully.$1,799
Generously sized Sixpenny sofa, crafted with highly resilient materials.$2,999
We've had these CB2 stools for years, and absolutely love them. The backs make them comfortable for sitting long durations.$269
Crafted using solid, walnut-stained wood and durable buffalo leather upholstery by Article.$299
An unexpectedly deep sofa upholstered in a beautiful tan leather.$2,799
Super-soft top grain buffalo leather in a warm cognac brown.$1,099
We had this sofa in our home for years and it only got better with time and wear.$1,799
Classic, modern, clean lines, in style, and made to order. You’ll have this Leather Sofa for years to come. Upholstered using super soft recycled cantina leather.$899
Tan leather accent chair from Article that will last you for years!$899
Manmade fabrics and synthetic fibers are known for their resilience, leaving you worry-free when it comes to keeping furniture looking (nearly) new in busy households. Fabric options such as polyester and solution-dyed acrylic are often stain resistant and so easy to clean. Low pile, tight, flat weave fabrics prevent snagging and pilling as well. Newer generations of fabrics, such as Perennials used on the Miramar Sofa shown below, are specifically designed to repel water, as well as resist mold, mildew, and staining.
Covered in yarn dyed linen weave, with loose, reversible cushions, this West Elm sofa is goals.$1,599
Modern contemporary sofa from Article, made with removable cushions for easy cleaning.$1,499
This mid-century style chair with textured linen upholstery made custom to order.$699
The ultimate lounging sofa with the deepest seat of any Interior Define sofa.$3,600
The ideal spot to sit back and relax.$699
This beautiful sofa, designed by furniture designer James Patterson for CB2, is a great option for those with little ones. Its clean lines and black legs give it a modern edge.$999
We have this amazing sectional from Article in the studio in Gull Gray.$3,799
Beautiful birchwood frame with mid-century modern cushy seat upholstered in tweed.$249
Fluffiest, comfiest sofa from Sixpenny; perfect for nappers and Netflix enthusiasts.$1,799
Available in a wide variety of textures, including velvet, chenille, suede, and corduroy, microfiber fabrics are versatile and durable. With a low pile, they’re easy to clean and less likely to show wear and tear. I recommend checking the manufacturer’s tag before buying because some require cleaning with a compatible solvent.
Made with a soft micro-suede fabric that presents long-lasting durability.$1,400
This mod micro fabric by Interior Define is just as beautiful as it is practical.$1,200
Reversible, zip-off cushions make cleaning up messes easy.$1,599
A polished arm chair upholstered with striped cushions at seat and back.$299
The most amazing cheetah print accent chair by CB2 with brass legs.$1,099
Extra long sofa, covered in a bright fabric that is high performance 100% polyester.$1,699
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BY Kate Arends - June 28, 2019
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