PET-FRIENDLY Leathers

Patti Borrelli, COCOCOHome – Designer, Charlotte NC

What leathers are the best choice for pets?

So many customers ask for our recommendations of the best leathers to accommodate their pets.  There seems to be a lot of unconditional love out there for man’s best friend (and the like).  Pets are family, so family room decisions (like the perfect sofa) need to keep these loved ones top of mind. At our corporate headquarters we have a regular pet-friendly “tester” who jumps up on our sofas on the daily … our very own miniature Australian Shepherd, Paisley.  She has managed to curl up on just about every single sofa in our showroom. Paisley has her favorite spots of course with a clear view of the front door and all the activity coming in and out of our showroom studio.

Paisley is proof that leather sofas can endure the love and attention of a pet.

We often give our customers insight into the best choices for pet-friendly leather. Here are a few pointers (no pun intended) we share with our pet-loving clients:

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET-FRIENDLY LEATHER FOR YOUR SOFA:

We of course are big leather-lovers here.  We hear the question all the time, is leather durable? Of course it is. It is nature-made; made to endure the elements.

If you can embrace a leather that evolves and shows character, then a full-aniline is a great choice for you and your pets. We’re not afraid of some dog scratches on full-aniline leather (as our showroom sofas attest) since it naturally has self-healing properties. As your body interacts with the sofa those marks will work themselves out and become part of the beautiful burnished finish.  You also have to be willing to embrace the evolution. Say you spill a liquid (or said pet does), you’ll have to blot and allow the liquid to dissipate. There will be a color change on the leather. You just need to be patient as that discoloration evaporates and becomes part of your sofa’s patina.

Of course, a matte-finish pure leather may not be the best choice for drool-inclined dogs, perhaps check-out a leather with more of a waxy, glossy finish which provides some protection. One of our clients came back into our showroom recently and shared a story of their pup on their stunning pair of red leather Lillingtons. They had selected a full-aniline leather with a bit of a waxy finish, Echo “Flame” leather from Moore & Giles.  They confirmed that the leather has been an excellent pet-friendly choice for their sofa, which successfully survived a bout with their pup on antibiotics. They even shared the proof…

If you don’t like change, then maybe a semi-aniline is a better choice for you.  It is still genuine leather, but with a protective finish. It will not show markings, will not change or burnish like the full-aniline will.  It is the same today, tomorrow and two months from now.  Semi-aniline, protected leathers are super tough, but you still have to be cautious with really big animals.  Once a semi-aniline marks it doesn’t have the same self-healing properties as the full-aniline leather does. So the mark or marks will be permanent.

There is also another great leather choice for pets as well…it’s basically a blend of both leathers. In essence it is a full-aniline leather with a fierce layer of Crypton protection. It will evolve and change, but the protective finish makes the surface impervious, allowing you to use every-day household cleaners to clean any mess or spill. Florence leather has become a popular choice for families, with kids and pets alike. The Crypton protection makes it the perfect pet-friendly leather choice for a sofa (like this Chesterfield Sofa done in Florence Duomo, now being enjoyed by this sweet Yorkie)…

STILL MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIGHT LEATHER CHOICE FOR YOUR SOFA and PETS?

If you have further questions or would like to see some leather (or fabric) swatches for yourself, give us a call at our corporate showroom in NC. 704-892-6680 We will be happy to help you make the right choice for you, your family and your pet.

We also love when our customers and their pets make themselves at home on our comfortable sofas and chairs. Be sure to tag us on your Instagram feeds too so we can see your privileged pets lovin’ up on their COCOCO sofas, chairs and ottomans. Tag us @the_cococo

What fabrics and leathers are the best choice for pets?

So many customers ask for our recommendations of the best leathers to accommodate their pets.  There seems to be a lot of unconditional love out there for man’s best friend (and the like).  Pets are family, so family room decisions (like the perfect sofa) need to keep these loved ones top of mind. At our corporate headquarters we have a regular pet-friendly “tester” who jumps up on our sofas on the daily … our very own miniature Australian Shepherd, Paisley.  She has managed to curl up on just about every single sofa in our showroom. Paisley has her favorite spots of course with a clear view of the front door and all the activity coming in and out of our showroom studio.

Paisley is proof that leather sofas can endure the love and attention of a pet.

We often give our customers insight into the best choices for pet-friendly leather. Here are a few pointers (no pun intended) we share with our pet-loving clients:

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET-FRIENDLY LEATHER FOR YOUR SOFA:

We of course are big leather-lovers here.  We hear the question all the time, is leather durable? Of course it is. It is nature-made; made to endure the elements.

If you can embrace a leather that evolves and shows character, then a full-aniline is a great choice for you and your pets. We’re not afraid of some dog scratches on full-aniline leather (as our showroom sofas attest) since it naturally has self-healing properties. As your body interacts with the sofa those marks will work themselves out and become part of the beautiful burnished finish.  You also have to be willing to embrace the evolution. Say you spill a liquid (or said pet does), you’ll have to blot and allow the liquid to dissipate. There will be a color change on the leather. You just need to be patient as that discoloration evaporates and becomes part of your sofa’s patina.

Of course, a matte-finish pure leather may not be the best choice for drool-inclined dogs, perhaps check-out a leather with more of a waxy, glossy finish which provides some protection. One of our clients came back into our showroom recently and shared a story of their pup on their stunning pair of red leather Lillingtons. They had selected a full-aniline leather with a bit of a waxy finish, Echo “Flame” leather from Moore & Giles.  They confirmed that the leather has been an excellent pet-friendly choice for their sofa, which successfully survived a bout with their pup on antibiotics. They even shared the proof…

Of course, a matte-finish pure leather may not be the best choice for drool-inclined dogs, perhaps check-out a leather with more of a waxy, glossy finish which provides some protection. One of our clients came back into our showroom recently and shared a story of their pup on their stunning pair of red leather Lillingtons. They had selected a full-aniline leather with a bit of a waxy finish, Echo “Flame” leather from Moore & Giles.  They confirmed that the leather has been an excellent pet-friendly choice for their sofa, which successfully survived a bout with their pup on antibiotics. They even shared the proof…

If you don’t like change, then maybe a semi-aniline is a better choice for you.  It is still genuine leather, but with a protective finish. It will not show markings, will not change or burnish like the full-aniline will.  It is the same today, tomorrow and two months from now.  Semi-aniline, protected leathers are super tough, but you still have to be cautious with really big animals.  Once a semi-aniline marks it doesn’t have the same self-healing properties as the full-aniline leather does. So the mark or marks will be permanent.

There is also another great leather choice for pets as well…it’s basically a blend of both leathers. In essence it is a full-aniline leather with a fierce layer of Crypton protection. It will evolve and change, but the protective finish makes the surface impervious, allowing you to use every-day household cleaners to clean any mess or spill. Florence leather has become a popular choice for families, with kids and pets alike. The Crypton protection makes it the perfect pet-friendly leather choice for a sofa (like this Chesterfield Sofa done in Florence Duomo, now being enjoyed by this sweet Yorkie)…

STILL MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIGHT LEATHER CHOICE FOR YOUR SOFA and PETS?

If you have further questions or would like to see some leather (or fabric) swatches for yourself, give us a call at our corporate showroom in NC. 704-892-6680 We will be happy to help you make the right choice for you, your family and your pet.

We also love when our customers and their pets make themselves at home on our comfortable sofas and chairs. Be sure to tag us on your Instagram feeds too so we can see your privileged pets lovin’ up on their COCOCO sofas, chairs and ottomans. Tag us @the_cococo

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