Dog-proofing Your Furniture: How to Protect Your Couch from Your Dog - Nolan Interior

Dog-proofing Your Furniture: How to Protect Your Couch from Your Dog

In this post, We’ll be going over the best way to protect your furniture from your dogs, while also making sure that you can keep your sofas looking stylish.
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If you have dogs in your house, you’ve likely had to deal with some issues surrounding your dog and your furniture. The reality is that dogs are difficult to keep off furniture for several reasons. Not only can it be physically challenging, but we also cherish the bonding time spent snuggled up together on the sofa.

Dogs aren’t quite as gentle as us though, so it’s important to make sure you dog-proof your furniture to prevent damage. In this post, We’ll be going over the best way to protect your furniture from your dogs, while also making sure that you can keep your sofas looking stylish.

Understanding the Problem

dog sitting on couch with couch covers

If you’ve experienced problems with your dog damaging your furniture, just know that you’re not alone. It’s a common problem that almost all dog owners face to some extent. We’re going to touch on some of the common problems you’ve likely encountered.


Dogs Scratching or Damaging Furniture

When dogs scratch at the furniture, it can cause significant damage that can either be irreparable, or expensive to repair. This can be incredibly frustrating for you. Luckily, we have some ways to help prevent the damage if your dog is a scratcher.

dog on sofa covers

Furniture Odor

You’ve invested in some nice furniture for your home, but now it’s starting to smell bad because of how much time your dog spends on the couch. Dogs can be dirty, and sometimes they shed a lot. When this happens, this hair and dirt gets worked into the sofa fabric causing it to smell bad. We do have a separate guide on preventing dog hair from taking over your furniture.

Wet Couches from Dogs

dog laying on a sofa

Another common problem dog owners face is that their couches get wet from their dogs. This could be caused from dog slobber, or could be caused by your dog jumping on the couch immediately after a bath. Either way, it’s not fun to clean a wet couch caused by your dogs.



Accidents happen, especially if you’re trying to train a puppy. Even though they’re expected, that doesn’t mean we like to clean them up. If your dog has an accident on the couch, it’s not only difficult to clean, but let’s face it, it’s not a fun job.

The Misconceptions about Sofa Covers

closeup image of sofa covers on a couch

Before I go into why sofa covers are an excellent solution to all of these problems, I want to go over some common misconceptions about sofa covers.

Sofa covers have changed over time, and they’re certainly not what they used to be. You’ve probably seen the sofa covers that were created with the sole purpose of being functional, and lack some serious style. They would help prevent furniture damage, but they were an eye-sore.

Here’s an example:

old fashioned sofa covers


The New Age Sofa Covers: A Perfect Solution

sofa covers on a couch in the living room

Let’s throw away those misconceptions and talk about a new age, modern sofa cover. We know the pain points that people experience with traditional sofa covers, so we created a sofa cover that is both functional and stylish. Not only that, we made it incredibly user-friendly as well.

Nolan Interior has created a wide range of washable couch covers that combine convenience with style, making clean-up after your pets a breeze.

First, let’s talk about functionality. Our dog couch covers are incredibly durable. They’re created to handle tough situations like dog accidents and scratching. They’re an effective solution for protecting your furniture from your dogs.

image of sofa covers

Next, the style. This is an area that we stand out. We have a variety of style and color options to choose from. All of our sofa covers are modern, but you have the choice between different patterns. You won’t feel like you’re going back in time when you install your sofa covers. In fact, many people use our sofa covers specifically to add style to their furniture and living rooms.

Have a sectional? Not a problem! Complement your home décor with our stylish cover selections for sectional sofas. Whether you need a 3-piece sectional cover, 4-piece sectional cover, 5-piece sectional cover, or 6-piece sectional cover, our covers are designed to enhance your living space aesthetically.

Here’s a closeup of our wheat pattern:

closeup of pattern on our wheat sofa covers

Our covers are easy to use too. Installing and washing them are a breeze. They’re created in a way to give you the best user experience possible.

The Importance of Material Choice for Your Sofa Cover

dog and woman on a couch with couch covers

Not all sofa covers are created equal. It’s important that you do your research on the materials used in sofa covers, and what that means for durability and washing capabilities.

Our sofa covers are made of soft stretch jacquard fabric, 85% polyester and 15% spandex material. Using these materials allows them to be high stretch, soft, wrinkle resistant, durable and long lasting. It also allows them to be washed in the washing machine, which is a big added bonus.

How to Choose the Right Sofa Cover

removing sofa cover to wash it

The first thing you need to do when deciding which sofa cover to go with is to figure out what’s important to you. Write down your list, then find a sofa cover that checks all the boxes.

For example, here are some things that might be important to you:

  • Color
  • Style
  • Pattern
  • Washability
  • Durability

The biggest thing is finding the right sofa cover that fits your specific needs. Once you find that perfect sofa cover, you’ll be right on your way to protecting your furniture, while also maintaining a style that fits your home.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Getting ready to wash sofa covers

Even though you’ll have your sofa protected, you’ll still want to make sure you take proper care of your sofa covers. We make our sofa covers user-friendly and easy to care for. The biggest thing is making sure you keep them clean. After all, this is one of the biggest reasons sofa covers are so effective.

Vacuuming your sofa covers every few days is a great way to keep up with the dirt and hair that your dogs are leaving behind.

Another easy way to maintain the cleanliness of your sofa covers is to simply throw them in the washing machine. Make sure you put the washing machine on a light setting. Once they’re washed, tumble dry them or let them air dry, and then you’ll be good to go.

washing sofa covers

Real Life Case Studies

Here are some of the reviews from customers who have used our couch covers to dog-proof their furniture:

  • “We have 3 dogs and these work great to keep dog hair off the cushions” - Jill A.
  • “After buying endless amounts of covers, I finally found the perfect ones! Finally something that doesn’t look messy. They haven’t moved an inch since I put them on, not even with my 90 lb dog. I’m completely happy with these and I highly recommend them!” - Mary B.
  • “Just buy them, they are fantastic. I have 3 dogs, 4 grandchildren and they stay clean, dog hair does not get caught in them, they wash beautifully. Really you need these. My daughter has ordered them and I’ve  ordered another set.” - Monica B.


sofa covers

We have over 120,000 customers who love our sofa covers. Give them a try, we’re sure they’ll help you with your dog hair problem.


Tackling the challenges of maintaining your furniture with dogs around doesn’t have to be stressful. Embracing modern, durable and stylish sofa covers can revolutionize your approach. Not only do they protect your furniture from scratches, stains, and odors, they also add a fresh aesthetic touch to your living spaces. 

Coupled with regular cleaning and maintenance, our dog couch covers offer an effective, user-friendly solution. Just as our satisfied customers have attested, investing in the right sofa cover can truly mitigate the dog-furniture conflict while enhancing your home’s ambiance. Dog-proofing your furniture has never been more seamless or stylish.