Ah bouclé, you know, the fabric that’s all loopy and textured and feels like you’re running your fingers through a field of soft, fluffy grass? Well, I’ll just get this out of the way right now – bouclé fabric is not pet-friendly – and the feeling is mutual!
Cats are basically fluffy pin cushions, their claws tend to hook into looped fabrics like there’s no tomorrow. They can pull threads and accidentally snag the bouclé, causing it to become frayed or unraveled. Dog’s nails can also easily get caught in loopy fabrics.
And even if you don’t have pets that paw and claw, shedding can be a major problem – and one that’s difficult to avoid. Hairs and fur get embedded in the texture of the fabric and it’s practically impossible to remove.
Is Bouclé Safe for Pets?
Bouclé is considered a premium fabric – the official definition of which is a “knit or woven fabric with a rough, nubby surface” It’s usually made of wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers. For some pets, wool is definitely a no-go, as it can cause irritation and allergies. Cotton and synthetic fibers are usually less problematic. But remember just because something looks soft and cuddly doesn’t mean it’s safe for our furry friends with sensitive skin.
But while bouclé fabric may be generally safe for the majority of pets, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on them when they’re around it, especially if they have a tendency to chew on things as they may try to nibble on the boucle fabric.
Can Pets and Bouclé Ever Get Along?
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to completely avoid bouclé fabric if you have pets. Your pets may be impeccably behaved and never sit on or scratch chairs. Just be mindful of your pets’ habits and try to keep an eye on them when they’re around the fabric. If you notice any signs of damage, consider taking preventive measures such as trimming your pet’s claws or providing them with appropriate chew toys.
Ultimately, the decision to use boucle fabric with pets is up to you. So if it’s your dream to own a beautiful sofa like the one above or a statement accent chair in bouclé fabric, by all means, go for it. Just be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect your furry friends. And for your beloved bouclé fabric? – that might mean looking into whether a furniture protection plan is worth it.
So there you have it, the definitive answer to the age-old question: is boucle fabric pet friendly? Just use your best judgment and do what’s best for your furry friend. They deserve nothing less.