Decorating for an Active Family

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Finding the perfect family-room sofa to accommodate three young children and a dog can be challenging. Aside from considering how the style of the sofa works with your overall home environment -- and whether its size will fit in the room itself -- elements like durability and sustainable are much more important than what a smaller home might need.

We say consider starting with leather (whether real or synthetic). It’s an excellent choice for children and pets. It is easy to care for and clean. Other alternatives are denim or canvas slipcovers for a sofa and chairs.

Other upholstery such as darker plaids tend not to show dirt and stains as much, however it may not be the best choice if you have a dog or cat with white/yellow fur.

When in doubt, we suggest heading to your local furniture store and asking for a tour of the latest technologies in durable fabrics and construction -- you’re going to be happy you did!