I finally decided to try something new. My first effort was to cover the sofa with a sheet, but that looked unattractive and was a hassle to remove when guests came over. Then I found these inexpensive throw rugs at Ikea. Not only do they add a pop of color and pattern to the charcoal sofa, but kitty loves to lay on them. Better yet, I can just pull them off and shake them outside, and when guests come, the cushions beneath are hair-free. The rugs are also washable. It's made a huge difference.
I realize that such a solution may not be for everyone, though, and when I redecorate, it may not work for me either. I just keep thinking back to the gorgeous chairs my mom bought when I was little -- she promptly had them wrapped in plastic to protect from kids and dogs. Plastic on bare legs? Yuck.
So, I'm curious how all you design-heads deal with cat and dog hair on furniture? Who is winning the shedding wars in your house?
Image: AnnaMaria Stephens