The Best Kid- and Pet-Friendly Sofas You Can Buy Now

updated Mar 3, 2023
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Fur. Spills. Crumbs. Bouncing. These are the imminent dangers to your home when you have pets and/or kids, so you have to make sure your furniture can stand up to them, especially your sofa. So we did the research for you and found an assortment of sofas that have a sturdy build and are made from durable fabric — perfect for even the most chaotic households. They’re pretty much indestructible, easy to clean, and cute to boot. Below, check out some of our favorite kid- and pet-friendly sofas. But before you do, let’s chat a little bit about fabric.

Best Sofa Fabrics for Kids and Pets

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Look for the right kind of leather. Leather is one of the most durable materials, so it’s a great choice for households with kids and pets. However, not all leather is created equal. Aniline leather is the most natural and has not been treated with any dyes, so it’s the most sensitive to scuffs — you’ll want to avoid it. Instead, look for semi-aniline or pigmented leather, which has been treated to make it the most durable (and least expensive). Also keep an eye out for “top-grain” leather, which is considered more durable than split leather.

When in doubt, opt for classic microfiber. You can’t go wrong with microfiber or canvas. These materials are made to withstand all sorts of use and are typically easy to clean and take care of.

Stay away from delicate fabrics. You’ll want to look for fabric that has a tight weave — chenille, velvet, and silk are no-gos unless you get a special performance variety that is stronger than normal.

If you have a favorite sofa we missed, let us know in the comments below!

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Burrow is one of the best newer furniture brands around, with thoughtfully designed pieces that are built to last and grow with you. Their popular Nomad sofa also comes in this sectional style that's made from naturally scratch- and stain-resistant tight olefin fiber. There are five colors, six leg finishes, and three arm styles to choose from — plus it has a built-in USB charger and a 72-inch power cord.

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Article takes quality seriously, with most of their leather options of the full-aniline variety, like the Nirvana sofa. The shorter arms are stylish and sophisticated, and with super-plush down-filled cushions and a leather patina that only gets better with age, the Nirvana is perfect for long lounges with the whole fam.

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One way to know if your sofa will hold up to heavy use? Drop heavy weights on it. That’s what the people at Floyd did when they were making The Sofa. They wanted to simulate what 10 years of heavy use would look like, so they repeatedly dropped weights on it, pulled on the backrest, and tried as hard as they could to bend the legs. Nothing budged. The birch wood frame, powder-coated steel legs, stain-resistant fabric, and dense two-layer cushions stayed in place then, and they’ll stay in place for you and your family for many years, too. 

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This simple, sophisticated sofa from Wayfair may not look like it’s ready to take on whatever your home (or kids or pets) can throw at it, but it is. The solid hardwood frame is built to last, and the polyester material naturally resists stains. When you do need to wash it, though, just slip off the cushion covers and toss them in your washing machine. Good as new, and majorly comfy, too. 

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was $6899.00

Every element of this sofa from Arhaus was carefully designed to ensure it would maintain form and function. The performance Crypton fabric is made specifically to resist stains, moisture, and odors — all of them, always. The sustainably sourced solid wood frame and recycled steel supports beneath the cushions mean your sofa won’t sag, no matter who or what stands on it. The seat cushions have interconnected steel coils for lasting support, the backrests have foam and flexible webbing to ensure they hold their shape... the list goes on. It’s definitely a steep price, but this piece is one you’ll keep forever. 

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West Elm

West Elm is known for its wide range of upholstery choices, including performance fabrics that are made to withstand plenty of traffic. The Eddy sectional is a versatile choice thanks to the reversible construction, and it's available in performance basketweave, twill, and even performance velvet if you can't quite give up your dream of a velvet sofa.

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Can you describe a couch as handsome? That feels like the best word for this mid-century modern piece from Overstock. The dark, sleek leather and button-tufted seat have an austere sophistication, so the sofa will only improve any room it's in. And if you couldn’t tell just by looking at it, its foam-fill cushions and thick seat are super comfortable for a day of lounging. 

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Interior Define

Since every piece at Interior Define is fully customizable, it's one of the best places to score a sofa perfectly suited to your needs. The Maxwell sofa, which was designed by our very own founder & CEO Maxwell Ryan, comes in dozens of fabrics, and there's even a "kid & pet-friendly" filter you can use to find the most durable of the bunch. Unlike other retailers with a limited number of colors and types of durable fabrics, Interior Define's choices include velvet, linen, and textured cotton. If you're undecided, you can order up to 10 swatches before you decide.

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Urban Outfitters
was $949.00

This highly reviewed sofa is much less expensive than your typical leather options, and it comes from one of our favorite boho retailers. The recycled leather and glossy finish make it a durable option, although it's still soft and comes with the natural variations you'd expect with leather. Order it in one of four colors, including cranberry and black.

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West Elm
was $2399.00

This Queen-sized sleeper sofa not only features a gel mattress for ultimate comfort, but it also comes in a slew of fabrics that are great for kids and pets alike. (The cushion covers even zip off if you need to get them professionally cleaned.) The default fabric is a heathered tweed, a textured, durable option that is made to last, but if you're willing to spend a little more, you can get performance fabrics and twill.

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This sofa looks small and simple, but it unfolds into a Queen-sized bed. Yes, Queen-sized! The seat flips forward while the back folds out, giving you all the sleeping space. When you’re not using it, everything tucks away so neatly you’d never guess it's convertible. Bonus: Both fabric options (polyester blend and acrylic) are made from durable, easy-to-clean materials, so bring on the late-night family movie nights that turn into living room sleepovers. 

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This two-seater compact sleeper sofa has no intention of being just functional. With a rounded retro frame and slightly shiny Festival fabric (low-maintenance polyester with a plush velvet surface), it’s here to be a statement piece. It’s the perfect multi-use sofa that looks great whether you’re sleeping or lounging on it. 

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Pottery Barn

This sleeper sofa rolls out into a Full-size bed for smaller spaces. Choose from the performance fabrics for a luxe feel that'll hold up to high-traffic areas — the Sunbrella options, in particular, are worth checking out. Plus, the sofa is Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it meets rigorous chemical emissions standards. It's on the pricier end, but keep an eye out for sales, and remember that this is a piece you'll have for years.

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This sofa was handmade down to its final stitch, and that careful craftsmanship means quality and durability. The hand-assembled, kiln-dried hardwood frame and hand-stitched fabric are the perfect complements to the stylish mid-century shape and super-thick polyurethane foam cushions — all of it meant to look good and last. 

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