If you have pets you know the struggle when picking out furniture pieces. How long until my pets destroy this? I have four cats, yes four. So I have found a few things over the years that have helped me keep my furniture from turning to shreds.
The furniture piece that always shows the most wear when you have pets: the couch. Even though I would love to buy a perfect 3k sofa, I know that eventually it will get destroyed. I look for options that are affordable, but still stylish and comfy so I don't feel guilty replacing it in a few years. You could also spring for a slip cover so you can just throw it in the wash if it gets gross. Which it will.
If you have cats you know the constant struggle to keep them from scratching. For our couch I have found the best solution is to put scratching posts at the corners of the sofa. Cats seem to like to scratch the corners, so this just gives them something to scratch without actually getting the couch. I also like to drape indigos on the corners. It looks like i've just stylishly draped vintage indigos on my couch, but really i'm covering it up to keep these little fuzzy bastards from destroying my sofa. If your sofa backs up against a wall, you don't have to worry about the back. My sofa does not back against a wall so I had a bench built to butt up against the back of the couch. My cats prefer to sit on the bench than worry about scratching it.
Another stylish and expensive piece that my cats are constantly trying to destroy: rugs. This was a hard lesson to learn. I tried vintage moroccan rugs, but for some reason one of my cats just really loved peeing on those. I bought cheap target rugs that got destroyed in about a week. The best solution I have found is hide rugs. I know this is not for everyone and I can totally understand the guilt that goes with purchasing a hide, but they work. My cat has peed on my cowhide 10+ times but I can just wipe it up or take it outside and hose it off. I have a sheepskin rug in the living room which they just completely ignore and it's actually very easy to keep clean. So while I do feel a tang of guilt when I think of the cute little sheep that the sheepskin used to belong to, I know I will have these pieces for a LONG time.
Another great tip: go with busy fabric patterns. My cats LOVE to lounge in my living room accent chair. Naturally there is cat hair all over that thing, but as I glance over right now I can't really see it. The fabric pattern is very busy and makes the hair not as noticeable. Now if I have guests over of course I would clean it, but if it's just me and my husband who cares. We are covered in cat hair all the time anyways.
For months we had a horrible time with house plants. Our cats were constantly digging in them and occasionally used it as a bathroom spot. We tried a lot of solutions with varying success until recently. We made little cages, but that was ugly. We put sticks sticking up so the cats would get poked and leave it alone. But apparently our cats are just really determined because they somehow worked around the spiky sticks. We read that orange peels keep cats away, so we bought like 100 oranges and ate them all in one weekend so we would have peels. The cats didn't seem to mind the orange peels and they just turned moldy. We were about to give up on the idea of ever having plants in our home. Right before my home shoot I put a bunch of moss in my plants to make it easier on the eye. For whatever reason, the moss keeps my cats away. I don't know if it's the texture, or that they can't see the dirt anymore. But problem solved.
There is just a few solutions for you! The truth is your house will never be perfect if you have pets (or kids) but they are worth it because they are fuzzy and warm and we love them :)