How To Create A Pet-Friendly Sunroom

Our pets are more than just pets, they are family members! When you are designing a sunroom or outdoor living space, keep your furry family member in mind. The following tips will help you design a safe, and enjoyable sunroom or outdoor living space for your pets and the entire family. A sunroom provides some of the same benefits to your pets as to the rest of your family. Your pets can enjoy the perks of being outdoor without the discomfort of poor weather, bugs, or tracking in mud and debris.

Pet-Friendly Sunny Spaces

One of the best features of a sunroom is having a sunny space free of pollen, bugs, and debris. Have a sun-loving pet? With a three-season room or four-season sunroom your sun-loving pet will enjoy basking in the sun’s rays for hours at a time. The sunshine is let in and the mosquitos or other pesky bugs that aggravate your pet are kept out. 

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Sunrooms with Backyard Views for Your Pets

Floor to ceiling windows enable even the smallest pet the ability to have full view of your backyard. Allowing your pet to see through the window at their level will reduce your pet’s desire to jump at the window. If your pet is prone to scratching, select our aluminum mesh screens which resist pet claws. A quick trick to prevent cats from scratching screens is to add double-sided tape to areas you don’t want scratched.

Pet Door Access in Your Sunroom

If you’d like your pet to have easy access to the backyard, consider installing a pet door. If you plan to include a pet door, design your space with a knee wall where a pet door can be easily installed. A pet door is great to allow your pet the freedom to decide when they want to stay indoors and when they want to go out.

Pet-Friendly Flooring

Select pet-friendly flooring, flooring that is easy to clean and resists stains. Ceramic tile is a popular choice as it cleans easily, resists stains, and is not damaged by nails or claws.  A hot trend in flooring (not just for sunrooms) is luxury vinyl plank (or LVP) flooring. LVP flooring is a man-made, synthetic flooring made to look like a natural material. It has the look and feel of real hardwood flooring with the benefit of being more durable – dent resistant and even waterproof. These benefits of LVP flooring make this choice ideal for a pet-friendly sunroom. LVP flooring comes in various stains to meet your design taste and style. Another option is to utilize inexpensive durable area rugs. 

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Pet-Friendly Furniture for Your Sunroom

Select pet-friendly furniture with stain resistant fabrics that can withstand fur, claw, tooth, nail, and sun damage. Good ideas for furniture materials are tightly woven fabrics such as: microfiber, tweed, canvas, denim, and pleather. Leather is an easily cleaned and durable fabric but can rip and tear easily. Add furniture just for your pet. A pet bed in the sunroom provides your pet with their very own space to relax and dream of chasing critters and belly rubs.

Pet Entertainment in Your Sunroom

Consider including items in your backyard that can provide interest to your pets. Bird houses and squirrel feeders can attract exciting critters for your pet to watch from your sunroom. You may also want to include enrichment toys for your pet to stay in your sunroom. Stimulating toys keep your furry loves entertained rather than bored. Boredom can result in destructive behavior.

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Select Pet-Safe Décor and Plants for Your Sunroom

Be mindful of the material and location of decoration in your sunroom if you are planning for a pet-friendly space. Avoid decor that your pet may knock over or break. Be mindful of furniture materials or décor that could be harmful to your pet if ingested.

Steer clear of plants that can be harmful to your pet. Generally speaking, spider plants, African Violets, and Boston are on the pet safety list. The ASPCA has an extensive list of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to dogs and cats.  

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Looking for a team to help you design and build an indoor living space with a feel for the outdoors that your pet can enjoy? ECCO Sunroom & Awning has been designing and building sunrooms and three season rooms for over 30 years in Hampton Roads. Our team specializes in designing customized sunroom spaces. Customization includes even the smallest detail that will bring comfort to your pet and your entire family.

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