Flooring for a Pet-friendly Home: A Complete Guide

Our furry friends bring us so much joy and often make a house a home. However, there are some careful considerations to make when it comes to fitting and furnishing your house to make it pet-appropriate, especially when it comes to flooring.

Floors must endure all the joyful rigors of pet ownership – claws, splashes, spills, and more – while also providing comfort and style. Using 7 areas of focus, this comprehensive guide delves deep into the options for pet-friendly flooring, focusing on durability, comfort, safety, and aesthetics.



  1. Assessing Durability for Pet Traffic

When selecting flooring that needs to stand up to pets, consider materials that combine resilience and ease of maintenance.

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice due to its resistance to scratches and stains especially in areas your pet may be more excited, such as the Kitchen.

If you’re looking for a more premium look and feel whilst remaining pet-focused, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) flooring, such as our Karndean Collection, offers a more traditional look with a modern twist. Both wood and stone look LVTs provide exceptional aesthetics whilst remaining just as durable and maintainable as more affordable vinyl flooring options.



  1. Carpets for Comfort

If your mind is made up and you’re opting for the more comforting option of carpets, here are a few pointers you may want to bear in mind.

Choosing the right carpet for a pet-friendly home means balancing durability with comfort. While vinyl or hardwood flooring might seem like obvious choices for their durability, there are several pet-friendly carpet options that offer both resilience and comfort.

For homes with pets, the carpet’s material and construction are crucial. Cut pile carpets, with their threads cut to a uniform length, provide a soft and luxurious feel that’s easier to maintain. They are less likely to trap pet claws than loop pile carpets, which can become unraveled from pets scratching.

Cut pile carpets also tend to hold less pet odour, making them a superior choice for both dogs and cats.



When selecting a carpet colour, consider both aesthetics and practicality. Darker colours or patterns can hide dirt and pet hair more effectively, reducing the appearance of stains between cleanings. A slightly more extreme option is to match the carpet colour to your pet’s fur, which will minimise the visibility of shedding.



  1. Ensuring Slip Resistance

In recent years there has been a lot more focus amongst pet owners on purchasing slip-resistant flooring, particularly for homes with elderly pets or breeds prone to joint issues like hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia, a common condition especially in larger breeds, can be exacerbated by the challenges of moving on slippery floors.

Non-slip flooring provides essential traction that helps prevent slips and falls that can significantly worsen joint problems such as hip dysplasia. For dogs suffering from this condition, or those at risk, a floor that offers good grip can make a vital difference in their quality of life by reducing pain and increasing mobility.


Best Non-Slip Flooring Options:
  • Textured Tile: Tiles with a textured surface provide better grip than polished options, making them safer for pets.
  • Vinyl and Laminates: These materials can be manufactured to include a textured finish that prevents slipping, while also being easy to clean and maintain.


If you’re looking for slip-resistant flooring that is also water-resistant and comes with a lifetime warranty, we highly recommend the Quick-Step Impressive range.


Dog, cat, and young women on kitchen floor - non-slip flooring with Golden Retriever and stunning Persian cat.


In addition to selecting non-slip flooring, strategically placing rugs and mats on potentially slippery areas, like in front of doors or under food and water bowls, can add an extra layer of safety for pets.


Top Tip – Regularly trimming your pet’s nails can also help improve their grip on smoother surfaces, further preventing slips and falls.


  1. Hygiene and Maintenance

Pet accidents are inevitable, so choosing a floor that simplifies clean-up is essential. Options like luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and high-quality laminate offer water resistance and are easy to clean, reducing the chance of stains and odours.

Regular maintenance should include daily sweeping to remove pet hair and debris, and prompt cleaning of any spills to prevent long-term damage or odours.

As a final tip, if you’re looking at carpeting we recommend opting for a carpet that is bleach cleanable such as the Abingdon Wild Silk. This provides a little bit more peace of mind, should you encounter one of your furry friend’s little accidents.


Playful Cat or Kitten having fun with a ball on laminate flooring from Fludes


  1. Allergy Considerations

When selecting flooring for households with allergy sufferers, it’s essential to consider how different materials impact indoor air quality. Traditionally, hard surfaces such as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) and hardwood have been recommended for their ease of cleaning and inability to harbour allergens like pet dander. These surfaces allow for allergens to be swept or mopped away rather than getting trapped in the floor’s surface.

However, modern advancements in carpet technology offer a compelling argument for their use in homes with allergy concerns. Quality carpets can indeed trap allergens such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, preventing them from circulating in the air where they can be breathed in. Regular vacuuming with HEPA filters and periodic deep cleaning can effectively remove these allergens from the carpet fibres, keeping the indoor environment healthier.

Our friendly team can talk you through the options for allergy sufferers, as we now also stock a great range of hypo-allergenic carpets, which save you from having to compromise on comfort. Contact us today to find out more about our ranges for more unique requirements.


  1. Aesthetic and Practical Considerations

Your flooring should also reflect your personal style and complement your home’s décor. Modern innovations in flooring technology mean that pet owners don’t have to compromise on aesthetics; many durable flooring options are available in a variety of styles and finishes. From rustic wood-look tiles to elegant stone-style vinyl, you can find flooring that meets both your practical needs and design preferences.


Young Man Laying Flooring Underlay for Fludes Carpets Customer

  1. Choosing the Right Underlayment and Finishes

To further enhance comfort and durability, consider the right underlayment – a layer of material directly beneath your floor’s surface.

Options like cork or foam can provide additional insulation and soundproofing, making the floor more comfortable for pets and quieter for homeowners. Additionally, finishes such as urethane coatings can enhance the floor’s resistance to scratching and moisture.

Discuss your underlay with our team to find the perfect flooring foundation for your bespoke needs.


Young Couple in Living Room with Little White Yorkie Westie Dog


Choosing the perfect flooring for your home is about much more than aesthetics; it’s about creating a comfortable, safe, and practical environment for your beloved family and pets.

Whether you opt for the durability of vinyl, the practicality of laminate, or the soft comfort of pet-friendly carpets, each choice plays a pivotal role in enhancing your home’s liveability and functionality.


At Fludes Carpets, we understand that your pets are part of the family. That’s why we offer a wide range of flooring options designed to suit any pet-friendly household. From easy-to-clean carpets that resist stains and odours, to scratch-resistant hard floors, we can help you make the best decision that balances style, comfort, and practicality.

Don’t let the challenge of finding the right flooring for your pets become overwhelming. Visit your local store or explore our extensive online gallery for more information.

Our team of friendly experts is always ready to guide you through the options and find the perfect solution for your home.

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