You’re going to want to keep the same rules in mind when picking furniture as you did with rugs. Look for something upholstered with synthetic fibers: polyester, nylon, and solution dyed acrylics are all fibers that tend to be stain and wear resistant.
If leather is more your style, consider going with a top grain semi-aniline leather. The dye process for semi-aniline is thorough, penetrating all the way through to the opposite side of the hide. This will make scratches and scuffs less noticeable as the color will be consistent all the way through.
Microfiber or micro-suede is a good alternative to real suede. Micro-suede beads-off liquids and is wear resistant. Not to mention, as it’s a synthetic fabric it’s available in a vast variety of colors, letting you find the piece that’s perfect for your home.
In the cases of pieces with sentimental value, or if you simply don’t want to sacrifice real leather or 100% cotton upholstery for the sake of your pets, a throw can be the perfect solution. It can protect your furniture, while letting your pet enjoy their favorite spot.
It’s important to keep in mind that accidents do happen. So when shopping for end tables, lamps, or other small furniture, be sure to avoid anything that could easily tip over. An over eager pet (or one that doesn’t quite know their own size) could not only cause damage to your furniture, but put themselves at risk as well!