Alright, I am writing (and posting) my (journey and) guide to finding cat friendly dining room chairs at the risk of exposing my true cat-lady self here. So, if you’re not a cat person – hold back your judgment!
When we decided to add two little fur babies to our lives 2 and a half years ago, we had no idea just how much havoc they would wreak on our furniture – particularly, our woven dining room chairs. I love our cats – but holy moly, they certainly do know how to destroy a chair in a hot minute.
5 Cat-Friendly Dining Room Chairs
When we moved into our new home, we decided 2 of those beautiful woven chairs would be hidden away in our office, and the other two would remain accents around our dining room. We had hoped with the larger space, and the addition of a few more scratching posts that the cats wouldn’t scratch those remaining 2 chairs as much. But, as I am sure you’re already guessing: they still loved scratching those dang chairs.
So, when we invested in our new table I knew that our next dining room chairs would need to be cat-friendly. No more woven fabrics that tempt the cats to sharpen their claws!
So, here are 5 cat friendly dining room chair options – and the one we decided to go with!
Your Cats Won’t Care for Wooden Chairs
First, up – wooden chairs! Since wooden chairs are fabric-free they really do not make for great cat scratching posts. Your cats won’t be likely to scratch these chairs so they will hold up well and look like new for longer.
There are tons of great wooden dining room chairs out there now, and you can even get sleek and stylish wooden benches for your dining room.
Just A Cozy Place to Curl up: Microfiber Chairs
Microfiber is a great cat friendly material to look into because it’s too dense for your cat’s claws to sink into. So, microfiber dining room chairs are a GREAT option if you like the look of fabric covered chairs since your cat won’t want to scratch them.
However, your cats probably will love to lounge on these chairs so you can expect them to get quite furry. Thankfully, there are tons of ways to easily remove cat hair from furniture.
Fur-Prone but Not Claw-friendly Velvet Chairs
Luxurious looking velvet chairs are another excellent option for cat owners. These kinds of chairs are similar to microfiber chairs as in they’re not as appealing to cats to claw at since the fabric is so dense. It’s not as tempting as woven fabrics since these won’t snag and pull under their claws.
The one downside about velvet chairs, just like microfiber chairs: they collect fur. You’ll want to get a lint roller to keep your chairs fur-free, and vacuum them regularly to keep them clear.
Leather / Faux-Leather Chairs May be a Good Option
Leather chairs can be somewhat hit or miss with cats – but in general, you can feel pretty confident that your cat won’t be inclined to claw at a leather chair. They may leave marks though when they jump up and off of the leather chair, so you may find it looks worn and older faster than expected.
Metal Chairs Are of No Interest for Kitties
After going back and forth on which style of chair to get for our house, we decided on these metal Chelsea Dining Chair and we honestly couldn’t be happier with them. While the cats may curl up and lounge on these chairs, they have no interest in scratching or clawing at them since there nothing to sharpen their claws on.
We also really love how these just look in our space. It really works with our modern farmhouse style, and because they are metal they are easy to clean if there are ever spills. So really, they are totally cat friendly and hectic life proof.