Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
The harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.
Meet Karndean and Amtico—the next big names in design flooring!
Their innovative designs push the boundaries of flooring, delivering creative results that are both functional and beautiful. Together, they are the faces of the design flooring revolution, armed with innovative ideas, precise craftsmanship and stunning designs. But who are Karndean and Amtico?
Who are Karndean?
Karndean are leading manufacturers in practical flooring with a luxury twist. Just as their slogan—“inspired by nature, designed for living”—suggests, Karndean take the classic beauty of natural flooring and combine it with the functionality of vinyl tiles. The result? Versatile, luxurious flooring for both commercial and domestic environments.
Karndean have spent years developing innovative designs and textures in order to achieve such like-for-like realism. In fact, many if their designs are so accurate, they are often mistaken for the real thing! But surely Karndean is better than the real thing? You can enjoy the classic, chic, timeless design of natural wood, all the while appreciating the practical benefits of vinyl flooring. And what’s more, each piece is uniquely beautiful and bespoke!
Who are Amtico?
Amtico are proud to be designed and manufactured in Britain. Crafted in their specialist factory in Coventry for genuine provenance, their luxury flooring is very much functional meets beautiful. No wonder they’ve become one of the leading manufacturers for modern flooring design!
Unlike a natural floor, Amtico is low maintenance. It doesn’t require regular buffing, polishing or refurbishment. Instead, the occasional mop or sweep will keep everything as good as new. What’s more, their unrivalled choice of flooring—from wood to stone and abstract designs—ensure that you will find the perfect match for your home.
Dovetail are proud to be specialists in Karndean and Amtico design flooring.
Our Norwich showroom boasts the largest selection of flooring products in the country, including the stunning collections from Karndean and Amtico. Why not visit our showroom and take a look for yourself? Our expert staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
As design flooring specialists, we guarantee in the best prices in Norfolk when it comes Karndean and Amtico collections. Don’t believe us? Give us a call on 01603 488082 and organise your quote today!
Thanks to advancing technologies, tile flooring can now perfectly mimic natural stone, hardwood and fabrics. What’s more, they are hard-wearing and boast both noise-cancelling and impact-resistant abilities. With so many styles to choose from, Dovetail have compiled the top trends in tile flooring for 2018. Now you can enjoy a stylish, durable designs that will remain en vogue in years to come!
This timeless tile trend has recently gained momentum as a household flooring staple. Designers are known to incorporate the “wood-look” across the entire house; bedrooms, studies and bedrooms are adorned with these slick and stylish tiles, breaking the mould that tiles should be confined to the kitchen and bathroom only.
The beauty of the wood-style tile is it delivers the best of both worlds. While it perfectly mimics the look of natural hardwood, it also remains incredibly durable. There are no dents, splinters or impurities that you often find with traditional hardwood panels. The result? Flooring which is sleek, sturdy and effortlessly chic.
Dovetail have a wide range of wood-style tile flooring for you to choose from. Check out the innovative wooden flooring range by Ted Todd. Their beautiful, innovative designs are unrivalled in quality, originality and creative flair.
Marble will always be a timeless classic. It has been around for centuries, often frequented by the Romans, Georgians and in Art Deco designs. So it is no surprise to see marble make a comeback!
While it classic and elegant in its design, the unforgiving nature of natural marble causes many problems. It is incredibly soft, often chipping or cracking. What’s more, it’s especially challenging to clean and is susceptible to stains due to its highly porous nature.
However, a tile which mimics marble is the perfect choice. Not only will it always look elegant and classy, but it will remain hard-wearing and durable. You also won’t need to spends hundreds on maintenance and repairs!
Once again, Dovetail have a stunning collection of marble flooring to choose from. The Marmoleum marbled sheet collection combines subtle and striking marbled effects to create the perfect backdrop for any commercial interior. What’s more, it comes readily available in over 90 exciting colours.
One of the more surprising trends to emerge in the past year has been grey tiles. While many industry experts believed it was a fleeting trend, it appears that grey is here to stay!
Grey tiling is especially popular in “wood-look” flooring. The designs often use a medium, stone-grey palette to provide a clean, modern, minimalist look. Many believe the popularity of grey tiling is due to its versatility. It is ideal for any room, complementing many types of décor. You can experiment with various colours and textures in regards to furniture and interior design, and the flooring will remain the perfect companion piece.
The CORKART Contract Collection offers a range of cool, grey tones in the signature “wood-look” style. The collection also comes with a glue-down vinyl insulation system for resistance and durability.
Any of these trends promise you stylish, sleek and chic tile flooring.
If you have any questions about tile flooring, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expert team will be more than happy to recommend the best designers and collections for you to make your selection. What’s more, Dovetail promise that you won’t find the same quality furnishings at a better price anywhere in Norwich. So go on—give us a call today on 01603 488082.
Did you know 1 and a half acres of forest are cut down every second?
Even more shocking, estimates from the United Nations suggest 18 million acres of forest are lost each year. This is a staggering number, so Dovetail are passionate about making a change.
We are so excited to introduce our NEW range of eco-friendly carpets and flooring. Some of the biggest names in environmentally progressive textiles are now available at our Norwich showroom, including Riviera, Ted Todd and Forbo. 100% natural and renewable, these stylish collections both look good AND help protect the Earth.
Simple yet sophisticated, the indulgently tactile designs of Alternative Flooring are perfect for any home. Every one of their carpets are made from ethically-sourced fibres. From the soft, silky textures of the Tiliaceae plant to the pure, white fibres of the Agave Sisalana plant, these innovative designs are both natural and sustainable.
Alternative Flooring use 100% wool fibres for their stunning wool collections. Their Barefoot collection is made using completely natural, undyed wool and handwoven using traditional looms.
A truly eco-friendly carpet solution. Their bio-degradable, ethically-sourced carpets are crafted from 100% natural and sustainable resources — one of only a few working manufacturers to do this.
Did you know 90% of carpets take up to 500 years to break-down in the soil? This is because they are crafted using man-made fibres, such as Nylon, Polypropylene or Polyester. These fibres derive from oil, so the toxins released can be really harmful for the environment. But not Riviera!
Riviera carpets take between one to five years to naturally bio-degrade. Plus, as they are made from 100% natural resources, no harmful chemicals or VOCs will be released into the soil.
What’s more, Riviera Home™ have recently introduced their exciting new eco-collections, crafted from 100% natural wool. Therefore, no dyestuffs, chemicals or stain blocking treatments were added during their creation.
For over 20 years, Ted Todd have pushed the boundaries for wooden flooring. As a result, they are now one of the world’s leading flooring brands. Completely unrivalled in quality and creativity, their beautiful, innovative wooden floors are both stunning AND environmentally friendly.
Ted Todd ensure all of their flooring is responsibly sourced. In fact, 95% of their wood is FSC® and PEFC certified. Indeed, their wooden floors are crafted using 100% natural hardwood with ZERO emissions or harmful pollutants!
In a world of environmental awareness, CORKART utilise cork — a natural, bio-degradable and 100% sustainable resource — to craft warm, luxurious and comfortable flooring.
Cork is an incredible material. Harvested from the Cork Oak, it survives without the need for fertiliser, irrigation or chemical herbicides. In fact, it is the only tree where the bark regenerates naturally, meaning it can be sustainably stripped without the tree being harmed.
What’s more, the bark from the Cork Oak retains a significant amount of CO2 while it grows, while also helping support natural biodiversity, such as shrubs and wildlife.
Marmoleum by Forbo
Marmoleum a natural floor covering that’s over 150 years old. Associated with durability, quality, sustainability and truly innovative design, it’s created from 97% natural raw materials, including flax, linseed, rosin and limestone.
Marmoleum flooring is versatile in application, colour and design. It can easily be fixed to your floor with low solvent adhesive, in keeping with its sustainable, eco-friendly attributes.
Our range of eco-friendly carpet and flooring can be viewed in full here.
Give us a call on 01603 488082 to find out more. Keep an eye on the website for more news.
Live a life of luxury with designer flooring from Dovetail Furniture!
Everyone likes to treat themselves now and again. It could be a new pair of shoes, or even a new phone accessory. Of course, many people wish they could treat themselves everyday. Wouldn’t it be great to live a life of luxury, just like a celebrity? Well, now you can…
Get the red carpet treatment when you visit our Norwich showroom!
Dovetail Furniture are proud to boast the largest selection of carpets and flooring products in the country. With so many designer brands to choose from, you will surely be spoilt for choice!
Here are just a few of the big names we stock in our showroom:
Brockway – Brockway work with the country’s leading designers to stay one step ahead of consumer trends. The result? Stunning, hand finished, high quality carpets.
Mohawk – leading the industry as an award-winning, trusted brand of flooring. Mohawk provide hundreds of stunning, high quality products made from recycled and renewable resources.
Karndean – “inspired by nature, designed for living.” Karndean provide luxury, practical flooring in the form of stylish wood and stone effect vinyl tiles. Perfect for kitchens and bathrooms!
Amtico – creators of carpets that are both beautiful and durable. Amtico are leading suppliers in luxury vinyl tiles and high-performance carpets that are sustainable for every day living.
With brands like these, treat yourself to luxury flooring that will be the envy of all your friends!
But designer brands doesn’t always mean designer prices…
Dovetail offer some of the best prices in Norfolk, which means you can live the celebrity lifestyle without the price tag! What’s more, all floor coverings sold can be fitted by our fully trained and experienced fitters. So sit back and enjoy your new life of luxury as we deliver a five star service.
Want to find out more about our designer flooring? Click here to find out about what other brands we provide, as well as learn more about our fitting services. You can also call us on 01603 488082.
Dovetail supply a variety of big name carpet brands. These includes twist piles Axminsters, Berber loops and Saxoney carpets. We also stock Brockway and Penthouse, as well as other quality brands.
All the carpets we sell can be fitted by fully trained Dovetail fitters.
Nothing is worse than having an ill-fitting carpet. For example, it not sit properly at the corners, or bumping randomly throughout the room. Attempting to fit a carpet yourself can often lead to these results. This is why calling in a professional team is so important.
At Dovetail, we are fully trained and experienced at fitting carpets. We promise we won’t charge the earth; our prices are fair, and the high quality results speak for themselves.
But that’s not all. Our team also offer FREE measuring and estimating services. So, even if you’re short on money and want to get stuck in yourself, Dovetail still want to help as much as possible.
Moving house? We can help with the movement of heavy furniture. Renovating your house? Dovetail can uplift and dispose of your old carpets. We can even arrange to have your doors trimmed! There is no job too big or small for our dedicated team. You always get the red carpet treatment at Dovetail.
But we don’t just sell carpets! Dovetail also specialise in quality flooring.
Are you looking for alternative floor coverings? Dovetail have you covered! We stock Sisal, Seagrass and Coir, as well as practical designer floors from Karndean, Amtico, Pergo, plus much more.
All of our carpet fitting services can be applied to our diverse selection of flooring. Indeed, we also offer zero VAT on hard floors in new houses, where applicable. Want to get your whole house refitted? Dovetail offer special deals on whole houses! Give our team a call on 01603 488082.