Knowing how to make a dog crate look like furniture can really complement and add character/beauty to inside decor.
A steel dog crate for example can look really out of place and yucky next to your pretty living or feature room interior design.
In this guide we give you two options to make an existing dog crate look like furniture and give it a touch of class and style.
If you’re like us and you want the simplest and easiest option that saves a tonne of time, we’ve also listed how you might go about getting a new pre made dog crate that looks like furniture.
Let’s take a look!
How To Make A Dog Crate Look Like Furniture: Build Your Own, Or New!
1) Buy A Pre Made New Dog Crate That Looks Like Furniture
If you’re not an arts and craft person, or you just flat out want to save time and effort, this is the best option – you can check out the best dog crate furniture in this guide.
Simply pick a dog crate furniture piece that you like the look of, and order it.
Pre made and finished dog crate furniture mainly comes in the wood end table type, but also comes in other types like the 2 in 1 gate and crates, metal + wood crates, and specially crafted and handmade crates with fine detail and a vintage look.
There’s various colors available such as Espresso, Black, Grey, White + more to fit in with different color schemes. They also come in a range of sizes from small through to extra large for different shapes and sizes of dog breeds..
You can even get custom made dog crate furniture that is built for one or multiple pets with plenty of room inside.
One of the more popular, reasonably priced and high quality pieces of dog crate furniture is the Crown Pet Products Wood Pet Crate End Table (on Amazon).
Features of this furniture crate include:
- Comes in 2 colors – Mahogany, and Espresso.
- Durable teak like hardwood – Made of a very durable and sustainable rubberwood hardwood that looks similar to teak. Rubberwood is from the Para rubber tree, which is cultivated for its natural latex sap. However, rubber trees also yield a high quality hardwood with a tight grain that is used in a wide range of applications.
- Smooth and even appearance – looks high quality
- Stained and lacquered finish – just like fine furniture with high quality mortise and tenon construction
- 2 ways swinging door – both outwards and inwards. Inwards swing is fantastic when people come around, or for a different look to the crate.
- Slats/vents all the ways around the crate – looks stylish and provides ventilation and air flow for your dog
- Waterproof floor – melamine covered MDF. Doesn’t absorb odors or liquids, and is easy to clean
- Stainless Steel Latch – looks clean
Comes in 2 sizes:
- Medium (24 Inches): 29.7″D x 21″W x 24.2″H > for pets up to 45 lbs. *Take roughly 1.5 to 2 inches off for internal crate dimensions
- Large (27 Inches): 39.6″D x 27.2″W x 27.3″H > for pets up to 80 lbs. *Take roughly 1.5 to 2 inches off for internal crate dimensions
2) Place A Light, Fine Piece Of Feature Wood Ontop Of The Dog Crate & Decorate
The first of the two DIY dog crate furniture ideas for existing crates, and this one is the easiest.
All you do is simply find a light, nice looking sheet of wood that’s a few inches thick, and place it on top of the existing dog crate. Make sure the crate can definitely support the weight of the wood sheet/slab.
Decorate the top of the wood sheet with candles, picture frames and interior decoration items to look like a normal cabinet or table top.
You’ll still be able to see the sides of the dog crate though.
If you’re good with your hands, you can construct a little curtail rail along the edge of the wooden table top and hang some color neutral curtains/fabric in front of the dog crate sides.
With all DIY crate furniture options, make sure your dog’s crate has proper ventilation, your dog feels safe in the crate, and you don’t do anything to compromise your dog’s safety while he or she is in the crate.
3) Build A Full Wooden Frame & Enclosure Around The Dog Crate, And Decorate
This second ‘build your own dog crate furniture option’ is a little more involved.
What you can do is build a full wooden frame to enclose the dog crate:
- Measure the existing dog crate
- Cut your lengths of timber for the base, sides and top of the frame
- Nail the frame together
- Paint the frame
- Place a glass panel on top of the frame as a table top, and decorate as you like.
The process and the final product will end up looking something like this…
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