Monday, November 7, 2016

DIY dog crate cover


Our entire family is madly in love with the chocolate Boston Terrier puppy we adopted in August. Annabelle is friendly, smart and always up for cuddles. She’s fit perfectly into our home and we’re quickly getting used to keeping everything off the floor and away from her teeth — shoes, Legos, Barbies, straight pins, socks, you name it.


Annabelle is crate-trained, so while she sleeps in our bed at night (like a snuggly little hot water bottle), she goes into her crate whenever we leave the house. We received a great hand-me-down crate from her furry cousin, Tyson, and at first we stuck it in various corners of the living room or the kitchen — covered with a sheet to make it cozy. Ugly, but cozy.

I toyed with the idea of sewing a nice neutral slipcover for the crate to make it blend in with the main level decor. (Hot pink was not cutting it.) But that wouldn’t do anything about the fact that the crate was also taking up a good chunk of floor space. We had to rearrange the furniture and everything felt crowded.


So I decided to DIY two birds with one stone! I would build a removable wooden cover for the crate so it could take the place of an end table ...


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10 comments:

Diana said...

This is brilliant! I'm looking for ideas to cover up our own ugly dog crate and your tutorial makes it look SO much easier than I was expecting.

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks, Diana! I'd love to see a picture if you give it a try.

Sylvia Choi said...

I am ready to give this a try...silly question...but what tool did this require for drilling it all together ? did you use any wood glue ?

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Sylvia, I actually used a brad-nailer! No wood glue for this project.

Emily said...

Why type/size brad nailer did you use?

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Hmm, Emily that's a good question! It's my husband's and I think the nails are 1"?

Anonymous said...

Hi! When you made yours how much room did you leave around the crate? My Aussie pup is getting a pretty decent sized crate so we are losing an end table. I don't know how big I should make mine. He is getting a 42 inch crate!

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Congrats on your Aussie pup! I only left about 2" clearance all the way around the cage. It's easier to build it when you have the cage in front of you, so you don't have to measure -- you just hold up the wood and mark off your cut lines.

Guillermo said...

Hi, this is such a nice way of decorating a crate for your dogs! My crate seems to be double the size of yours (i have 2 dogs) so what size wood would i use for every thing? also how much was this all together for everything? love it and thanks so much for this idea

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks Guillermo! It was just $20 CDN for all of the supplies, but our crate is fairly small. You could still use the same type of wood (1x2 boards) for a larger crate -- just more of them. I recommend measuring your crate and then heading out for the lumber with those numbers, and an associate can help you choose how many boards you'll need.