So you're interested in building your own dog crate or kennel that looks like furniture?
Great! If you're anything like us, you absolutely love this trend. Yes, we would call it a "trend" at this point, and we believe there's good reason it's catching on.
We're sure you agree when we say that traditional crates you buy in a store have two pretty negative things in common:
They're ugly. And they're expensive.
So why not hit two birds with one stone and build your own gorgeous and comfortable dog crate that won't break the bank?
Let's dive right into the list, shall we?
1. Farmhouse Barn Door Dog Crate
Source & instructions: Shanty 2 Chic
This absolutely stunning dog crate from Shanty 2 Chic is one of our favorites on this list for three reasons:
1. Affordability (it's relatively cheap)
2. Easy to build
3. We love the way it looks!
Scroll down to the bottom of the blog post for a free PDF building plan with all the materials & instructions you need to build this gorgeous rustic crate that will look gorgeous in any farmhouse style home.
2. DIY Dog Crate Nightstand
Source & instructions: Wood Shop Diaries
For smaller dogs, this nightstand turned dog crate is such a great idea!
Your dog likes to hang out either around or IN your bed at night anyway, right? So turning your bedside table into a crate makes perfect sense and is a great way to save space.
And oh, it looks great too!
3. Repurposed Crib Dog Crate
Source & instructions: My Repurposed Life
This one wins the prize for the most ingenious idea out of all on this list. Turn an old crib into your dog's new crate!
The best part about this one is: finding an old, used crib should be relatively easy.
Just keep an eye out for garage sales and keep checking Craigslist. If you're really lucky you might even find one in Craigslist's "free" section, like the author of the instructions for this beautiful crate did.
4. Fancy DIY multi-purpose console table kennel
Source & instructions: 731 Woodworks
If you're looking for something a little fancier, this beautiful crate that doubles as a console table should fit the bill.
Because of it's size, all the details and the stained wood, this crate will take more time (and money) to build, but it's a great option for larger breed dogs and for owners who want a "higher-end" option.
The author/builder estimates that this one weighs about 200 pounds, so it's heavy!
Pssst... before we continue down the list:
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5. DIY Dog Crate Cover & End Table
Source & instructions: Heather's Handmade Life
If you already have a crate (that we all know don't come cheap) and you don't like the idea of completely replacing it, this DIY dog crate "cover" that doubles as an end table is definitely right for you!
It's an easy and affordable build and while it may not melt in as well with the rest of your furniture as some of the other crates on this list, it still looks really, really nice and is definitely a great "upgrade".
6. DIY Dog Crate Table Hack
Source & instructions: Snazzy Little Things
Ok, so you want something even easier?
This is the ultimate "hack" where you just find a table of a suitable size - tall enough to fit your crate underneath, and add a cute curtain to the side.
If you're not into building things, this is a fantastic no-building-required solution!
7. DIY Dog Crate Slipcover
Source & instructions: 11 Magnolia Lane
Ok, so instead of building something, this idea involves sewing and is an easy way to disguise your existing dog crate with a beautiful slipcover.
If you're better at sewing than building and like the look of this slipcover, this might be a great option for you.
8. DIY Sliding Door Dog Crate
Source & instructions: Wood Shop Diaries
This beautiful crate, while it may not double as actual furniture, it's a relatively easy and affordable crate with a very functional design that includes a sliding door.
If you're not looking to spend too much and isn't that experienced with woodworking, this DIY crate hits a sweet spot between affordability, style and ease of building.