A crate is not the prettiest piece of furniture to have around a house, even if you love having your dogs around. Hiding a crate is an excellent solution to a visibly unpleasant situation. The best thing about it is that there are so many choices!
Integrating them as a part of the home makes them stick out less like a sore thumb and more like a cute accessory. Here are six ways you can make your dog’s kennel blend into the rest of your home.
Use It as a Counter
Creating a counter with a dog kennel is easy to do because of its standard shape. As it is already in a sturdy square or rectangle, adding a countertop or building the entire kennel with a counter on top is a sure way to take the eyes away from the kennel. It blends into the background as another piece of furniture and can be made either big or small to fit the most convenient spot.
A Set of a Doggy Drawers
Creating a kennel or adding to one should cause you to think outside the box. Imagine ways you can maximize and design the space around it. One example is to make a piece of furniture with drawers in the middle, on top, or on either side of the kennel. Whatever best suits your pups and their size will also give you room for extra storage and more organization, while looking design-friendly.
Decorate the Crate
Perhaps thinking of the crate as a piece that needs to be hidden isn’t the best way to go about it. Instead, discover ways to make it match the surrounding décor. Encase it in a wooden frame, with pallet slats, or paint the outside. Aiding a wood top can give you space to place pictures or plants on top that make it look more chic and blend it smoothly into its surroundings.
Set of Seats
For most medium-sized dogs, kennels are 21 inches tall. The height of a chair ranges from 17 to 19 inches, and a stool is typically 16-23 inches. Your dog crate can sit perfectly in the middle to act as a seating area. You can even put a piece over it that opens up for storage. Then, the pups can be in the entryway or back area of the home and still get to greet you at the door at the end of each day.
Making a dog kennel with drawers is one thing, but making it into a cabinet can be an entirely different way to approach it. Often, cabinets are left open in the front, with shelves to make things easy to see and access. In the example, one side is a cabinet, the middle is for more substantial objects, and the other transforms into a small dog kennel. Remember to consider breathability, though, so your pup never feels claustrophobic.
This is the brilliant idea of making a dog kennel part of a piece of furniture that most people already have in their home: the TV stand. When everybody is getting ready to settle in front of the TV, the pups are out, cuddling up, or romping in the yard. Then, during other parts of the day and night, the area around the TV is one that people barely notice. Take advantage of the space and use it for the kennel instead of requiring an entire new allotment to put it in the home.
This list contains six bright ideas that make keeping your dog, you, and the house design all in sync. Don’t worry about the potential eyesore of a kennel when you think about getting a new puppy or moving to another home. Instead, integrate it to become a statement or blend in smoothly to the style of your surroundings.
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