Creating a Multipurpose Dog Crate

By Basic Organization team member Debbie Baker.

Need an economical, easy, space-saving DIY idea for your dog’s crate? How about turning it into a bedside table?

I recently downsized from a single family home to a small townhouse and needed to get serious about purging possessions, and being creative with those that I couldn’t part with. One was my dog, and his crate! Dogs love to sleep near their owners anyway, so having the crate as a bedside table works great. I needed a cheap, but attractive, top for the crate and came up with this solution, which required practically no tools (most of which I’d purged in the move!).

First thing I did was measure the top of the crate carefully, to get the measurements for the ¼” plywood. I went to the home improvement superstore for my supplies. I had the plywood cut by a clerk, and then I used their miter saw and box to cut the trim that I’d chosen for the top’s frame. I bought a small can of stain/poly mix to match my bedroom furniture. When I got home I used wood glue to secure the trim to the edges of the wood and clamped them until dry. To hide the inevitable (at least for me) gaps I used stainable caulk, and when that was dry I applied the stain. That’s it! My dog loves his home, and I’m happy that it isn’t taking up valuable real estate in the middle of the room!


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