Beautify Your Dog's Crate With This Simple Table Build

I’m all about creating usable space that’s functional and beautiful, and this simple table build did both. Not all pets need a crate, but in our case Buddy is a rescue. He was surrendered at 3 years old because of behavioral issues, and then he found us! He came with a “7 Day Free Trial” — which was very telling! He’s a puppy mill puppy and came with his Pedigree papers, a crate and some instructions on his routine. The crate made him feel safe. Most of his “issues” are now completely gone! Our only complaint is that we couldn’t use this corner for much more than the dog’s crate, so we took matters into our own hands and created a little “house” inside of our home.

This project is what gave Buddy his “15 seconds of fame” and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, the print issue of January 2017.
BEFORE: Buddy’s crate is medium size. He hangs out there when he “needs to get away from it all. I felt like having a tabletop would allow me to get more organized in this space. It’s great to have a place to store some of his chew toys, snacks and grooming supplies. Prior to meeting Buddy, I had rescued 23 pets (before my DIY days). But then, we met Buddy. His separation anxiety is VERY intense when we (namely, when I) leave the house. But it’s getting much better.
To make this table, you’ll need:
  • Medium sized pet crate / kennel
  • Two tension rods fitting up to 36″ in length
  • 4 x 28″ table legs (prebuilt)
  • 5 x 1″ x 4″ pine boards for the tabletop
  • Cafe style curtains – any style and
  • Adhesive hemming tape to iron
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Sunbleached Stain
  • Kreg Jig
For the tabletop, we used 1″ x 6″ pine boards (5 of them) and used a Kreg Jig to splice them together. We can help you use the Kreg Jig to make your tabletop. It’s really easy!
We hung tension rods on the underside of the table, and then hung cafe curtains on the rods. (I cut down a clearance drape that had a pretty ticking stripe, then used a no sew hem to finish it off).