Build this beautiful dog crate table! A simple way to to beautify your dog’s corner of the house. This project was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, January 2017.
To quote my daughter, “you’re not a good puppy, but you’re a sweet puppy”. Our dog Buddy was crate trained at the time we adopted him at three years old. His family gave him up for a number of reasons.
My daughter’s assessment was so right. There was an absolute sweetness about Buddy. Anyone that met him, loved him. He was a bit of a celebrity with my kids’ friends.
A little-known fact about me: I rescued and rehomed 16 dogs (and a pregnant momcat + her babies) in 2007.
But none of those dogs were Buddy. He came with a “7 Day Free Trial” which meant he had numerous issues: separation anxiety, peeing and pooping whenever we left the house (in protest), dominance issues, excessive barking. And…he hates other dogs. He was a puppy mill puppy. And evidently…Buddy decided home was here with us.
Dog Crates and Why Some Dogs Need Them
Buddy’s crate was his safe place. It’s where he would go to calm down. His issues were mostly resolved, but still had separation anxiety. Without the crate, he would have likely hurt himself as he panicked and ran all over the house when we left. Dog ownership is no joke. It comes with a lot more gear and responsibility than I ever anticipated. Dogs truly are our “kids”. So just like any kids’ room, I needed a better system when it came to storing Buddy-gear.
Dog Crate Table Building Instructions:
- Medium sized pet metal pet crate -or- pet kennel
- Two tension rods fitting up to 36″ in length
- Four 28″ table legs (prebuilt)
- Five 1″ x 4″ pine boards for the tabletop
- Cafe style curtains – any style
- Kreg Jig
- This tutorial for finishing the wood (see link for painting supplies)
We purchased four Parson’s wood legs, 28″ long I decided on plain, Parson’s legs that you can find at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Build the Apron and Attach the Legs
Tabletop using a Kreg Jig:
For the tabletop, we used 1″ x 6″ pine boards (5 of them) and used a Kreg Jig to splice them together. I will post a more specific photo to help you see how this is done.
Stain the Table:
Then I stained the table to give it a durable driftwood finish, the same method I used on our Restoration Hardware inspired coffee table. I finished with a water based top coat.
Install Tension Rods & Hang Curtain of Your Choice:
We hung tension rods on the underside of the table, and then hung cafe curtains on the rods. I found my curtains on clearance and hemmed them using a no-sew hemming tape. He loves this setup and rests pretty peacefully in there.
FINAL REVEAL: Our New Dog Crate Table!
Featured in Better Homes & Gardens
January 2017 print edition
Read more about the Better Homes & Gardens article here.