In my opinion, traditional dog crates are not very attractive. They’re typically made from black coated metal wire or some form of blah colored rigid vinyl plastic. They’re big, clunky, and the metal ones are annoyingly loud. Most people end up shoving them in the corner, or storing them in some back room to keep them out of the way and out of sight- myself included (yes, my Great Danes are crate trained). A much more practical and visually pleasing solution would be to make your own custom built-in crate. Every home is full of spaces that would work perfectly. Below are some ideas that you may not have thought of…
1. UNDER THE STAIRS
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The space underneath stairs is often times a forgotten place. It’s typically an awkward shape and therefore not ideal for humans to occupy. Occasionally you’ll see it being used as a coat closet or some kind of storage nook, but did you know that it’s also an ideal space for a built in dog crate? It’s small, cozy, and tucked away.
2. IN THE LOWER HALF OF A CLOSET
Closets are also great little nooks that often get over looked. If you’re fortunate to have lots of closet space in your home, then consider converting the lower half of one of them into a built in dog crate. Closets are most often located in bedrooms, so it’s a great way allow your pup to sleep in the same room as you, without him or her taking up any floor or bed space.
3. IN A BASE CABINET
Base, or lower cabinets are ideal for built in dog crates because they are pretty much ready to use. You wouldn’t have to do much building or construction. Just change out or renovate the doors, finish and/or paint the inside, and poof you’ve got a built-in, ready-to-use dog crate. These are often ideal in kitchens and laundry rooms, where cabinets are prevalent.
4. UNDER A LOFTED BED
This is a little more of an unusual idea considering most homes probably don’t have built-in lofted beds, but nevertheless it’s something to consider. The space under the bed is usually useless, but if you get a lofted bed, all of sudden your floor, and storage, space doubles. Making it another prime location for a built in dog crate. This is another great option for allowing your dog to sleep in the same room as you while still giving them their own separate space.