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These Stylish Dog Crates Double As Home Decor

Everyone needs a dog crate, but it doesn't have to detract from your style. Dog crate furniture combines function with fun to add finesse to your pup's favorite spot.

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As a certified animal behavior consultant, I teach clients canine house training techniques, as well as how to keep their dogs feeling secure, safe and happy using dog crates. A crate satisfies the dog’s needs for a pooch-friendly private retreat and gives you a safe place to confine your dog when necessary. And thanks to more stylish dog crate furniture hitting the market, it won’t cause an eyesore that distracts from your decor. You can even include fashionable dog toys to complete the look.

Maybe your dog isn’t used to visiting family with toddlers and needs a time out. Or perhaps surgery requires pooch confinement to recover. Older dogs that have potty accidents may need periodic confinement to keep your carpets clean and prevent furniture stains.

The best dog crate furniture blends in with your home decor or even serves as a statement piece. It’s trendy, cute, functions well in small spaces and tells the world your pooch deserves the best. While aesthetic dog crates cost more than the standard unitarian options, they do function as a stylish piece of furniture in your home. Besides, isn’t spoiling your best friend worth it?

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Unipaws Dog Crate
VIA MERCHANT

Best overall

unipaws Furniture Style Dog Crate End Table

The unipaws Dog Crate End Table comes in two colors: white or a dark brown espresso color. And with small, medium and large size options, it’s a good choice for nearly any size dog. It has a side door, plus a front double-door, for easy pup access and cleaning. Featuring three locking latches, it’s designed to keep your dog safe and secure, and the open grillwork provides great ventilation on all four sides. Added bonus: This dog crate furniture comes with its own dog bed.

Pros

  • Comes in two colors and three sizes (up to 70 lbs.)
  • Ample ventilation
  • Two accessible, lockable doors
  • Comes with pet bed
  • Table top holds items (up to 120-200 lbs., based on size)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Not chew-proof (recommended for trained dogs only)

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Ecoflex Pet Crate End Table
VIA MERCHANT

Best value

New Age Pet ecoFlex Pet Crate End Table

The ecoFlex Pet Crate End Table is our most budget-friendly choice. It features recycled polymer/wood composite that won’t warp or crack, has stainless steel tubing spindles and comes in a neutral gray color to fit seamlessly with your decor. Choose from size small, medium, large or extra-large (for dogs up to 100 pounds), and use it as a sophisticated end table in any space. It assembles easily without tools, and the removable table top makes cleaning easy.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Eco-friendly, made from recycled materials
  • Neutral color to fit any decor (can be painted)
  • Comes in four sizes to accommodate dogs up to 100 lbs.
  • Secure latches (one on the smaller sizes, two on larger sizes)
  • Top removes for easy cleaning
  • 10,000+ Amazon ratings
  • Easy assembly (no tools required)

Cons

  • Only one door
  • Chewing dogs may easily remove bars

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Frisco Venice Dog Crate
VIA MERCHANT

Best splurge

Frisco “Venice” Dog Crate Credenza & Mat Kit

The “Venice” Crate Credenza from Frisco offers elegance in this bonus-size doggy dwelling. Recommended for small to medium size dogs weighing less than 40 pounds, this crate provides plenty of airy space, and goes beyond just being an end table (you’ll want to feature it as a main focal point of your home!). Built on a metal frame, the exterior wood boasts a gorgeous removable top lid, and the sturdy locks keep your pet safe. While your dog dozes in style or enjoys his lick mat, you can use the credenza as a media center, computer island or whatever your heart desires (it holds up to 100 lbs. of weight). Added bonus: The credenza includes two crate mats.

Pros

  • Beautiful and stylish, with side grating instead of bars
  • Metal material provides durability and makes cleaning easier
  • Large front double door
  • Top comes off for easy cleaning and open-air aesthetic
  • Open and airy
  • Comes with crate pads
  • Collapsible for storage
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Weighs 100 lbs., requires two to move once assembled
  • More costly (but reviewers noted the long-lasting material made it worth the price)
  • Not designed for large dog breeds

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Fablepet Dog Crate
VIA MERCHANT

Best for little dogs

Fable Pets Crate

This beautiful crate from Fable Pets doubles as a side table and offers minimalist design with clean lines, blond wood and a modern vibe. It comes in two sizes to fit dogs up to 50 pounds. While you’ll be paying more for style and comfort, both your pup and home aesthetic will benefit from this piece. The bent wood design has open vents on three sides, and the fourth side can remain open or close off with a sliding white metal or clear acrylic front-grill gate.

Pros

  • Fits small spaces with enough room for little dogs
  • Beautiful, simple design
  • Handmade, one-of-a-kind piece
  • No swinging gate (it slides into top)
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • On the pricier end (but a handmade, one-of-kind piece might be worth the splurge)
  • Shipping takes 4-6 weeks and product is non-refundable
  • Not designed for larger dogs

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Feandeapwooden Furniture Removable
VIA MERCHANT

Best chew-resistant

Feandrea Dog Crate

Made from particle board, steel frame and metal wire, this dog crate from Feandrea stands up to chewing better than many other dog crate furniture choices (please be aware that no crate prevents chewing altogether). This rustic option offers two finish choices: rustic brown or gray. It features a front and a side door—which you can mount on either end to open in the direction that best suits your space. This dog crate also has a wire floor to allow mess (dog kibble, dust, hair) to drop through to a heavy duty pan beneath for easy cleaning. Alternatively, the pan fits inside for a more comfortable resting spot for your dog. The crate comes in four sizes, priced depending on which suits Fido best.

Pros

  • Chew-resistant
  • Two door opening with adjustable mounting
  • Wire mesh floor and pan for easy cleaning
  • Four sizes for small, medium, large and extra-large dogs
  • More than 1,000 five-star Amazon ratings
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Dimensions are external size of crate, not the internal dog space (may need to size up)

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Natural Ivory Gabled Modern Dog Crate
VIA MERCHANT

Best for giant dogs

Gabled Modern Dog Crate

For dog lovers who want to go the extra mile for jumbo size canines, consider this Gabled Modern Dog Crate from WLOWood. Rather than serving as an end table, the design mirrors human homes, with the gabled design a sure conversation starter. It comes in four sizes, including a jumbo design that can accommodate dogs up to 149 pounds. The custom design costs more, but includes your choice of bed cover material and the option to have your dog’s name inscribed on a bone name panel. This product has a nearly-perfect 4.9-star rating—like these Amazon pet products with nearly-perfect reviews. The cute design will have his tail wagging—and guests’ tongues talking.

Pros

  • Four sizes, including for jumbo dogs
  • Cute and clever design
  • Custom cushion and personalization included
  • Vertical slat openings on sides and floor for ventilation
  • Wood finish available in walnut, white, gray, black and green
  • Thousands of five-star Etsy reviews
  • Easy assembly

Cons

  • On the pricier side (but custom bed and personalized name plate are included in cost of this handmade piece)
  • Not chew-proof or escape-proof

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What to look for when buying dog crate furniture

Consider the following factors when selecting the best dog crate furniture for your pup:

  • Size: A tiny pup grows up, so choose a product that will fit his adult size. For puppy training purposes, the crate shouldn’t have extra space where the pup can potty in one side and sleep in the other. Adult dogs need enough room to stand up, turn around and sleep without crowding. While your dog is standing, measure his length from nose to base of tail (do not measure all the way to tip of tail or the crate will be too large). While your pup is sitting, measure his height from floor to top of head. Add another five inches to your dog’s length and height measurements to get general dimensions. His weight may also be a consideration.
  • Material: Dog crate furniture implies sturdy construction, but that can include plastic, metal, wood or other material. Consider what fits your style.
  • Safety: Remember that dogs may do the unexpected. Chewing not only damages dog crate furniture, but it can also hurt canine teeth (and if swallowed, could cause internal injuries). Upset dogs may destroy the bed padding, tip over the crate or destroy the catch tray trying to escape. There are dog treats on the market to help prevent chewing and calm your dog. Dog crate furniture should have good airflow and visibility for you and your dog to see each other, not wobble if your dog turns around and shouldn’t accidentally catch a paw or tail.
  • Assembly: Smaller dog crate furniture may come fully assembled, but for large dogs, find out ahead of time what tools are required.
  • Movability: Consider if you’ll need to move the crate once in place. Some collapse for convenient movement or storage. But since others are meant to function as furniture, they may not be as transportable.
  • Clean-up: Also take note of cleaning access, especially if you must confine your dog for potty training or illness (be sure to stock up on puppy pads and diapers for these instances). Most dog crate furniture uses wood, which takes extra care to keep tidy from messes or water bowl spills. (Speaking of, you may want to check out one of these no-spill water bowls).
  • Accessibility: Dog crate furniture with more than one entry—front and back, or front and sides, for instance—offers more flexibility for placement in the home, and for ventilation for the dog’s comfort. It also makes placing a comfy dog bed in the bottom easier.

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FAQ

What room should a dog crate be in?

Dogs thrive when treated as part of the family. Place the crate beside your bed if that’s where the dog will sleep at night. Or, since dog crate furniture fits into your existing decor, place it in the family room where you spend most of your time.

Can you put things on top of a dog crate?

If designed to serve as dog crate furniture, the top usually can hold the same type of items as a side table or credenza. Check the specifications of the individual product first. Also, consider if having items you need to interact with (like a computer or media system) would disrupt your dog’s resting place. It’s your dog’s safe den and happy retreat, so choose wisely.

Amy Shojai, CABC
Amy Shojai, CABC, is a certified animal behavior consultant and nationally known authority on pet care and behavior. She began her career as a veterinary technician and is the award-winning author of more than 35 pet titles, including pet-centric thrillers.
She writes for the veterinary and pet products industry, with more than 4,000 articles and columns published. Amy wrote the expert content at puppies.About.com and cat behavior content at cats.About.com (now TheSpruce.com). In addition to Family Handyman, she has written for Reader's Digest, HuffPost, MarthaStewartLiving.com, Chewy.com, DailyPaws.com, FearFreePets.com, HillsPets.com, AdamsPetCare.com, Purina, HomeAgain, Sergeants, Good Good, Catster.com, Dogster.com, Daily Paws and many more.
She hosted the Pet Peeves radio podcast, offers a fun Ask Amy video on YouTube and appears as a pet expert on Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy toured as the national spokesperson for Purina Kitten Chow “Lifetime of Love” and the Cat Chow “Way of Life” and wrote the award-winning “Cats Emotional Health” column as a Cat Chow Mentor for more than a decade.
Amy frequently lectures at conferences and gives webinars about writing as well as a variety of pet-related issues. Perhaps most memorably, she represented the “cat side” and won a nationally televised tongue-in-cheek debate (NBC Today Show, Fox, CNN and others), arguing whether cats or dogs are the more appropriate White House pets.