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Dog Crate Ideas -- Where to Find Cool Crates You Won't Need to Hide

Updated on December 30, 2010

Beyond the Basic Dog Crate--Options That Look Good in the House

A dog crate is an awesome training tool, and it can provide a cozy haven for your favorite pooch, but there are a lot of ugly crates out there.

Fortunately, with a little research, you can find some very cool crates that you won't feel the need to hide when guests come over!

Dog Crate Covers Are an Easy Update

A cover is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your existing dog crate

A lot of the cool dog crate options we'll look at involve buying a new crate or piece of furniture with a crate built in. But if you've got a perfectly functional crate already, it might not make sense to spend money on something brand new. What you may want to check into are dog crate covers.

These covers are just what they sound like: little fabric pieces that are designed to fit over a crate.

Some of the perks are that they can make a crate more attractive and less noticeable, and these covers can also make your canine buddy more comfortable. One of the reasons dogs can learn to be comfortable in crates is that they feel like they're in cozy little dens, just as dogs in the wilds would use. A cover enhances the den-like feeling by making it dark and sheltered inside for Fido.

Covers come in a number of fabrics and patterns. Choose solid if you want something inconspicuous, but if you want your dog crate to proudly stand out, have some fun. Animal prints, anyone?

Just make sure you measure your crate before you pick up a cover, as you'll want to ensure the one you order fits!

Below you'll find some dog crate covers that can be purchased at Amazon.

Examples of Dog Crate Covers - There are lots of dog crate cover styles available through Amazon

If you see a cover you like, click through to Amazon to check out the stats (or browse other covers for sale over there):

Consider a Dog Crate Made from Wood, Wicker, or Other Stylish Materials

Go beyond the classic metal crate for some great looks

When you're at the pet store, you may feel there are not many dog crates to choose from. Your store probably features plastic and metal. Not very exciting materials, and not something I particularly want sitting in my living room!

Fortunately, if you expand your search, you can find crates made from more attractive materials. You might even be able to find something that goes nicely with your existing furniture.

Wood and wicker are examples of different dog crate materials. Check the Amazon links below to see some stylish alternatives to those ugly metal crates:

Examples of Wicker Dog Crates - Pick up a wicker dog crate from Amazon

Lots of wicker styles below--click through to check them out more closely:

Dog Crates That Look Like Furniture

No need to disguise a dog crate that doubles as a table or other piece of furniture

Some of my favorite dog crates are the ones that look like classy pieces of furniture. The most common furniture crates double as side or bedside tables. Set your books, table lamps, and other knick knacks on top, and give Fido a cozy place to hang out below.

You can find these table dog crates in a variety of styles. There are very modern versions, and there are also classic wood models.

Some of these crates are so cleverly put together that guests won't even realize you've got a dog crate in the house unless Fido ambles into his hidden bed while visitors are over!

List of Companies That Create Cool Dog Crate Furniture - Custom dog crates and stylish crates that double as furniture

Check out the links below to find companies that specialize in creating custom dog crates or crates designed to double as furniture.

Designer Dog Crate Table from "Crate Haven"

Designer Dog Crate Table from "Crate Haven"
Designer Dog Crate Table from "Crate Haven"

Modern Dog Crate Side Table from "Den Haus"

Modern Dog Crate Side Table from "Den Haus"
Modern Dog Crate Side Table from "Den Haus"

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Dog Crate Visitors, Have Your Say! - Want to see more on dog crates or just want to say hi?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It also house trains them, it teaches hem to hold it until you get home and let them outside.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I put my dogs in crates when im not home to keep them from getting into trouble. It doesn't hurt them it trains them. They also sleep in them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi, i don't get it. why do you people have to put your dogs in crates?!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just bought my amish wood dog crate from http://www.mywooddogcrate.com .. great people great product.. easy to deal with

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Those are some great looking dog crates. A little pricey, but you don't have to hide them! Thanks for the great lens!

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      thescubadude 7 years ago

      This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      What a great idea. I keep a couple of dog crates in the basement for my cats to sleep in. I just cover them with blankets, but these covers look nice and tailored.

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      AWildDog 7 years ago

      Nice attractive ones, bet they cost a small fortune! Thankfully we don't need one for my dog!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I used to have to hid it in the mud room!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It is great how some came up with ideas to make dog crates more attractive.

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      Health-Gal 7 years ago

      very interesting lens, never thought there were so many types of crates available, cool topic!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I'd no idea dog crates could be found that are really more like furniture. I bet the pooches who have these tricked out designer dog crates enjoy them as special canine nests.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Awesome stuff, great lens

      Norma

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago

      Some of these crates are comfortable enough to make me want to travel ;)

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago

      great Lens five stars *****

      The other night Son five required my help in lifting A big crate. Huge.

      He told me it was a dog transport basket. It took two of us to lift with out the Dog. I thought the said crate was for a horse rather than a dog.

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      michelledurakis 9 years ago

      wow did not know you could find dog crates like this great lens, i like the modern one.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Those are some unique dog crates.

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      FriesianFarms 9 years ago

      Great Lens, fived & faved !

      We first found these type of kennels a year or two ago in a catalog, we noticed they come in all sizes, even large dogs...it's great that you have gathered them here in one place for us folks to find.

      Thank You !

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      We have a Great Dane and looing for a nice wood crate that's at least interior 45H / 37W / 54L

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Wow! I never knew they made crates that look like tables! I have big dogs, so these probably wouldn't work, but I love the idea and the lens. 5*

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Hee hee hee...dog crates gone funky! Love it! great idea for a lens :)

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      What a very Stylish Doggy house. I really like the Side table form Den house. do you have those kind but could fit a Rott in it?

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      alslad 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Gone to The Dogs group!

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