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Dog Crates So Pretty You’ll Want to Display Them

As more and more people head back to the office, the dog crate is becoming increasingly popular, whether or not crate training is part of your usual regimen. It’s also a must-have for a new puppy or a furry friend getting accustomed to an unfamiliar setting. They provide a cozy, den-like spot for dogs that are all their own and give pet parents peace of mind knowing that their four-legged companion isn’t wreaking havoc on the furniture while they’re away. 

But, if you go to most big-box pet stores, it’s likely you are going to have only two options for pet crates: a metal dog enclosure sitting on a plastic pan, or a tan plastic box with a wire door. Neither is particularly design-forward, and they certainly don’t do much to elevate your home. But a growing number of companies have recently released dog kennels that are beautiful, functional, and worthy of display. Here are just a few of our favorite dog crates that’ll give your pet a stylish and safe space. 


How To Build a Custom Dog Kennel

Last Updated:  June 26, 2021

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If you’re going to have a dog kennel it might as well be a beautiful piece of furniture! I didn’t realize finely crafted dog kennels existed until I was shown a picture of a beautifully built kennel and asked if I could create something similar.

This build is a custom piece of fine furniture that is designed for two large dogs. It has two drawers on the outside and the two inside compartments are shelves for electronics with fold down doors.

Building the Face Frame

Start by milling the poplar parts for the face frame. These pieces end up being about 13/16” thick and 1 7/8” wide. The face of the wide poplar boards are flattened at the jointer before putting that face against the fence and jointing the edge. That edge is then placed against the table saw saw fence and the opposite edge ripped parallel.

I decided to cut all of the mortises with the router and I made this jig to keep them consistent. It also makes the job go much quicker. The jig consists of two poplar boards and some scraps to mark the starting and ending point of the router. All of them are glued to a piece of plywood acting as a platform.

Use a dado stack on the table saw and a sled to cut the tenons. Clamping a stop in place on the table saw sled makes the length of the tenons repeatable and consistent across all of the work pieces.

Test the mortis and tenons until you get a good friction fit. They need to be fairly easy to pull apart to allow for glue swelling but tight enough that the joint will stay together when you pick them up.

router jig for cutting mortises
cutting tenons on the table saw

Once all of the pieces are finished, dry fit the whole frame and use a shoulder plane to tune up any joints that fit too tightly.

Clamp each pair of work pieces that will take bars (top and bottom), measuring and drawing their lines at the same time to ensure alignment. Drill all of the holes for the round metal bars at the drill press with a 7/16” bit.

Now, it’s time to work on the metal bars. Use a chop saw to cut them to length and sand the ends at the disc sander to smooth them out.

Remove any oil or grease with mineral spirits to allow the stock to take paint. The bars get several coats of spray paint and clear coat.

drilling holes for the metal bars
cutting metal bars on the chop saw

To fit the side panels, cut a groove into every workpiece that doesn’t get bars, at the table saw. Sneak up on the width of the groove to get a good friction fit.

A piece of poplar, that will become a side panel, is resawn at the bandsaw. This will allow you to make the wood go further and get it to the desired thickness.

Both pieces are run through the planer to make the sides parallel. I milled these panels way too thin and they ended up curling, causing me problems at assembly. I would suggest making the panel about 1/3 the thickness of the frame.

The panels are fit into the grooves of each face frame piece. Because of the bad curling I had to fight with them, but I was ultimately able to get them to fit.

The front and side face frames will be joined with opposing rabbet joints and they are cut at the router. This was the best way to give the frames plenty of edge grain for glue surface. It ended up being very strong.

The back of the side frames gets a wider rabbet to fit the rear ship lap.

The bottom of the kennel will be one piece of plywood. I use the circular saw to cut the bottom to length.

Attaching the Face Frame to the Base

The 3 frames are dry fit and held together with clamps. Dry fitting seems like it takes a bit longer but it ends saving an enormous amount of time by minimizing mistakes.

After laminating the shelves, they were too wide for my planer so I flatten each side with a hand plane.

Then, TIME TO SAND! Thoroughly sand every piece with a random orbit sander, starting with 100 grit and using 220 grit on the second pass.

Take the time to glue up the 3 sides. The order of assembly was really tricky with this project. I had to balance the need to minimize the parts being glued up at the same time with not boxing myself into a corner. I ended up gluing the major sections before gluing them to the base and each other.

The frames are glued and screwed to the bottom piece and to each other. I used about 35 clamps for this part and still needed more.

Use the miter saw to cut each side of the feet at a 20 degree angle.

The feet get glued and screwed to the base in an evenly spread out formation.

assembling the face frame to the base
attaching the feet to the base

After cutting shiplap joints in each back piece, I fit them into the rabbet joints and the back side of the side pieces. They are glued and I shoot brad nails to keep them in place.

At the table saw, tilt the blade and cut 45 degree miters on the trim pieces.

The trim gets attached with glue and a brad nailer.

assembling the shiplap back pieces
attaching the base trim

Painting the Base

Use a spray gun to paint primer on the kennel.

After the first coat of primer thoroughly sand the whole kennel with 220 grit sandpaper on the random orbit sander.

Spray 2 coats of a milk paint. Milk paint is not the greatest liquid to spray with an HVLP. I had to really fiddle with the settings to get a setup that would work. It was slow, but I eventually laid down a nice, even coat.

Building Drawers and Shelves

The main body assembly is finished up by installing the shelf dividers and drawer cleats with pocket screws.

Use the table saw to cut a rabbet joint into each end of the drawer pieces. Rabbets are a great joint that is easy to cut with the right tools.

Cut a slot about 1/2 inch from the bottom of each drawer piece and slide a 1/4” piece of plywood for the bottom. The drawers are assembled with glue and screws.

The drawers are mounted to the drawer slides using this drawer slide Kreg jig.

Trim the drawer face sides with a hand plane, as needed. I like a 1/16” gap all around the drawer front.

To get an even gap all around the drawer face I use playing cards. My preferred method, when I have the room, is to clamp the drawer fronts in place once I have the right spacing and size and then drive two screws in the correct alignment for the eventual drawer handle.

Use this hinge jig to drill the holes for the hinges in the back of the 2 middle drawer faces. This jig makes installing these cup hinges almost foolproof.

The hinges are installed and adjusted.

Use a chisel to cut the mortises in the doors. I don’t have a leg vise, and it was difficult to mount the door in my bench vise. I was able to get it sturdy enough to work on and the chiseling went along without issue.

Holding the doors up to the base, mark the location of the mortises with a marking knife.

attaching the drawers and drawer slides
using playing cards to position and attach the drawer fronts

Building the Top

The top is cut to length with the circular saw and a track saw attachment.

Use enough clamps and braces to keep the top even and flat during glue up. Use hardwood cauls covered in tape to aid in putting even pressure across a wide surface.

Use the random orbit sander to sand the top thoroughly with 100 grit followed by 220 grit using slow, even passes.

Trim the sides on the table saw to even them up.

The edges of the top are rounded over with a trim router.

Spray the base with 3 coats of water based polyurethane. Water borne poly is another liquid that isn’t great to spray with an HVLP. But, it can be done with the right setup.

The top gets 3 coats of oil based polyurethane which is much easier to spray.

Using a forstner bit, cut a shallow hole for the figure 8 fasteners. These fasteners need to have room to swivel back and forth. Attach the top by drilling the screws underneath through the fasteners.

clamping up the top
spraying finish on the top

Usually, larger projects – and this one is HUGE – are less complicated than smaller, intricate builds. But, a combination of making it up as I went along and all the parts that went into this thing – made this a months-long build.

I’m happy with the way it turned out and the client is too. I don’t think I would ever build another, but it’s one of those projects that taught me a lot about solving problems.

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There are many reasons why you might want to keep your canine in a crate at home from time to time.

What can you do if you don’t want an unsightly metal dog crate spoiling the lines of your home, then?

The obvious answer is to invest in a dog crate that’s designed like an end table. These will look more like a natural part of the room rather than a utilitarian piece of dog equipment.

Now, a dog furniture bed is not a great fit for all canines. In general, smaller dogs are better suited to this style of crate. Aggressive chewers will usually work their way through the bars of these crates, so they are best avoided if this sounds like your pooch.

For smaller, gentle dogs, though, furniture crates are a smart choice.

What should you look for when you’re comparing the best dog crate end tables, then?

  • Make sure the crate will work for all life stages: Dog crates are not cheap, and you shouldn’t object to investing in your dog’s comfort and welfare. To maximize the value you get from your investment, make sure the crates on your shortlist will accommodate your dog as he gets older and bigger. The last thing you want is to need another crate
  • Don’t get one of these crates thinking it will work as a travel crate: Most furniture dog crates are too heavy and bulky to work well as portable travel crates. Look for a dedicated travel crate
  • Think about the materials: You should expect a metal crate to last longer than a plastic one, even if it doesn’t look as attractive. The bulk of the crates we review today are wooden. Unless your dog chews aggressively, this makes the best choice of material for a dog crate you want to blend in with the rest of your room
  • Ventilation: You should ensure that all the dog crates on your shortlist provide your dog with sufficient airflow and ventilation. You want him safely contained, but not at the expense of his comfort or welfare

OK, with those basics in place, you should be ready to compare crates. Take the above pointers in mind, but you’re most likely to choose a furniture crate based on which one looks best in your room. Take account of all the above, and then choose based on design for the ultimate in ease.

Let’s get right down to business with our dog crate end table reviews. is reader-supported. When you buy via the links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you.

The 8 Best Dog Crate End Tables

1. Our #1 Pick:New Age Pet End Table



  • Polymer composite
  • For dogs to 50 pounds
  • 5 x 21.1 x 25.2 inches

Our favorite dog crate end table comes from New Age Pet, so what makes it stand out?

Firstly, the fact it doesn’t stand out is actually the key selling point. The last thing you want is a large crate inside the house, even if it does happen to contain your precious furball. This crate looks more like a traditional end table than a dog crate so it will blend in rather than making a jarring addition to the room.

The crate comes in multiple sizes to suit. This is the medium crate designed for dogs up to 50 pounds. This should cater for most medium breeds.

The crate is made from an eco-friendly material called Ecoflex. This is a recycled material and the plastic-wood is easy to clean, non-toxic, and complete sustainable. Given a crate’s intended purpose, you’ll be delighted to know that Ecoflex is hardwearing, too.

You’ll need to take care of some minor assembly when your crate arrives, but you won’t need any tools, and you won’t require any special skills either.

Aside from a few gripes about boisterous dogs making light work of this crate, we feel it makes the best choice for anyone looking for a dog crate resembling an end table suitable for small and medium-sized dogs.

Things We Like

  • Choose from multiple sizes to suit
  • Secures your dog indoors elegantly
  • Made from sustainable materials

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about strength

2. Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate



  • Wood
  • For dogs to 25 pounds
  • 5 x 20 x 24 inches

If you didn’t like the look of the plasticky crate we kicked off with, we have an all-wooden offering up next, this time from Casual Home.

The crate is made in Thailand and the solid wooden build is designed to stop Fido from chewing his way through the bars. A few disgruntled customers with aggressive chewers found they worked their way through this crate. You may want to rethink if you have a forceful, powerful small dog.

Now, you should be aware that this crate is only intended for much smaller dogs. If your furball tips the scales at over 25 pounds, you should consider one of the other sizings. There are multiple other options at your disposal so it’s worth taking your time to get this right.

You won’t need much by the way of assembly, and you should be up and running out the box in minutes.

The top of the table can be used for storing any accessories or treats you need close at hand. Alternatively, you could use it to pop some ornaments on giving your room an extra touch of class.

There’s a small but effective safety latch that should prevent your pooch from making his way out of the crate.

Although this crate is only for smaller dogs, the manufacturer offers you plenty of alternatives sizes, and this is one of the best and most cost-effective wooden dog crates out there.

Things We Like

  • Safety latch on the outside
  • Rugged wooden build
  • Blends in nicely with furniture

Things We Dislike

  • Some dogs might chew through slats

3. Merry Pet Configurable Pet Crate and Gate




  • Wood
  • For dogs to 45 pounds
  • 40 x 28 x 31.5 inches

Merry Pet serves up a multipurpose dog storage solution. This works as both a crate and a pet gate giving you double the value for money.

The crate is fashioned from a solid wood veneer that should fit well with your furniture while returning an impressive lifespan. As with all these crates, it’s best avoided if Fido chews aggressively. The cage is made from metal but it still won’t stand up to the attention of larger, powerful pups.

Available in 2 sizes, this is the larger version and good for dogs up to 45 pounds. This should be a good fit for small and medium dogs.

You can use the top surface of this crate for display or storage making a great addition to any room where space is at a premium.

Panels are removable giving you a great deal of freedom.

At the bottom of the crate is a removable plastic tray to keep your floor clean and to make it easier to stay on top of maintenance.

Break the crate down and use it as a gate giving you the option of letting Rover sleep in the crate overnight then demarcating a no-go zone with the gate during the day.

Things We Like

  • Neat multipurpose solution
  • Adjustable panels
  • Ideal for medium breeds

Things We Dislike

4. Petsfit Wooden Dog House




  • Wood
  • For dogs to 30 pounds
  • 6 x 25 x 5.6 inches

Petsfit has a great dog crate for owners of small and gentle breeds. The upper suggested weigh limit is 30 pounds, and the delicate design means it’s not well-suited to feisty canines.

The appearance of this dog house is much more like a traditional end table than a dog crate. Despite this, you’ll still benefit from all the functionality you need in a containment solution.

You cannot open the top of this crate, so the only access is through the small wire door on the front.

The wooden build means the crate should slot into a variety of design schemes without looking out of place.

The iron door is lockable so you should keep even adventurous smaller dogs safely tucked away.

Holes on the side of this crate give you welcome handholds if you need to shift this thing around. The holes also provide excellent ventilation for Rover.

The bottom of the crate is raised off the floor and it’s non-slip so you won’t see your pooch sliding around.

If you’re looking for a compact and attractive alternative to a traditional dog crate, this deserves your further investigation.

Things We Like

  • Rugged build quality
  • Easy to clean and non-toxic
  • Sits well with most decor

Things We Dislike

  • Only for much smaller dogs

5. Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate




  • Polymer composite
  • For dogs to 50 pounds
  • 5 x 20 x 24 inches

We have another composite kennel up next from Casual Home with this polymer crate that looks at a glance like it’s made from real wood.

Choose from a variety of sizes to suit. This small crate is aimed at dogs under 50 pounds. There’s no divider included, so it may not make the best choice if you have more than one small pup.

The gate is lockable so you should keep Fido safely tucked where you want him.

Designed to resemble an end table, you can integrate this crate into your room without it looking out of place.

Keeping this thing clean couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is wipe it down with a damp cloth and some mild detergent.

The mission-style door makes it easy for your smaller dogs to slip in and out of the crate.

Open slats all around the side promote excellent airflow and make sure your mutt stays cool even if the it’s hot and sticky outside.

Although the majority of user testimony is positive, a handful of users suggest that the sizing recommendations are imprecise. We suggest you do your own due diligence here. Overall, this is a superb and subtle dog crate from a brand you can rely on.

Things We Like

  • Sleek aesthetics
  • Lockable gate
  • Easy to wipe down and clean

Things We Dislike

  • Customer service is a let-down

6. Richell Wooden End Table Crate




  • Wood
  • For dogs to 44 pounds
  • 25 x 31.1 x 24 inches

The Richell Store is packed with some great pet products like this understated dog furniture crate. Looking just like an end table, you can drop this into a traditional or modern room without feeling like you’ve got something unwanted in the house.

There are 3 sizes of crate to choose from. This medium-sized model is ideal for dogs up to 44 pounds. As with all crates like this, they tend to be more effective with smaller and medium-sized dogs anyway.

You can open the door fully to make it super-simple for Rover to get in and out.

It’s just as easy to remove the liner, too. This simplifies clean-up wonderfully.

The bars all round this crate mean there’s no issue with ventilation. Keep your pooch safely contained without ever feeling hot or sticky.

Things We Like

  • Removable tray
  • Use top for storage
  • Easy to keep clean

Things We Dislike

  • Some complaints about inaccurate sizing

7. Lugenia Pet Crate




  • Wood
  • For dogs to 70 pounds
  • 23 x 24 x 29 inches

As we edge to the end of our quest for the best dog crate end tables, we have a superb example from Lugenia here.

Now, if you’re looking for a cheap dog crate, this is absolutely not for you. If, on the other hand, you’re shopping for furniture crates primarily based on aesthetics and you’re not too price-sensitive, this is just what you’ve been waiting for.

Fashioned from solid wood with melamine floors, this crate is built to endure. You can choose from 4 striking finishes to coordinate with your décor.

There are 3 sizes available when you’re choosing your crate:

  • Small: For dogs from 11 to 25 pounds
  • Medium: For dogs from 26 to 40 pounds
  • Large: For dogs from 41 to 70 pounds

The crate opens from the side or the top, and you can also opt for a right-handed or left-handed door depending on the configuration of your room.

All the panels are assembled using a mortise and tenon construction giving you exceptional strength and lifespan as well as impressive attention to detail.

The bars on the crate can be removed if you see fit giving you even more options depending on the temperament of your furball.

The removable top makes this crate super-simple to clean and maintain. The crate is only suitable for use indoors. Check out some of the weatherproofed models above if you need an outdoor dog crate.

If you’re shopping to a tighter budget, this crate misses the mark. If you appreciate quality and don’t mind paying a premium for it, this is arguably the best dog crate end table you can find. See what you feel.

Things We Like

  • Multiple sizes to suit
  • Commanding design
  • Ventilation windows

Things We Dislike

  • Certainly not the cheapest dog crate

8. New Age Pet Dog Crate and End Table




  • Recycled plastic-wood
  • For dogs to 80 pounds
  • 4 x 24 x 28 inches

New Age Pet has a deep bench of crates ideal for all sizes of dogs. Of the 4 options they produce, this large model is ideal for bigger breeds to 80 pounds. How does it shape up, then?

As one of the two larger crates, you benefit from double latches so even if you have an aggressive larger dog, he should still find it impossible to get out.

Made from recycled plastic-wood composite, this looks much more like an end table than a crate, the intended purpose. Let’s face it, who wants an unsightly metal dog crate cluttering up the living room?

As with all crates of this type, it’s not a good idea to use this for any dogs that haven’t yet been crate trained. As long as they are confident with bladder control, most large dogs should feel quite at home in this crate.

Assembly isn’t too involved and you won’t need to break out the toolbox either.

Keeping this crate clean is a cinch. All you need to do is wipe it down using some water and a mild detergent.

For owners of large breed dogs looking for a solution to crating them at home without an eyesore ruining the room, New Age Pet hits another home run here.

Things We Like

  • Double latches on larger crates
  • Tool-free assembly
  • Works well with larger dogs

Things We Dislike

  • Not a good idea if your pup isn’t crate trained


If you arrived here at BarkVA today without the first idea about dog crate end tables, you should be in a different position now.

Put simply, these crates work well if you want your dog kennel to blend in rather than standing out. This type of stealth crate also gives Fido some much-needed privacy when he’s indoors.

As always, if you stick with the crates we review here, you’ll know precisely what you’re signing up for. We present the benefits and the drawbacks of all the dog gear we review so you can make an informed decision and easily find the right one for your needs.

Take your time to explore our site if you’re not sure about any aspect of using a crate. Check out our advice on how to stop a puppy from crying in his crate to get started. We’d also suggest you bookmark our blog and pop back soon. We update our content daily with impartial product reviews, handy training tips, and comprehensive buying guides to make your life easier every step of the way. We’ll see you soon!

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