How to Integrate a Dog Den Into Your Home Decor

Even though your dog’s crate training days are over, you may have found that he or she still loves to snuggle up in the cozy security of the bed. Alas, what was supposed to be a temporary eyesore has become a permanent fixture and you’re in need of a more stylish long-term solution. Luckily, cabinetmakers, furniture makers and designers have responded, coming up with all sorts of clever ideas to integrate dog crates around the house.

7 thoughts on “How to Integrate a Dog Den Into Your Home Decor

  1. anywhere near a washer/dryer is not wise. the fumes from detergents and esp. dryer sheets and softener are TOXIC. the heat and lint dust, not to mention the vibration from the machines would be terrifying and extremely uncomfortable for your pets. frankly, other suggestions are bothersome. the crate under a tv subjects your animal to static and extreme volumes of noise, across from a stove would have noxious cooking fumes and grease splatter. these need to be reconsidered…..

  2. Becky, thank you so much for including the ASPCA tips on crate training. I would add, don’t crate a dog suffering from separation anxiety w/o proper training. It makes their anxiety infinitely worse.

  3. We had a Golden Retriever for 12 years. He was a great dog and even though he had a crate we eventually disposed of it because he adopted the front entry coat closet as his den. The closet had 2 bi-fold doors and I would leave one set open and he would curl up behind the closed one under our coats. This was a perfect solution for him because it was never necessary to contain him when we were gone.

  4. Please make certain your fur-baby has plenty of room, to stand, to stretch, turn around and to be able to stand up without being cramped.

  5. With so many custom solutions shown, none of them addressed my own concern with the doors. When doors are left open for the dog to come and go, the doors are in the way of traffic and at a minimum unsightly. Even the pictures shows my issue of the open door being in the way of space or generally looking out of character for such organized and pleasing spaces.

    It is not necessary to shut or lock the door and even against the concept of crating. The crate is supposed to be a safe space for the dog to call home and should be able to go in and out anytime. A locking door is simply for the times when the dog is unattended and needs to be contained.

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