Your pooch's crate can be a safe haven, offering comforting sanctuary from the loud, scary world. It's all the more comforting to Bernie if he can seek solace in his crate, yet still be in the same room with you while you lie in bed to read or kick back in your recliner to watch television. You might not have the room or the inclination to put a dog crate in your living room or bedroom, but turning it into an end table will make it doubly functional as a usable piece of furniture that fits in with your decor.
Measure the length and the width of the top surface of your dog's crate using the tape measure.
Mark off the measurements of the top of the dog crate on the plywood using the tape measure and the pencil.
Cut the plywood to the size of the dog crate using the saw and the pencil markings as guidelines.
Sand the sides of the plywood to smooth out the rough edges.
Obtain the measurements of the part of the crate that will be covered in fabric. Start at the floor and measure up one side, across the top and down the other side. Add 10 inches to this measurement. You already have the measurement front to back of the top surface; add 2 inches to that.
Mark off the measurements of the crate on the fabric using the tape measure and the pencil or the straight pins. The width should be the floor-to-floor measurement plus 10 inches and the length should be the front-to-back measurement of the top surface plus 2 inches.
Cut the fabric with the scissors along the pencil or pin markings.
Fold a 1-inch hem on each of the four sides of the fabric and sew the hem into place with the sewing machine.
Place the plywood piece you cut on top of the dog crate.
Drape the fabric over the dog crate, securing the excess length under the bottom edges of the crate.
You can find stain and soil resistant fabric to use on your dog crate end table in colors and prints to match your decor.
Not permanently affixing the fabric to the crate will allow you to disassemble it when you need to use the crate for travel. You can hot-glue the bottom edges of the fabric into place if you won't be using the crate for anything else and don't want the material to pull free from under the crate.
Covering the back of the crate with fabric isn't necessary if it will be positioned against a wall. If you do want to cover it, though, measure from the floor up the back and across the top to the front of the crate to obtain the length measurement. You should add 6 inches to that to allow enough fabric for the hem as well as some excess to tuck under the crate.
Items You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
- Thread to match fabric
- Sewing machine
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