How to Make an End Table From a Dog Crate

Updated March 23, 2017

Dog crates provide a safe and convenient place for your pets and keep them away from restricted areas. While dog crates are good for your pets, it is not necessary that you live with an ugly pet crate. You can embellish your dog crate and make an end table from it. You can use the end table as a decorative feature for your home. This guide takes you through the steps for making an end table using your dog crate.

Take measurements of your existing dog crate. Take accurate measurements of height and width on all sides of the crate as well as the top and bottom surfaces. This is essential because the end table you are designing should be wide enough to cover your dog crate from the top of the crate.

Decide the dimensions for your end table. The dimensions should be large enough to be spacious for the dog but not too large for an end table. While adding 1 to 2 inches to each dimension of the crate should suffice normally, take extra care and use your own discretion on the addition of inches so it is safe for your dog and would aesthetically do well.

Cut plywood using a saw for the sides and the back of end table. Make sure the height and the width of the panels are comfortably larger than that of the crate.

Attach the sides and the back panel to each other using hammer and nails. You now have a three-sided table.

Prepare a door frame of preset dimensions using wood board. Fit a chicken wire to the frame for ventilation.

Fix the door frame to the front of the end table with metal hinges.

Prepare the top for your end table. Make sure that the top dimensions are large enough to extend the top on all sides over the table structure. Fix the table top with carpenter's glue.


Use sandpaper on the tabletop for a smooth finish. You can use a pet-safe paint on the table as well for a long lasting finished look.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • Wood board
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Chicken wire
  • Metal hinges
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Paint
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Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.