9 Design-Friendly Alternatives to the Ugly Dog Crate

Let’s face it, wire crates are ugly. Anyone who has trained a puppy and has had to stare down a pair of imploring eyes from behind a metal grid will probably agree – they’re long overdue a redesign.  

For many dogs, spending time in a crate is a necessary part of everyday life. It’s a place that keeps them safe, makes sure they stay out of their human’s stuff, and also gives them a den-like environment to retreat to. However, for most dog owners, finding an alternative to the cheaply made steel crate is a challenge.

So we’ve done the legwork for you, and hunted down eight alternatives that are a lot easier on the eye, and on your home interiors.  

1. Fido Studio Dog Crate from Omlet

This isn’t just a doggie den, it’s also storage for all the extra stuff your four-legged friends manage to accumulate. It’s pleasingly minimal and comes in wood or white finish to blend into most homes. 

Damien Double Credenza Pet Crate by Archie & Oscar

2. Damien Double Credenza Pet Crate by Archie & Oscar

Why settle for ugly when you could have this beautiful piece of furniture in your home? This spacious wood dog crate from Archie & Oscar features crown moulding on the top and a solidly-hued finish. With the open front and side bars, your pooch can still watch all the household goings on and the beautiful solid top doubles as a space for books, ornaments, or whatever you like really!

3. Hillier Wood Slats Pet Crate from Tucker Murphy Pet

Inspired by mission style end tables, this pet crate is suitable for small dogs and cats. The spacious side slats and lockable door provide plenty of open space for airflow and vision for your pet’s peace of mind. The wood is also chew-resistant and durable.

Rathman & Co double doggie

4. Double Doggy Den by Rathman & Co

Traditionalists will want to check out Rathman & Co’s very refined take on the crate. It comes in several finishes, and could easily do double duty as a TV unit or side table – all while keeping your dog well contained.  

5. Brooke Corner Credenza Crate from Archie & Oscar

One of the biggest complaints about pet crates is the amount of space they take up in your home, that’s why this corner crate from Archie & Oscar is so clever. It fits nicely into a corner of your room, meaning it takes up minimal floor space. Plus, we are all over the gorgeous colour choices!

6. EcoFlex Pet Crate Side Table

This clever dog crate is made from ecoFLEX, a non-toxic recycled plastic-wood polymer composite material that won’t warp, crack or split. Suitable for dogs up to about 23kg, it can easily accommodate small to medium-sized pooches. It also does double-duty as a stylish side table which looks at home in your living room or bedroom.

pretty kennels medio dog kennel

7. Transparent Dog Kennel by Pretty Kennels

There’s no wire grid to be seen in this transparent crate, which swaps metal for scratch- and shatter-resistant acrylic. You can choose from several patterns – anyone for pawprints? – and even customise your hardware. Good for picky pooches.  

Infinity Dog Crate
Image: Rock Star Puppy Boutique

8. Infinity Crate by Rockstar Puppy

Make a statement with your crate, and invest in this hole-punch-patterned kennel. The door slides into place, rather than locking – good for escape artist pups – and it comes in enough sizes to suit tiny pooches and huge hounds.  

9. Slide Aside Dog Crate & End Table from Zoovilla

If you are looking for a safe, spacious and stylish dog crate that can blend seamlessly into your home, this could be it. Apart from doubling as a side table, the Slide Aside Dog Crate has a cleverly designed door which can slide into the unit when you want to leave it open, so you don’t have a door flapping around. Genius!

Have you spotted any stylish alternatives to traditional wire crates? Tell us in the comments below!

Emma Tucker is a London-based writer and editor, who's been covering all things design-related for the past six years. After studying English Literature she spent several years working at magazines including Dezeen and Creative Review, before going freelance. Emma's now a regular contributor to several magazines, including The Spaces and Pitch, and also works with design brands on copywriting and editorial projects. On a day-to-day basis she's assisted by puppy PA and cockapoo Bear.

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