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Going to the Dogs--DIY Dog Crate Nightstands

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My sister asked me to come over and help her with some storage ideas in her bedroom and closet. The first thing I noticed when I walked in the bedroom was that she didn't have any nightstands. I asked if she would like some nightstands and pointed out that it would provide some extra storage. She is very minimalist and doesn't like a lot of furniture, so I knew she would say no. The dogs sleep beside the bed and she didn't want nightstands in the way. I didn't push it, but a couple weeks later she texts me asking if I would make some nightstands. Totally knew that was coming. Sometimes I just have to plant the seed and wait :)

She wanted a dog crate nightstand like this one from Ana White. But just like with the fireplace I made her, she wanted it customized. She gave me the dimensions she wanted and I modified the plans and added the drawer. You can pretty much follow Ana's general plan for the crate (adjust measurements as needed for your particular size). Please see blog post below for more details. To add a drawer, just make the top piece on both sides a 1x6 piece, add wood drawer slides, and make a simple drawer to fit the space.
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I also used a solid piece of plywood for the bottom and the back. Ana's version had "bars" in the back to match the sides.

Be sure to attach the top before the drawer slides. I used pocket holes and screws to attach the top. Then I attached the drawer slides using pocket holes and screws as well.
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I made a simple drawer to fit in this space and I made the sides and back just deep enough to where they wouldn't rub on the top when you slid it in and out. I stapled 1/4" plywood on the bottom, so don't forget to add this in the drawer height as well. I used a 1x6 piece for the front. Below are the two "drawers" before attaching the front 1x6 piece and the 1/4" plywood bottom.
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I also made a door to fit the opening once the drawer was installed. I painted the bottoms white and stained the top. I didn't paint any of the inside because I didn't want the dogs chewing on anything and eating any paint.
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Add a simple knob, two hinges, and a latch to the front and it's done!
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  • going to the dogs diy dog crate nightstands, diy, painted furniture, pets, pets animals, woodworking projects
And now, I present Sissy's two dogs, Rufus and Wally!
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I think Rufus is a little more excited about the new crates than Wally. But my sister and her husband seem to like them, too. Which is more my concern than if the dogs like them haha.

Although this doesn't provide my sister A TON of storage, it does give her two more drawers she didn't have before, another surface to set things on, and a cuter place to house the dog beds. It's a win!

Looks like my storage ideas are "going to the dogs" these days. Get it? I guess I should give my sister credit for the idea. She has these ideas and I just interpret them and bring them to reality. We make a good team I guess :)
Here's to many more project collaborations with my sister! Maybe for the next one, I can talk her into painting haha!
Until the next project, happy DIYing!
For more information about the project, please click the blog post below.

To see more: https://chasingadreamblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/going-to-the-dogs-diy-dog-crate-nightstands

  • Sandra Crosbie

    I love this. So cute and practical. I'd make sure my side was the small dog side. Can you imagine trying to sleep with your other half snoring and the bulldog snoring too. Lol!

  • Arlene S. King

    May I suggest you use piano hinges the next time, so you don't see them?

  • Sandi Reynolds
    Sandi Reynolds Searcy, AR

    Very good job! Awesome;-) lucky sissy or I should say, blessed sissy!

  • Jackie
    Jackie Kissimmee, FL

    I just have one question.....Why are dogs crated anyhow. I am not being sarcastic just old and don't know.

    • Gary Canada
      Gary Canada Greenville, FL

      @Jackie I remember those days... but when you had your dog indoors all the time it was still good to have a corner or area they could call their own... I do miss the Good Ole' Days...

  • Monica
    Monica Browns Valley, CA

    Perfect! How special to be able to collaborate and work with your sister!

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