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Going to the Dogs--DIY Dog Crate Nightstands


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
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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!
going to the dogs diy dog crate nightstands, diy, painted furniture, pets, pets animals, woodworking projects
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!
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  • Ranger
    on Apr 2, 2016

    I think the idea is a great one, except for the front piece. I just can't imagine locking a dog in its night 'sanctuary'?? Did they sleep beside the bed with freedom before?

    • Debbie Nottingham
      on Oct 23, 2018

      I actually went back to reread this (you are so right). I knew there is nothing on about locking in at night. Personally I do lock them in at night without worry or problems. They love their crates at night. And especially as a refuge when they are frightened. I too prefer knowing where my pets are in a fire/etc. instead of hunting them down risking my and their lives.

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  • Hunter Green
    on Jun 25, 2017

    Great idea, especially if you have a pooch who poops in the bedroom. Keeps one from stepping in poo in the dark.
  • Eva Estep Smith
    on Jul 30, 2017

    Love what you did it's beautiful and your pet is close by.
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