4 panels – 32″ x 4′ Roman Vinyl Privacy Lattice Panel
Instructions for DIY decorative dog crate cover
The TÄRENDÖ table from IKEA is perfect since it has metal magnetic legs.
(Update: The TÄRENDÖ table seems to be discontinued. Use the IKEA SANDSBERG table instead. It has similar dimensions and metal legs which is key for this IKEA hack.)
First, build the table according to the IKEA instructions.
Measure each side of the table. You’ll want to cut the lattice panels to this size.
I wanted the panel’s straight edge to be at the bottom, so I cut the top of the lattice pieces.
Then, I measured from the center of the panel, so the main design is included on each panel.
Next, I cut 3 pieces of the lattice so they fit on the outside of the table. You want the pieces cut so they can connect to the table with the magnets.
Apply magnets to one side only of the lattice with hot glue or Krazy glue. One lattice side will want to be placed on the interior side of the table. This will allow the table to have an exposed metal top rail to place the door lattice cover piece when you want to be able to open the dog cage door.
Not only will this add some delight to your home but it is always handy to have another flat surface table around too!
How long did this DIY dog crate cover hack take? And costs?
I cut the lattice pieces with a ZipSnip because I really wanted to complete this project on my own without help. The whole project (not including the cage which I already had) cost me about 100 dollars. Once I started it took me about 4-5 hours. Using the ZipSnip I had to stop and recharge so that added to my time.
I have gotten some really great compliments from my friends and family. Peppermint Patty didn’t skip a beat using this new cage so I would call it a success.
Meggie’s mom repurposed an old BESTÅ TV unit (which they originally bought with the optional steel, chrome-plated underframe). She removed the center pegs and shelf and added a cozy bed pad inside the frame.
To complete the dog bed with curtains, she made two separate curtains from woven-cotton fabric backed with muslin. She cut a piece of fabric to cover the width of the BESTÅ frame and assembled the pair of curtains with her sewing machine. The curtains are fixed to the top of the kennel with Velcro strips. It works superbly and can be easily removed for washing. Meggie loves the privacy and easy access to her little den.
The dimensions of the GULLIVER changing table are a perfect fit for Leslie’s dog crate (which sleeps dogs up to 40lbs). And, the open bars on the side allow for great air circulation and light. Plus, the best part is this is a super simple DIY project.
She assembled the changing table, without the middle shelf. Then she added a tension curtain rod under the top shelf. The curtains are the same ones she used on her window — the IKEA MATILDA sheer curtains. All she did was cut the curtain to size and iron hemmed them. No sewing skills necessary! Once the curtains are drawn, the crate cover blends seamlessly with the decor as a bedside table with a hidden dog crate.