Dog crates are an amazing way to keep your furry friend safe and secure while you’re out of the house, but they can also be a little unsightly. This is where dog crate covers come into play. Not only can they add a nice design element to your space, but they also enhance the comfort and privacy of your dog.
In addition, dog crate covers can help to keep your dog calm and relaxed in their crate, which can be especially helpful for puppies or dogs who are new to the crate. We all know how difficult it can be to transition a dog into a crate, and we want them to see it as their safe place and not something they should fear!
Top DIY Dog Crate Cover Ideas & Designs
There are all sorts of different ways to make a DIY dog crate cover, so we’ve put together a list of 17 easy ideas to get you started. Whether you’re looking for something simple and understated or something flashy and fun, we’ve got you covered. So without further ado, here are our top recommendations!
1. Kitty Chow
We’re kicking this list off with something that’s no ordinary cover – this nifty little design that places your dog’s crate inside in the mouth of a cat! Perfect for pups with a sense of humor and dog parents who appreciate a little irony, this DIY is a snap to put together and is sure to elicit a few laughs from visitors.
To make the kitty look even more realistic, be sure to paint the outside of the crate in appropriate colors. A blue cat might not look as convincing as a brown one, for example.
2. Repurposed Curtains
Looking for a convenient crate cover with some whimsical style? Repurposed curtains may be the answer for you. This easy DIY just requires a little bit of sewing and can be tailored to fit any size crate. You could even use a fun fabric print or go with a solid color to really make it your own.
The example in the image above uses café-style curtains that work double duty as a door and window flap, but you could always just use the top part of the curtain – or cut out an opening and simply tack it to the inside of your crate.
3. Functional Flap Cover
Sometimes, the best ideas are the most functional ones. This custom dog crate cover is easy to make and even easier to use since it provides full coverage for your dog’s den.
This cover is constructed from a single piece of fabric that’s been folded over once. A flap has been cut into the side to serve as a door while tiny gaps provide ventilation. The cover can be easily secured in place with a few simple ties or even some clamps if you’re feeling extra crafty.
4. Fido’s Magic Carpet
Looking for a decent cover that will last for years? Look no further than this DIY magic carpet design.
This cover is made from a piece of sturdy fabric that’s been hemmed and reinforced with a few extra seams. It’s then folded in half and secured around the crate with a few simple ties. To really drive the magic carpet theme home, finish it off with a frilly trim or some fun tassels.
The best part about this design is that it can be easily adapted to fit any size crate – just be sure to measure before you start cutting!
5. Make It A Bench
We don’t often use this word to describe dog-related decor, but if there’s an admirable dog crate cover on our list, this is it. Of all the crate cover types featured here, this one takes the cake when it comes to craftsmanship.
This cover is made from a simple piece of plywood that’s been cut out with a jigsaw and treated with a protective stain. A few metal braces have also been installed on the inside to keep it sturdy while still being lightweight enough to lift up easily. The end result? A stylish bench seat or end table that not only looks great in your home, but also serves a functional purpose.
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Other Great Ideas And Designs
6. Nautical Stripes
Spongebob isn’t the only one who can rock some nautical stripes. This fun and festive cover will give your home a pop of color while keeping your furry friend warm and cozy.
All you need to achieve this project objective and make a lovely cover is a piece of fabric in a coordinating stripe pattern, some basic sewing skills, and a little bit of time. The best part? You can make this cover in a variety of standard crate sizes if you want to hand them out to fellow dog enthusiasts as gifts.
7. Classic White
Minimalist interior decor is all the rage right now, and there’s no reason why your dog crate cover shouldn’t match first-class décor standards.
This cover is made from a single piece of white fabric that’s been folded and stitched together along the sides to create a cover with a flap on top. The flap can be rolled up and secured in place with a simple strap, or it can be left open to provide easy access to your furry friend.
This design is perfect for anyone who wants a sleek and stylish cover that doesn’t take up too much space. If you’re looking for a minimalist touch, go with a classic white cover like this one.
8. Bunk Beds
Talk about the unexpected! This dog crate cover doubles as a bunk bed, with the roof of the crate serving as the bed and the walls of the crate serving as the guard rails. If you have two dogs (or one dog that enjoys hanging out in different parts of the house), this is the perfect design for you.
All you need to create this masterpiece is some wooden boards, some L-brackets, and a little bit of paint. The best part? You can find all of these materials at your local thrift store or salvage yard, so this project won’t break the bank. It’s a little more complicated than some of the other designs featured here, but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something unique.
9. Pink and Glamorous
If you have a little diva at home, then you’ll recognize this pink and glamorous dog crate cover for what it is: a throne fit for a queen.
The great thing about this project is that it’s super simple to make and doesn’t require any sewing or pattern-making skills. You basically just need to make some diagonal cuts in the fabric and stitch them together in a perfect kennel cover. Make sure to pick a fabric that’s easy to work with and doesn’t fray at the edges.
Note: For this project, you’ll want to make sure that your dog crate is on the larger side because there will be a lot of excess fabric once the cover has been stitched on.
10. Minimalist DIY Dog Crate Table
Is it a stool? Or is it a coffee table? Why not both? This beautiful dog crate table is the perfect fusion of form and function, making it a great fit for anyone who wants to add a little extra style and storage space to their home.
The DIY dog crate table is composed of four nondescript wooden beams for support, and a piece of plywood for the top. The entire thing can be put together in less than an hour, and it only costs about $25 to build. Plus, the open design makes it easy to access your furry friend when you need to.
If you’re looking for a versatile and stylish dog crate cover that doesn’t take up too much space, this is the design for you.
11. Blue and White
If you’re a visual learner or someone who benefits from watching others work, then this explanatory video tutorial is for you.
This video will teach you how to make a beautiful blue and white cover and a crate liner using some fabric, polyester fill, and a sewing machine. The great thing about this project is that it gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of how big you want your cover to be. This pattern can be adapted to fit most standard crate sizes, and you’ll find yourself with a perfect enclosure in no time!
12. Punk Rock Glam
This one’s for the pups with attitude! If you’re looking for a custom cover with a punk rock vibe, then you should definitely give this DIY a try.
This project is pretty straightforward and only requires five steps, starting with cutting out the fabric and boxing in the insulation within the frame of the kennel. From there, it’s just a matter of attaching some Velcro to hold everything together (and add that extra element of safety) before stitching the cover together with a sewing machine.
This project mainly requires fabric, insulation, and Velcro. So if you ever find yourself in need of some new pillows for your couch or some other fabric items, then this is an excellent way to make use of them.
13. Classic Florals
Floral prints are always in style, and they make for a great DIY dog crate cover. Perfect for the springtime!
This project mainly requires fabric (preferably cotton), a sewing machine, and an iron. The design is simple to follow and doesn’t require any measurements since it’s just a matter of cutting out different pieces of fabric and placing them in the right order.
Plus, the finished product looks pretty darn adorable. So if you’re looking to add a little bit of personality to your dog’s crate, then this is a suitable DIY project for you!
14. Green and Earthy
Sometimes, all you need to refresh your home is a little bit of green.
This fabric design will give your dog crate an earthy and natural look, perfect for your home. Plus, the simple colors pair nicely with other patterns so you can easily mix and match this DIY with other ones according to your preference.
Use durable materials like denim, cotton, and canvas to make other fabric covers. They’re pretty sturdy and will likely hold up well for even the most destructive pups.
15. Red Hiding Hood
We like the pun (because we came up with it), but this DIY is no joke.
This crate cover is perfect for dogs who like to hide, as it features a hood that can be zipped up all the way. Plus, there’s a little flap in the front so that your pup can still see what’s going on around them. This design is perfect for anxious or shy dogs who need a little bit of separation from their surroundings.
This project requires some basic sewing skills, but if you already know how to sew then it’ll be a breeze. Your sweet puppy will love having this special place to retreat to when things get crazy.
16. Matchy Matchy
If you have dogs of multiple sizes, why not get them matching crate covers with slight tweaks? This way, both dogs get a comfy homemade cover for their crates, while you get to streamline your cutting and sewing processes. All you need to do is measure your dogs’ crates, then make slight alterations to the same pattern for each one, based on each respective size.
This project is a great way to use up leftover fabric, and it’s also a fun way to show your dogs that you love them equally (even if they’re not always getting along). The covers can be made in any color or print, so you can go with something that matches your home or go with a more adorable pattern.
Whatever you do, just make sure that the fabric is durable enough to hold up against some serious chewing and scratching. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your dog’s crate cover!
17. Tropical Paradise
Last but not least, we have this adorable tropical crate cover. A classy palm leaf pattern is always a hit, and this cover would be perfect for a summer getaway (or just to brighten up your home during winter). We love the way this dog owner used a similar fabric for other indoor materials in the home – it creates a cohesive look and makes the cover really stand out.
This project is a bit more advanced than some of the others, as it requires some basic sewing skills and a zipper. But if you’re up for the challenge, it’s definitely worth it – your pup will love having a comfy and stylish place to rest its head.
We hope you enjoyed this roundup of DIY dog crate covers! All of these projects are easy to follow and perfect for any skill level. Plus, they’re a great way to show your pup some extra love. So why not get started on one of these projects today? Your furry friend will definitely appreciate it.
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