Indoor Dog Kennel

I love my dogs, but their wire kennels were an eyesore. Removing them completely was not an option, but I was tired of looking at them. I went back to my first-ever rehab project, and took it one step further to create a one-of-a-kind castle for my pups.
The original piece of furniture was an old console-style TV cabinet. Sliding doors on the front revealed the TV, and two lids on top contained the tuner and a turn-table.

Armed with screwdrivers, hammers and a dremmel, all components were removed form the cabinet, leaving just the shell. (PLEASE be sure you remove all sharp, potentially dangerous, screws, staples and what-not’s from the inside of the cabinets, to avoid injuring your pet! The dremmel allowed me to cut off and grind down stubborn screws.)

To cover the holes in the top cabinets, I used old checker boards. The cubbies are now a great place to store dog treats and leashes.

OPTIONAL: The back panel of the cabinet I used had holes from the TV components. I elected to replace the back board with a new sheet of peg board. (The peg board allows for much-needed ventilation.) In order to get the size perfect, I traced the old back onto the new and marked the original screw holes.

I vacuumed the inside to remove all construction debris and polished the exterior with Pledge. Then, I inserted an old comforter into the kennel, and stood back as my two pups launched themselves into their new abode.

The doors can stay open during the day for them to enter at their own will, and close for bedtime. And my eyes no longer hurt.

Estimated Cost
Cost of Cabinet (will vary)
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Existing Piece of Furniture
Finish Used
I did not elect to change the finish, but it could be painted to match any decor if you want.
Recommended Skill Level


Barbara Cash

Thu, 08/11/2011 - 18:41

This was such a great idea. I love the old console. I love to build but I love it so much more when I can use old wood or repurpose parts of old furniture and industrial pieces. I feel creative. The checker boards are great. Do you have a blog?

Beffus (not verified)

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:33

I wish I thought of this or saw it long ago! I have 2 huge ugly crates in my living room...I am now on the hunt for 2 much better looking living spaces for my "other babies"! Love love this idea so much looks beautiful!

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