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Dog cage cover that looks good and works even better

Peppermint Patty is part of our family. With that, her cage needs to be convenient in our living space and she enjoys having her own den handy. 

I looked to order a decorative cage but they were pricey and made of wood. And I wanted a metal cage like the one I already had.

I saw some dog cage covers online but nothing gave me the look I was going for so I was going to opt to build a table. 

Like so many things why build when there is IKEA.

I found this affordable table with metal legs and knew I could jazz it up. I found the lattice pieces on clearance at Menards.com for $15 each. 

dog cage cover - ikea table hack
Dog cage cover using an IKEA table
Materials:
  • IKEA TÄRENDÖ Table, Black 
  • Dog Cage
  • Extra Strength Magnets
  • ZipSnip Tool or saw to cut lattice to size
  • 4 panels – 32″ x 4′ Roman Vinyl Privacy Lattice Panel
lattice panel
Source: Menards.com

Instructions for decorative dog cage cover

The table from IKEA is perfect since it has metal magnetic legs.

IKEA TARENDO table
TÄRENDÖ table | IKEA.com

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.

dog cage cover - ikea table hack
Back of dog cage cover

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 crazy 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.  

cage cover open
Magnets to hold the cover piece for the 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 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. 

dog cage cover - ikea table hack

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.

See the full tutorial here.

~ by Becky