Friday, August 6, 2010

Functional Furniture for You, and a Den for Your Dog!

When I first adopted Milly I was living in a small apartment and had a roommate. I kept Milly’s crate beside the sofa in our living room, and used the top of it as a place to store books and magazines. What I really needed were end tables, but there just wasn’t room for Milly’s crate and end tables, so I made do. As you can see, it was cramped living.

That living situation only lasted a few months, before I realized that I was not compatible with my roommate, and decided to break the lease and move out. I ended up moving to an even smaller apartment with just Milly and I, and found I really needed to use the top of Milly’s crate for storage. At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy a fancy wooden coffee table crate, so I stained a piece of wood and placed it on top of her crate. Voila! More storage! Soon after moving, I adopted a Munchkin Cat. I kept his litter box in the bathroom, and I really wish I'd had this cat washroom at the time!

These days there are so many options available to pet owners that double as human furniture, and make having dogs in small apartments an easy reality. Whether you need a crate that doubles as a TV stand, or want a traditional side table, there is something for you! By buying pet pieces that double as furniture for humans, you will be able to maximize space, especially in a small apartment.

This looks like a trunk, until you remove the front and see that it is a crate! This more traditional crate will keep your dog happy with so much room to see out!

Or, you could get this, which actually is a trunk and perfect for storing dog food or toys! I would love to purchase a nice wooden trunk to store all of Milly's toys in!

I love entertaining, and this wooden den could easily double as a fashionable bar for cocktail hour! These are little details that you need to think about when living in a small space.

Don’t want to have large bulky baby gates separating off-limit areas from pet friendly rooms? Invest in an easy to move, sturdy, folding wooden gate that is not only fashionable, but functional, too! They are made in all wood, or if your dog is a chewer, this wood and metal one would be ideal.

I have a very classic meets contemporary style. I adore antiques, but like to pair them with more modern accessories. For me, this wooden crate would be ideal. Dogs naturally like to den and the walls with smaller slats make this crate ideal for that purpose, and will make your pet feel very secure. The beautiful oak looks great, and you can use it just like any other table!

Small dogs and big dogs can use wooden crates, as they come in a variety of sizes! If I’d had one of these crates in my first apartment I could have kept Milly’s crate in my room, and would not have needed a bedside table!

If you have a modern or retro sense of style, you can easily find great pieces that will suit your décor! I love the silver pet den!

Even with all of this furniture for dogs, there are still times when I want to let Milly on the sofa to cuddle. But, she sheds, and sheds a lot! Milly knows she is only allowed on furniture if invited, and this machine washable dog quilt from Orvis would be perfect to lie down before she hops up. Plus, it is so cute! I’d happily keep that out all the time!


  1. Our momma wants ONE OF EACH! WOWZA! Some really cool stuff for pets. Momma says that some folks are finally realizing how valuable pets are as family members and don't want them to be left out when it comes to 'being there' with them.

  2. OOO, I like that quilt. We just use old sheets and boy do they get hairy!

  3. We have actually been looking at those crates for Monty. Aren't they beautiful?


  4. Oooo la la!! I love those craties and quilt! My crateis a plain ol' crate. But the shabby chic room it's in makes up for it! Thanks for sharing all these ideas!

    hugs & smoochies! xoxo

  5. WOW! Awesome. Didn't know there were so many options. Thanks for bringing us up to date.

  6. Love the fancy schmancy crates!! So interesting!

  7. My favorite is the den that doubles as a bar.

  8. Everything is so very beautiful! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  9. Hey guy! If your going to the Philippine this coming August 12 to 15, you may want to visit a local fair that offers furniture, housewares, fashion accessories, etc at bargain prices. It's located at 5th Level Building B of the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

  10. These are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!! OXOXOXOX

  11. Hi, not sure if you will see this or not but I just had to try and ask. Where did you find the traditional crate trunk, the one with the wide open viewing for the dogs? Was this made by someone or was it store bought? Thank you in advance!

  12. Hi Jennifer - I was looking for the same answer! I think I found the site. hope this helps!