Keep the Dog IN the Furniture
Aside from the comforts they provide our cherished pets, dog crates aren't so great. They're ugly, obtrusive and do nothing for the look of a living room.
Three years ago, Claniece Moore of St. Petersburg, Fla., confronted the challenge many dog owners face: how to keep her dogs -- and their crates -- an integral part of the family while still maintaining the appearance of her home. Her solution: Conceal the crates inside real pieces of furniture. Of course.
Moore built the prototype herself and, soon after, Crate Haven was born. Designed to fit around standard-size crates, the tables come in various sizes, styles and finishes. They cost between $429 and $650 at http:/
Each piece has four removable sides so owners can control the amount of exposure or shelter a dog desires. When the inserted crate (or dog bed) is not in use, the panels can be replaced. No house guest will ever be the wiser.