Keep the Dog IN the Furniture

A piece of furniture a pooch can love, from Crate Haven.
A piece of furniture a pooch can love, from Crate Haven. (Dog Crate Credit Tk)
Thursday, August 31, 2006

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://www.cratehaven.com .

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.

Terri Sapienza


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