The popularity of doggy crates has exploded in recent years. Owners have been seeking out different ways to make their homes more “doggie” friendly. One of the trends that has been most popular is the use of material such as wire or plastic. While these materials have their value, some are not very good for doggie use. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a dog crate covering using only non-toxic material.
We are assuming here that you are not keeping dogs inside their crates day and night. Many people actually let their dogs sleep in their beds at night. If you are one of these people, we suggest that you make a choice. Plastic is the least harmful material possible. However, it does not hold up as well as other materials.
Aluminum Coated Crates Although somewhat stronger than aluminum, this metal is still not safe. It rips and splits. It will crush under the weight and it will rust. Using this type of cover, you run the risk of your prized crate falling apart before you even use it.
Fabric Materials is very popular for doggy crates. Unfortunately, it does not work very well. Fabric tears easily. It also doesn’t hold up as well as any other material.
Natural Stone Resin Although not as strong as plastic, this is one of the best materials for a doggy cage covering. This material is extremely durable and it looks very nice. It is also nontoxic. It is easy to clean and it does not mildew. The material uses a cement base and a layer of polyethylene insulation to protect it.
Wood As this is the strongest material, it is also the most expensive. It can be difficult to find, though. This material uses a wood base and a waterproof layer of material. It is extremely heavy, but it will make the crate very secure and safe.
Rubber A good choice if you want an inexpensive option is a strong and durable rubber. This material uses a double-sided tape to attach the material. This material is made to be used outdoors and it can be cleaned easily. This material is also resistant to extreme heat, it does not rust and it is flame-resistant. It is not very attractive, though.
Linoleum This is not the most attractive covering, but it is good for many different situations. It is durable and it comes in a variety of styles. Linoleum can be used inside or outside the crate. It works well for training purposes and when used outdoors, it is resistant to mold and mildew.
Hardwood This is a good choice because this type of material is both durable and attractive. The crate can have a wood or plastic base. It can be used indoors or outdoors and it is stain resistant. If you are considering using wood because it is more aesthetically appealing than some of the other materials, realize that the wood may rot or become weak from repeated use. However, this is a more stable material than some of the others and it is less likely to break.
Glass This is a popular material because of its durability. It can stand up against some of the other more flimsy materials. It is stain resistant and it is very easy to clean. It is a good choice for a crate because it is inexpensive and easy to maintain.
Wire A good choice because it is very durable and it can be cleaned easily. It is a good choice for material because it resists being scratched and dented. It can be used outdoors or indoors and it is stain resistant.
Fiberglass A good choice because this type of material is very sturdy. It is easy to clean because it can be washed with a few drops of water and soap. It resists scratching and it can be used outdoors or indoors. This is a lightweight material that can be very useful when you are learning how to make a dog crate covering.
Quilting Fabric This is one of the best material uses for covers. It has many advantages over other fabrics and it can be sewn or machine-sewn. The material is waterproof and it can stand up to the worst conditions. This is a reasonably priced material that is available in many different colors and patterns. The material can be machine-washed or hand-washed if you want to preserve its appearance.