Best Wooden Dog Crates & Cages for 2019 (15 Tested)

Best Wooden Dog Crates & Cages for 2019 (15 Tested)

  • 13 min read
  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Wood crates are an attractive alternative to plastic and wire options to crate your dog within your home. We looked for the most popular products that were sturdy, versatile and easy to clean. The crates on the top of our list are the higher-end furniture style wood dog crates such as the BB Custom Doggie Dens that are designed for durability because cheaper crates can be easily destroyed by puppies, energetic or nervous dogs. Our reviews include some crates that we do not recommend but are popular as we wanted to research the range of popular crates.

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when choosing the best wooden dog crate

Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate n Crate

2/10

Converts easily to gate/fence system

Attractive style

Solid veneer top

Panels can be removed to accommodate smaller openings

Plastic tray included

Kennel sides are made of MDF and easily chewed by dog

Bars can easily be bent/pushed out

Top can be easily lifted by dog

MATERIAL
MDF
Wood
Metal
Plastic (Tray)
SIZE
medium (32.5L x 23.5W x 22.5)
large (40L x 28W x 31.5H)
CAPACITY
medium (dogs up to 30 lbs)
large (dogs up to 60 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Richell Wooden End-Table Crate

3/10

All-wood construction

Removable sliding tray for cleaning

Stain resistant finish

Door can be fully opened

No metal bars, dogs can chew through wood spindles

Thin plastic tray can bow and crack under dog’s weight

Hinges are not reinforced and can come loose from wood

Not for strong or large dogs

MATERIAL
Wood
SIZE
small (24 x 18.1” x 20.9”)
medium (25” x 31.1” x 24”)
large (29.9" x 41.5" x 29.5")
CAPACITY
small (dogs up to 25 lbs)
medium (dogs up to 44 lbs)
large (dogs up to 88 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Overall

B&B Custom Kennels Double Doggie Den

10/10

Beautiful, handmade quality

Wood sealed for moisture protection

Optional plastic trays for protection

Quality furniture-grade materials

Match to your home’s existing decor

Made in the USA

Extremely durable

Doors swing open on hinges

Very long lead time for production

No return/refund policy

Higher end of the price spectrum

MATERIAL
Wood
steel
SIZE
Medium (64 1/4”L x 21 1/2”W x 29 1/2”H)
Large (76 1/4”L x 24 1/2”W x 35 1/2”H
X-Large (88 3/4”L x 30”W x 40 1/2”H)
CAPACITY
medium (two dogs 5-30lbs.)
large (two dogs 35-65lbs)
X-large (two dogs 70-110lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
7 standard
unlimited custom options

Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate

3/10

Solid wood

Lockable latch

Easy assembly

Thin wood can be brittle and split

Not chew resistant

Wooden spindles can be pushed out by dog

Scratches very easily

No plastic tray/liner

MATERIAL
Wood
SIZE
small (19.5"W x 22.5"D x 22.5"H)
medium (20"W x 27.5"D x 24"H)
large (24"W x 36.5"D x 27.75"H)
X-large (31.5"W x 44.5"D x 30"H)
CAPACITY
small ( One dog under 10 lbs)
medium (one dog under 25 lbs)
large (one dog between 25 to 40 lbs)
X - large (one dog between 40 and 90 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Crown Pet Products Wood Pet Crate End Table

5/10

Made from rubberwood

MDF floor (waterproof)

Non-marking furniture feet

Mortise and tenon construction

Door swings inward and outward to keep it out of the way

Wood spindles can easily be chewed

MATERIAL
Wood
Melamine
SIZE
medium (21"W x 29.7"D x 24.2"H)
large (27.2"W x 39.6"D x 27.3"H)
CAPACITY
medium (1 dog up to 45 lbs)
large (1 dog up to 80 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES

Medium Merry Products Cage with Crate Cover Set

2/10

Wood and powder coated steel

Plastic removable tray with lip

Easy assembly

Can be divided for crate training

Wire can easily be bent, fastened with spot welds

Finish scratches easily

Wooden portion comes apart easily

Cover does not easily affix to crate

MATERIAL
Wood
steel
plastic
SIZE
19” x 21” x 30”
CAPACITY
COLOR CHOICES
1

zoovilla Medium Slide Aside Crate and End Table

7/10

Door pivots and slides into crate

Wire and wood construction for durability

Top supports up to 300 lbs

Screws attaching hinges can be pushed out of the wood

No plastic tray for interior

MATERIAL
MDF
wood veneer
steel
SIZE
35.4” x 21.6” x 23.5”
CAPACITY
1 dog up to 30 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
2

Merry Products Triple Door Medium Dog Crate

4/10

Removable tray

3 doors: 2 on each end, 1 double door

Durable finish

Wood spindles are easily chewed

Difficult to assemble

Doors can be pushed outwards due to cheap hardware

MATERIAL
Wood
MDF
SIZE
20.39″D x 30.63″W x 23.23″H
CAPACITY
1 dog up to 35 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
2

Best Quality

Kennel & Crate Single Medium

10/10

Beautiful design & customization options

Optional Chew Guard

Unique and trendy barn door or standard swing door

High-end furniture construction

Polyurethane treated for durability and easy cleaning

High price point

No return policy posted on website

Long lead times

MATERIAL
Wood
steel
SIZE
medium (30L x 30W x 30H)
large (40L x 30W x 34H)
X-large (50L x 32W x 38H)
CAPACITY
COLOR CHOICES

Best Budget

Boomer & George Wooden Pet Crate End Table (Small)

8/10

Solid wood

Sturdy construction

Easy assembly

No interior slide-out tray

Not suitable for injured dogs who cannot step up into the crate

MATERIAL
Wood
metal
SIZE
27” x 18” x 28.2”
CAPACITY
1 dog up to 20 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
1

Wooden End Table Crate

7/10

Solid wood construction

Side stopper holds door open on side

Plastic removable tray

Complex assembly

Finish easily scratches

Wooden spindles easily chewed

MATERIAL
Wood
plastic (tray)
SIZE
medium (24"H x 25"L x 31"W)
large (29½"H x 30"L x 41½"W)
CAPACITY
medium (1 dog up to 44 lbs)
large (1 dog up to 88 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Petsfit Indoor Wooden Dog/Pet House with Wire Door

4/10

Lots of privacy for nervous dogs

Attractive, unique design

Top cannot be opened

Difficult to clean

Only suitable for small dogs

Rough wood

Wire door is weak

MATERIAL
Wood
steel
SIZE
31.5"Lx21.5"Wx21"H
CAPACITY
1 dog less than 30 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
1

Mr. Herzher’s Rhino Wicker Pet Residence

1/10

Two-way door

Non-slip feet

Removable plastic tray

Non-absorbent wicker

Metal bars are not consistent through wicker

Wicker is plastic and easily chewable

Too many small openings dogs can become trapped in

Cheap and flimsy metal frame

MATERIAL
Wicker
steel
SIZE
small (24 x 18 x 21)
medium (30 x 21 x 24)
large (36 x 24 x 27 inches)
X-Large (42 x 28 x 31)
CAPACITY
small (1 dog up to 25 lbs)
medium (1 dog up to 50 lbs)
large (1 dog up to 75 lbs)
X-large (1 dog up to 100 lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Damien Double Wide Small Credenza Pet Crate

1/10

Birch wood

Attractive design

Metal bars

Odor, rust and stain resistant

Cheap hardware

No divider included

Quality control issues

MATERIAL
Wood
metal
SIZE
30'' H x 64.5'' W x 24''
CAPACITY
2 dogs under 40 lbs or 1 dog up to 80 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
22 base
3 top

Crown Pet Dog Cabinet

6/10

Hinged top

Rubberwood

Waterproof melamine MDF base

Non-marking furniture feet

Suitable for small dogs only

No door

MATERIAL
Wood
SIZE
19'' H x 21.2'' W x 26.7'' D
CAPACITY
1 dog less than 20 lbs
COLOR CHOICES
1

How to Choose a Wood Dog Crate

For the right dog, plastic and wire kennels can be a thing of the past with an attractive wood crate. If your dog has anxiety issues or is an escape artist and can find his way out of Alcatraz, a wood crate may not be the best option for you. Most wood crates will not hold up well to anxiety, chewing or potty accidents, which can destroy cheap wood and encourage repeated bad behaviour. Wood crates are best for dogs that are already crate-trained and comfortable being confined.

For aesthetics, consider what colors/stains/designs would look best in your home. Where in your home will you have the wood dog crate, and are there any aesthetic concerns? A crate should not be associated with anxiety for your dog so you will want to place it somewhere that doesn’t feel like a punishment. That’s why there are so many attractive and stylish crates that you won’t mind having in your living room or bedroom!

Choose a crate appropriate for your dog’s adult size. The dog should be able to stand, sleep, and sit up comfortably in it. If a kennel is too large, your dog may use part of it for a toilet.

There are several major categories for wood dog crates:

Assembly-Required Mass Manufactured Dog Crates: Cheap, assemble-yourself crates.

  • These are usually easy for most dogs to blow out of if they are determined enough.
  • Most of them do not have metal reinforcement, negligible finishes that can easily be scratched up (and may be toxic to your dog).
  • These won’t hold up to much abuse.

Custom-Made Wood Dog Crates: High-end, custom crates that are as sturdy as fine furniture.

  • Typically made with dog-friendly stains/finishes
  • Sturdy enough for years of use
  • Will contain most dogs
  • Attractive designs, most offer custom stain or paint options.

Semi-Custom Dog Crates: Compromise between cheaper crates and custom

  • Based on the design and construction of custom wood dog crates
  • Shorter lead times.
  • Sturdier than mass-market crates

While we are against use of a crate as a substitute for appropriate potty training or excessive containment, we recognize the advantages of a dog being accustomed to being in a crate periodically and having a “den” to hang out in. Your dog can learn confidence in being by himself occasionally.