Before we built our house, our dog Archie slept in our room in his plastic travel crate – not the classiest feature for a modern home! We wanted a place for him to sleep that would be comfortable and out of the way, and also blend in with the decor.
Our solution was the “dog cubby” – a built-in closet in the bedroom that recedes right into the wall, occupying the same space as the kitchen pantry on the other side.
It was made as a single unit at the shop, and pushed into a cutout in the wall:
We had originally planned to build a door, but found that Arch likes his bed so much that he won’t wander out at night.
Demonstrating the wrong way to use the dog cubby: