Puppies are adorable, and they can be a lot of fun. But they can also be very destructive if left alone for too long. That’s where puppy crates come in handy! A crate is essentially a cage for your dog to live in while he’s still young and learning how to behave. It’s not always easy to build one from scratch, so here is a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own very quickly and easily:
The materials you’ll need are:
- Wire mesh (I used 1/2″x1/2″ welded wire). You can find this at any hardware store for about $10 for a 4’x8′ sheet. I used two sheets to make my crate, but one will work just as well if your puppy isn’t as destructive as mine!
- Screws (the right length will depend on how thick your wire is). You only need a few of these since they have so many other uses later on. I used 2″, 3″, and 4″ screws in various sizes depending on what I was attaching together or building onto the frame of my crate. If you don’t have any spare screws lying around then go ahead and buy a bagful–you’ll be using them all over your house eventually anyway!
- Door knob-style hinges (the kind that swing open like doors). These come in different sizes depending on how wide or tall your door needs to be when fully opened so make sure before purchasing these too! A couple pairs should do fine unless you’re planning on making several crates at once where case maybe get three pairs instead? It depends how long term projects go…
- Wire cutter/stripper and pliers (optional)
- Tape measure and ruler, or a tape measure that has a built-in ruler (not necessary but helpful)