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The Ultimate Dog Room: Ideas You Can Implement Today

Key Takeaways

  • Dog room ideas vary in designs and themes depending on your preference or the personality of your dog.
  • The essential items every dog room should have are a comfy bed, crate, and toys to fill your pup’s personal safe space.
  • Dedicating an entire room for a dog is not a must but pups will surely appreciate having their own space where they can feel safe and comfortable, surrounded by things that they like.

There are several dog room ideas you can get inspiration from, however, you need to choose a theme that suits the personality of your dog. I highly recommend to fill up your pup’s personal space with familiar items such as dog crates, dog bed, playpens, toys, and more.

All dogs like to have an area that is just for them, where they can feel safe or just curl up for a nap. I especially dedicate a spot in my house where my dogs can chew on a toy, play, or rest. Some pet parents utilize the laundry room, an extra space, or even a whole room. I find it super fun to decorate a dog’s room with fun bed designs, toys, and anything he need to feel cozy and safe. Here are a few fun dog accessories for your pup’s new room.

Dog Crates

Dog crates come in all sizes and designs. It’s important to choose a crate that is the right size for your dog to ensure that he will be comfortable in it. You want something large enough that your dog can easily turn around, but not large enough that he can go to the bathroom in the crate and not step or lay in it, which is a deterrent for accidents. How much space you have to accommodate your crate placement should also factor into consideration. For my dogs, I bought each of them indoor and travel crates.

Once you’ve chosen the best dog crate for your pup, then you can decorate it. Pair it with a cute dog kennel covers you can buy online or even make one yourself. Look for breathable material so your dog doesn’t get too hot when he’s inside. They can also be beneficial if your dog’s room is very sunny by providing a shaded spot for him to cool off.

You can also opt for dog curtains in your dog’s crate. Similar to a shower curtain or typical window curtains, dog crate curtains hang along the side of your dog’s crate to add a little design and fun to your dog’s room. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you can easily make crate curtains yourself or look for a set online.


Dog sleeping on a pet bed.

The focal point of any dog room is the dog bed. Among your dog’s stuff, the bed is one of the most important and should have a dedicated space. There are so many ways you can go when selecting the best dog bed to fit your pet’s needs. You can personalize a dog bed with a fun saying or simply with your pup’s name. It’s also a good idea to match the bed décor with the room décor following the color scheme or patterns in the room.

Or you can also look at dog beds that are constructed to look like human beds. You can easily make a four-poster bed for your dog using a recycled side table. Just flip over the table and fill the bottom side with bedding. Paint the table legs and feet with colors to match the room and add whatever phrase or name that you want to include.

You can also create a dog bed that will last a long time by using lining and fabric able to withstand a dog digging and chewing on it. Adding the filling out of an old comforter gives an extra support too. Make sure you choose a fabric that matches the color and style of the dog room.

Dog Cameras

A doggie camera is a great way to keep tabs on your dog during the day. My pup stays home by himself most days, so I make sure to take a moment to check in on him and see what he is up to through the doggie camera. It’s also particularly helpful when you have a dog that is suffering from separation anxiety since you can communicate through the camera to help calm him down.

When selecting the best dog camera for your pet room, keep the resolution in mind. While you may not want to spend the money to get the highest possible resolution, you will want to make sure the resolution is good enough that you can see what is going on.

Also, consider the viewing angle along with your dog’s personality. For a dog that tends to stay in one spot most of the time, then a narrow-angle should be enough. If you have an energetic dog that will be all over the room, look for a camera with a wider angle.  

Look for a camera that has a good app as well, and you definitely want to choose a camera that has an option for live-streaming. This allows you to watch your dog at any time using the smartphone app. Plus, the app can send you an alert if it detects sound or motion, which can indicate that your dog needs help.

Play Pens

Dog playpens will give you some of the most fun when decorating your pup’s new room. There are so many choices, so the best dog playpen for your pet’s room really just depends on the design you prefer, the size of your dog, and how active he is.

You can opt for a portable and simple do-it-yourself playpen that is best for a small dog or puppy. It gives them a fun and safe area where they can play with their toys. You can also move this playpen outdoors when you want to make it very versatile for your lifestyle.

Indoor fenced dog playpens are commercially available and set up at your home. These are simple to put together and feature three sides with the wall of your dog room serving as the fourth. This type of playpen allows you to customize it to your room’s theme, so you can paint it to match the room and use it in many different ways.  

A soft side dog playpen is another commercial product that you can fold up and move. These highly ventilated playpens are also typically waterproof and a great choice if you also travel a lot. Available in several sizes, this playpen is easy to wash in case of an accident.  

Training Pads

Training pad.

Any puppy room should have a few training pads for your growing dog. Training pads can vary in features offered, size, and absorbency. Disposable training pads are the most affordable as well as offer regular absorbency. You can also find training pads with faux grass, and they are offered in several sizes. Remember that the larger they are and the more absorbency the training pads offer, the more expensive they will be. That said, the best dog training pads tend to be the most absorbent, and they will do a great job of neutralizing odors and preventing leaks as well. Other pet parents put a dog shower in the room as well to make cleaning and washing the dog and things like training pads easier.


Toys are a wonderful way to decorate and fill dog rooms. While you can certainly look through the best dog toys available online and at pet stores, you can actually make your own dog toys if you prefer. Just take an old old t-shirt, wrap several layers of it around a tennis ball and then braid the t-shirt strips that are hanging to make a tail that your pup will have hours of fun tugging on. My dogs love homemade toys like this!

You can also make fun of fleece toys by braiding a bunch of multicolored fleece strips into different designs and shapes. You can also knot the end of one of these toys to a bunch of dog treats for added fun.

Make sure you add a wire basket that is personalized with fabric lining to hold all your dog’s favorite toys. Using a Cricut machine, place black vinyl stick-on letters on the outside of the basket to personalize it.

Chew Toys

Don’t forget the chew toys. This is where the fun is when it comes to setting up your own dog room. You want to make sure your pup has plenty of chew toys to keep him occupied, so he won’t get bored and become destructive.

If you happen to have an aggressive chewer, you need to look for multifunctional toys that can be chewed or used for a game of tug of war between you and your pup. Many of the best dog chew toys come with a lifetime guarantee, so if your dog does chew through the toy and destroy it, you’ll get your money back. You may want to check out the Nylabone that is able to sustain a lot of pressure, so they are perfect for an extreme chewer. Perfect for puppies or large dogs, the Nylabone has an irresistible flavor and helps dogs develop a positive chewing habit.

Kong Dog Toys are built tough and can bounce. This toy provides hours of never-ending fun, plus you can fill the hollow inside with treats to create even more fun. Or you can put it in the freezer to create an entirely different chewing experience. 

Dog with blue chew toy,

In comparison, the Petstages Dogwood Toy is as close to the wood as your pup will get with a toy. Made with durable artificial materials, this toy has the flavor of real wood, so if your dog loves sticks, he will love the Petstages Dogwood Toy, which also features a tasty BBQ flavor. Plus, the texture of this toy is easy for your dog to handle, and it will keep your dog’s teeth healthy and clean.

Then there is the Titan Busy Bounce that is not only a chew toy and plaything but also has added features. You can choose from either a large or medium-sized toy that can withstand some heavy use, and it is made with rubber that is FDA-approved. Perfect for tearing and teething, this toy can bounce in an unpredictable pattern that will entertain your dog for hours. And it also can work as a treat dispenser. Just fill it with your pup’s favorites. 

The West Paw Bone Chew is ideal for a dog that can spend hours chewing on the same toy. This super durable toy was designed with a strong and persistent chewer in mind. Available in four colors and three sizes, this toy is BPA-free [1], FDA-approved, and dishwasher-safe.

If you’re looking for a basic, durable, long-lasting toy, the Goughnuts Original Dog Chew Ring can be used safely for fetching on either water or the ground. This sturdy toy is a great choice for a teething puppy, and it comes in several sizes so you will be able to find the best option for your dog. 

Bully Sticks

Tied up bully sticks.

Bully sticks are always a fun addition anywhere your dog happens to be, but they’ll be an even better treat when stocked in his dog room. The best bully sticks come in a range of flavors and ingredients. Here are a few to check out for your pup.

Natural Bully Sticks are typically made from free-range, grass-fed cattle and do not include chemicals, additives, or hormones. Using sustainable packaging, these bully sticks come in a range of sizes and shapes to give your dog some variety. 

Sometimes, bully sticks will have an odor to them, so you may want to look for an odor-free option to keep your dog’s room from smelling funky. You can find the odor-free bully sticks without color, flavor, and artificial preservatives, but tons of shapes and several sizes to choose from. 

Dog Bones

You’re creating a unique one-of-a-kind room for your pampered pup, and you have everything from a custom-made dog bed to food dishes with your furbaby’s name on them. You’ve searched high and low for the best toys and even cute dog-themed decor. But what about the best dog bone? Here are a few options:

Rawhide Bones

Rawhide treats bones come from the inner layer of cow or horse hides. The hides are cleaned, cut, ground up, and pressed into chewable dog bones or other shapes during the manufacturing process. Some rawhide bones contain natural or artificial flavorings. However, the rawhide is less digestible not than the bully bone, which could cause intestinal issues.

Synthetic Bones

Synthetic dog bones, typically created from nylon material, come available in various sizes and other shapes. Dog owners prefer synthetic bones because they don’t leave a messy trail, smell better, and have no harmful bacteria over rawhide or bully bone. These bones won’t put any weight on your beloved canine as they don’t contain calories.  

Antler Bones

Collie chewing on an antler bone.

Antlers are excellent dog bones because they are hard, long-lasting, contain no smell. The center of the antler is a softer portion tasty to dogs and is much like marrow. In addition, unlike rawhide and bully bone, antlers come from natural shedding, which is excellent for avid animal activists.


What are some dog room decor essentials?

When putting together a dog room, there are a few items that are essential to have. A dog bed is the most important part of any dog room along with a water and food bowl. It’s important to have a comfy and supportive area for your dog to nap and feel safe. A crate is also important to have a safe area where your dog can go when he is feeling stressed. 

Toys are also super important to help your dog stay occupied and mentally stimulated, they will also keep your dog out of trouble. Playpens help to keep your pup contained in one area. These playpens can be decorated to match the room, and many are portable so you can even take them with you when you travel. 

A dog camera is also an important feature since it allows you to keep an eye on your dog while you are away. Many of them have a motion and bark alert to let you know when your dog is active, and some also allow you to talk through the camera, which helps dogs that have separation anxiety. And, of course, don’t forget the dog-themed décor, whatever you like and fits your personality!

How do I decorate a dog crate?

There are so many ways you can decorate a dog crate. You can get a fun crate cover or even crate curtains to decorate the sides. Other fun ideas include placing dog frames on top of the crate and add a pet photo blanket that includes photos of your dog and your family. The space on top of the dog kennel can be used to hold book or record collections, or even a stuffed animal collection. 

How do I make a dog room?

First, pick a dedicated room for your dog. Next, find a comfy bed, crate, and toys to fill your dog’s space. Choose a theme and have fun trying out several dog room decor ideas and accessories to create the perfect space for your pooch. 

Where do I put the dog bed in a living room?

Typically, a dog will prefer that his bed is placed in a corner of the living room. This protects your pup on two sides. You can also place the dog bed under a staircase, which provides protection on three sides and has a low ceiling as well.

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