These dog crates are the bane of my existance. Surely I can't be the only one who has a room that I'd like to look decent, but there's this big whonkin' crate (or in my case, two big crates) that just kills the space: You can't really put anything on top of them in an organized fashion, though ours of course become dumping grounds for stuff. You can't really use the wall space behind them for anything other than decorative stuff since the crates are so deep, and anything decorative kind of loses its appeal when above a set of wire dog crates filled with ratty blankets.
I'd love to find some way to build some type of functional or spiffy looking enclosure, but I'm fresh out of ideas. Has anyone here done anything cool that's helped to minimize the ugliness and sheer bulk of a dog crate?
FYI, we tried stacking them at one point, to save on floor space, but our pit/whippet mix is too old to make it up stairs or a ramp, and our other dog, a giant pug (purebred rescue but longer/taller/heavier without being fat than any pug anyone has ever seen), well... we joke that he's a bully in the streets but a total wuss in the sheets - he was too scared to attempt to go up anything we tried to build.
Help! I need ideas! Help!!