It's exciting to upgrade to a bigger shed that offers more space for your tools, lawn equipment, gardening supplies, and other items. But what do you do with your old shed? It's still in good condition and has a lot of years left in it. Why not think about transforming your old empty shed into an epic doghouse for your favorite canine? This is a great way to give new life to a shed that has served you for years. I thought I'd use this week's post to suggest items to include in the décor of your shed-turned-doghouse. Enjoy!
Food and Water Dispensers
Food and water dispensers are must-haves for this epic doghouse. You can put both dispensers in one corner so your dog has access to them at any time. Next time it rains or snows, your dog won't have to leave the comfort of its house to have a bite to eat! All you have to do is make sure the dispensers are clean and refill them every few days. I call this a win-win for you and your dog!
A Soft Covering for the Floor
A necessary part of the décor in any shed-turned-doghouse is a soft covering for the floor. I suggest you use an old area rug or maybe a large section of discarded carpeting. You may have to take the floor covering out every once in a while to shake off the dust and dried mud. Your dog is sure to appreciate a soft surface to walk on after a rough day of playing and exploring in the yard.
A Few Favorites to Make It Cozy
Add your dog's favorite blanket, pillow, or cushion to the décor of its new doghouse. This will make it feel more like home. Also, if your dog has any beloved toys, such as a rope bone, a tennis ball, or a chew toy, they can be put into the shed. These items can help your dog feel more at ease if you let it sleep in the doghouse during the warm weather months.
A doorstop is a practical item to get for your fabulous new doghouse. This keeps the door from closing all the way, so your dog can enter or leave at any time. I suggest you look for an inexpensive rubber doorstop at your local hardware store. I like rubber doorstops because they maintain their condition even in the outdoors. Be sure to firmly wedge the doorstop beneath the door so your dog doesn't mistake it for a new toy.
If your dog is the type that enjoys soft background music, try setting up a battery-powered radio in the doghouse. You could put on some classical music or jazz while you're out running errands during the day. You may want to put the radio up on a high shelf so your dog doesn't accidentally knock it over. I believe that some dogs appreciate music just as much as humans do!
If you really want to get creative with your shed-turned-doghouse, you could put some artwork on the walls. Try putting up some photographs of your dog, or hang a poster of a famous dog like Lassie or Rin Tin Tin. Or maybe you could find an inexpensive copy of a Dogs Playing Poker painting. Who knows? Your dog may really appreciate your extra efforts with the décor of its new castle! Thanks for reading. - Alan