Buying cat furniture can be costly. Who wants to spend upwards of $150 dollars on a cat tree, when you can make your own from materials you already own.
All that is needed is spare lumber, floor carpet left overs, pvc pipe, a drill, screws and twine for this diy project.
Many people use 2X2’s for the uprights and encase them in PVC pipe. The pvc pipe can be wrapped in jute twine (about 1000 feet), and carpet can be used for the platforms and resting areas. You can find 5X8 rugs on sale and cut them up. This project may be easier than you think.
Great Ideas To Borrow For Your Own Cat Tree
– Tall “New York City” Cat Tower Condo -Colin from Vancouver built a custom cat climbing tower for their two cats Yama and Kumo. Constructed out of pine and finished with an eco-friendly non-toxic stain, the sleek tower has been nicknamed “The Catsle.” Final cost for this elegant structure was $200 Canadian. See more photos and videos of Colin’s Custom Kitty Catsle in his Flickr set.
-Tall DIY Cat Tower -Perched on the highest point around, my cat, Mica, longingly looks higher… so I decided to make a 6 foot tall cat tower. A goal was to make the interior hollow, allowing her to climb both inside and outside. Materials: four 6 ft x 10 in. x 1 in. boards, one 4 ft. x 10 in. x 1 in. board, 12 ft x 4 ft. of “high traffic” carpet, 1 18 in. (pre-made) wooden circle. Read more here
-DIY Cat Condo / Cat Tree for Rini– From day one having Rini, everytime Deb and I go to PetSmart, we look at the Cat Condo/Cat Tree and wish Rini can have one. However we never bought one because they are very too expensive, so I decided to build it my own. Read more here
– An Elaborate Cat Run– “I always felt bad about keeping my cats inside but I also know that there are so many dangers awaiting them outside. We happen to live in an area where there are numerous busy streets and also an outdoor shooting range. Unfortunately a lot of people hate cats and do unspeakable things to them. So as they reached the senior citizen stage, I couldn’t take it any longer because I felt so bad about them never lying in the sun, breathing the fresh air, watching birds, squirrels and butterflies… so I started to think. After searching the net I saw that there are several professionally made outdoor cat cages and some home made ones. And I started to wonder if I would be able to do the same in our small neighborhood without it sticking out like a sore thumb.It’s not the prettiest design decision to have a chicken wired enclosure in your back yard and I’m sure a lot of my neighbors thought that I had finally lost it. I certainly got enough questions about what the heck I was doing now in our backyard” Read more here
Lowe’s Creative Ideas put together an amazing set of instructions and a demo video showing you how to make this cool 3-section kitty condo using basic supplies.
All you need is a cardboard concrete form and a carpet runner. Buy adhesive that says non-toxic when dry. Visit the Lowe’s Creative Ideas website for all the instructions or check out this video to see how it’s done.
6 Free Plans For Cat Tree –www.meow-cat.com
Catswall Design constructed this brilliant modular cat climbing wall. Crafted wooden boxes that mount on a wall grid, which enable you to move the boxes around to create a new configuration of climbing, perching, and napping spots.
Photo credit: Instructables
Not for the novice DIYer, this architectural masterpiece is new and different. This step-by-step guide tells you everything you need to know to get started.
DIY wall mounted cat scratchers Found on sassycontessa.com
A couple of boxes, a utility blade and some glue is all it takes to make a two-story cat climber condo like this idea from Haute Nature.
Turn an old cabinet into a kitty play center. Take off the door panels, and replace them with chicken wire. Or cut circles into the unit, and equip the inside with multiple levels your cats can play on. Easy!! Found on animal-care.com
Via Jen Christiansen
3 Story Cat Condo Play Land – Buy it On Ebay for $129
Not intended as cat furniture, this Thomas Wold piece can used for a kitty play area by using a mix of dressers, shelves and boxes that are scattered, secured and painted.
Stunning Mid Century Modern Styles
French Dresser Re-purpose Kitty Condo -Via Judy W
“My new cat condo. This is a dresser repurposed into a cat condo, litter box disguise. This was an old French Provincial chest of drawers, all drawers removed except the top one. Only the middle shelf was saved and a cat bed put on it, completed the look with tension rod with cute curtain to hide the litter box. Coco and Jax, Snowshoe cats approve.”
You can find out more about this project at tardisbuilders.com.
Remarkable Design – See the process on lechatcanaille.over-blog.com
Homemade Cat Tower From A Bookcase – Found on craftster.org
The Hicat Climbing System – Found on petslady.com
Pet Feeding Hutch designed by Bailey Fine Pet Furniture
Under Stair Storage – Found on images.meredith.com