How to build a cat tree tower

8 Free DIY Cat Tree Plans


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If you're even a little bit handy with tools, you can build a DIY cat tree. You can build a cat tree using wood, branches, rope, PVC pipe, carpeting, and many more materials. It's a ​straightforward building project that you should be able to put together with ease for a reasonable cost. These 8 free cat tree plans include photos, diagrams, and step-by-step building instructions so you can build a cat tree that's perfect for your cat and the space you have to put it in.

Below, you'll find plans for the traditional cat tree but also for a cat condo, house, and simple stand.

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  • 01 of 08

    By Brittany Goldwyn

    Brittany Goldwyn has designed this DIY cat tree that's more than just fun for your cat, it also looks like a piece of natural art you can place anywhere in your home.

    Using real tree branches, plywood, stones, rope, and faux greenery, your indoor kitty will love their new cat tower.

    There's a supplies list, building instructions, and color photos to help you build this beginning woodworking project.

    DIY Cat Tree With Real Branches from By Brittany Goldwyn

  • 02 of 08

    The Experimental Home

    The Experimental Home has a more elaborate cat tree plan that includes multiple perches, a hiding spot, a hammock, and all sorts of places to scratch and play with toys.

    Included in this free plan are a list of materials, written instructions, and color photos.

    How to Build a Cat Tree from The Experimental Home

  • 03 of 08


    This free cat tower plan at Imgur stands 6 feet tall with 2 platforms—one at the top and one a few feet from the base, as well as an empty, carpeted inside for the cat to move up and down through.

    There are several images in this plan as well as specific instructions on what to do to build the whole thing.

    Cat Tower Plan from Imgur

  • 04 of 08


    This is another cat tree that should be very simple to build. It's made up of five platforms with four supporting beams.

    The second half of this guide at wikiHow shows how to make a different cat tree by using an old wooden ladder.

    How to Make a Cat Tree from WikiHow

  • 05 of 08

    Ana White

    This free cat tree plan explains how to build three platforms with ramps to access them. The estimated cost to build this is $20 to $50, and it should be easy enough to put together even for beginners.

    There are a total of 10 steps in this guide, plus a tools and shopping list and several real pictures you can refer to as you move through them.

    A PDF version of this plan is also available.

    Kitty Tree from Ana White

  • 06 of 08


    The website Dadand has this one-page PDF file that serves as a guide for building a cat condo as seen in this picture.

    Including the bottom piece, this cat condo is comprised of four platforms and three support beams.

    The whole project is estimated to cost around $25 and take two hours to finish.

    Kitty Condo Plan from Dadand

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    HGTV has a free cat condo plan that uses PVC pipe covered with rope for the stand and three baskets that are attached with brackets that are just waiting for your cat to hop in.

    There's a materials list, color photos, and written instructions to help you complete this project in an afternoon.

    How to Make a Cat Condo from HGTV

  • 08 of 08

    Ryo Shinyashiki / EyeEm / Getty Images's free cat tree plan seems to have it all. It includes a top platform, small home, bed, and a tube, all of which are fully carpeted.

    The plan shows you everything you need for putting this together, including the list of materials, all the basic tools required, and 15 steps.

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When it comes to making crafts that we’ll be giving away, we’ll fully admit that we can be found making DIY things for our pets just about as often as we can be found doing so for our family and friends. Pets are family too, after all! There’s just something so satisfying about making things for them ourselves rather than buying them in stores. That’s why, when we decided it was time for our cats to get a new cat tree, we felt really determined to make it ourselves! We’ve been scouring the Internet for tutorials and info that might help us out and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how many helpful resources we’ve come across in the process.

Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we were, if not more, about the idea of making your very own DIY cat tree? Check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!

1. The ultimate DY cat tree

If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make your very own cat tree, do you want to make it just about the ultimate piece you can so that your cat has all kinds of levels and pieces to enjoy? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Eamon Walsh DIY made this awesome piece with ramps, platforms for sleeping on, and blocks for hiding. They even give you tips for customizing the piece a little.

2. Simple two-platform sisal rope cat tree

Are you somewhat new to the world of DIY and handiwork and this is your first time actually constructing a standing piece of any kind, so you need a bit of help and a simple design? Then we’re pretty sure this tutorial from Instructables has just the kind of tutorial and design you’re looking for, just to keep things manageable!


Cat condo from stacked IKEA tables

Are you feeling a little unsure about the concept of constructing something from scratch, so you can’t help wondering whether there isn’t a design out there that will let you alter and embellish things to make a fantastic tower instead? Then maybe it’s time to repurpose some furniture! We love the way this tutorial from IKEA Hackers shows you how to make a multi-level cat tree from some simple IKEA tables.

4. DIY Star Trek themed cat tree

Are you actually quite handy indeed and feeling confident, enough to be up for a slight challenge? Well, if you’re also a total Star Trek fan, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this awesome cat tree that’s shaped like the Starship Enterprise a try! Get the full details for making it happen on Instructables.

5. Cut and wall mounted stool cat tree

Are you feeling very intent indeed on making your cats a tree to climb but you don’t actually really have the floor space to spare for some of the free standing designs you’ve seen so far? Then we’re pretty sure you’ll get along better with this space efficient wall mounted cat tree instead! IKEA Hackers shows you how to do it in a way that actually looks like a little tree scaling the wall, with platforms for your cats to sit on where the branches might have bundles of leaves.

6. Multi-level cat tree with fabric and jute rope

Do you like the idea of a cat tree that actually looks like a tree, and even that sits right near the wall, but you know your cat will claw it like a scratching post so you’d rather use something besides wood? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Instructables made this 3D tree and wrapped the whole thing in fabric and jute rope so your cat actually has something really satisfying to scratch at.

7. Carpet covered cat tree with a hammock

Are you torn somewhere between wanting to make the ultimate cat period with all kinds of platforms and wanting to make something that’s really awesome for your cat to scratch on, but you’re having trouble choosing between the two? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, try making yourself something like this carpet covered cat tree with lots of platforms and even its own hammock! Pickle Perfect has all the details you’ll need to make it happen.

8. Wrapped pole and basket cat tree

Are you feeling intent on making an awesome cat tree for your furry friends but you’ve noticed that they don’t tend to sit on things, they’d rather sit in them? In that case, we think this alternative tree idea from HGTV might be a little more up your alley! They show you not only how to construct the tree itself but how to attach strategically placed baskets so your cat has all kinds of cozy places to curl up in.

9. Tall cat tree with a cat house

Is your cat the kind of little critter who loves being up high where they can see the whole room, watching what everyone’s up to from the top of a cupboard or the space on top of the fridge? Then perhaps you’d be better off making something like this awesome extra tall cat tree with a little cat house at the very top that’s perfect for keeping watch from. Instructables nhas a full guide for you to follow. `

10. Varied carpet cat tree

Are you just not sure that you have enough room to build some of the larger, taller designs you’ve seen so far, but you’re also intrigued by this whole idea of making something that actually looks like a little tree, just for fun? Then we think you might have some better luck with this little tree design from Instructables that’s covered in different colours and textures of carpet, making it really great for scratching.

11. Zen garden cat tree

If you’re going to put all kinds of effort into making something rather large that will sit in the middle of your room, would you much rather turn it into something that’s also as visually pleasing as it is functional for your kitty? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way By Brittany Goldwyn made this impressive cat tree from actual branches that’s modelled after a zen garden, complete with polished stones at the base!

12. Three-level carpeted at tree with a bed on top

Are you still a beginner in the grand scheme of things when it comes to constructing pieces that will be free standing, so you’re still looking for a design that’s very simple indeed and you’re not feeling settled on anything in particular yet? In that case, we think you’re going to get along just fine with an effective, straight forward tutorial like the one from DIY Network!

13. DIY cat tree with a water shelf

Does your cat actually love being high up so much that you can bare’y get them to come down off their current run-down cat tree unless you’re feeding them? Well, since you’re making them a new one anyways, then we think you might get a kick out of the way Medium made a basic cat tree that’s already a great design on its own, but also features a little water tray, just to make sure any kitty who prefers to be up high still gets plenty of hydration.

14. DIY cat play tower made from actual trees

Have we piqued your attention the best so far with the concept of making a cat tree from actual wooden tree branches but you’re just not sure that the rocky zen garden design we showed you earlier is quite the direction you want to take things in? The maybe you’d do better giving this alternative tutorial from Southern Revivals a little bit of consideration instead!

15. Small, low cat tree

Have you come to the end of our list feeling just as determined as ever to make your own DIY cat tree but you already know that, since you live in a small apartment, you’re going to have to make one that’s much littler than most of what you’ve seen on our list so far? Well, don’t stress, cause that doesn’t have to mean you’re out of luck! Check out this tutorial from Ellie Jay that teaches you how to make a smaller, shorter cat tree that your at will still love.

Do you know another DIY enthusiast who has been feeling intent on the idea of making their very own cat tree but who still feels like they could use a little bit of guidance? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of inspiration and information to work with!

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How an entrepreneur makes at least $1,000 a day on Etsy selling bulky and expensive cat tower trees.

One of the most rewarding activities for a beginner or experienced needleworker (read: entrepreneur) is making goods for pets, especially for cats.

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Firstly, their owners do not spare money for the comfort and convenience of their pets. And every year they need more and more entertainment and comfort (they are no longer satisfied with cardboard boxes or houses, give them personal balconies and wigwams).

Second, cats will give you tons of impressive photos and videos that you can use to promote your product, both on Etsy and social media.

The more comfortable the cat is in your nest (for example) in a video or photo, the better they will buy your product in the end.

One businesswoman decided to play on the desire of cat owners to create maximum comfort for their pets and on high-quality and “cozy” photos of cats posing against the background of her goods.

She decided to create original, comfortable and modern resting places for cats - cat trees (or towers).

In fact, it is not so much a tree as a combination of a house and several branches with nests at the end.

These posts are created from the branches of a real tree, wrapped with a jute rope - on which animals can sharpen their claws.

Super soft, even elite, washable bedding in every nest:

Each bed has its own ball on a string that the cat can play with after sleeping.

And this pleasure is sold for only some 242 dollars. Because it is a quality product with a guarantee.

There are also cheaper models of trees for cats in the needlewoman’s store, for example, without a house (costs $ 159):

And there are more expensive models - with three branches-columns (cost $ 289):

The entrepreneur is so confident in the quality of her products that she gives the client the opportunity to think for 30 days whether he will finally keep the purchase or return it back.

How can he get her back if his cat is sure to like her?

In the needlewoman's shop - all positive reviews and photos of satisfied cats.

And 10 sales every day. In total, the shop of the enterprising needlewoman - - has more than 600 sales in 7 months of existence on Etsy.

I'm wondering if the obligation to take back an item if you don't like it is the thing that makes her sell a fairly expensive item on Etsy so well?

Approximately the same condition was in effect in one of the most successful stores on Etsy - BohemianFindings. This store sold penny goods - accessories for jewelry. And allowed customers to return the purchase back if they did not like it. And the sales of the store were kept at the level of 1000-2000 sales per day.

Even then I imagined myself in the place of the buyer of this store - would I want to return the goods if I suddenly change my mind (I had no doubts about the quality)?

I was stopped by the fact that I did not want to waste time and any effort to return this basically worthy product back, especially since I would have to pay my own money for shipping.

It is possible that the buyer of these bulky cat towers will not want to return them back, including because these bulky structures will need to be somehow packed and paid for their delivery, if, in principle, they can be left.

After all, the main thing has already happened - he bought it (and what percentage of buyers will still refuse - after all, this is their right - it doesn’t matter anymore, because it happened historically, practically verified and mathematically calculated that it is very small).

DIY cat house: step by step instructions - INMYROOM

Many people love cats, and no wonder why. Someone is trying to build a house for a cat with their own hands, in others these animals live on their own. They are on their own are looking for secluded corners for relaxation, while often incapacitating an expensive upholstered furniture, which is used as a scratching post. Help build convenient and small-sized do-it-yourself cat house step by step instructions and recommendations on this issue. Consider a master class on making a home for your beloved pet.

Why do you need a house

If the cat has its own a multifunctional corner in which she can play or relax, the problem damage to things and furniture will not affect you. Can be purchased at the pet store pretty good little house and bring it home. And suddenly it turns out that the cat bypasses him - something she did not like. But man is also not will entrust the choice of colors and materials for the repair or construction of your home to an outsider.

If the house was brought from store, this is far from what a chair or sofa is for a cat, on which she is accustomed to sit or lie. Conclusion: a cat house should not compete with other furniture. To create a house for cats with your own hands you need spend time and money. But money is needed incomparably less than for purchasing designs in the store. The size of the house for the cat must also correspond to the actual size of the animal.

Structural elements

Cat housing it is desirable to equip with viewing platforms. Their high position is very good. But do not raise them to the ceiling itself. Need to watch for with your cat and mark her favorite vacation spot. Observation deck to be position a little higher. The top platform is usually made a little smaller size than the bottom. But the bottom should be more comfortable. For increase review, do-it-yourself cat houses are recommended to be installed against the wall, opposite the door.

Should be claw point installed. It is done in such a way that the cat always has access to her from anywhere in her home. The building itself may have different designs. You need to watch your pet. If the animal likes to hide under bed, which means that it is watching what is happening in the room. If his favorite a place in the closet - it does not like shadowing itself. Observations will show how sides it is better to make an entrance, it should be wide or narrow. After observations you can make drawings. Specifying the approximate dimensions of parts simplifies the process of preparing materials and making houses.

Owner, having done all work on making a house for a cat, solves the following tasks:

  • for a loved one the pet has a place for privacy and there is no need to lie on the table or on TV
  • in a cat the desire to sharpen one's claws on the master's sofa disappears;
  • cat dwelling additionally decorates the interior of the apartment.

During construction apartments must comply with the following principles:

  • security;
  • quality;
  • hygiene.

Cats do not live in there should be no threads or small parts that she can swallow or just nibble. Materials should be used only natural. Paints and glue should not emit pungent odors. They must not be toxic. The design should be one that can be easily washed and cleaned.

Tools and materials for work

To build a house for a cat with your own hands, you need to arm yourself with some tools and materials. They should be looked for in pantries, sheds and garages, where for sure there are pieces of plywood, chipboard or OSB. Of the tools that can come in handy the following:

  • tape measure for measurements;
  • ruler with pencil;
  • electric jigsaw;
  • screwdriver or screwdriver;
  • electric drill;
  • compasses drawing;
  • household vacuum cleaner;
  • regular stool;
  • construction stapler;
  • hammer;
  • adhesive thermal gun;
  • scissors and sharp knife;
  • wood saw.

Materials for construction as follows:

OSB boards 8-12 mm thick, plywood or chipboard;

  • fabric for upholstery;
  • self-tapping screws, miscellaneous size;
  • adhesive, inserted into the thermal gun;
  • staples to stapler;
  • pipes metal or plastic 50 and 65 cm long;
  • flange kits for fasteners or furniture corners;
  • jute, sisal or hemp rope - about 35 m.

Assembling a house

Do-it-yourself cat house it's not that hard to do by hand. The master class involves compiling the simplest drawing. Without it, it will be difficult to join the parts. When marking details on the material use a ruler, compass, rectangle and pencil. The compass outlines the contours of round parts and a hole for the cat. Entrance the house can be made more original by adding ears to it. Marked up walls and roof details, horizontal part and 2 slopes.

Dustiest job - cutting details. If possible, it is better to go outside with a jigsaw or to the site. There is nothing complicated in the cutting process. The main thing is to do everything be careful and don't rush. To cut inlet holes, you need to drill drill holes into which the jigsaw file will freely enter.

Cutting master class and cutting details is over. It remains to process the edges with sandpaper. Can be assembled do-it-yourself cat house to make sure it is done correctly previous work. The assembly master class assumes the following plan:

  • first walls are fastened with furniture corners;
  • assembled house furniture corners attached to the base;
  • going roof. The central horizontal part is screwed to the walls. In places fasteners are pre-drilled holes for self-tapping screws. Side parts (bevels) are fastened with small nails. 4 are enough for each side. nail;
  • kits for pipe installations are connected to sections of 50 and 65 cm and attached to the base. Platforms are mounted on top;
  • if all the design is stable, you can disassemble it for further work.

Absolutely all large and small parts should be covered with cloth. In this case, the number of seams should stay minimal. This is not the case in store houses. But any the seam makes the cat sharpen its claws on it. Indoor cats spend time 10 times more willingly than usual. It is very easy to check this. Set up a bare house and follow the cat. She will shy away from the new structures. And to the soft, upholstered rush almost immediately.

The upholstery procedure is as follows:

  • fitting;
  • fabric cutting;
  • stretch;
  • work stapler.

Try-in starts from laying out details on fabric. The excess is trimmed with scissors. In some places you need a knife. The seams are located on the edge of the wooden part, if this Maybe. The fabric is stretched. Next comes fixing it with the help of a construction stapler. The staples must not go through the plywood. When upholstery of the roof, consisting 3 parts, may need a heat gun to glue the fabric in the folds between the details. 5 minutes after applying the adhesive, you can continue the rest work.

After that, upholstered house walls. The edges of the fabric are fixed with a stapler on the edges of the parts. Input the hole is upholstered in the same way. The edges are attached to the inner rib. After finishes from the inside upholster the outer part with a single piece of fabric. Seam in in this case, do it on the back wall closer to the corner. Edges of the fabric on the hole attached to the inside of the house.

Pipes are attached scratching posts and observation deck. Glue from a thermal gun is applied to the base. The end of the rope is attached to the glue. Several turns are glued, which are wound tightly along the pipe to its middle. In the middle of the pipe apply a few drops of glue. Next comes the winding to the end of the pipe. After her final fastening, you need to wind a few more turns of rope for metal hiding. At the base of the scratching post, you can install an additional wooden circle. It will only strengthen the structure. He is also wrapped with rope, which is attached with glue and staples.

Master class completed - the cat house is ready. You can build other structures with stairs, shelves.


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