How to make my own cat tree
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.
10 Amazing Cat Trees You Have to See
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
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
07 of 08
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 08Ryo Shinyashiki / EyeEm / Getty Images
ShowCatsOnline.com'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!
3.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!
A real tree for games: how to make a beautiful whatnot for a cat with your own hands | Lifestyle
Recently my husband and I were visiting friends and saw a completely unique thing: a real tree for a cat. Who knows, as they say, he will understand. I looked at my husband, and he understood without words: yes, we urgently need the same one. A month ago, we bought a Maine Coon kitten from a breeder, and this is not a kitten, but a perpetual motion machine that bites and gnaws everything that attracts its attention. Therefore, the next day, in the morning, the husband set to work and was so carried away that he did not notice how the day went. I want to say that the day was not lived in vain.
Materials and tools
To create a strong quality cat rack you will need:
- grinder or sandpaper;
- hot glue gun;
- four boards;
- three pieces of plywood or chipboard;
- small package of concrete;
- dry branches or thin trunks;
- piece of artificial fur;
- hammer, screws, nails.
In the production process, you can use everything that you have left, for example, after repairs. At the same time, we did an audit in the pantry and garage, while we were looking for all the necessary materials.
We make the base
We knock together the base from improvised materials, old boards will do. But of course, they are strong, there is no question of any cracks, because we will be pouring cement. It is in our interests to maintain the integrity of the structure. So, we knock together all the boards in the form of a box. Decide on sizes beforehand. They depend on in which part of the house or apartment you will install the tree. If your living space is not royal in scope, you should think about the size of the cat tree in advance. The cat will not be offended. Having firmly hammered together or glued the boards into a box, we make the bottom. To do this, cut out the bottom from a piece of plywood to size and nail it to our box. If you took old boards, then in order to do it yourself, you definitely need to process them. Use a grinder or sandpaper. Treat the surfaces well, do not forget the edges so that neither the pet nor you pick up a splinter. Cover the wood with any chemical impregnation to protect it from possible insects that settle in the wood and spoil the appearance. Dry well.
Installing the trees
This is one of the main stages, and it must be approached very responsibly, because the overall look depends on how you form the composition. And you will have to look at it until the moment when you have a cat or until you get tired of the cat tree. So think. We live in such an area that it is quite difficult to find dry solid branches. But one day there was such a strong thunderstorm that the neighbors broke off several fairly decent apple branches. We took them, everything will be useful in the household. So we thought at that time, and you see, it came in handy. Before pinning the branches, we made several trial versions and determined each one in its place. Still, appearance is very important. In addition, we put the second piece of plywood on top to determine its place in advance and remove all roughness. The husband also suggested cutting down the corners, rounding them off to give a more glamorous look. When everything suited us, we fixed the branches with screws and thus prepared the box for concreting.
I want to say right away. When we made repairs in the kitchen, they laid tiles. And for some reason, I got the idea to lay out the block with tiles too. The idea is not very good, and my husband very quickly convinced me of the uselessness of this undertaking. It took us about two small bags to fill the base with concrete. Concrete was prepared in the yard in two parts. Poured one layer immediately into the box, leveled, then the second layer. It also needs to be aligned as high as possible so that there are no various distortions. When everything is completely filled, leave it for a day to freeze. At this time, it is better not to move the box at all, so as not to violate the integrity of the concrete. Under load, it can crack, because the inside is not dry enough and seized. Lay the top plywood panel immediately after pouring the concrete.
We install shelves for the cat to lie down after the box is completely ready. Here you can let your imagination run wild. It is not necessary to make ordinary rectangular shelves, as in store standard versions of cat trees.
Play with the shapes. Make sketches on thick paper or cardboard in full size, attach to the branches. Look for the perfect shapes and options for you. Maybe certain forms can be matched to the overall interior. We did not paint ours, we decided to preserve the most natural look. We install the shelves with screws, at least three on each side, so that the shelves can withstand any weight and pressure. Cats jump with different strengths and can simply tear off the board.
Perhaps the main thing. Cat owners will agree with me that it is very tiring to fight this feline bad habit. For us - harmful, for cats - quite natural. It is impossible to wean an animal from sharpening its claws, it is inherent in nature, but it is quite possible to direct it in the right direction and minimize harm. But then again, not everyone succeeds the first time. Our cat got used to it for a long time, but the friends whose idea of a cat tree we used, the cat fell in love with this place at first sight.
To decorate the scratching post, you will need a tourniquet or rope. Experts advise installing it as close to the floor as possible. But we are watching our cat, and she, apparently, takes special pleasure in sharpening her claws at a height. Therefore, we personally made scratching posts at several levels. Make them from a tourniquet or rope. I recommend putting the rope on glue, not on nails, because the rope wears out pretty quickly. It is easy to remove it from the glue and install a new one. Glue the end of the rope to the trunk, then apply hot glue along the entire length of the rope and carefully wind it tightly around the branch. Reinforce the top end.
Now for the fun part - the decoration. What can be decorated in a cat tree? Of course, the platforms on which the cat will lie or sit. I called on all my imagination, but I only had enough for fur pillows. This is not the best idea, because fur, even artificial fur, is a real dust collector. Be careful if you have allergies in your family. But just a piece of artificial fur laid on a tree is not very comfortable. After all, cats love not only taller, but also softer. Therefore, I decided to lay foam rubber from an old sofa cushion under the fur. Can be used as an alternative to cotton wool, thin feather pillow or bamboo bedding. This is now our cat's favorite place in the whole house. Just wash this fur bedding more often, because in addition to dust, cat hair collects there. And this can negatively affect the health of the cat.
That's it, the cat's leisure tree is ready. Put it in a convenient place and invite the cat. Show that this is her place now.
If you have no space and for various reasons you cannot put such a tree at home, do not be discouraged. Alternatively, you can use one small branch, of course, without pouring cement. I propose to strengthen the branch on the board with screws, install a small board for lying, make a scratching post. I think your cat will appreciate such a simple gift. My friends for a long time could not accustom their pet to a similar, but store design, so they used special chemicals. But this is for you, mind you. But in general, cats are very fond of such designs, and your pet will quickly get used to it.
Do-it-yourself house for a cat or a cat: designs, dimensions, 72 photos
If your cat or cat constantly disappears in the closet, scratches the wallpaper or sofa, hides under the covers and it bothers you, try making a cat corner. A properly made house for a cat or a cat will be a favorite place to spend time. All kinds of cat corners, with and without scratching posts, are full in stores, but this is not the same at all ... Made by yourself is better and more reliable ... You can develop it personally for the needs of your pet.
- 1 Which option to choose?
- 1.1 How to develop a design
- 1.2 What to add
- 1.3 Selection of heights
- 1.4 Wall options
- 2 Materials
- 2.1 Materials for the basis 9001 sizes
- 4 Instructions for making a house for two cats
- 4.1 Preparing platforms and attaching to poles
- 4.2 Assembling the body of the house
- 4.3 Wrapping the poles
- 5 House from a box and a T-shirt in two minutes
- 6 Photos of interesting cat houses / complexes
- Which option 7 Additional video ideas to choose
Building a cat house is not that difficult, but you need to choose the right design. After all, I want something made with my own hands to be actively exploited, and not just standing there to collect dust. To make your cat or cat like the house, take a closer look at where the pet prefers to spend time, what he likes to do, where he prefers to relax - climbing higher or on the floor ... In general, you need to select the design of the cat house based on the habits of your pets.Choosing a design is the first thing to do
How to design a design
Cats and cats may have different preferences. For example, cats prefer houses with two entrances - in case of emergency evacuation of offspring. Therefore, many people like pipes or structures similar to them. At the same time, they do not like a hole that is too large, as it is necessary to feel in a shelter. Therefore, the entrance / exit to the house must be made not too large so that the pet can easily pass into it, but no more. And one more thing: not all cats like houses that stand on the floor - cats live in them with kittens. "Singles" prefer shelters at a height, although this is also not a fact, and depends on the habits of the individual.For a cat with kittens, a house on the floor is suitable.
Cats prefer to spend time at a height, watching everything that happens around them. They rarely sit in the house, but on the playgrounds they can wallow for hours. If you have a cat, make more areas, and of solid size - so that the animal can lie stretched out to its full height without the risk of falling. Railings, if needed, are only for the highest shelves and obviously not around the perimeter, but only from the back and a little from the sides. In general, males feel great even on sites without any fences: there are no fences on the trees. Railings are needed more for the peace of mind of the owners than for cats.The lower floor is usually ignored.
And by the way, there are cats who like to sit on the grounds as much as cats. So they also need viewpoints, just like cat houses. You never know, maybe he will be in a bad mood and he will decide to hide from you there. So yes, we didn’t simplify the task of choosing, but that’s exactly the way it is - until you try, you won’t understand what your pet needs.
What to add
When owners say “cat house”, they usually mean a whole cat complex, in which, in addition to the house itself, there are playgrounds and a number of additional devices. Usually one or two sites are actively used, while the rest are only occasionally visited. But the fact is that you don’t know in advance what your pet will like.
Useful additions to the cat house are scratching posts and climbing frames. Scratching posts are vertical surfaces that are usually wrapped with natural fiber rope.
We recommend reading the article "How to make a scratching post for a cat with your own hands."
Climbing boards - horizontal and inclined boards, on which cats can move from one level to another. Scratching posts, by the way, can also be used as climbing frames - animals climb on them to the upper tiers.Climbing chairs and hammocks - that's what cats usually like
What else can be in a cat complex? Hammocks. Usually it is a piece of rectangular fabric, fixed on two crossbars. Another option is also possible - a rigid frame with a fabric sewn to it or a piece of fabric suspended at four corners from the platform.Hammock and pipe combo - one of the "light" options for the cat corner
Some other cats like pipes. They are sewn from fabric, for rigidity a circle or an oval of wire is inserted into both ends. One end is fixed higher, the other is thrown down. The main thing is that a gap is visible at the end of the tunnel, otherwise you won’t lure the cat any tighter. It turns out a good place for an ambush, in which some furry hunters like to spend time.Brushes are a very handy thing for scratching, groping when the owner is not around. Scratching posts allow you to protect furniture from cat claws - it's cheaper than buying a
anti-vandal sofa There is another feature that cats like, but which not many people know about - clothes brushes nailed to vertical surfaces approximately at the level of your pet's back. The bristles on the brush are artificial, of medium hardness. Try it, your pet will be happy!
In general, the rule is true for cats - the higher the better. Therefore, the height of the house that you want to make with your own hands can be whatever you are ready to make it - even to the very ceiling. And no matter how many tiers it has, most often the top one will be occupied. And if there are several cats, there will be a “leader” at the top, and it is this place that will always be contested.This is a whole cat playground
The minimum height of a cat corner is about a meter. Such low structures are safe even for kittens, however, they quickly grow up and then want to climb higher.
Not even the largest cat house takes up about a meter of floor space. It is not always possible to allocate such a space. For such cases, there are wall options for cat corners. Houses and platforms are attached to the wall in the chosen place by any available method. Where directly - with nails to the wall, somewhere with the help of brackets. Transitions are made between the fixed parts. From boards - straight and inclined, rope ladders, rungs are stuffed at a distance of 10-15 cm from each other, steps are made in the form of a ladder ... In general, everything is limited only by your imagination.Wall-mounted "simulators" for cats
Such wall-mounted corners for cats are also called shelves for cats, since the construction is very similar to traditional bookshelves. By the way, the furry ones love them very much and actively move around.
Choice of materials
The cat house, with all the accessories, is usually assembled from building debris. This is quite justified, because many (or all) surfaces of the finished structure will be sheathed with fabric, textiles, entangled with ropes, etc. So if there are leftover building materials, you can use them. There are two requirements for materials (all):
- They should not have a strong odor. In any case, one that perceives the human nose. Natural smells (wood, wool, etc.) do not count. If the material was recently purchased and there is a chemical smell, hold it outside to let it air out.
- Materials must not be electrified. Static discharges are very unpleasant for cats, so they do not like open plastic surfaces. Also, do not use silk.
Requirements are all, but there are still wishes. Do you want your cat to quickly and actively master the house? Soak building materials for a while in the house. They will be saturated with familiar smells, will be examined by a curious beast. The complex made “from settled” materials in the house will be accepted with greater favor.
Materials for the base
If you look at the photo, the cat house consists of different parts and they can be made from different materials. The list of basic materials is as follows:
Only the trunk of a tree, as a material for a cat complex, requires explanation. Everything is literally: take a tree, clean it from the bark if it crumbles. Branches are used as stands for placing houses, playgrounds, baskets.
What to sheathe
Twisted rope made of natural fibers is suitable for arranging scratching posts: jute, linen, hemp, sesal, etc. Take a thicker diameter and several tens of meters at once - if the base is not wooden, you will have to wrap all the pipes with a rope.
Shelves and houses are sheathed with dense material with a short pile, usually carpet. The shorter and denser the pile, the better. Long and shaggy only look good, and while they are new - over time, dust, wool, various garbage fill up in them and the cat's house becomes the cause of allergies (yours or cat's).Upholstery/upholstery - not too fleecy
Upholstery color, for cats it doesn't matter at all - they do not react to colors. Therefore, you can choose "under the interior", the most "practical" color, the color of the pet's coat, contrasting with the cat's coat . .. any.
To make your DIY cat house safe, you need to think about mounting hardware. It is undesirable to use self-tapping screws, since wool can cling to them, staples should not be used either - they can be dangerous for claws (both types of fasteners are suitable if they are covered with upholstery). There are, in fact, only two types of fasteners left: glue and nails, and the glue is only PVA. It is normally tolerated by cats, since after drying it does not smell. Ropes and upholstery are glued to it, and shelves, houses and everything else are nailed.Cat climbs with hammocks
You can also make it safe to use self-tapping screws. Under the cap, drill a hole with a diameter greater than the diameter of the cap, install fasteners, cover with putty. Yes, just like in the manufacture of furniture, but what can not be done for the safety of the pet.
And one more thing: if the cat complex turned out to be too high, it is better to fix it. To the floor or to the wall, or both to the floor and to the wall. Otherwise, there may be problems - there were cases when cats brought down the structure.
Photo with dimensions
No matter how much we talk about the construction of a cat house, the best way to understand the dimensions is to use the drawings with dimensions. If you look closely at them, you will notice a solid run. This is understandable - there are large and small cats, respectively, and the size of the cat house will be larger / smaller. You can adjust them yourself depending on the size of your pets or the available area.Photo of cat houses with sizesThree options for cat corners with sizes
The height of the presented structures is rather big - 180 cm and above, but you can reduce it by removing the floors that you think are unnecessary. All these dimensions can be taken as a basis to develop your own layout, put down approximate dimensions. Having a drawing in hand, you can start purchasing materials and manufacturing.
Instructions for making a house for two cats
There are two cats in the family. The older one is an aggressor cat and the younger one is more mobile. Therefore, the design was designed so that the younger one could hide on the highest platform, and the older one, due to his weight, could not get there. They decided to place the house high, as both cats prefer height. They made it larger in size so that both individuals could be there at the same time.Initial material and results of labor
For this construction, thick furniture plywood (12 mm) 75 * 50 cm in size, 50 * 70 timber poles (4.2 m), jute-based carpet - 1 * 2.5 meters, 20 meters of rope. Fasteners - corners. For a house - 15 * 20 mm, for fixing platforms - 40 * 45 mm, 55 * 20 and 35 * 40 - for insurance, and a couple of large ones - for attaching to the wall.
Preparing the platforms and attaching them to the poles
There are three poles in the selected design: one 220 cm, the second 120 cm and the third 80 cm. They will be attached to the base of the plywood sheet. On the base it is necessary to place the pillars so that the longest one is closer to the wall. In order not to be confused, when marking on a sheet, using a ruler and a pencil, they first drew a stencil on paper, on which the arrangement of the pillars relative to each other was applied. From the finished layout, the markup for installing pillars was transferred. They were fastened with long nails through the base (4 pieces each), having drilled holes of a slightly smaller diameter in the plywood. Then they were fixed outside with corners 55 * 20 for a large pillar and 35 * 40 for smaller ones.Marking - the most basic
Using the same template, on the platforms they marked the place where the poles passed, then, according to the markup, holes were cut out for them. To do this, they took a 12 mm feather drill, drilled holes in the corners marked for the installation of squares, into which the jigsaw blade fits perfectly. From experience: it is better to make cuts under the pillars a millimeter or two more. Platforms are still held by the corners, and if you make the slot too small, you have to finish it with a file or sandpaper for a long time.Fasten the prepared platforms
Before installing the platform, we “try it on”, adjusting the slots if necessary. Having placed the platform horizontally (using the building level) at the desired level, mark with a pencil where the platform stands. According to this markup, we then set the corners, so that we make clear marks, from all four sides. When all platforms are properly installed, we upholster them with carpet.
House body assembly
Two pieces of plywood 75x50 cm cut into 4 rectangles. They made a roof, a floor and two side walls. During the manufacture of one of the shelves, a piece of plywood with a semicircular hole on the side was left. It was decided to make it an “entrance”, and the back wall was cut out from one of the pieces. It remains to assemble the house, which is not difficult at all. Small metal corners were used, which were fastened with short self-tapping screws.Preparing a “nest” for a cat
Before the house was covered with a roof, it was boarded up from the inside, thus closing the fasteners and increasing comfort. Working inside the case is not so convenient, but you can handle it. The roof was beaten on both sides, after which it was fixed using the same corners, but placing them outside. Not very pretty, but not deadly. The finished house was fixed in the place allotted to it. The corners helped out again, but larger ones - 35 * 40 mm.
We wrap the posts
The last step is to wrap the posts, making a scratching post. Fastening the rope to the pole is easiest with staples. A few staples and you're done. Further, tightly pressing one turn to another, we wrap the pillars in a spiral. We reach the barrier, fix the rope with staples again and continue on the next section.As it turned out, the rope had to be pounded with a hammer...
From experience, I must say that no matter how hard we tried, the coils of the rope did not fit one to the other very tightly, over time, they “mellowed out” and began to “ride” up / down a little. Having done the work on mistakes, they found a way: after laying a few turns, we knock them out with a hammer. Everything is simple, but if I knew in advance ... That's all, we made a house for a cat with our own hands. It took about 6 hours.
See the video below for a similar design.
House out of a box and T-shirt in two minutes
For the simplest and most budgetary option, a minimum of “ingredients” is needed:
- Cardboard box of a suitable size;
- Old T-shirt;
- Wide tape.
All you need is a mounting knife and scissors.
Photos of interesting cat houses/complexes
Living next to us for years, cats become not just pets, but family members. I want to create all the conditions for them to be comfortable, so the owners are trying, inventing more and more new devices / designs.