How to Build Cat Furniture

A cat tree is but one of many different cat furniture options you can build yourself. Why not craft a kitty condo or a simple scratching post for your favorite feline?

How to Build Cat Furniture
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Overview
Cat owners know that furniture for their pet can be expensive and have a short lifespan. Playing, scratching and simple everyday use can take your cat furniture from new to old in no time. But you don't have to spend a lot to replace it: You can make it yourself.
Step 1
Measure the spot where you want to put the cat furniture. Under a window is perfect, so your cat can look out and catch some sun. Measure from the floor to the window and buy wood boards that will allow the furniture to reach. If the cat furniture will not go under a window, it's still best to buy boards at least 2 feet long.
Step 2
Nail together four pieces of wood to form a box. Make sure no nails are sticking out.
Step 3
Lay the wooden box flat and create a perch by nailing one flat board on top. Use a board sturdy enough to hold your cat.
Step 4
Nail a piece of wood at least 2 inches thick to the bottom for a platform. The platform wood should be at least twice the size of the perch board.
Step 5
Cut carpet in pieces to wrap around the platform, perch, and supporting frame. Nail each piece into the wood.
Step 6
Add fun accouterments like rope by nailing one end into the perch.
skill
3
ingredient
Nails

Hammer

Wood boards of various sizes (see instructions)

Carpet

Rope

ingredients
Nails
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Hammer
ingredients
Wood boards of various sizes (see instructions)
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Carpet
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Rope
tip
Place cat furniture near a window so your cat can look out and enjoy the sun.

Use a carpet that doesn't shed.

tips
Place cat furniture near a window so your cat can look out and enjoy the sun.
tips
Use a carpet that doesn't shed.
warning
Make sure all nails are fully hammered into the wood.

Make sure the furniture is steady.

warnings
Make sure all nails are fully hammered into the wood.
warnings
Make sure the furniture is steady.
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Cat Furniture