DIY Cat Furniture Inspiration

I love my cats and would do anything to make them happy. But being indoor cats they can sometimes get into trouble out of bordom. What a better way to keep them entertained then to build them some custom DIY cat furniture.

Now, that being said, I am an interior decorator and how my home looks is important to me. As much as I love my cats, I do not want to look like a crazy cat lady with a bunch of pet products all over the house. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not my thing. Which is why I decided to DIY my own cat furniture. This way it can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing in the room.

So, the inspiration came to me when I was torn between what to do with this weird “hole” in my living room built-ins and wanting a nice side table to go next to my recliner.  The answer was to make a piece of furniture that could double as a table and a place for the cats to lounge and play.

Below is a photo of the actual space where the cat furniture was going. You can see how I had this large “hole” in my built-ins where we used to have a large projection TV back in the day.

I used a piece of 1″ foam board that I covered with self-sticking wallpaper, and wedged it in the space to cover all of the wiring for the entertainment system. The cats always thought those wires were for playing with!

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corner of my living room built ins

These are my actual sketches I drew to put my idea on paper. I am not an artist by any means, but I think you can get the general idea of what I was going for.

I wanted to build a two-tier table/shelf with rope wrapped PCV pipes for scratching, a multi-level, carpeted playhouse that opens up to the second tier, a fabric wrapped tube for running thru, and a few different places for lounging.

DIY Cat Shelf

I decided on making my DIY cat furniture in an “L” shape. This shape would use the empty space in the built-in and wrap around under the window and snuggle up next to my recliner.

Now I could use the stucture as a side table and a place for the cats to lounge under the window.

I also needed to incorportate “cat” stuff such as scrating posts, a cat house, a tunnel, and lots of places for them to hang out and crawl around.

I also built a Catio for my indoor cats on my back deck and you can learn how I did that here. How to build a PVC Catio

Now, I didn’t want this stucture to look like a monstrosity in the middle of my living room. I did everything I could to make this sort of “blend” in with my decor and not stick out like a sore thumb. So, everything I did, I did with the sole purpose of making it design friendly.

I started the project by building the actual framing of the shelves using (2 )- 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ birch finish grade plywood. I cut two identical “L” shapes out of the plywood in the exact dimentions I needed for the space. My dimensions are in the plans above.

Then I sanded them smooth.

Like I said, I wanted this DIY cat furniture to coordinate with my exsisting furniture. So I decided to paint and stain the wood. I didn’t want the entire piece to be stained, so I painted a 2′ section on both pieces with the same paint color as the built-ins. It broke up all the stain and gave it a nice accent.

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  1. Hi Lori, I loved the cat house you designed and your cats 🐈 look like their right at home. It blends right into your living room and doesn’t take up space. Spring sprucing up ideas are what I needed to get motivated. First thing I open the windows for fresh air and clean in chunks of time like two or three kitchen drawers. The bathroom is easier to finish cleaning than the larger rooms. We have 1/3 of an acre so yard work starts in spring through fall. I read your blog, flipping homes takes dedication and organization.

    1. Thanks Karen, I’m glad my spring tips got you motivated. We’ve had a couple nice weather days here and the windows are open 😊

      This morning I was cleaning the guinea pigs cage and I always let him run around the living room while I do it. He went right for the cat house, thru one door out the other and thru the tunnel! Looks like the cats aren’t the only ones that enjoy it 😂

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