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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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.