Introduction: DIY Cat Tree House
Big cat trees are beautiful but really expensive. One day I saw this huge cat tree and the more I looked at it, the more I convinced myself that I could build one for...nothing! Not even half of the price.
How To Bleach At Homehow to How To Bleach At Home for I already had all of the things needed to make this cat tree so I really had to buy nothing.
But still, if you are going to build one too and don''s start cutting the base pieces out of wood using a jigsaw.
The base is composed of 2 different pieces: a rectangle and a square.
The rectangle (A) is 55 x 40cm (21.65 x 15.74 inches) and the square (B) is 30 x 30cm (11.81 inches).
Piece A needs to have 3 round holes that don'' diameter (3cm - 1.18 inches).
This means that you must make a hole from the front side until about half of the wood''t let the drill''s call them ""! :)
Please look at the drawing in the first picture to see the measures the 1 last update 2020/07/02 for each hole on the rectangle.Please look at the drawing in the first picture to see the measures for each hole on the rectangle.
The square (B) only needs one half hole right in the middle.
Make sure to sand each of your wooden pieces after you''s prepare the 2 round pieces now.
Draw a circle on a piece of wood. The circle needs to have a diameter of about 40cm.
Cut it using a jigsaw. Cutting a round piece is a little complicated and you must be accurate, but it''t shake while you cut them, keep both ends firm with something or ask someone to keep one side while you keep the other with your free hand.
How To Bleach At Homehow to How To Bleach At Home for These rods will be placed in the "" you made in the bases (as you can see in the picture), but you''s not really important!
Step 6: Upholster the Wooden Pieces - Part 1
It''t be too many bumps all around it.
When you the 1 last update 02 Jul 2020 are done, cut out the exceeding fabric.When you are done, cut out the exceeding fabric.
Step 7: Upholster the Wooden Pieces - Part 2
The bottom of the the 1 last update 2020/07/02 discs will be visible too because they will be lifted from the floor. For this reason you should cover it too.The bottom of the discs will be visible too because they will be lifted from the floor. For this reason you should cover it too.
To do this, cut a smaller piece of fabric that is about as big as the disc. Make it round too, but it doesn''t need to be covered with more fabric because they will be hidden. I decided to still cover them using a scrap of thinner fabric, but it''s work on the tubes.
You need to cut them with a jigsaw because they are really thick. Make sure to follow the advice I gave you on step 4 about cutting rods.
These are the sizes:
- 6 tubes are 40cm (15.74 inches)
- 1 tube is 82cm (32.28 inches)
- 2 tubes are 35cm (13.77 inches)
- 1 tube is 46cm (18.11 inches)
- 1 tube is 38cm (14.96 inches)
If your tubes are shorter than that, join 2 together with some scotch tape. I did that to create the longest tube I needed.
My tubes have a hole inside that is bigger than the diameter of my rods, so I cut some discs out of styrofoam using a drill with 2 different hole cutters: one is as big as my tubes'' diameter.
I made many of these and inserted a couple of them inside each of my tubes. This way the whole structure wouldn''s the way I decided to cover my tubes too! The thicker your twine is, the faster this step will be.
You need a lot of twine and patience so watch your favorite movie on tv while you do this :D
The first thing you need to do is to secure the tip of the twine on the edge of the tube. I used some scotch tape, but you can use hot glue if you prefer.
Now I tried 2 different methods to roll the twine around the tube:
roll the twine around the tube applying white glue (or hot glue) every now and then. Make sure to have all rounds very close to each other, moving them a little next to the other if there seem to be holes between them.
stick a couple of long strips of double sided tape on the tube''s finally time to build the cat house!
The cat house is composed of for 1 last update 2020/07/02 5 pieces:The cat house is composed of 5 pieces:
- the bottom is 50 x 36cm (19.68 x 14.17 inches) and one of its shortest sides is roundish. That round part won''t enough for me! :D
I decided to decorate it and personalize it with stencils of cats paws and my cat''t do this, you end up having too much space on those spots.
Carefully cut out all of the letters using a cutter or x-acto knife, being as accurate as possible.
When you are done, lay your piece of paper on the wood piece where you want the stencil to be, and keep it firm with a piece of scotch tape, to make sure that it won''s bridges using a tiny paint brush and paint. Also correct any mistake that may have been caused by too much paint.
Do the same for the paws and let everything dry.
Step 12: Compose the Cat House
All of your cat house pieces are ready so you can finally build it! :)
Compose the "" joining the pieces together with thin nails on the borders. I suggest you to join the back piece with the bottom and top first. Add the sides to close the structure and finally the front.
This cat house is very large and comfortable so my cat loves it!
Step 13: Make a Ladder
The cat tree I saw had a small ladder too. I decided to make one too but...taller!
The ladder is very simple and fun to make.
Cut 2 identical strips of wood that are 95 x 7cm (37.4 x 2.75 inches) using a jigsaw.
Make an identical oblique cut on one side of both strips.
I decided to make the other side a little roundish.
Make a smaller cut that looks like a long oval close to the round side (see first picture).
These cuts must match with the middle "" of the cat tree to be able to hook it and keep the ladder firm. For this reason, you may want to do this at the end when you can put the ladder next to the already-built cat tree.
Sand everything as usual.
Now divide both strips in 6 sections making 5 signs on their length. These 5 signs are the spots where the pegs of the ladder will be.
Make new "" on each of them using a forstner bit, just like you did for all of the other half holes. The diameter is the same one.
Take another rod (you can use pieces left from the ones you cut previously) and cut 5 identical smaller rods out of it with a jigsaw. They need to be 22cm (8.66 inches) long.
Lay the 2 strips of wood next to each other with the half holes facing each other, and insert the rods in them.
Secure the first and last rod of the ladder with 2 screws each, one on the right and one on the left.
All of the others will automatically be blocked thanks to the half holes so you don''s called, but you can see it on the first photos.
This is not really important anyways, you can use regular screws too!
Another thing I made is cutting some thin discs of wood to put under the base pieces, but that''s finally time to compose everything! How fun! :D
Make sure to look at the pictures to understand exactly what I mean:
- insert the 82cm tube in one of the middle rods
- insert the 40cm tube in each of the other 3 rods
- insert piece E in the tallest rod
- insert piece D in the middle rod (the one with the short tube) and in the shortest rod
- insert the remaining 40cm tubes in the tallest rod, in the shortest rod, and in one of the middle rods (on piece D)
- insert piece G in the tallest rod and in the middle rods, right on base A
- insert the two 35cm tubes in the middle rods
- insert the 46cm tube in the tallest rod, then add piece F on it and the 38cm tube on top of it.
Step 17: Add the Top Pieces
Add the round pieces on top of the tallest and shortest rods and secure them with screws, making sure to insert the rods in the half holes at the bottom of the round pieces.
Finally, lay the cat house on top of the two middle rods, making sure to center it, and make a sign on the bottom of the cat house where the rods touch it.
Make holes on the 2 signs using a drill, then lay the cat house on the rods again and secure everything with 2 screws in the holes.
The the 1 last update 2020/07/02 structure is done!The structure is done!
Step 18: Sew the Pillow
You may think that it''s circumference, and about 30cm (11.81 inches) large.
Fold it in half lengthwise with the back side on the front and sew alongside the two edges, to join them together.
Reverse the piece of fabric so that the seam is hidden inside and the front side of the fabric is back to the front.
Step 19: Fill the Pillow
Fill the piece of fabric with upholstery batting, a little at a time. Make sure to leave some free fabric at the top and bottom.
When you are done, insert one of the sides inside of the other forming a ring.
Fold the edges a little on the inside and join the two sides together with some glue. You can even sew it if you prefer.
Step 20: Place the Pillow on the Cat Tree
Cut 4 strips of velcro and glue them on 4 sides of the pillow ring.
Glue the other side of the velcro pieces on the round top, laying the whole ring on it.
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The small base (the short piece of the cat tree) can be moved. This way you can keep it on the side, or form an angle that doesn''s been 3 years, how has it held up? My concern is the upright posts and how you have them with the styrofoam inserts. I have 3 cats that love to chase each other around the house and the top of the cat tree must be safe base or something, because they hit that tree at a dead run and fly up the side till they reach the top. They stop for a minute, take a breather, then take off again, always returning racing back up to the top of the cat tree to see who gets there first. It''s worth it that they''s holding up. So how is it doing?This way you''t forget to add the ladder to it...and let your cat explore it!
The small base (the short piece of the cat tree) can be moved. This way you can keep it on the side, or form an angle that doesn''s been 3 years, how has it held up? My concern is the upright posts and how you have them with the styrofoam inserts. I have 3 cats that love to chase each other around the house and the top of the cat tree must be safe base or something, because they hit that tree at a dead run and fly up the side till they reach the top. They stop for a minute, take a breather, then take off again, always returning racing back up to the top of the cat tree to see who gets there first. It''s worth it that they''s holding up. So how is it doing?
2 years ago
Super Inspiring and impressive, I rarely comment but this time for 1 last update 2020/07/02 cannot resist;) cat paradise ;)Super Inspiring and impressive, I rarely comment but this time cannot resist;) cat paradise ;)
3 years ago
Absolutely brilliant.. you''t huge, to reduce movement), I need to warn people that if you use sisal rope and use as much as the author did, it will easily cost more than ALL the rest of the materials if bought locally.
I really need to find a cheap source for huge rolls before I build my next perches.
4 years ago
On section 5 Part D... is that supposed to be 3 through holes not 2 like you have listed?
5 years ago
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Sorry you find it difficult, I think it''t know how to use all of your cardboard boxes, take a look at my other instructables and you'll find MANY projects made with cardboard ;)