Cats are playful creatures that love to climb trees. A Do It Yourself cat tree not only serves to bring out your unique craftsmanship but also provides your cat with endless hours of entertainment and fun. Most DIY cat trees are cheaper than the ready-made varieties found in most pet stores and boast significant and unique features that are bound to delight your kittens to no end.
There exists a great variety of cat trees tutorials on the internet but if are wondering how to build a cat tree that is unique for your feline friends, here is the plans you need to get going.
Step 1: Determine the type of the cat tree you require
Given the agile nature of cats, cat trees are available in many shapes, sizes and complexity. Cat tree plans vary in their complexity as well as their components; they range from simple rope covered poles to complex structures that include bedrooms and playhouses. If you are looking for more in-depth plans, we highly recommend checking out this guide.
Step 2: Gather all the requisite materials
A cat tree project requires you to have a drill, some wood screws, a table saw and handsaw, a utility knife, strong glue, PVC Pipes, wood, concrete form tube among others things. Precut the bottom pieces, PVC pipes and the wooden lengths to the required portions to facilitate quick building of the cat tree project.
Step 3: Set up the base
Clearly mark the position of each of the cat trees on the base piece and ensure they are properly spaced out. Join two plywood pieces together to make sturdy base and drive three nails from the underside to hold the stands. Join three planks of wood perpendicularly to the base and fasten them securely to the base with sturdy screws and nails as well. Add the third piece of plywood at the bottom to cover up the nails and screws and firmly attach to the other two plywood pieces.
Cut out a piece of the carpet slide it over the perpendicular wooden pieces and cover the base. Tuck in the carpet edges on the underside of the base and fasten them to the base using a staple gun.
Step 4: Cover the wooden pieces with appropriate materials
Cover the upright wooden pieces by either wrapping a sisal rope tightly along the entire length or covering them up with a piece of carpet to provide a rough surface. A medium sized sisal rope is preferred. If using the carpet, make sure to stick it firmly to the wood using wood glue that is not toxic to cats. Trim off the extra lengths carefully and tuck in the seams to reduce weak areas.
Step 5: Make the hanging beds
Cover one side of the hollow container with fitting circular plywood to create a circular bed. Cut out two pieces of the carpet and glue them to the inner and outer surface of the beds then wrap the outer surface with the carpet fastened with a couple of screws. Repeat the procedure to cover the upper and lower tunnels.
Alternatively you can use any other soft materials to line the inner and outer portions of the bed. You can also use a mixture of materials to add aesthetic value and comfort to the cat tree DIY.
Step 6: Attach the hanging beds and tunnels
Place the tunnels and the circular beds between the stands and fix them firmly between posts and secure them firmly with screws. The screws heads should be logged deep into the carpet to avoid exposing your cat to injuries posed by protruding heads. Ensure there are spaces between the beds is adequate that the cat can access the beds without getting stuck or even straining.
And here is the completed cat tree..
If you would like to see more designs and detailed cat tree plans make sure to check out this complete woodwork guide.