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Cat Furniture plans

Now for something completely different, let’s build furniture for your pets.   For those Cat lovers out there, you know that they need their own place to live in your house, so why not build them some furniture for it. I have included below a variety of cat furniture plans that you build to keep your favourite feline happy. 

A Cat Condo

Before you start on a project like this, you need to take some measurements and follow a few key principles.  Here they are:

Must be taller than a dog

This serves two purposes. The most obvious is to allow the cat some seclusion from the barking,drooling masses. But secondly, a high platform makes tasty cat food inaccessible by the aforementioned drooling masses.

Multi-tiered, handi-capable accessibility.

You need to provide multiple avenues of ingress to the main (dinner) platform. As your kitty gets up in years, you need to ensure that no platform is more than 12" higher than the platform beneath it. You may also want to include a central ramp so she can walk from level to level. This should make things easier for your poor old grey-haired cat in her retirement years.

Carpeted, painted, suitable for a corner of the living room

This is a key part of the cat Condo.  You need to carpet it, and make it look like furniture.  Although your cat has her own room where she may sit high upon her throne, this may not always be the case and as a result, you will want it to be portable. If you need to move her into a more trafficked area of the house, it won't look too out of place. 

DIY Cat Scratching Post

If you love your cat and your furniture you'll certainly appreciate our scratching post - and hopefully reduce the temptation for the cat to sharpen its claws on your sofa. The scratching post is tall enough for the cat to jump at and has rope wound around the top to help keep claws sharp.  This one is so simple; I have included all the components needed below.

You'll need:

Here's how:

  1. Attach carpet to the base and lower half of the post with contact adhesive. Trim the
  2. edges.
  3. Centre the post on the base. Pre-drill the pieces and screw them together.
  4. Wrap and glue the rope to the top half of the post. Secure both ends of the rope with
  5. clouts.
  6. Leave a 35cm rope overhang and attach a cat toy to the end.
  7. Sprinkle catnip on the carpet section

Kitty playhouse

What happens when you try to build what could have been a simple kitty condo in a shop with a new lathe? 18 columns, a total of 158 beads and 19 balls, among other spindle fanciness; highlight the excesses resulting from a near total lack of design control. Let's hope the cats are impressed.
This is a great project if you are one of those woodworkers that do not like to do things like everyone else.   It is comprised of a Base cabinet, in which there is a cubby for your kitty, and many spindles.   You are going to need your lathe for this one.   I have included a little taste of the approach below.  You can find this and other cat furniture plans here.   

Base Cabinet

The base cabinet is made from 7/16"-thick plywood with the top and bottom panels being 36" long and 22" wide. A 22" radius was formed on one end, cut with a hand-held jig saw while both pieces were clamped together. Before removing the clamps, the edges were matched and smoothed with a belt sander.

The Cubby

The right end of the base cabinet has panels that create an enclosed cubby with inside dimensions of about 12" wide and 21½" long. The cubby's long panels (front to back) are 11½" tall, and set into a ¼"-deep dado near the middle of the base and a rabbet at the right end. This produces an even 11" between the top and bottom pieces, sized for the short columns to be added later. The front and rear end caps were cut to fit within the new openings. All of these parts are glued and brad-nailed in place.