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 CondoBefore 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 dogThis 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 roomThis 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.
- Timber post 800mm high x 100mm square
- Pine base 460 x 460mm x 20mm thick
- Carpet offcut
- Contact adhesive
- 4 x 50mm countersunk screws
- 2m x 10mm rope
- 7 clouts
- Cat toy
- Dried catnip
- Attach carpet to the base and lower half of the post with contact adhesive. Trim the
- Centre the post on the base. Pre-drill the pieces and screw them together.
- Wrap and glue the rope to the top half of the post. Secure both ends of the rope with
- Leave a 35cm rope overhang and attach a cat toy to the end.
- Sprinkle catnip on the carpet section
Kitty playhouseWhat 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.