Does your cat need a new scratching post or bed? If so, they’ll love this DIY cat bed with integrated scratching post and a small play area. It’s win-win for the two of you: you use less space, and the cat will enjoy hours of endless fun and relaxation!
Cats are well known for always managing to find the comfiest spot in the house. In fact, they usually sleep right on our favourite armchair. If you want to avoid this, the best thing to do is create a dedicated space for your cat, where it can relax, play, sharpen its claws and sleep. To make this for yourself, just follow our step by step tutorial.
Tools and materials
The tools and materials that you need to make this DIY cat bed are easy to come across, as you will see:
- Telescopic mitre saw
- Drill/ screwdriver
- Staple gun
- Rotating multi-tool
- Screw clamps
- 3 panels of wood measuring 2400 x 300 x 18mm
- Sisal rope
- Screws or coach screws
- Acrylic enamel paint
Cost, time and difficulty
If you already have the right tools, the approximate price of the materials is less than £60. As a guideline, this link will show you a suggested shopping basket with some of the tools and materials required.
This is a medium-difficulty DIY project and is perfect for handy men or women who have some experience when it comes to DIY in general. It should take you around a day to complete, between cutting, assembly, and painting the different pieces that make up the bed/scratching post.
Measurements and plan
This cat bed with scratching post is made from independent stacking sections. Each section is a level or floor. In the following photo you can see the measurements for each unit as used in our DIY project.
Step by step cat bed with Scratcher
As noted in the previous point, this bed is made up of 3 sections of the same size, stacked one on top of the other from the ground up. Each unit measures 51cm in length, 32cm wide and 28cm high. However, each one has its own distinguishing features:
- base section or ground floor. This has corners cut to a 45 degree angle. One end is also partly open to allow the cat to look out, and to use as a play area.
- Scratcher or first floor. One of its sides has been wrapped in sisal rope to allow the cat to sharpen its claws.
- Top section or second floor. This section is accessed from the underside and has been designed with a cut-out cat face.
To assemble the various sections, follow these steps:
Step 1: Cut the parts
Use the telescopic mitre saw to cut each of the boards, following the measurements indicated in the table above. In the case of the pieces for the base unit, please remember the following:
- Both sides have one corner cut to an angle of 45 degrees, with the remaining three cut to 90 degrees.
- The 28cm sides of the back piece are to be bevel cut with a 30° slant.
Step 2: Cut out the cat face
On one of the sides measuring 49 × 28cm, cut out the cat face. To do this, draw the outline of the cat face with a pencil and drill a hole in it. Next, insert the jigsaw and cut out the shape. Last, use a rotating tool to sand the inner edges and smooth the borders.
Step 3: Assemble the pieces for each section
In the next step, you will assemble the different parts of each section. To do this, follow the diagram below:
- Base: Position the two walls with the cut-away corner facing downwards. Screw the upper part to the roof and the lower part to the floor. Attach the sloping end, leaving the top half open.
- Scratching post: screw the sides measuring 49 x 28cm and 30 x 28cm to the base and roof. Attach a wall at each end of this section.
- Cut out: screw the walls to the roof and base measuring 30 x 28cm. Attach the end.
Step 4: Paint the sections
Next, you will paint each section. We have used an acrylic enamel paint for the outside and left the interiors bare.
Step 5: Attach the rope and toys
The final step is to wrap the sisal rope around the narrowest wall of the second unit. To do this, staple the end of the rope to the inside of the unit. Next, wind the rope around the wall until it is completely wrapped.
Also, at the end opening of the base section, attach some hooks to hang toys.
Lastly, all that’s left to do is stack the units one on top or another. Although they will stay in place by themselves, if you want more stability, screw them together from the inside.
The final say goes to the stars of this DIY project: our feline friends. It looks like the new bed/ scratching post is a hit, does it not?
Are you keen to make a bed for your pets? Let your cats enjoy a space created especially for them. If you also get the use of your favourite armchair back, then all the effort will have been well worth it!