Pet Furniture catstairs

Published on April 18th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


Stairway to cat heaven

pet hacks are often the most fun hacks i come across. whimsical, cute, funny. i think it just goes with the territory of being a pet owner.

regan sent me this catstairs hack, inspired by katwallks and entries from apartment therapy’s pet decor challenge.

“it’s pretty self-explanatory and hardly hacky, but i had to share since i didn’t see it on the site yet. it’s cat stairs made of two sets of the cascading lack wall shelves, minus a few pieces (two in my case), and a lack side table, minus the legs.

IKEA LACK cat stairs

to get this look, you’ll want to flip the table upside down so that the unfinished side faces the ceiling. the amount of lack shelves you use will depend on the agility of your cat (how far off the ground you put the first step) and how high your ceiling is (the top of the landing on mine is at 70 inches and leaves just enough for a kitty to stretch without hitting the overhang).

i used metal braces from the hardware store under each horizontal shelf and large brackets on the table, plus glued a corrugated cardboard slip guard to each step, to ensure any felines occupants would be coming down of their own accord. plus, since i didn’t use two of the pieces from one of the lack shelves, now i have a matching mini side table, once i drill holes in the proper spots to attach the unused legs from the table.”

i promise not to run around like a whacka tourist
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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

22 Responses to Stairway to cat heaven

  1. I know this is an ikea hack website, but they have a similar shelf at walmart for those of you who want to do this, but can no longer get the necessary shelf at ikea.

  2. EditGal says:

    Ikea has discontinued the Zig Zag shelves. It would be more difficult but you could try and use the Expedit shelf insert.

  3. kibrah2230 says:

    That was awesome and I want to try it! I need to find ways to keep my kits from climbing all over my bookshelves, tv and bathroom shelves( above the kitty litter) O_o

  4. regansbox says:

    Jane, I drilled the L bracket into the wall at the level so the shelf would rest on it. So the Ikea bits aren’t actually attached to the L-brackets. They’re just sitting on them.

  5. Jane says:

    Regan, I love your design with the Ikea stairs, but could you please tell me what kind of metal brackets you used under each horizontal stair? L shaped or what? How was it attached to the stair? Did you drill through the laminate coating or just “hang/rest” the stairs on the brackets attached to the wall? Can you tell me how large the metal brackets are? They come in different sizes. Thanks.

  6. Jane says:

    Regan, I love this stair thing and bought it at Ikea. Now tell me: what type of metal brackets did you use under each stair piece? L shaped? If so, how did they get attached to the “stairs”, did you drill through the white laminate or glue or just “hang” them on the brackets while part of the L bracket is attached to the wall? Or is it a straight bracket under each platform? I can’t figure out that part. I got the Ikea thing together, but I’m stuck at the “bracket” part. Thanks for the design. Great idea!

  7. Regan says:

    Can’t give you a closeup at this point, since it’s not on the stairs any longer b/c the room’s occupied by a medical foster right now. I got them at a packaging store in San Antonio; they were originally intended as gift boxes. I cut them up and used white glue to attach them to the treads.

  8. Sarah says:

    I am confused about the corrugated cardboard you used on the steps. How is it attached and where did you find it in white? Maybe you could post a close up picture of the steps. Thanks and Nice hacking. I am going to use this idea!

  9. Maria says:

    For those of you who don’t know which shelf this is, it’s probably b/c Ikea has been out of them for the past year.

    My store has recently restocked. All you have to do is type LACK in the search box and it will come up.

    It is a zig-zag design that the poster simply put at an angle. The pic shows two shelves connected. It comes in white or red.

    Good luck!

  10. This is awesome article and you give very good information this will help for every one. But we should take care when you adapt the pet because we may have faced some health problems because of these pets. so if we take the proper steps defiantly we will enjoy with our pets.

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  11. Jessica says:

    agreed with the comment above!
    how about a step by step tutorial?

  12. JoBeth says:

    Hello, awesome cat-hacker Regan!

    I know, I must be a bit of an idiot, but I can’t for the life of me figure out which Lack shelves and how this is put together (link is broken, leads to All Furniture page). My cat will love you forever and ever if you could give me a blow by blow how-to for this hack.

    If you could! Thank you :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s exactly what I was looking to create for our cat Simon.

  14. merrymaus says:

    This is great!!! I’d like to publish your idea in a cat magazine. Please contact me

  15. Jules says:

    you’re welcome, regan. :)

  16. Regan says:

    Thanks so much for posting my hack, Jules! I feel like an ikea hacker star, now. :)

  17. Kat says:

    This is very cool! I had been planning on doing something like that, but the info about the shelves is very helpful!!

  18. chr says:

    This is great! I was thinking of building something similar for my cat. Thanks for sharing!

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