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Published on September 11th, 2009 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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A Besta bunny hutch for Eames





Nicole and boyfriend has the cutest bunny ever, Eames, named after the renowned designers. And of course, a bunny with a famous name can’t live in a shabby hole. It needs a specially designed hutch.

Nicole says, “My boyfriend and I created a bunny hutch from a Besta shelving unit. We wanted something that wouldn’t be an eyesore. The frame is an Ikea piece, the door on the right has hinges so it can easily be closed – the back of that half is wire grate, like you see on the front. We cut a hop through hole in the vertical piece that separated the two halves. The left door was the most complicated – it was made from scratch. It has hidden hinges near the top – so it can be opened, and pins near the bottom that lock it in place. The legs are Ikea as well. The floor of the hutch is tiled, with very nice glass tile. Spoiled bunny? I think so.”

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21 Responses to A Besta bunny hutch for Eames

  1. MindLess says:

    I wouldn’t use Ikea stuff for animals that tend to nibble on their environment. As nice the furniture may be, I would be afraid that the sealing might harm the bunny when ingested…

  2. n says:

    No worries, the way we have modified it – there isn’t any way he can get to it (I haven’t put the modifications up on my blog yet) – but yeah, if the bunny could chew on it, it would not be wise to use ikea products because they are made of particle board, and particle board is not good for animals!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thats just too small for a bunny öO in Germany it could be taken away from you when you put it in cages small like that.

  4. Astroneville says:

    You could probably use it as a guniea pig, chinchilla, or ferret cage too. Very nice!!

  5. Catherine says:

    I can’t believe it. I think this is an amazing idea. I need an extra hutch and I have the same ikea tv stand in my attic. I would have never thought of this…

  6. Aine says:

    It’s small, yeah, but it depends on how it’s used. My friends bunny sleeps in his hutch at night, but he roams the house by day.

  7. n says:

    @aine, this is exactly how it is used! :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    love it! my bunny used to run around the house all day too, but at night he’d go into his (unattractive) wooden hutch) — great idea~

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just to add, that according to RSPCA guidelines (and by the standards of most animal welfare groups) a rabbit hutch should be a minimum of 180cm long x 90cm wide x 75cm high – this space is for a maximum of 2 rabbits.

    The hutch should be divided into two compartments. One allowing in light and air, the other providing more shelter and privacy.

    Also, rabbits get lonely, so please try to get two (if you can find two that get along ok, obviously). Each rabbit should have it’s own sleeping area.

    For a link to the RSPCA guidance on rabbit care, visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/rabbits

    Hope that helps the bunny-conscious of you out there!

    • Sandee says:

      The one shown above doesn’t look 180cm long. It looks ok if it’s just a place for the rabbit to sleep at night.

  10. Rabbit Cages says:

    good idea ! simple but elegant :) thank you for sharing this post and photos it gives me an idea in building a cute and elegant hutch ! keep posting :)

  11. Great! Thanks for sharing this A Besta bunny hutch for Eames post! Lets love rabbits and lets take care of them. :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    I really hope that no one will put their rabbit in something so small. Even if it is just for use at night, that is far too small. How would you like being confined to something the size of a coffin for several hours a day?

    Check out use of C&C cages or X-pens. Your animal’s welfare should be the main factor in deciding housing, not aesthetics or space.

  13. Anonymous says:

    That hutch is way too small. I too would recommend a C&C cage for your pet. You could customize it however you want, while still giving your rabbit room to run and play.

  14. This Besta bunny hutch for Eames is so awesome! I would love to have one like this too soon. BTW, your rabbit is so cute. I hope to see one on our nearest pet store.

  15. Nicole says:

    I just wanted to give an updated link to the information about the bunny hutch on my blog. You can find it here: http://designcuriosities.com/curiosities/projects/bunny-hutch/

  16. dog food says:

    Rabbits take fairly well to litter training so many people will let their bunnies run free in the home for at least part of the day.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is too small for a bunny, even if only used at night. Bunnies enjoy being active during the night hours and this confines them instead of allowing space enough to move. If people put their bunny in this at night but allow it to roam free during the day then what do they do when they aren’t home? I suspect the bunny is confined during those times also. I wouldn’t put a guinea pig in something this small.

  18. Well I like it! its a bit creative, making use of what furniture you already have!

    Hutches are only places to temporarily house a rabbit, as long as it gets out for the majority of the day o run around and exercise whats the problem??

  19. Andres says:

    It’s small, yeah, but it depends on how it’s used
    I would love to have one like this too soon.

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