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Published on May 26th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Pretty Kitty Potty

Materials: Lack and Anno Stra screens

Description: I was looking for a way to provide kitty potty privacy and also take away from the “look, this is where my cat poops” decor of the living room of our condo.

So, I took two Lack tables, and one roll of Anno Stra window screens, as well as some sticky backed velcro.

1)Assemble the tables
2)Measure the screens to fit between two legs of the table and adhere with sticky velcro. I used velcro in case there was damage to the screens. (Who knows what kitties will like to scratch!)
3) Repeat to cover 3 or 4 frames, creating a tunnel beneath the tables for for the kitty litterbox and the mat that wipes their paws.

Easy as that! The cats, I believe, appreciate the privacy and it creates a new surface for coffee table books, our Aerogarden, or couch throw blankets.

If you litterbox doesn’t fit I thought about adding casters also to make it easier to pull in/out to clean the litter.


~ Fraser, Bethesda, MD

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Jules Yap

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22 Responses to Pretty Kitty Potty

  1. Sophie says:

    I’ve done similar, but I just used one lack table as its only for a litter tray. Then I used two pieces of light mdf board (the type that comes with ribba frames) and covered it in marble contact paper. As I use (or rather my kitten uses it, haha) a litter tray and not a box, I just slide the tray out. I’ve left two sides open, because there is a piece of furniture next to one side so it felt redundant and obviously one side is for sliding the tray out for cleaning. :)

  2. Denisse says:

    I Can not, for the life of me, find a hooded litter box short enough to fit under the Lack table. Any suggestions?

  3. Unknown says:

    I made this for my new apartment and it is GREAT! It looks like a bench and am considering buying (or making) a couple cushions to put on top (Urban outfitters has square corduroy cushions as an FYI). I did not use the bamboo Anno Stra screens because my cat is not declawed and I fear he would tear them to shreds but they have various other types of screens at IKEA in different colors. I chose the screen in a black and white print. It seemed a little sturdier to me. As for the convenience issue that one person commented on in regards to cleaning. It’s really not that big a deal. I have the screen on the end positioned in such a way that I just pull the screen off, slide the box out, clean it and then put the screen back on. I have hardwood floors so my issue right now is finding something that will trap the litter so that it is not all over the floor. I have a rug in there for the kitty to wipe his paws but I still find litter surrounding the box when from when he steps out.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to figure out what litterbox is short enough for this…isn’t the length from the bottom to the underside of the table just 15 3/4″? All enclosed litterboxes that I can find are at least 20″ tall.

  5. Anonymous says:

    While I like the idea (and it certainly looks nice), maybe not so practical. I see this as being a nuisance. Perhaps I clean the litter box more often than some (we have two cats and I clean it twice a day), but having to “disassemble” this twice a day and put everything back…meh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I made this today and it works and looks great! I also made an additional one to hide our modem/router! Thank you for sharing your great idea :D

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is definitely the most efficient/inexpensive and least time consuming technique I’ve found so far! I am moving into a huge loft-studio in the city soon, and needed an idea like this to make a litter box work in the huge 1 room without it being an eye-sore. Thanks for posting this! :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I used your tip. It was so easy and looks great. I only had room for one table, but it does the job. Looks so much better than a nasty litter box. Thank you.

  9. P Barton says:

    Great, except for the face your cat is pooping in the living room.

  10. Anonymous says:

    that is great isea. imma use that for my expedit

  11. Becky says:

    Seriously such a fantastic idea. We are moving and didn’t have an additional bathroom to hide the litter box anymore. Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    GENIUS!! It looks great, and I’m sure the cat appreciates it too..just don’t forget that it’s there!!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic idea!! I have been trying to find a litter box that will fit under the Lack table with no luck! Do you know the name brand or height of your litter box? Thanks!

  14. I LOVE that IDEA!!!!!!! LOVE it!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    i have been searching for a solution to hide the icky litter box without having to shell out hundreds on a custom built unit. totalling stealing your idea. thank you. love the site. first time visitor…you’ve made my bookmark list. haha! :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is an awesome idea. I have a small apartment. I clean my litter box every two days or so. If you deodorize the litter it practically eliminates the odor. I’m going to do something similar along the wall of my living room, and put a lamp on top.

    Thanks so much for this!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I might suggest rethinking the placement of an Aerogarden atop a CAT LITTER box?!?!

  18. Corliss says:

    I am so going to do this hack!! My litter box is a bit tall, so I’ll have to add casters, but that will probably actually make it easier to get to the box for cleaning. Thanks so much for the idea!

  19. Anonymous says:

    this def. hides the litter box, very nice

  20. Andrew says:

    Looks great! Won’t work with my CatGenie, but it’s a great way to hide a traditional litter box.

  21. antiuser says:

    Great solution! I might have to copy that :)

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