Published on December 13th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


PAXadies hamstercage

Materials: Pax wardrobe and doors, tons of screws, plexiglass

Description: As I have always been into little furry things, I wanted to give something back to my syrians. We decided, absolutely unselfish, to recreate the bedroom, so the wardrobe could be turned into a “cage”.

In Germany, you often stumble across modified pax-wardrobes for hamsters, rats, cats, ferrets and lord knows what else, so I just couldn’t help doing it… Or my father.

My father took the Pax and laid it down, cut out the inner parts of the doors an replaced it with plexiglass so we could watch the little rodents. He also added some kind of chicken wire on the short sides of the lower part as this was the only way to get some ventilation in there.

The floor for the upper part is made from one of the side parts, so we didn’t have to buy a new board and left this part open for better ventilations.

Finally, the whole thing was called “Paxadies” and two hamsters moved into their new 200x55x50cm (~6.5×1.8×1.6 ft)home.

(And yes, my entire flat is furnished with Ikea-things. The hamster-home is placed on 3 little Lack-tables, which are now hidden behind some anno stra curtains, lit by orgel vreten and so on… :) )

~ Vyerny, Germany

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7 Responses to PAXadies hamstercage

  1. Diane says:

    Won’t the hamsters be able to chew through the walls?

  2. Vyerny says:

    Dear anonymous,
    as you could guess from what this cage looks like, I know a bit about hamsters. If you take a closer look at the size, you´ll see that there are about 20cm (~0,7ft) of bedding in some parts. it wouldn´t have been such a good idea to put heavy things on high beddingt, as hamsters are burrowing animals and I didn´t want them to be buried under some root. ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hamsters are burrowing animals by nature and thus require a lot more sawdust/shavings than you currently have for them

  4. I noticed the LACK tables too but wondered if even the picture frames for the gorgeous hamster portraiture are authentic IKEA?

  5. If you treated this as a herpetarium you could add some hot NON lights to warm up the little dinosaurs. Or ditto if you have hamsters who like to pretend they’re at the beach.

  6. jo says:

    my sister has a kangaroo rat, or something similar. since we’re moving soon to a bigger house, do you think we can build a new cage for him too? i mean, with some ikea modified furniture… or is he going to eat and scratch all the wood or similar of the furniture? i need some advice, thanks

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