Pet Furniture

Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ratty Condo

Materials: TRABY, jigsaw, staple gun.

Description: We had four pet rats for a while, and they needed a comfortable, yet stimulating place to live, when they weren’t running loose (under close supervision.) We decided to do an IKEA Hack, before we knew there was such a thing. The exact item we used (TRABY) has been discontinued, but there is a very similar one in EXPEDIT, sort of a modular, four-cubbyhole storage unit. The older unit came with pressboard/veneer doors, or glass doors were an optional extra. We got two of the units, and three of the glass doors.

The units came with legs…we discarded one set, and clamped the two units one atop the other, and installed one set of legs. This gave us about a 6 foot tall unit, with 8 cubbyholes. We used to bottom two for storage of food and bedding material, and installed the solid doors. The three glass doors were installed in an alternating pattern. We cut large, rounded holes in the three remaining solid doors, and covered them with chicken wire. We trimmed the inside of the doors with strip wood to cover the edges of the wire.

Then, we cut holes for passageways between the cubbies. Vertical holes got stairways, made out of wavy trim boards designed to support corrugated roofing material. Horizontal holes got little doors, so that we could isolate pairs of rats for a while. We installed some internal shelves, and one of them got an extension that went through a horizontal hole, making a “diving board” that led into a hammock.

The ratty girls absolutely loved it. We could reconfigure stairs and shelves, to give them new ways to explore, and often made new “rooms” by putting a small cardboard box inside a cubby or two. It was fairly easy to clean, after we tung-oiled the wooden veneer surface (the newer EXPEDIT has a melamine type veneer…might not be safe for chewing pets :( But, this ought to give you some ideas:

~ Lawrence, Bisbee, AZ

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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".

7 Responses to Ratty Condo

  1. Wow! Amazing, you really love rat ha. I do get interested looking some photos that you shared. You have the love that you shared with animals. I’m so happy that you build a condo that you called, for their shelter.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this!! How do you clean it? I’d love to see one of these built for snakes. Awesome. Thanks!

  3. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    These builds are always interesting, though it never fails to bring comments about their safety for one reason or another. It’s nice to see pet owners who look for other ideas to house their fuzzy family members, but they do need to put safety first.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this!

  5. Mina says:

    Woow it’s funny! well done ;)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m interested in more pictures too! But I would strongly recommend additional venting with chickenwire-holes in the “glass-door-cubbyholes” to the back or side.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Please add more pictures, for this is quite interesting. How have you managed to fix the smelly “leakage” of your girl from entering the wood.

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