Published on January 7th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Kitty Tower

Materials: 1 EXPEDIT shelf, 1 HAMPEN black rug, 1 cardboard tube, 1 ball of rope 1 ADEMETE black cushion, 2 small toys to be suspended, screws, glue.

Description: I needed a cat tree for my kitty stop scratching everything in my apartment.

I search for a long time but all I found was horrible and very expensive cat trees.
I wanted something to fit with my design inside and I finally found THE piece of furniture that I wanted …

Its price ?
1250 € !!
Really (NOT) affordable !

So I abandoned the idea of buying one myself and turned to the solution to build one.

EXPEDIT seemed the most appropriate solution with a rug and a small cushion for comfort ….

I started by fastening the shelves shaped into stairway with small angles for convenience.

Then I cut the carpet into squares to fit on the shelves and glued them with extra strong glue.

I finally fixed the small toys on the shelves with rope.

For scratching post, I used a cardboard tube attached to the shelves with screws and wrapped it with rope that I pasted.

And the result is very satisfying and perfectly fits my inside :)


~ Boitam Alice, Belgium

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16 Responses to Kitty Tower

  1. Bart Diaz says:

    Cool design. I like how it came about from just the simplest of materials (like a bunch of small furnishings lying around the house), yet it still came out looking fairly elegant.

  2. kissa says:

    Yes, thank you, very much :)

  3. kissa says:

    What if you need to clean the carpet bits? I am trying to find a way to put carpet for them on shelves, but it would be nice to find a way to fix it so that it can be taken off and washed. Have you seen anything like that?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi kissa,
      I uses some VELCRO to fix the cushion on the top shelf (that does not appear on the pictures I posted…)
      One part glued on the top shelf, the other part sewed on the cushion.
      This allows me to take off the cushion to wash it or to remove my cat’s hair.
      I did not do the same with the carpet, haven’t thought about it but I vacuum the carpet regularly.
      Hope I could help you ! =)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love your wall, where did you get the stones? :) (also from Belgium)

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi, thanks a lot but this is wallpaper, not real stones ;)

      I found it at COLORA retailers, they have a really big choise in nearly everything you need for painting and wallpapers, I love this store !

      If you seek for real facing stone, I also have seen some in DIY stores such as M.BRICOLAGE or BRICO PLANET but I find them extremely expensive…

      I hope I could help you, if you have any question, feel free to ask =)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nicely done. You could even hang a curtain to cover one of the “inside” shelves so that can can have some privacy while snoozing and whatnot.

  6. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it ! NEED it !
    Great job :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    very nice! I’ve always wondered why the cat furniture that is sold as such is so horrible…this is very civilized.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have always wondered that too…
      As I mentionned, the only stylish cat tree I found was very expensive !
      Other were awful…

  8. NonnyMus2 says:

    A nice, simple and effective hack! I like how you put the cat tree next to the radiator also. I’m sure you cat likes that in the winter!

    And good luck with explaining ownership to your cat, Kamianta! I’m going to refer you to this series.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you =)
      I do think she appreciate the heat of the radiator in winter and the view from the window in summer ;)

  9. Kamianta says:

    Wow. I should buy this. So tired of trying to explain my cat that PAX tower with linens and towels is MINE :)

    • Anonymous says:

      I finally admitted that everything in my appartment is not mine anymore but now belongs to my cat… So sad to admit lol.

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