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Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Elze


Top entry BESTA litterbox


Materials: Besta, Besta 64 cm door, Samla 45 liter box with lid

I’ve used Samla boxes (65l) before to make a litterbox by cutting a hole in the lid so the cats have to enter through the top, leaving no litter around the box, standing in the guest room. Lately I’ve been having guests over more often and wanted to move the litterbox to the hallway, but hidden.

So I bought a Besta 128 cm in height (you can use a higher one of course). the lower Simla box that fits perfectly in the Besta (if you remove the backplate by cutting it in half and only use it on the upper part using nails) Make sure you level the cabinet before nailing the backplate to the shelves!

I’ve used a 64 cm door because I wanted to have the shelves open. You can use a bigger door, of course. I’ve cut a opening on the side an cut the lid from the box to 1/4 of its size. So it makes a little platform to make it easier to enter.


I’m pretty pleased with the result, although I still have to find a solution to make the opening prettier (as the boards aren’t solid). I hope you like my hack!

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6 Responses to Top entry BESTA litterbox

  1. NixieKin says:

    This is really cool, you should be super proud, I noticed one comment about the litter not being a stable jumping point, but it’s not like the cat is jumping so much as stepping onto the platform so I think you are good. Talk to a vet if you think it is a good idea but I am really in like with this. I think I may try it but where the door cover the next shelf up too so I can keep extra litter and the scoop right there. Thanks for the great idea

  2. Stacey says:

    A great solution & it looks nice! However, I must point out that the litter does not provide a stable base for the cat when jumping out of the box. Over time this will cause much stress on the cats hip joints possibly resulting in painful arthritis when kitty gets older.

  3. expatinasia says:

    You can complete the cutout professionally and aesthetically buy removing the paper core, inserting appropriately sized pieces of lumber, glueing, and then painting. A lot more work – I’ve had to repair several improperly cut doors – but it’s a repair that will last forever, and will impress those who are interested in details.

  4. KK says:

    Really like the idea, but I keep getting an image of my dog walking around the house with his head stuck in the opening. Funny to contemplate, but probably not so nice to experience.

    I was thinking that the white or colored duct tape that they sell at the hardware store might work nicely on the edges. You could even use it to make flaps to hide the opening, but allow the cat in. Take the tape so that it is twice the length of the opening and add half an inch. Double the tape over so the half inch is exposed and the rest is stuck to itself. Place on the inside of the opening to make flaps. Repeat until opening is obscured.

  5. Gala says:

    Washi tape the edges.

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