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Published on June 5th, 2015 | by bybrittanyg


Make a Homemade Cat Condo Using LACK Tables

We have two very spoiled kitties named Henry and Blanche. Henry is almost 2 years old and Blanche just turned 1 a few months ago. They’re both rescues and are very active. They love to run around and chase each other, and they are not de-clawed, so we need to make sure they have plenty of entertainment and scratching posts. We have two cat trees with scratching posts and lounging spots, but both trees are pretty ugly and falling apart. Unfortunately cat trees can also be pretty expensive, so I’ve been researching ideas for an aesthetically pleasing DIY cat tree. This idea really sparked my interest, especially since I already had one of the tables I’d need, paint, and a staple gun.

Homemade Cat Condo

After a trip to Ikea and Home Depot, I was ready to get started with the following supplies:

  • Ikea LACK coffee table
  • Ikea LACK side table
  • Sisal rope
  • Hand-held staple gun
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Faux fur fabric
  • Paint
  • Small hook eye
  • Various toys

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make a homemade cat condo:

Step #1:
Do not assemble the LACK tables. You’ll have eight legs, two tops (square and rectangle), and the coffee table’s bottom shelf.

First, cut a piece of fabric that is large enough to wrap round the entire coffee table. Lay the coffee table’s bottom shelf on it and staple the fabric to secure it to the shelf. Do the same thing for the top of the side table. Set both aside.

condo 1

Step #2: Next is to create scratching posts. I bought two 50-foot rolls of 3/8-inch sisal and used it to wrap only two and a half of the side table’s legs. You can wrap as many as you’d like.

condo 2
Step #3: Paint the other six table legs and the coffee table’s top.

condo 3

Step #4: When the paint is dry, assemble the pieces. First assemble the coffee table by screwing all four legs on and setting the furry shelf in. Then, assemble the side table.


Step #5: Next you need to decide how you’d like the arrangement of the condo to be. I wanted the higher side of the piece to back into the corner of our living room wall, so I positioned the side table so that the scratching post legs were not against the wall.

When you’re happy with the arrangement, dab some glue onto the bottom of each of the four side table’s legs. Then carefully put the side table on top of the coffee table. Place a few heavy books on top of the side table to ensure the glue gets a firm bond. (Leave it for as long as your glue’s instruction’s say.)

Step #6: Add toys. I stuck a small hook eye into the bottom of the side table so that I could hang one of their toys from it. I also glued one of those door knob scratchers (that they never used) onto the top of the coffee table. Finally, while I was at Ikea, I picked up a little pot of fake grass that Henry loves to chew on. Spoiled.

condo 4

Sad mouse hates his life

And that’s it! This is very easily customizable, and I’m so pleased with how the final product looks. The cats love it!

Homemade Cat Condo 2

See complete tutorial on my blog.

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6 Responses to Make a Homemade Cat Condo Using LACK Tables

  1. Louise says:

    How has the paint held up?? I just made my kitties a similar condo, with Lack tables too, but I’m afraid that paint will just peel off if I paint it.

    • Brittany says:

      Hi Louise! Just make sure you use a paint that will stick to the slick finish surface. I suggest any kind of chalk paint or spray paint with a built-in primer. :)

  2. bridget_A says:

    Lovely Furries ,lovely lilac color, Unfortunately using the staples on the sisal legs can cause harm to your roommates, as they run risk of ripping a claw. Also the fake gras is not really a good idea if you want your cats to stay healthy and alive.They should not chew on or eat plastic. Get some catgras instead,please.

    • Brittany says:

      Not to worry! In the longer tutorial on my blog, I outline how I only stapled on one side of each post–the side that is against the wall or on the inside of the house and therefore won’t be scratched. They mostly tend the stretch up from the floor to scratch. Also, they aren’t eating the plastic, and Henry unfortunately isn’t a fan of cat grass.

  3. Donna says:

    Very cute. Instead of stapling the fuzzy fabric to the tables, I would use Velcro fasteners and a washable material, because the fuzzy fabric would be so covered with cat fur after a couple of months, it wouldn’t be as attractive.

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