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Published on August 12th, 2016 | by IH Admin

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DIY Cat Tree with Hammock





DIY cat tree with hammock

DIY cat tree with hammock

Ikea items used: BEKVÄM 3-step stepladder, GURLI blanket, drill, flower pot, fabric scissors, mat.

Materials for DIY cat tree

First you will need a cat, an IKEA BEKVÄM stepladder, some cheap fabric (I went with an IKEA GURLI throw), upholstery foam, rope and tools (hot glue gun, scissors, measuring tape, drill, stapler).

I have a small bucket pictured here for attachment in the future when I’ve grown cat grass or catnip in it. I will be attaching it by drilling in a hose clamp.

Wrap the steps with rope

Wrap the steps with rope

Before assembly, wrap and hot glue the rope around the parts you want covered. I did the steps and bottoms of the legs. You’ll want to wrap it tight so that it doesn’t come loose when your cat is scratching it. Make sure you leave enough space at the ends for easy assembly.

Add foam to the top step

Add foam to the top step

Next, cut the foam to fit the top of the stepladder. Attach it how you see fit. We drilled it in because that seemed like the quickest way to make sure it was secure. Our concern was that otherwise it might slip when she’s climbing it.

Wrap foam with IKEA GURLI blanket

Wrap foam with IKEA GURLI blanket

Wrap foam with IKEA GURLI blanket

Wrap foam with IKEA GURLI blanket

Measure and cut your fabric the correct size for the top part of the step ladder. Staple that down and create holes into the fabric to line up with the existing holes in the wood. Assemble using the IKEA instructions. The striped mat is also from IKEA. I didn’t take pictures of this step, but we decided to add a hammock using the leftover fabric. We measured it out, folded it in half, sewed shut the ends and nailed it into the bottom of the step and back part.

DIY Cat tree with hammock

I made the banner using pieces of the IKEA box and some leftover rope. We also added a dangly rope bit as a toy (mostly to keep her from eating the banner). Sprinkle with catnip and it is complete.

DIY cat tree

~ by Maylee Bossy

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13 Responses to DIY Cat Tree with Hammock

  1. Van says:

    What a great idea!! Just beware of the Gurli fabric.. we have 2 throws in our sofa, and yes, our cat love them, to the point that a lot of threads all over both throws are out or already broken… The weaving is too loose to stand our cat’s claws, so I really wish you good luck with it!. I think I’ll try this hack, but with a different fabric.. I’d go for a softer one (Lenda in red works good I think), but above a canvas like Minna fabric below for reinforcement (mostly on the hammock), and maybe adding some strips of the same rope to act as a frame and attach these to the wood, or simply tie them around the wood pieces (as part of the scratching surface on the front). Great idea and congrats!

    • Maylee says:

      Yeah, I used the Gurli fabric because it was on sale and I was trying to spend as little on this as I could. Haven’t had issues with her scratching the fabric, but you’re right about the weaving being too loose. The hammock has stretched out to a point where she doesn’t use it anymore because she feels insecure stepping onto it now. Will have to replace. Canvas is a great idea! Had I put more thought into this hack I probably would have done the hammock differently.

  2. Frida Åberg says:

    Awww, he/she looks so comfy! Great hack!

  3. Maxine says:

    This is so cute! This would be perfect for giving my clumsy boy a hand in getting up to the windows. How did you install the hammock at the bottom?

    • Maylee says:

      I didn’t really plan for the hammock in advance so my methods may not be the best haha. I hammered in I think about 7 small screws per side. I couldn’t drill them in because that twisted the fabric and I didn’t have any nails but I’m sure those would work fine/better. You want your nails to be large enough to get into the wood but not so large that they go through to the other side.

  4. I love this! It seems that IKEA furniture is just made for cat people! ;)

  5. Matte says:

    Nice ! I just moved and replaced the old beat up sofa and chairs the cats used to scratch. Didn’t think of it until I saw one attempting to murder my new, expensive, leather chair.

    Was looking to make one, and this is the perfect half step to compliment my 16 foot ceiling (and cabinets !) in the kitchen.

  6. Laura says:

    Now this I love! Just shopped at IKEA this week so won’t get back there in a bit but will absolutely recreate. Thanks!

  7. Stella says:

    Nice idea. The top looks a bit small, but is enough for sitting and look around what everybody is doing.

    • Maylee says:

      My cat can fit laying down (as seen in the second picture) but she is quite petite for an adult – under 10 pounds. The stepladder is very sturdy so could take the scratching of a bigger cat, but the hammock and perch might be a bit small for them. Hope that helps!

  8. Jan Laureys says:

    Well this is a ikea hack I’d actually see myself doing. It’s also the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen.

    • Maylee says:

      Thanks!! She’s super sweet and loves the camera. She’s half Persian half Birman (but also a rescue, so I’m not sure how reliable that is).

  9. Lori says:

    I am going to attempt this project this weekend for our new kitten. She will love it! Thanks for the creativity! :)

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