Hide a cat litter box in a STUVA bench - IKEA Hackers

Hide a cat litter box in a STUVA bench

I wanted to hide the cat litter box in a piece of furniture such as the STUVA bench, but I did not want to do anything too complicated.

I also hoped that this way most of the litter stuck on my cat’s paw will remain inside. Additionally, it may help with the odour.

IKEA items used: 
STUVA toy storage

STUVA bench | IKEA.com

Other materials and tools: 
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (optional)
  • Adhesive hooks (optional)
  • Drill
  • Saber saw 

STUVA bench cat litter box instructions: 

1. Use a bowl or a plate to draw a big circle on the front of the drawer. It’s easier to do this before assembly.

draw circle

Related: Easy to Clean Stuva Bench Litter Box


2. Use a drill to make a hole next to the line (inside the circle) big enough for the saw. Then insert the saw into the hole and cut out the circle.

cut circle

3. Use sandpaper to sand the circle and get rid of any possible splinters. 

4. Assemble the front to the rest of the bench.

bench cat litter box stuva
bench cat litter box stuva

Optionally, you can use paint to draw something around the hole. It is certainly not necessary, but it helps hide any possible unevenness. (I recommend using a primer first). I also added some adhesive hooks for the shovel and bags.

bench cat litter box IKEA stuva

Related: Spoiled kitty comfort station hidden in mudroom space


How long and how much did it cost?

I bought the STUVA second hand for 30€ (not sure what it used to cost since it is not in the catalog anymore). The SMÅSTAD bench 90x52x48 (69€ now) is pretty similar.

What to pay special attention to?

If you use the drill too close to the line you may end up with an uneven circle. Also, make sure the cat litter box will fit inside the STUVA bench, because I only thought about the outside measurements and my litter box ended up being only a few centimeters short of not fitting in. 

Hope this is useful for someone!

by Nerea