11 AMAZING DIY Cat Tree Ideas – Simple Kitty Condos and Cat Towers

Cats love to climb! They will climb up just about anything, including all your furniture! Are you fed up with your cat scratching and ruining your favorite pieces? Then your kitty friend needs its very own DIY Cat Tree! Just imagine how unimpressed impressed your feline friend will be when you present them with their own homemade cat tree!

Somehow cats can manage to climb even the most difficult structures. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve found one of my cats on top of a piece of furniture and I have absolutely no idea how they got there!

A cat tree is an excellent alternative so that your furniture can remain kitty and scratch free!

Cat trees can contribute a lot to your cat’s wellbeing. Indoor cats can experience stress and boredom which can lead to serious health problems.

Cat trees (sometimes called cat towers or cat condos) give your cat somewhere to play, sleep, and somewhere they can feel safe. What better reason do you need to get one for your furbaby?

Should you buy or make a DIY cat tree? Cat condos and climbers are easy to make.

Cat Tree – DIY or Buy

There are many different types of cat trees available. Just a quick search on Amazon shows up over 1,000 results!

Some of them are just too big (and kinda ugly)! But some of them are modern and look like pieces of furniture. But they also come with a hefty price tag!

Although there are some cheaper options. Like this one from Go Pet Club – I have this tree for my four cats and they love it! The little house in the middle is the favorite resting spot for my big Mainecoon, Cleo!

I love making things for my pets (like these DIY dog toys or homemade dog paw balm), but why would you want to make a cat tree or cat condo when you can easily buy one.

Well, it’s cheaper for one thing! You can probably spend about half the price of buying one.

Also, using cat tree plans you can customize them to your own cats’ needs. Maybe you have an older cat that can’t jump as high, so you need smaller steps between the levels. Or you need a way to feed your cat at a higher level, so the dog doesn’t get their food! What about going for a more natural look and using real tree branches?

And then lastly, of course, it’s nice to be able to make one that fits your home decor. If you have a Steampunk vibe going on in your living room, then a traditional cat tree is going to ruin the style!

Homemade Cat Condo Ideas

Below are eleven DIY cat tree ideas – they come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. But remember the fun part about building something for your pet is that you can customize it to exactly how YOU want it!

A lot of these cat trees wrap some of the supports in twine or rope around the legs. This makes a perfect scratching post for your cat. There are lots of different options for twine or rope, but I find a natural sisal rope is the best. Cats love the feel of it!

You can buy large coils of sisal rope very cheaply from Amazon. I even used it to wrap around the legs of my old kitchen table, so the cats would scratch on those and not my chairs! A hot gun gun and a lot of winding is all it took!

So knock yourself out! Have fun and see what you can make for your fluffy friend!

DIY Cat Trees

Your Turn!

So now it’s time to let your imagination run wild and see what ideas you can come up with.

It’s worth looking around your home to see if there are any pieces of furniture you could repurpose. Also, look for unusual spots where you could put a wall-mounted cat tree. Your options are endless!