11 AMAZING DIY Cat Tree Ideas – Simple Kitty Condos and Towers
Cats love to climb! They will climb up just about anything, including all your furniture! Are you fed up of your cat scratching and ruining your favorite pieces? Then your kitty friend needs it’s very own DIY 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?
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, you can customize it 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!
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 bit of hot glue 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!
A lot of these DIY cat tree ideas use IKEA furniture as bases. The advantage of this is that IKEA pieces are very cheap to buy and they give you a good framework to customize. No advanced woodworking skill (or tools) needed!
This is such a cute design because it gives your cat somewhere to sleep in the little hammock. The disadvantage is that this isn't that high off the ground. So if you're looking for a cat condo with more height, then keep scrolling!
Going back to another IKEA hack idea, this one uses a corner shelf unit to make a large cat tree.
It uses the IVAR corner shelf unit. These can be a little unstable without extra support, so I would recommend attaching it to the wall. The last thing you want is for your kitty to take a tumble when they are charging up the tree!
Making a corner DIY cat tree is another great space-saver. It can be put in a corner that is out of the way, but it also makes very good use of the space.
We'll stick with IKEA hacks for this next idea. This isn't really a cat 'tree', but it is a great way for your cat to be able to climb up to higher spots.
If space is really limited, then this might be the perfect solution for you. Just attach a rug or carpet runner to the wall. Your cat with then uses this to climb up to shelves that are mounted higher on the wall (in this case, a shelf over a doorway).
They used an OSTED IKEA rug, but really you could use any rug or carpet remnant. You could even use a colored or patterned rug to add a bit of style to your room!
It is made from a small tree stump/branch. It doesn't give your cat much height, but it would look lovely on a dresser in front of a window. Your cat would adore sitting on it and watching the world go by. And, of course, you could use a larger piece of wood if you wanted to.