I was watching an episode of Flea Market Flip this morning and it inspired me to share a project I recently completed. I adopted a kitten a few months ago and wanted to buy a cat condo or jungle gym to give her some place to play and hang out. But I have two problems. One, my house is really small, so the big condos I found were just too big for my space. Second, the good quality, nice looking ones were just too expensive. So, like any other crafter would do, I made my own–both inexpensive and just the right size.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of each step of the process, but chances are if you make your own, it won’t be with the same type base I did anyway. But showing you what I did might inspire you to give this project a try.
For under $25.00 I bought an old men’s valet at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally I bought it to use for my book bag, jacket, and keys–basically, it’s intended purpose–by my front door. Unfortunately, the scale was off and I didn’t use it. Instead, it became a cobweb catcher down in my basement. I held on to it for quite awhile, waiting to have a yard sale. But that never happened.
While I had was shopping to buy a cat condo I saw so many good ideas–hammocks, scratchers, groomers, toys,
perches–and I incorporated all of them in this one project.
A base of some type–book case, hall tree, or a valet like I used
Sisal rope–I used 1/2″ rope I bought on Amazon. For this project, I needed about 100 feet
Batting–to make the shelf and hammock comfy
Durable fabric–for the padded seat I used less than 1/2 yard of cotton duck
Soft fabric–to the hammock and roosting shelf I used about 1/2 yard of minky
Hot glue gun and glue
Toys–I tried some different ones, but she loves some I found at PetSmart by Martha Stewart
Bottle brushes for grooming–I ordered mine from Amazon (wine bottle size)
All I did was wrap rope around the legs and back supports, using hot glue to hold everything in place. A few staples secure the batting and fabric on the padded seat. I made the top roosting shelf with a 12×12 piece of wood, batting, and minky fabric. The bottom shoe rack became a hammock using batting and more minky. Once the basic assembly was done, I added toys and bottle brushes for grooming. I had some help, of course.
If you have cats, you know how territorial they are and how they need a place of their own to hang out. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make the purr-fect place for your feline. With a little ingenuity and supplies you probably have around your house, any old piece of furniture can be turned into a hang out for your cat.