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13 DIY Cat Bed from a Basket Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

White with a gray kitten in a wicker basket

A cat bed that only allows your cat a comfortable place to stay while it’s resting or winding down for the day, but it also keeps your furry feline out of your bed. This means no more waking up with hair on your pajamas or a cat’s tail in your face.

There are quite a few different ways that you can make your own cat bed, and many can be made from a simple weaved basket. And in this article, we’re going to cover 4 cat beds that you can make from baskets as well as other bed ideas.

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13 Awesome DIY Cat Bed from a Basket Plans

1. Simple DIY Wicker Basket Bed from House by the Bay Design

Level of Difficulty: Simple
Tools Required: Washers, screws, electric drill
Materials: Wicker basket

This basket will require a bit of patience and technique. If you’re new to basket weaving, you’ll want to start slowly to avoid making a bed that leans to the side or has uneven dimensions. But the good thing is that this basket is affordable to make, and you don’t need any tools–just your hands! Depending on your experience this basket can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to make.


2. DIY Wall Bed by Martha Stewart Living

Level of Difficulty: Simple
Tools Required: Washers, screws, electric drill
Materials: Wicker basket

This wicker basket wall bed is an excellent choice if you ‘re looking for a cat bed that looks more expensive than it actually costs. You can add a bed to give your cat a new perch to enjoy the world around you and it only takes a few screws, washers, and a wicker basket that you can get from your local Hobby Lobby or pet store.

Be sure to align your basket where you want it displayed, with the flat bottom against the wall, and mount it by drilling the screws in their washers through the wicker–and boom, done!


3. DIY Tree Multi-Basket by OtletMozaik

Level of Difficulty: Simple
Tools Required: Washers, screws, electric drill
Materials: Wicker basket, wood, paint

Who says that you can only have one basket for your cat? Even if you only have one cat, you can add a bit of fun to its night routine by building it out into a multi-bed space. Like in this example, you can screw together a few solid pieces of tree bark and build 3-4 baskets–all at different heights. You can also use simple 2x4s from your local hardware store and paint them to make the tree fancier.


4. DIY Hanging Wall Basket from Hymns and Verses

Level of Difficulty: Low
Tools Required: Washers, screws, electric drill
Materials: Wicker basket, rope

You can also take a simple basket and use bolts and washers to hang it from the wall or the ceiling. You’ll want to ensure that you find the studs to prevent creating a potentially hazardous bed, but the job is still pretty simple.

You can make your own basket from heavy bamboo or reeds, or you can make your life easier by purchasing a wicker basket and cutting a few holes in the top edges for the rope. Be sure to use multi-twine rope for this project–it’ll need to be thick.


5. Recycled DIY Sweater Bed by Nifty

Level of Difficulty: Simple
Tools Required: Needles, scissors
Materials: Fabric, cotton or poly blend stuffing, and thread

An old sweater cat bed is a great option for those who want something easy and simple for their cat’s bed. You can always find old clothing at your local thrift shop if you don’t want to part with any of your own sweaters.

This DIY project will require you to take an old sweater and make some cuts to the sleeves and bottom. You’ll then need to fill it with a bit of stuffing and sew the ends. It’s easy, simple, and looks great!


6. DIY Crocheted Hammock Bed Martha Stewart Living

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Required: Scissors, Crochet hook
Materials: Yarn, crochet needles, hanging material

If you know how to crochet (or are willing to learn), this is a great project to take on for your cat bed. You can crochet the bed in anywhere from 6-12 hours depending on your experience. Choose the yarn you want and then follow the short stitching tutorial to make this bed. This can be hung from any spot in your home.


7. Vintage DIY TV Bed by iHeartCats

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Required: Drills, pliers, wrench, crowbar
Materials: TV, fabric, stuffing

Who doesn’t love a bit of vintage? You can find old TVs at local pawn shops in your city. This tutorial will show you how to create a mini bed for your cat within an old tube television box. You can fill it with anything you like. It will make your home look stylish and cozy–not to mention your cat will love it!


8. DIY Cat Tent from Dear Crissy

Level of Difficulty: Low
Tools Required: Pliers, safety pins
Materials: Old t-shirt, tape, cardboard

Make this adorable pop-up tent from an old college tee–so you don’t have to spend any money!

Simply flatten some cardboard or similar material and add some pillows. You can also hang it from the wall or ceiling.


9. DIY Crocheted (Thick Yarn) Bed from Urbaki Crotchet

Level of Difficulty: Low
Tools Required: Scissors
Materials: Thick yarn

Your cat will have loads of fun with this bed. A super-thick yarn is ideal for creating a bowl shape for your cat bed. But make sure that the yarn is tightly bound and thick enough so that it won’t easily unravel or fall apart as the cat uses it.

You don’t need any fancy tools to make this bed. Once you have learned how to knit the stitches, you should be able to stitch it together in a matter of hours.


10. DIY Wooden Crate Bed from My Nourished Home

Level of Difficulty: Simple
Tools Required: Wood glue, permanent markers
Materials: Wooden crate, paint

Here’s another affordable cat bed that you can make fairly quickly. To make a cat crate like the one shown in the tutorial you’ll need to purchase two wooden boards (which you can find at Home Depot or Lowes). To make a plush cushion, you can stuff the center with any fabric including cotton, polyblends, or wool. And don’t forget to personalize it with your cat’s name.


11. DIY Eiffel Tower Bed from Playhouse4Pets

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Required: Scissors and glue
Materials: Cardboard

Some cats are simply fancier than others. And why not give a fancy cat a bit of Paris when it retreats to its nightly slumber. This DIY bed can be a bit challenging to make, but it’s so worth it. Also, you’ll want to measure everything accurately to prevent the bed from leaning to the side. Remember it’s the Eiffel Tower, not the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


12. DIY Crocheted Bed by DIY Magazine

Level of Difficulty: Low
Tools Required: Scissors
Materials: Thick yarn

Here’s another crochet bed option. You can crochet your cat’s bed and add special decorative effects to make it stand out. And you can add balls on strings, “fuzzy mice”, and other items to make it a bit of a funhouse as well.

This tutorial will show you how to sew together the couch’s sections if you’re a crochet newbie. It’ll also show you how to fill the cushion of the bed so that it doesn’t buckle when put under pressure–in case, your cat is a “fat cat”…. pun intended.


13. DIY Bunk Beds from me.me

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Required: Power drill, paintbrush
Materials: Pine or oak boards, screws, pillows, brackets, and nails

These adorable cat bunk beds are worth the extra money if you’re willing to spend over $50 for your cat’s bed. And they can be a great way for multiple cats to share a simple space, without being too crowded–something that can make your furry friends a bit irritable.

For this bed, you’ll need only a few tools, including a drill and some screws. You can also change the color of the bed using a bit of paint or wood stain. And if you’re the least bit confident with your sewing skills, you may be able to make your own kitty play pillows– something that can keep your cats busy for hours.

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Conclusion

Creating a bed for your cat doesn’t have to be a long or complicated project. And there are so many ways to create beds that don’t require a ton of money. You can use everyday materials such as wood, t-shirts, old furniture pieces, cardboard, and anything else that you can find around your house.

First, be sure to establish the base of the bed come out which will usually require a hard material (such as wood). Next, add interior cushioning and bedding to the bed so that your cat is comfortable. Lastly, you can hang the bed from the wall or the ceiling if your cat prefers to have a bird’s eye view.


Featured Image Credit: Anna Krivitskaya, Shutterstock

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