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2 Awesome DIY Cat Shelf Ideas You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

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One of the coolest things about cats is their ability to entertain themselves without much human intervention. You can give a cat a scratching post or yarn ball and spend several minutes (or longer) just watching it go at it with a hilarious and envious amount of focus.

Our furry friends are also well-known for climbing up walls and sitting perched on high shelves and cabins as if they’re planning to lay a few eggs. Building your cat a shelf is one of the best ways that you can provide it with another source of fan and a preferred place to rest.  And if you’re an avid DIYer, with a few tools and about $30 or so, you can build your cat its own shelf in no time. Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning.


The 2 Awesome DIY Cat Shelf Ideas

1. Large Shelves

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Image Credit: Plaster and Disaster

This cat setup was designed for large or heavy cats. It is strong and can be mounted to multiple studs. The setup cannot be rearranged in the same way as other shelves. You’ll need to ensure that you have sufficient wall space, as it can take up quite a large amount of space before you know it.

So, take out your measuring tape and be sure to use a leveler so that the shelves are mounted evenly. And don’t forget to insert adequate cushioning, as larger cats will need a bit more.

2. Complete Wall Climbing Setup

DIY Cat Shelf Ideas
Image Credit: Mother Daughter Projects

This wall shelf set is rather exotic and includes a sleeping hammock, small shelves, scratching posts, a scratching tower, and a scratching board. If you want to go all out for your cat, here’s the way to do it.

It requires multiple pieces, and it will likely take up a good portion of the wall, so be sure to measure it out beforehand. Also, make sure to have a stud finder, drill, and a pair of shears handy for the project.

As another option, if you're looking to give your cat something exciting, we know of an awesome scratcher that both encourages play and doubles as a stylish modern furniture piece. The Hepper Hi-Lo Cat Scratcher is designed with a curved shape for dynamic movement, is built to last with safe and sturdy birch plywood and thick cardboard, and offers three height options to ensure your cat enjoys the exercise, elevation, and excitement they crave ... and, it's affordable! 

grey cat upside down on hepper hi-lo cat scratcher

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Wrapping Things Up

Cat shelves come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and sizes. You can create your own DIY cat shelves using a few everyday tools and a bit of Ingenuity. You can also get ideas from ready-made cat shelves that you can find on sites such as Etsy or Mercari.

And remember, when putting up the shelves, be sure to use a stud finder and correctly measure the spaces in the shelves. You want to ensure that they can’t have enough room to move around comfortably and will be safe doing so.

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