12 Guinea Pig Cage Plans You Can DIY Today

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Many of the guinea pig cages that are available to buy are too small for more than one animal and can be expensive. If you have a knack for building projects, then you may want to consider constructing a guinea pig cage. You can customize it to fit any space, and some enclosures are ideal for use inside and outside.

Guinea pigs also like ramps and platforms for play and exercise, placing a cage with no flooring outdoors allows your pet to nibble on grass. Did you know one guinea pig needs a minimum of 7.5 square feet of living space to be comfortable and happy? With these 12 plans, that won’t be a problem to meet. Read on to find one that inspires you to create and build a lovely home for your guinea pig.

1. Build a C&C Guinea Pig Cage From Pet Helpful

Build a C&C Guinea Pig Cage From Pet Helpful
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Skill level: Beginner

Pet Helpful shows you how to build a 2×4 feet cage that is larger than you can find at any pet store, and it will save you money too. C&C stands for cubes and coroplast, which are the primary materials for this project. Making a cage from these materials gives you the freedom to design a cage that suits your needs — and it is easy to build.

Materials
  • Coroplast sheet
  • One box of grid cube squares
  • Pack of large zip ties
  • Duct tape
Tools
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Large ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil

2. Build a Guinea Pig Cage With the Kids From Instructables Living

Build a Guinea Pig Cage With the Kids From Instructables Living
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Skill level: Intermediate

These plans from Instructables Living show you how to build a cage with a base cabinet for storage. Since Guinea Pigs are social animals, it makes sense to have a cage large enough for two or three to live in comfort. It’s a great project to build with the kids if you have experience with woodworking because you will need basic equipment.

Materials
  • Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Wire screen
  • Plexiglass
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Silicone caulk
  • Pocket hole screws
Tools
  • Miter saw or hand saw
  • Tape measure
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Clamps
  • Screwdriver

3. Build Eazy Guinea Pig Hutch

Build Eazy Guinea Pig Hutch
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Skill level: Intermediate

Build Eazy offers plans for an outside hutch that is perfect for placing on the fresh grass for your guinea pigs. Once the weather turns cold, you can easily move it back inside because it is lightweight. There is a hinged lid with a meshed roof, so you can open the top for increased light and airflow. The instructions are detailed and provide plenty of illustrations.

Materials
  • Variety of lumber
  • Plywood
  • Welded mesh suit
  • T-hinges
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Staples
Tools
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Square
  • Measuring tape

4. Guinea Pig Mansion From Instructables

Guinea Pig Mansion From Instructables
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Skill level: Beginner

These plans from Instructables shows you how to build a guinea pig cage using a dollhouse and other supplies you may have on hand already. This is a great project for those who don’t have woodworking experience. What’s nice is that you can customize the plans to fit any size and shape of dollhouse.

Materials
  • Dollhouse
  • Lawn and garden fencing
  • Glue sticks
  • Spray paint
  • Paper clips
  • 2-inch wood strips
Tools
  • Hot glue gun
  • Electric staple gun
  • Razor knife or scissors

5. DIY C&C Cage by Alexandria’s Animals

DIY C&C Cage by Alexandria’s Animals
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Skill level: Beginner

These instructions from Alexandria’s Animals are for a 2×5-foot cage, with an optional 2×2-foot upper level. It is made from coroplast and wire cube storage, so it is simple to make and not many tools are required. It is an affordable project that provides your guinea pig with plenty of areas to play.

Materials
  • Coroplast
  • Wire cubes
  • Plastic grid connectors
  • Zip ties
Tools
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Strong transparent tape

6. Guinea Pig Grand Hotel Plans on Instructables

Guinea Pig Grand Hotel Plans on Instructables
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Skill level: Intermediate

For an elaborate house, check out these plans on the Instructables Living website. This is not a project for a beginner, and you will need to put aside more than one day to build it. However, don’t let it intimidate you if you don’t have much experience, because it is a good project to learn from. The grand hotel is meant to be placed outside so your guinea pig can nibble on the grass.

Materials
  • Wooden boards
  • Wooden bars
  • Plywood
  • Enamel paint
  • Screws
  • PVC panels
Tools
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Angles

7. Pampered Piggies DIY Guinea Pig Cage

Pampered Piggies DIY Guinea Pig Cage
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Skill level: Intermediate

Building a cage is a great way to provide extra room for your guinea pigs. Pampered Piggies has plans to make a 120×60 cm cage that has three levels and a front gate for easy access. There is no base on the cage, so it is recommended to attach a piece of vinyl flooring as a way to protect your floors and make for easy cleanup.

Materials
  • Plywood
  • Pet-safe paint
  • Screws
  • Perspex
  • No more nails tape
  • Shelf brackets
  • Vinyl flooring
Tools
  • Power drill or screwdriver
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure

8. Coolest Guinea Pig House Plans From Instructables

Coolest Guinea Pig House Plans From Instructables
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Skill level: Beginner

If you are looking for a house that is anything but boring, Instructables has a plan that is attractive and fun to make. The finished product looks like a dollhouse, and you can be as creative as you like. It is a project that can involve the kids, and once you’ve added your distinctive flair, your guinea pig will love it too.

Materials
  • MDF wood
  • Corner brackets
  • Door magnets
  • Paint
  • Wood glue
  • Fabric
  • Accessories of choice for decoration
  • Adhesive plastic foil
Tools
  • Handsaw
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

9. Instructables Workshop Guinea Pig Cage

Instructables Workshop Guinea Pig Cage
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Skill level: Beginner

This plan from Instructables Workshop uses an old dresser to make a comfortable house for one to two guinea pigs. You will want a dresser that is in decent shape and can hold up to having the drawers removed. This project doesn’t take much woodworking skill and would make a great weekend project.

Materials
  • Old dresser
  • Chicken/rabbit cage wire
  • Staples
  • Flexible storm drain pipe
  • Bathroom/kitchen vinyl flooring squares
  • Picture hanging wire
  • Dog leash clip
  • Eye screw
  • Scrap wood
  • Small hinges
Tools
  • Drill with drilling and driver bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Pliers
  • Wirecutter
  • Staple gun
  • Dremel with cutting disc
  • Heat gun

10. Guinea Pig Shed From Instructables Living

Guinea Pig Shed From Instructables Living
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Skill level: Beginner

The author of this Instructables Living plan converted an old play shed into a place for his guinea pigs. You don’t need a shed to complete this project because it can be modified for indoors or outdoors. You can make one run or two, depending on the size you desire. Either way, you will find this is an easy project that can be accomplished in a short time.

Materials
  • Lumber
  • Mesh
  • U-pins
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Linoleum
Tools
  • Miter saw or hand saw
  • Screwdriver

11. Outdoor Guinea Pig Cage by DIY Danielle

Outdoor Guinea Pig Cage by DIY Danielle
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Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

DIY Danielle shows you how to make an elevated outdoor hutch for your guinea pigs. Underneath the cage is another space you can create for your guinea pigs to hang out, and they can access it by a ramp. She provides plenty of step-by-step pictures and directions that are easy to follow.

Materials
  • Variety of lumber
  • Coroplast
  • Hardware cloth
  • PVC pipe
  • Outdoor thermometer
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Fabric
  • Staples
  • Sandpaper
  • Hook closure
  • Glue sticks
Tools
  • Screwdriver
  • Shovel
  • Staple gun
  • Sander
  • Jigsaw
  • Glue gun

12. Guinea Pig Hutch and Extension Plans From Instructables Living

Guinea Pig Hutch and Extension Plans From Instructables Living
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Skill level: Beginner

This is the perfect project from Instructables Living if you want to customize a cage for your guinea pig. It is an affordable project and easy to accomplish if you don’t have much experience and/or time. You can make the top hinged or non-hinged, and you are guided through making the hutch either freestanding or as an expansion.

Materials
  • Wood staples
  • Screws
  • Chicken wire
  • Wood
  • Galvanized latches
Tools
  • Electric drill with bits
  • Jigsaw or circular saw
  • Wire cutters
  • Measuring tape
  • Right angle

Conclusion

A variety of plans are available in this list that can fit your experience, budget, and time available to build the cage. Having the option to move the cage outdoors fulfills a guinea pig’s need for sunshine and fresh air, and it’s good to know they are safe from predators. Nevertheless, building your own allows you to customize the size that allows it to fit into your space while creating an area your guinea pig will feel safe and comfortable.


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