You love your cat more than anything in the world, but you definitely love its litter box a whole lot less. It’s not only cleaning it out that can get icky, either; it’s having it right in the open in your home where you can always see it (and smell it). If you’re tired of constantly looking at and smelling your cat’s poop, you might want to create a litter box enclosure!
Building your own litter box enclosure can seem like a difficult task, but it’s much easier than you think to create one. There are so many options for how to make these enclosures that no matter how you go about doing it, you shouldn’t have too challenging a time.
If you’re ready to stop staring at the litter box every day, we’ve got 10 easy DIY cat litter box enclosure plans that you can do regardless of your handyman skill level. Just don’t follow the “out of sight, out of mind” adage and forget to clean the box out regularly!
The 10 DIY Cat Litter Box Enclosure Plans
1. Easy Hidden Kitten Litter Box
|Materials:||Plastic terra cotta pot, pot saucer, floral foam, moss, fake plants, litter, liner|
|Tools:||Sharpie, wood burner tool, scissors, metal file, sandpaper, hot glue|
This cute litter box enclosure will likely only work for kittens or small cats, but it’s an adorable way to hide where your cat goes to the bathroom. You need a large plastic terra cotta pot, some fake plants, and a few tools. Then, in less than an hour, you’ll be able to create a litter box enclosed within a “plant” you can stick in the corner. Simply cut a hole in the pot large enough for your kitty to get through, put down a liner and litter inside, then make a lid with the pot saucer and fake plant stuff. It truly doesn’t get easier than this!
2. Inexpensive Enclosure Hack
|Materials:||Furniture, litter box|
|Tools:||Measuring tape, jigsaw, pencil, square, sandpaper, paint or stain (optional), vinyl or linoleum (optional)|
This litter box enclosure hack will require you to have a suitable piece of furniture. If you already have a piece that fits, it will be inexpensive, but if you have to find a piece of furniture, it will get a bit pricier. Once you have a furniture item that works, though, this enclosure is so simple! The type of furniture you’ll need will be something that opens up, such as a cedar box, chest, cabinet, etc. After you’ve chosen the furniture, simply cut holes in two sides for cats to enter and exit, sand down rough edges, and paint or stain if you’d like. You may also want to put down a piece of vinyl or linoleum inside for easier clean-up. Then place the furniture where you want it and put the litter box inside. Voila, all finished!
3. Enclosure & Eating Area
|Materials:||2 good size wooden crates, fluffy bath mat, litter tracking mat, litter box, food and water bowls|
|Tools:||Sandpaper, paint/varnish, saw, ruler, wood glue, pencil & notebook|
Want a place your cat can not just go to the bathroom but also hang out and chill and even eat if they want? Then this is the litter box enclosure for you! (Although the food area can be optional if you prefer.) It might look a tiny bit difficult in some parts, but this crate enclosure is surprisingly easy to put together. You’ll need a couple of good-sized crates that you can glue together (cut the bottom of one box first), a saw to cut out places for the food and water bowls, and some paint or varnish to make it pretty! After you do that, you can glue the bath mat to the top by the bowls (you might have to cut it down some to fit), then put the litter box inside. Now your cat has a designated area for eating, going to the bathroom, and a cozy spot to sit, as well!
4. Modern Plywood Litter Box Enclosure
|Materials:||½ inch thick plywood sheets, nails, screws, door hinges, litter pan, 4 1.5” x 5.5” end table legs, 4 table leg angle plates, plate or bowl, sheet or tarp|
|Tools:||Sandpaper, measuring tape, jigsaw, wood glue, painter’s tape, hammer, power drill, screwdriver|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Moderate|
Okay, this super neat enclosure looks like it’s difficult, but as long as you can cut some plywood into pieces and use a drill, it’s incredibly simple. It’s also got a modern look, which will fit into any home design. First, you’ll figure out the size of the litter pan you have, then cut the plywood into six boards with dimensions according to the litter pan size (or have your local hardware store cut them for you!). After that, it’s just a matter of making an entrance hole, gluing the pieces into a box shape, and installing the hinges and legs. Sure, it will take a bit of time, but once it’s done, you’ll have a fancy hidden litter box enclosure you can brag to your friends about making!
5. Kitty Litter Station
|Materials:||Prefab cabinet with doors that open, litter box|
|Tools:||Screwdriver, saw, duct tape|
This kitty litter station made from a cabinet is one of the easiest litter box enclosures to make. If you don’t have a cabinet that works, you’ll have to find one. But once you have your cabinet that opens in the front, all you have to do is take off one of the doors and cut an opening that your cat can fit through. Then put the door back on—that is literally it. If you’re looking for a super quick fix, this is your plan!
6. Best Litter Box Enclosure
|Materials:||Besta, Besta 64 cm door, Samla 45-liter box with lid|
|Tools:||Saw, hammer, nails|
Though this litter box enclosure was created around Ikea furniture pieces, as long as you have pieces that are similar, it should work the same. The person that came up with this hack decided to cut the lid of a Samla box in half to use as a litter box (but a plastic storage bin would work just as well), then simply put it inside the cabinet, then cut an opening into the side of the cabinet. Pretty easy, huh? Using the Samla box creates a top-entry litter box that ensures less litter gets tracked, but if your cat won’t do well with a top-entry, you might want to use a different type of box.
7. Cat Cave
|Materials:||Small table, fabric, paint (optional), litter box|
|Tools:||Hot glue, sandpaper (optional), scissors, needle & thread (optional)|
If you want something that’s a little bit fancier than other enclosures on this list, this cat cave is the enclosure for you. All you need is a small table that’s large enough to fit over your cat’s litter box and some fabric to make small curtains for the sides and paint if you want the table to be a different color. If you’re going to re-paint the table, do that first. Then measure and cut your fabric, so it covers all sides of the table. You can hem and pleat the fabric if you have the sewing skills, but it isn’t necessary. Once the fabric is the size it should be, just hot glue it to the table. Congrats—you are all done!
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8. Dog-Proof Litter Box Enclosure
|Materials:||30-gallon storage bin, 18-gallon storage bin, scrap wood, small piece of carpet|
|Tools:||5” hole saw and drill, jigsaw, 4 wood screws|
Have a dog that keeps raiding your cat’s litter box for “tasty” treats? Then you’ll love this litter box enclosure that not only hides your cat’s litter but will keep the dog from getting into it too! By putting the smaller bin inside the larger bin, you’ll have a bit of room that works as a foyer to keep your dog away.
Before you put the bins together, though, you’ll need to cut openings in both large enough for kitty to get through (you can also cut some holes in the lid of the larger bin for aesthetic purposes and more airflow, if you like). Once you have both openings, you can stick the smaller bin inside the larger to work as a litter box, then put down the wood and carpet in the space that’s left between both openings to create the foyer. It’s a bit of work, but overall, this enclosure is relatively simple!
9. Wicker Chest Litter Box Enclosure
|Materials:||Wicker chest with a top that opens, ribbon, hot glue, litter box|
|Tools:||Pencil, wire cutters, hot glue gun|
Though this is technically an Ikea hack, any plastic wicker chest with a top that opens will work. You’ll need to purchase a wicker chest big enough to hold your cat’s litter box if you don’t already have one and grab a bit of ribbon, but that’s really all you need in the way of materials.
Making this enclosure is incredibly easy, as all you’ll need to do is cut an opening big enough that your cat can enter, then glue some ribbon around the opening to smooth out the rough edges and make it look nicer (though that part is optional). It truly doesn’t get any simpler than this!
10. Crafted By The Hunts Litter Box Enclosure
|Materials:||4’ x 8′ 3/4″ plywood, 3 full overlay concealed hinges, edge banding, 1.25” Kreg screws, 1.25” #6 screws, sealer, stain (optional), litter box|
|Tools:||Sandpaper, wood glue, drill, circular saw with track or table saw, Kreg Jig, electric sander, jigsaw|
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Moderate|
Okay, here’s another litter box enclosure that looks like it will be challenging to put together but is actually quite easy. You’ll need just a touch of handyman ability to get you through, but as long as you can cut some wood into the proper sizes and use a drill, you should have no issues. All you need to do is cut plywood into the sizes listed on the plan, add supports on the bottom, drill some holes, assemble, cut a hole out for an entrance, then seal and stain (optional). Once finished, you’ll have a very pretty enclosure with a hinged top that will look wonderful anywhere in your home.
There are so many ways you can create a litter box enclosure for your cat, with many of them using pieces of furniture you already have in your home. No matter what kind of enclosure you decide to create, you’ll find that the majority of plans are as easy as the ones on this list. Only a few require even moderate skills, so even if you’re the least crafty or handy person on the block, you should be able to throw something together relatively quickly!
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- The 10 DIY Cat Litter Box Enclosure Plans
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