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12 DIY Cat Room Ideas You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Cats love to share our space, but they also appreciate having space of their own where they can do whatever they want to do. If you have enough space, you can dedicate an entire room to your cat and decorate it in a way that your cat will appreciate, all while keeping the room stylish. If you can’t dedicate a whole room to your kitty, maybe you can use a closet or a corner of a room.

You can also simply pick out a wall in your family room to accommodate your cat’s lounging and exercise needs. Whatever your situation, there are plenty of DIY cat room ideas to help you plan the purrfect cat space for your feline family member.

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The Top 12 DIY Cat Room Ideas

1. Timeless Child-Like Cat Room by That Isle Life

Materials: Shelving wood, carpet scraps, 2×4 lumber
Tools: Screws, nails, screwdriver, hammer, saw, stencils
Difficulty Level: Moderate to hard

At first glance, this design might look like a modern child’s room. However, it was designed for cats! This space can accommodate multiple cats, along with a cot or air mattress if a visitor arrives. This design includes basic wooden box and shelf designs that assist cats with jumping and traveling. Toys and scratchers and even a kitty slide are also included.

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2. How to Build a Catio with PVC Pipes by Our Repurposed Home

Materials: PVC, chicken wire, 12” hook and cable straps, snap clamps, poly webbing strap, buckles
Tools: Saw, screws, screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This is a cool porch cat room that is made with easy-to-source materials and a little elbow grease. These PVC porch cat room plans can be customized to meet your space restrictions and design preferences. Plan to spend a weekend completing the project — while the work isn’t hard, it is time-consuming. You’ll need to do a little sketching and planning before you get started.

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3. DIY Cat Closet Room by Your Modern Family

Materials: Scrap wood, hemp material, a cat door, plastic tray, pieces of carpet
Tools: Screws, screwdriver, saw, staple gun
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you can clear out a coat closet or a similar space in your room, you’ve got the perfect spot to create a private and comfortable room just for your kitty. The room that this plan outline includes a dedicated bed, a covered cat litter box, and floating shelves for your kitty to climb around on. There’s also a cat door installed in the closet door so your kitty can get in and out even when the door is closed.

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4. Cute DIY Cat Bed Using Macrame Cord by Cuckoo 4 Design

Materials: Macrame cord, wood beads, 18-inch round pillow, plant hook, small clamps, 18-inch metal hoops
Tools: Scissors, measuring tape
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you like arts and crafts, you should enjoy creating these macrame cat hammocks that can be placed in any room of your home to create unique spaces that are just for your kitty. Macrame can be easily learned even by those who have never seen or done other similar activities. This project will provide your kitty comfort and safety away from kids and other pets.

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5. Under-the-Stairs Cat Condo Hideaway by Top Mountain

Materials: Cat scratchers, cat posts, cat hammocks
Tools: None
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Do you have spare space underneath a stairwell in your home? You can turn that space into a cozy room for your cat that is out of the way yet still close enough by that your kitty can keep an eye on what household members are doing. All you need are a few cat scratchers, cat posts, and cat hammocks to complete this cat room project.

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6. Walls of Cat Shelves by Cool Cat Tree Plans

Materials: Wood, screws, and possibly other items, depending on the design
Tools: Tape measurer, screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

You can turn any room in your home into a kitty space just by installing special floating shelves for them. These ideas have holes for playing and exploring rope and other materials for scratching and soft spots for sleeping on. Design your kitty walls however you like to fit your home’s design and décor.

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7. DIY Cat Tree Play Tower by Southern Revivals

Materials: Plywood, base trim, concrete, tree branches, wood glue, stain, sealer jute or hemp rope, faux fur, screws, wood glue, nails, sandpaper
Tools: Hot glue gun, staple gun, table saw, miter saw, jigsaw, nail gun, belt sander
Difficulty Level: Hard

This huge cat tree play structure will take up large amount of space in the room of your home without making the space look cluttered or interfering with your home’s overall design. This structure has natural tree branches, faux fur, and jute or hemp rope, which gives it a luxurious look and feel. Plan to complete this project outside where there is protection from the sun and rain and plenty of room to move around.

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8. Cat Adventure and Escape Wall by Instructables

Materials: Plywood, pinewood, poplar wood, stair tread, carpet runner, a dowel, upholstery tacks, biscuit joints, shelving brackets, LED light strip
Tools: Drill, Saw, hammer
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This impressive cat adventure and escape wall will take up a great deal of wall space but will provide your kitty with plenty of room to adventure, play, snooze, and get away from the hustle and bustle that’s happening within the household. The wall structure has hiding nooks, a bridge, stairs to climb on, and even room for human items like books.

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9. DIY Climbing Wall for Cats by Vivianne Yi Wei

Materials: Ikea shelf carrier, oak panels, MDF plating primer, paint, sisal rope, screws, spruce planks, foam, fabric
Tools: Tape measurer, saw, hammer, screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This is a cool cat wall structure that will dominate a wall in any room of your home, offering your kitty their own designated space that won’t impede on other household items and furniture. You will need quite a few materials to complete the project, but you’ll end up with a cool climbing structure that encourages your kitty to exercise.

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10. Cat and Household Shelf System in One by thatpeargirl

Materials: Knotty pine, sandpaper, nails, staples, carpet, wood glue, wood filler, sating polyurethane, paint thinner
Tools: Utility knife, staple gun, nail gun, hand sander, rotary sander, cordless drill, router, table saw
Difficulty Level: Moderate to hard

If you are short on space and can’t dedicate even a wall to your cat, you can use this cat and household shelf system to make your cat happy while also keeping your stuff safe. These plans are designed to provide cats with plenty of jumping and lounging spaces and have storage space for things like books, candles, and family photos.

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11. DIY Cat Rope Bridge by The Owner Builder Network

Materials: Plywood, upholstery tacks, joints, shelving brackets, carpets, sisal ropes, varnish, wood glue, screws, screw plate
Tools: Sander, paintbrush, measuring tape, circular saw, drill
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Why not decorate your home with a large cat rope bridge or two? These bridges will provide your cat with plenty of room to stretch out, move around, and nap. The bridges are cute and can be stained or painted to camouflage with your wall décor and furnishings. Sanding is required, so it’s best to work outside when working on this project.

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12. Cat Maze Bed Frame by Oddity Mall

Materials: Wood, wood glue, nails
Tools: Circular saw, measuring tape, hammer, or nail gun
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If your rooms, walls, and staircase spaces are already full, you can always make room under your bed for kitty fun. This interesting bed frame is actually a cat maze! You can sleep comfortably at night while your cat plays quietly underneath you. You can also leave toys in the maze for even more excitement during the day.

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In Conclusion

All these DIY cat room ideas can be implemented in most apartment and house environments. Whether you only have a small apartment space or an entire bedroom to dedicate to your cat, these ideas should get you motivated to create extra space for your cat that can help enhance their quality of life.

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