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7 DIY Cat Wall Playground Plans (Easy & Cheap) (With Pictures)

Cats are natural climbers and will take advantage of any high furniture in your house—including tall shelves, your refrigerator, or your armoire. Your cat likely enjoys the high vantage point to survey its surroundings or to escape other housemates, such as rambunctious dogs or territorial cats.

If you prefer your cat to stay off your furniture, you can build a cat wall playground. They’ll have a dedicated play area, and your prized knickknacks stay safe from careless paws. You can build many of these playgrounds in an afternoon or weekend with minimal DIY know-how.

Whether you’re looking for simplicity or a cat play haven, we’ve gathered some of the best easy DIY cat wall playground plans to design for your own space.


The Top 7 DIY Cat Wall Playground Plans

1. Cat Shelves by Mad Lab 5

Materials: Pine boards, sandpaper, paint (optional), glue, nails, wall brackets
Tools: Saw, screwdriver or hammer, paintbrush, measuring tape, level
Difficulty Level: Easy

These cat shelves are quick and simple and give your cat plenty of spaces to climb in your living area. The shelves are made from inexpensive pine boards and are cut to the length you choose, so it’s easy to customize the project to your space. You can have some fun adding details like paint, scrap carpet covering, or fancy brackets to make them more appealing.

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2. DIY Vertical Cat Shelf Playground by Adventurer at Heart

Materials: 1” x 12” x 8’ pine boards, 6” x 6” x 8” post, 100 ft of 3/8” sisal rope, 6’ x 8’ roll of carpet, Velcro fasteners, wall brackets, nails or screws, wood stain
Tools: Saw, sandpaper, hammer or screwdriver, paintbrush, measuring tape
Difficulty Level: Moderate

The DIY vertical cat playground is composed of several shelves installed at various heights to give your cat lots of enrichment. You’re in charge of the design, such as the color of the wood and the decorative elements you add, but the basic build is the same. This build does take some basic carpentry skills and the ability to measure the space, but the in-depth tutorial has you covered.

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3. Floating Cat Shelves by Brooklyn Farm Girl

Materials: Ready-made floating shelves, scrap carpet (optional)
Tools: Installation tools that come with the shelves, Velcro or glue (optional)
Difficulty Level: Easy

These floating cat shelves are easy to create—you can buy floating shelves at the home improvement store, complete with all the materials you need to install them. The only thing you need to worry about is making sure the shelves can support the weight of your cat. Beyond that, you can put the shelves up bare or add carpeting to make them cozier for your cat.

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4. Cat Shelves by Plaster & Disaster

Materials: Wood boards, corner and wall brackets, wood stain or paint, carpeting (optional)
Tools: Saw, screwdriver or drill, paintbrush, Velcro or glue (optional)
Difficulty Level: Moderate

These cat shelves are a fun way to use your existing space to add some climbing and perching spots for your cats. All you need is some wood cut to the length you prefer, brackets, and some basic carpentry skills. Like the other tutorials on the list, you can customize the design to include as many or as few shelves as you wish, and you can add some details like fancy wall brackets or carpeting.

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5. DIY Cat Rope Bridge by The Owner Builder Network

Materials: Plywood, shelf brackets, sisal rope, carpets, varnish, wood glue, screws, screw plate, upholstery tacks
Tools: Sander, paintbrush, circular saw, measuring tape, drill with drill bit
Difficulty Level: Easy

This DIY cat rope bridge is a little different from the other shelves if you’re looking for something unique. This tutorial is detailed and includes both images and videos, so it’s easy to follow along. You do need some basic DIY skills, but the instructions take a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. If you prefer, have the wood pieces precut, so all you need to do is assemble the pieces.

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6. Picture Ledge Kitty Climber by IKEA

Materials: IKEA picture ledges, scrap carpet (optional), cat toys (optional)
Tools: Picture ledge installation kit, Velcro or glue (optional)
Difficulty Level: Easy

This Picture Ledge Kitty Climber idea comes from IKEA and uses premade décor, perfect for beginner DIYers. You can get picture ledges in different lengths, so all you have to do is arrange and mount them on the wall. You can also add some fun details for your cat, such as toys that hang from the edges. If you want, you can add scrap carpeting to the top to make the shelves more comfortable for your cats.

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7. Floating Cat Shelves by IKEA Hackers

Materials: IKEA GRANHULT shelves, wall anchors, carpet scraps (optional)
Tools: IKEA installation kit, Velcro or glue (optional)
Difficulty Level: Easy

These floating cat shelves are also made by IKEA and use floating shelves, which you can arrange however you wish for your cat. Installation is easy with the IKEA product. You can add carpeting to the top of the shelves to make them more comfortable or leave them bare. The hardest part will be making sure the shelves are the right distance for your cat to jump freely.

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Cat shelves are a fun DIY project for you and an excellent source of enrichment for your cat. Whether you choose premade shelves or go with a complex design featuring multiple shelves and a rope bridge for your cats, you can get creative with the tutorials on your list to make the project your own.

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