Making a cat bed

Fun DIY Beds for Your Cat

Cats love a cozy place to curl up, and considering they sleep upward of twenty hours each day, they’re always on the look-out for quiet spots.

Making DIY cat beds for your furry friend is a great way to provide her with an out-of-the-way haven. And if your cat wakes you up often, a fabulous new pet bed may be just the thing to help you get a good night’s sleep!

Here are four creative, cost-effective and cool ways to make your own cat bed:

1. Kitty Cat Sweater Bed

Because who doesn’t love the feeling of a comfy sweater? Bonus: This cat bed takes under five minutes to assemble.

What You’ll Need

  1. An old, large sweater (the cozier the better, such as wool or thick cotton)
  2. Soft, large bed pillow (something she can sink into)

How to Make It

  1. Lay sweater on the floor, front side down.
  2. Tuck pillow inside the sweater, pillow-case style.

Pull sleeves back into sweater so they lay flat on the pillow inside the sweater.

This bed is lightweight and easy to move. Be sure the sweater is clean but that it keeps your scent–it’s just like snuggling up with you! This test kitty loved it so much, she tried to sleep on the materials before the bed was assembled.

2. Cat Hammock Bed

Your fur baby will enjoy the softness of the blanket, the security of the enclosure, and the gentle support of the hammock.

  1. Shallow plastic tote
  2. Large fleece blanket
  3. Sewing needle
  4. Heavy thread

  1. Fold blanket in half to make it extra cushiony.
  2. Place tote upside down on blanket.
  3. Pull blanket edges across bottom of tote, wrapping-paper style, so they meet in the middle.
  4. Stitch the edges together.
  5. Flip over tote.
  6. Watch your cat take a nap.

The key to creating the perfect nap site with this hammock is not to pull the blanket edges too taut. The blanket should be loose enough so it has some give and stretches similar to a hammock.

3. Spy Bench Cat Bed

Cats are nosy creatures by nature, and a hideout near the front door allows her to keep an eye on the comings and goings of her pet parents. She’ll love the privacy this bed offers.

  1. Storage bench with cubbies
  2. Thick, fluffy bath towel
  1. Empty a cubby that will accommodate your cat.
  2. Fold bath towel in layers and place in the cubby.

A towel works better than a pillow or rug because it’s malleable, and your kitty can knead it while she’s settling in. She’ll love the privacy this bed offers too!

4. Box Bed

It’s no secret that cats love a good cardboard box, PetMD confirms, and boxes make great DIY cat beds. This version allows you to add your own decorating flair!

  1. Sturdy cardboard box with a lid (a bankers box or paper box works well)
  2. Small fleece blanket
  3. Wrapping paper (you also can use fabric or self-sticking contact paper)
  4. Adhesive: cellophane tape for wrapping paper, hot glue for fabric
  5. Box cutter

  1. Using the box cutter, create an opening on the wide side of the box. Be sure not to cut out the entire side of the box. Leave enough room around the edges so that the box remains stable.
  2. Decorate the box and lid with colorful, fun wrapping paper, just as you would a gift, which is exactly what you’re creating for your buddy!
  3. Place the fleece on the bottom of the box, ensuring your cat has enough room to move around.
  4. Set the box on top of the lid, or put the lid on top to give your kitty more privacy.

You easily can switch out the paper to match your décor, even coordinating with a holiday celebration!

With simple DIY cat beds such as these, you provide your furry friend with a comfortable, safe, snuggly space she can call her own. All she needs is a comfy space to lay and a place where she can keep an eye on things.

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Christine O’Brien

Christine O’Brien is a writer, mom, and long-time cat parent whose two Russian Blues rule the house. Her work also appears in Care.com, What to Expect, and Fit Pregnancy, where she writes about pets, pregnancy, and family life. Find and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @brovelliobrien

These cat beds are so easy to make that anyone can do it!

Why buy an expensive bed at the store when you can make your own DIY cat bed?

Seriously, have you looked at the price of pet beds lately, especially ones designed for cats? Let’s just say a lot of them are budget-breakers. Making your own cat bed is easier than it looks. Take a peek at these 10 crazy awesome DIY cat beds. Find one you like, and try it out for yourself!

1. Recycled Sweater Cat Bed

Your kitty will stay cozy and warm in the winter with this sweet little sweater bed from Wonderful DIY.

2. Kitty Cube

This one requires a little know-how with a sewing machine, but Carrie from Crafty Night Owls has broken it down into a few simple steps. It cost less than $15 to make!

3. Cat Tent

Your old t-shirts will find new life with this easy DIY cat tent.

4. No-Sew Cat Bed

This DIY cat bed requires absolutely NO SEWING! Get the detailed instructions on how to make this adorable pet bed here.

5. Mounted Wall Basket

Well, isn’t this a cozy little basket of kitty? Mount a wicker basket on the wall with a soft blanket, and you’ve got yourself the world’s best napping spot.

6. A Suitcase Bed For Aristocats

From the brilliant minds at Brooklyn Limestone, this shabby chic suitcase bed is perhaps the most darling thing we’ve ever seen. Maybe there’s a suitcase big enough for meowmy?

7. Magic Carpet Cat Hammock

I can show you the woooorrrllldd…. Your feline friend will be flying high on this magic carpet hammock from Settle Down Slinki.

8. Recycled TV/Monitor Bed

Finally! A use for that old iMac you’ve got lying around. They came in all of those cool colors, and if you happen to have one hanging around, Green Renaissance can show you how to make this sweet DIY cat bed. It also works with vintage TVs.

9. Drawer Bed

Wow! Who knew old dresser drawers had such potential? Don’t worry – you don’t have to do a multi-tiered project like this. Simply paint up an old dresser drawer with non-toxic paint that’s safe for pets and put a pillow or blanket inside.

10. Four Poster Cat Bed

Your cat deserves the best, but buying a four post cat bed is hella expensive. Do it yourself using nothing more than an old side table or stool and a little paint. Throw in a cushion, and you’re set!

DIY Cat Ideas: 25 DYI Projects That’re Totally Going to Change Your Cat’s Life

Updated May 9, 2019 Reading Time: 6 minutes

These DIY Cat Toys and Cat DIY Projects Will Make Your Cat Happy

What is going on inside your cat’s head? Last week, they absolutely adored that plush mouse on a string you bought them. This week? They couldn’t care less.

Your cat needs stimulation, though, so it’s off to the pet store for you to buy them yet another toy. Cue the same repeated cycle: your cat is excited about the new toy for a few days, then they grow incredibly bored.

Are you ready to change things up a bit? Instead of constantly dropping money to keep your cat entertained, why not go the DIY cat toys route? It’s really not that tough, and your cat will love you for it. Whether you want to make homemade cat toys, beds, or more, you’ll need inspiration. Check out these 25 DIY cat projects for plenty of fun ideas for your furry friend.

25. A Literal Cat Tree

You know what a cat tree looks like: it’s a sprawling, often wooden structure covered in rope and carpeting. Your cat may even already have one. If not, why not take the “tree” in cat tree literally with this DIY project? It’s recommended you choose juniper tree branches for their looks and durability. You can either buy the tree branches at a craft store or cut them down yourself (but make sure you have permission to do so first!). After some staining and finessing, voila! Your cat will love it.

24. Cat Hammock

Give your cat a taste of the good life by making them a cat diy hammock. They’ll sit in the lap of luxury with little effort on your part. You only need a cardboard box for the base (make sure you can get one without your kitty claiming it!) and an old cloth for the hammock. With some cutting and tying of the cloth on both sides, your cat will be ready to spend their days judging all us humans from their new perch.

23. Peek-a-Boo Ball Game

Is your cat tired of the same ol’, same ol’? Then make your own fun homemade cat toys! Get their heart pumping and their brain working with this totally uncomplicated homemade peek-a-boo ball game. You will need a plastic cat ball, but you probably already have one of those lying around, anyway. Otherwise, just repurpose a thin, lengthy cardboard box, painting it for appeal. Cut a few holes that fit the size of the ball and prepare for hours of fun with your feline.

22. Wall Shelves

You know it annoys you to no end when your cat climbs atop your bookcase or knickknack shelves. You’re always afraid kitty is going to knock something over. Give them their own shelves with some cat-friendly seating. You can buy premade, simple shelves at your favorite home supply store. To avoid splinters, stain and paint the shelves. If you’re feeling extra generous, add some carpeting so kitty is comfortable all day and night.

21. Outdoor Enclosure

Some cats are terrified of the great outdoors and want to remain inside at all times. Others like to roam for a few hours before returning to the safety of their home. Others still could spend hours outside. If your cat likes the outdoors, build them a safe, roomy enclosure. In this cat DIY project, you’ll only need wood and some chicken wire on hand. The cool part about this project is you can customize it to your liking! For instance, your cat can have a smaller enclosure or you can build one that sprawls the width of your house.

20. Cat Wand

Save money making toys for your cat with a DIY cat wand. It’s recommended you use a dowel rod for the wand itself. Otherwise, you’re free to add whichever creative touches you want, such as pieces of felt, paper, or whatever other material gets your cat going. Wrap some felt around the dowel where your hand will go for hours of comfortable playing. Here’s a hint: to engage your cat for the first time you introduce the wand, rub some catnip on it. That will get your kitty ready for some thrills!

19. Kitty Teepee

It’s no secret that cats get scared…a lot. Everything from the doorbell to the vacuum cleaner to the house settling will send them running and vanishing for hours. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your feline friend a secure place that’s their own, such as a teepee. For this cat DIY project, grab a few slim wooden dowels, twine, safety pins, and a small blanket. Your cat will take refuge in their pet-sized teepee. It’s also a fantastic place to nap.

18. Cat Tent

Want another lodging option for your cat? Why not try a kitty tent instead? (Or maybe make this in addition to the teepee, in which case you have one lucky feline!) You’ll find that diy cat projects like this one comes together very fast, as it mostly consists of cardboard and an oversized t-shirt. You should also have safety pins, tape, and wire hangers to put it all together. Make sure you choose a colorful t-shirt, at least for your own sense of style if not your cat’s.

17. Cat Grass

Yes, it’s true that if a pet intentionally seeks out grass to eat, it likely means they’re experiencing an upset tummy. For cats though, regularly nibbling on the green stuff can improve digestive tract and stomach health. For that reason alone, you might want to grow your own grass. The best types of grass for cats are wheat grass or rye oat grass, so you’ll need seeds for either of those. Then, make sure you water your grass regularly. You can grow your cat grass outdoors or indoors!

16. Suitcase Bed

Is your cat a traveling diva? Does she love hopping on a plane and going with you on your adventures? If so, you must make this darling suitcase bed. Although this looks like it’d be expensive to reproduce, it isn’t. You’ll need an old suitcase you don’t mind parting with and some pillows and blankets. Dowels keep the suitcase in place so your cat can enjoy some pleasant dreams. The best part? When your cat is out of the bed, you can close the suitcase and save some space.

15. Litter Box Curtain

Look, just because the cat likes to get in the bathroom and watch you do your business doesn’t mean the feeling is mutual. Not only can you give your kitty some privacy with a litter box curtain, but the curtain also makes this unsightly but necessary box disappear. The toughest part of this job will be deciding where to hang the curtain, but most small spaces will fit via a tension rod. If you can’t sew, don’t worry; you can always glue the curtain together instead of using a needle and thread.

14. Hanging Scratching Post

Reimagine the common scratching post with this smart, creative DIY version. This scratching post is shorter, flatter, and goes on the wall. This will challenge your cat, who is used to an easily accessible scratching post at ground level. They’ll have to stretch to hook into the rich fabric and cut with those sharp claws. Do make sure you hang this scratching post where your cat can reach it, or else you’d just be teasing them.

13. Cat Food Bowl Stand

Your cat sips their water and eats their kibble throughout the day. How low do they have to dip their head to do this? As you probably know, this eating habit can result in water dribbles and loose kibble everywhere you look. Cat diy projects such as this cat food bowl stand contains the mess. With some paint, wood, and a few power tools (like drills), you can easily make your own food bowl stand sure to keep your kitchen cleaner and your cat happier.

12. Cat Window Perch

Cats love few feelings more than the warm sunlight glinting off their fur. That’s why they’re always sitting by the window or door, trying to get some of that sun. Make it more convenient for them to laze by the window with their very own homemade window perch. Like many of these projects, it’s easier to do than you think, requiring only screws, shelf brackets, a pillow, and an old tray. You may want to cover said tray in fabric for looks and comfort, but that’s entirely up to you.

11. Homemade Mouse Toy

Give your cat a gift made with love in the form of this DIY mouse toy. Made primarily of felt, this toy is safe for cats to swing at, bite, bat, and chase. Feel free to get as fantastical as you want with the felt colors; who says you can’t have a pink and blue polka dot mouse? The tail should be made of rope and long enough for your cat to grip. Again, to get your cat interested, we recommend rubbing some catnip on this mousey.

10. Crocheted Cat Bed

Perfect to cozy up to in the autumn and winter, your cat will be toasty each time they crawl into their spacious crocheted cat bed. This may look like a daunting DIY project, but as long as you’re comfortable with some minor sewing, you’ll be fine. Besides, you can find patterns online to follow along with. These beds are very versatile, so let your creativity shine as you design this comfy haven for your kitty.

9. No-Mess Litter Box

Litter boxes are expensive, not to mention imperfect. These need large openings for the cat to get in and out, which is oftentimes the perfect amount of space for kitty to pass his litter throughout the house. If you have carpeting nearby, you know how hard it is to get kitty litter out of the carpet fibers. Ugh. This cheap, no-mess alternative repurposes a plastic storage bucket, opening up just enough space for the cat to get in and out of the litter box without the ability to transfer messes with it.

8. Green Litter

No, we’re not talking about literal green litter here, but rather ecofriendly litter that you can make yourself. Now that you’ve already gone ahead and made your cat a more efficient litter box, you might as well finish the job, right? All you need for this litter is some cedar shavings, baking soda, and chicken scratch. Blend them all together and you should get a mildly fragrant litter that won’t cost an arm and a leg! Be patient as your cat adjusts to the new litter. It’s definitely worth it.

7. Kitty Trapeze

Don’t worry, your cat doesn’t have to run away to join the circus to appreciate this kitty trapeze. With some rope, a hook, plush pillows, and some drapes, you can create a multi-layered trapeze your cat can climb. If you have more than one cat, they can both get hours of bonding time chasing one another from pillow to pillow and seeing who can reach the top the fastest!

6. Self-Petting Station

What is a self-petting station, you ask? It’s a contraption with a giant pipe-cleaner-like toilet brush affixed to a wooden block that’s carpeted. Instead of rubbing against your legs or feet while you try to get important stuff done around the house, your cat can entertain themselves with this petting station. The toilet brush is meant to mimic the sensation of a thorough petting. Your cat feels loved, you get your to-do list done; it’s a win-win! This station can also double as a toy in a pinch.

5. Treat Dispenser Puzzle

Your cat is a good girl or boy, so of course they deserve treats from time to time. Still, unsealing the bag and dropping the treats on the floor (or handfeeding your cat if that’s more your thing) is lacking a little something. Make treat time game time with a DIY treat dispenser puzzle. You can use an old plastic food storage container for this project. By cutting variously-sized holes out of the top of the lid and filling the container with a bunch of little toys, your cat will use their creative thinking to get their treats freed from the puzzle.

4. Cardboard Cat Cocoon

What is this cat cocoon made of? At first glance, it looks like intricately woven fabric. It’s actually cardboard, layers upon layers upon layers of the stuff. If you have that much cardboard available, you can make your own cat cocoon. The shape is completely customizable. What matters most is that your cat has the room to crawl in and stretch their legs. If you have more than one cat, multiple pets should have ample space. You can use glue to adhere the cardboard, but make sure each layer is fully dried before moving on to the next one!

3. Cat Yarn Balls

Does your cat often use your clothes as its own yarn ball, tossing and rolling and playing? Do you hate finding scratches and tears and—oh no—mounds of cat hair on all your outfits? You better make these cat yarn balls ASAP. This DIY project is as easy as they come, with no sewing required. You just take some yarn, ball it up, tie the ends so none are loose, and let your cat play with their new toy instead of your expensive clothes.

2. Kitty Door Scratcher

Here’s a variation on the hanging scratching post idea mentioned above. If you don’t want to hang your cat’s scratching post to the wall, hook it on the doorknob instead. This scratcher has the same premise: it’s slim and tall, so it’ll be sure to keep your kitty busy for hours. Given its secure fit on the doorknob, it’d be very hard (but not impossible) for your cat to knock this scratcher off the door. Try this on a lesser-used door, such as a closet door or even a guest bedroom door.

1. Cat Condo

Let your cat live like a human in this inspiring cat condo. Okay, so in reality, it’s just a series of huge tubes affixed together, but your cat will think it’s living large and in charge (well, more so than they already do!) To make this structure yourself, you’ll need several sizeable concrete foam tubes to hold kitty’s weight. Make sure to cover each of these tubes in carpeting on the inside and outside so your cat is comfortable and has a place to scratch. Then sit back and watch the fun happen, especially if you have more than one cat.

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Today’s roundup is exactly for cat owners because we are going to make cozy cat beds. Every pet needs a comfy space for sleeping, and cats especially because they sleep 20 hours a day. If your kitty still doesn’t have a cozy bed, it’s high time to craft one! There are lots of techniques to use and lots of materials to use, it’s up to you and skills you have, here you’ll find various tutorials including crocheting, knitting, sewing, repurposing and more, so let’s get started.

The first tutorial is for those who like crocheting. This cozy cat bed is fully crocheted, it’s a great idea as such a bed is very cozy and soft – isn’t it what a cat needs? The piece is placed on a wooden stand with a scratcher – cats love sleeping somewhere high to control everything but you may place it wherever your cat likes to sleep, for example, on a window sill.

DIY crochet cat bed (via themerrythought.com)

This cat bed is similar but the difference is that it’s not crocheted but knitted. This is a great and fast project for those who love knitting, you may go for various kinds of yarn and colors, and chunky knit will make the bed more stylish. Go make one!

DIY soft knit cat bed (via abeautifulmess.com)

If your interior is a coastal one, the cat bed should fit it. This one is made of a wooden crate and is decorated with star fish – so cute and so beach-like! You may add more decor you like, and don’t forget to place a soft pillow inside to make the bed more comfortable.

DIY coastal cat bed (via www.gina-michele.com)

If you have an old sweater that you don’t need anymore, or some faux fur, it’s high time to make a super cozy and stylish cat bed using it. This piece is made of copper pipes and an old sweater – though you may use any fabric you like, cats prefer something warm and fluffy. The instruction is very simple and won’t take much time to make.

DIY sweater copper bed (via acraftymix.com)

Who said that pet furniture is always ugly? No way! This chic cat (or dog) bed is ideal to add a refined touch to your space. It’s made of a vintage suitcase placed on legs to make the cat feel comfier, and to add coziness to the bed you may fill the suitcase with faux fur or other fabric that is soft enough. Let your kitty sleep with style!

DIY cat bed of a vintage suitcase (via camillestyles.com)

The option we are sharing here is exactly for those who lack space or for cats that prefer staying somewhere high. This is a wall-mounted cat hammock bed, don’t forget that the fabric should be durable to hold the cat. If you are going to attach it rather high, add some furniture or some boxes and crates to make getting to the hammock easier as not all cats can jump really high.

DIY wall-mounted cat hammock bed (via themerrythought.com)

Cats love seclusion and darkness for sleeping, and making only a bed may be not very comfortable. Make this cat tent to add privacy and seclusion to the cat’s sleeping space, and your kitty will be grateful! This is a great tutorial for those who like sewing, and if not – still be ready to sew.

DIY cat tent bed (via mohntage.com)

A large and comfy pillow is always a perfect idea for a pet. This tutorial will tell you how to make a pet bed shaped as a pillow and stuff it with catnip – easy and fun! Such a bed is very mobile and you can place it wherever you want anytime.

DIY printed pillow cat bed with catnip (via www.southernmomloves.com)

Here’s another secluded bed that isn’t only a bed but also a cat shelter. What I love about this idea is a unique kitty shape and fun printed fabric used for it. Read how to sew such a cute cat shelter and give your cat privacy while sleeping.

DIY cat bed shaped as a cat head (via seekatesew.com)

A simple crate can be turned into a very cute cat bed. How? Take a crate, stuff it with something really soft and then cover with fabric you like – voila! You may also add some catnip to the filling to make the bed more attractive for your cat. Very simple and mobile, can be taken outdoors, too!

DIY covered crate cat bed (via www.mywhiteideadiy.com.es)

Here’s another suitcase bed – this is even easier than the previous one. take a part of the suitcase and stuff it with something or place something soft inside – a pad or a pillow, and voila! Place the suitcase where you want (or where your cat loves to sleep) and that’s it.

DIY cat bed of a suitcase (via www.motherearthliving.com)

Clothesline can be used to make a creative and fun cat bed! This one is shaped as a kitty head with ears and eyes painted – so cute and so eye-catchy! I bet your cat will love it, and you can easily make it using a sewing machine. Enjoy!

DIY cat bed of clothesline (via liagriffith.com)

Let your cat sleep with comfort – sew a round cat bed and a bolster pillow for it! You may go for any fabric you like, here the author preferred colorful and printed types. So cute and so comfy – a real cat bed looking like a human’s one!

DIY round cat bed with a bolster pillow (via www.instructables.com)

This cat bed is really a cute and creative one: it’s a hanging cat bed of a wooden basket. It looks and feels very cozy and rustic and can be hung anywhere you like, the author opted to hang it by the window to let the cat watch what’s going on there. Make it and make your kitty happy!

DIY hanging wooden basket bed (via www.madpaws.com.au)