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Simple DIY Cat Bed Tutorial + 10 MORE Cat DIYs to Make TODAY!

Do you have a cat that loves boxes? It’s easy to make your own DIY cat bed and you can make it to match any decor!

I’ve found 10 of the BEST Cat DIYs around that you can make for your cat today, but first – let’s talk about cute cat beds!

Forget expensive cat beds, you can make your own! Depending on your style, and your cat’s preference, there are a ton of homemade cat beds you can make. But since most cats love boxes, you’re going to want to build one like this for you cat and I’ve got the FULL tutorial for the DIY cat bed box below!

I don’t know what it is, but cats absolutely love boxes – cardboard boxes, wooden boxes, little boxes, you name it! Well, most cats do. Frosty, the bigger of our two cats, doesn’t seem to like them quite as much as his smaller sister, Bella.

Even my previous cat, Roxy, loved any box she could find and she was a BIG cat who loved small boxes as much as big ones. And Bella is the same way – playing a game of Monopoly and leave the lid upside down? She’ll be in it.

Get a new pair of shoes and leave the box open on the floor? Consider it no longer yours. Bella’s love of boxes, and taking cat naps in them, inspired this new DIY cat bed idea!

Have you ever wondered what cats enjoy doing the most? They surely love rubbing their faces on things, scratching and clawing, but probably at the top of their list is napping and spending time in boxes, so why not combine these things together? This homemade cat bed does just that!

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With this guide you can easily put together this cozy cat bed made from a wooden box, plus extras your cat will love! It has a scratching board feature and also a soft bristled brush where they can rub and massage their little furry heads.

For this easy DIY project you’ll need:

You can find the full tutorial on how to make this wooden box DIY cat bed below. Keep scrolling!

Since I’m sharing 10 MORE Cat DIYs in this post – how about another great idea for a stylish cat bed – a basket!? You can use any simple basket to compliment your home decor style and keep your cat happy!

My favorite area in our 1920s home is now our upstairs hallway. I recently painted the entire hallway and my husband created a beautiful built-in bookshelf with a window seat to enjoy the sunlight that pours through in the mornings.

We’ve created a beautiful little reading nook area and surprisingly the entire decor centers around our cats’ litter box… well, our DIY litter box furniture that is.

So it turns out, they spend quite a bit of time in this area too. And if I want my chairs back, I knew I had to think of something!

Both cats love to be up high and Bella loves to be curled up in small spaces, so I decided a wall bed might be the perfect idea for them. To make it a little bit of a more cozy cat bed, I added in this perfect matching bath hand towel, but you could always use fabric – whatever matches your room’s decor.

If you love to get crafty, you should check out TEN MORE DIY projects below the tutorial!!!

Now, let’s get back to the tutorial for the wooden box bed, in case your cats would prefer a box to a wall basket.

In order to make this multi-purpose bed for your cat just follow the steps shown in the guide. To make things easier you can download it here and print it out so you can check it out any time you need while you are getting all crafty or follow the guide below!

Wooden Box DIY Cat Bed

Wooden Box DIY Cat Bed



  • Hot glue gun


    1. Choose a wooden box large enough for your cat to comfortably lay in.
    2. Take the natural sisal rope and start gluing it to one of the sides of the box. When ready, this will act as a scratching surface for your cat.
    3. Continue by going round and round until you reach the center and the side is fully covered with rope. Secure the end of the leftover rope with the hot glue gun so it doesn’t unfold. 
    4. Stick a soft bristle shoe brush on the other side of the box with a glue gun. Cats love to scratch and massage their heads so they will love it.
    5. If you want to make your cat's bed personalized, start sketching your cat’s name with a pencil on the front panel of the box.
    6. By following the sketch you made on the box, glue down the piece of rope.
    7. To make the name pop, paint the rope with acrylic paint with a color of your choice.

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I know that all cats and cat owners are different, so I’ve found even more diy cat bed tutorials that you will love too – check them out below:

This DIY features a seat cushion covered with fleece that makes a hammock at the top, making it a great place for cats to rest and sleep. It even has a few toys and scrap fabric for them to play when they’re not sleeping!

My cats are obsessed with yarn pom poms so I think this DIY Pom Pom Cat Bed would be a big hit as a an easy cat bed option.

This homemade cat bed is so customizable – use any soft fabric that matches your decor. It’s a great way to upgrade a an old cardboard box into a comfortable cat bed.

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While this DIY no-sew bed was made for a dog, it can easily work for a cat too. Just make it a bit smaller and your furry friend will love their new pet bed made with soft fleece fabric.

It doesn’t get simpler than this simple cat bed – just slip an old sweater over an old pillow and you’ve got a Sweater Cat Bed! I feel like this one would be the perfect place to slip a little catnip inside, if your cat likes it!

I have always wanted to make a diy cat tent out of old t-shirts – cats love to hide so it would be a great bed option too. And believe it or not, it looks super simple to make – no sewing machine required!

Have an old dresser that needs a new purpose? Check this cute cat bed idea – they are made from old drawers. You could even use this same concept with an old suitcase or vintage suitcases too!

Want even more DIY cat projects? I’ve found a few others that I know cats will love too!

You AND your cats will like my cat litter box enclosure [made from an old cabinet], the diy cat toy called a Kitty Kick Stix keeps them playing and entertained, and even a Cat Grass Garden full of plants cats can eat.

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Saturday 25th of May 2019

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Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Very ncie! I have many spots for him, but he goes freely and likes to sleep under the ruin sofa or on the chaise or wherever.

Dana Rodriguez

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

These are cute ideas. My cats love my bed or the couch.

Barbara Riffe

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

I have 3 cat beds and the cats still decide to sleep on my bed.

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