Do you have a cat that loves boxes? Make your own DIY cat bed to match any decor.
I’ve found 10 of the cutest DIY cat beds that you can make today for your cat today!
Depending on your style, and your cat’s preference, there are a ton of homemade cat beds you can make. If your cat loves boxes, like mine do, they will love this DIY cat bed box!
I don’t know what it is, but cats absolutely love boxes. 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 latest 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!
With this guide you can easily put together a multi-purpose cat bed made from a wooden box which has a scratching board feature and also a soft bristled brush where they can rub and massage their little furry heads.
For this simple wooden box DIY cat bed you’ll only need:
- Wooden box
- Sisal rope
- Soft shoe brush [optional]
- Acrylic paint of your choice
- Little painting brush
- Hot glue gun
- Pillow [optional]
You can find the full tutorial on how to make this wooden box DIY cat bed below. Keep scrolling!
Another fun option for a simple cat bed is 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.
I started looking for just the right size, and style, of basket to use and found these wire baskets at Walmart for less than $5 each! To make it a little cozier, I added in this perfect matching bath hand towel, but you could always use fabric – whatever matches your room’s decor.
While they may not pose for pictures the best, these cats certainly deserve the best because they brighten our lives every single day. That’s why I’m happy to make them as many DIY cat beds as they’d like… especially if it keeps them out of my cozy reading chair!
If you love to get crafty, you should check out my other cat DIY projects like my cat litter box enclosure [made from an old cabinet], Kitty Kick Stix to keep them playing and entertained, and even a Cat Grass Garden full of plants cats can eat.
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.
- 30x40x22cm wooden box
- 10m 6mm diameter natural sisal rope
- Soft shoe brush
- Acrylic paint of your choice
- Small painting brush
- Hot glue gun
- Take a wooden basket with the following measurements: 30x40x22cm. If you have a larger cat, feel free to choose a bigger size.
- Take 10m of 6mm diameter 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.
- Continue by going round and round until you reach the center and the side is fully covered with rope.
- 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.
- 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.
- Secure the end of the leftover rope with the hot glue gun so it doesn’t unfold.
- By following the sketch you made on the box, glue down the piece of rope.
- To make the name pop, paint the rope with acrylic paint with a color of your choice.
Want even more DIY cat bed ideas? I’ve found a few others that I know cats will love too!