If you spoil your fur-babies as much as we do, you will love this DIY Cat Tree.
Part of our Patio Rehab project was building an outdoor bar where we could entertain friends. We repurposed the top of a bench I have had for years as the bar top. During the course of the project we decided the base was still useful. After much discussion we agreed it would be perfect for a DIY Cat Tree.
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First Paul removed the top of the bench. We had to remove the top anyway once we pulled it out of storage, it was too big to fit in the car in one piece.
And we were left with 2 separate parts. This is where we started looking at making something out of the base.
At first I was thinking a planter box would be cool, but we just don’t have the space for it.
Paul initially took the extra supports off thinking he would need them to stabilize the bar top, but that wasn’t necessary. Instead he added them to the base of the cat tree to widen it’s surface area.
He removed one of the legs, and using the existing bolts, attached it to the bottom of the opposite side to created the base. See black arrow. The extra supports were screwed on either side of the middle post. See green arrow.
Once the extra supports were screwed into the base he covered both the base & top shelf with carpet. We found a large remanent at Home Depot for around $10 that more than covered the area, in fact we have several feet leftover for other projects.
He covered the center post with manila rope (blue arrow), also from Home Depot, and secured it with nails. The carpet and smaller manila around the edges were tacked down with heavy duty staples.
Paul left several of the existing bolts in place so we could hang various ropes and cat toys. He completed the project over the course of Labor Day weekend, but realistically could have finished it in one afternoon.
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