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I love my cats, all three crazies. And I love to spoil them. For as long as I’ve had cats, I’ve wanted to get them a cat tower but those are upwards of $100 and while I love my cats, I don’t love spending that much money. So, I decided to build my own. It only took $40 worth of building material and a day and now I have a three-tier bunk bed for my cats. Now, they have a place that’s just for them and a happy cat makes for a happy home. The best part is, you don’t need any building experience. Trust me, this is the first thing I’ve ever built!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 12″ wide, 4 ft long shelf – cut at 18″, 16″, and 14″
- 4 1×3 4 ft boards – cut 2 18″, 2 16″, 2 14″, 1 12″, 6 10″
- 1 2×4 6 ft board, cut 2 36″
- 1 2×4 8 ft board, cut 2 39″
I was able to get the lumber store to make all my cuts for me. You will need a saw to cut the 39″ boards at an angle when you’re building your legs (more information below). I also use 1.5″ wood screws. Besides the hand saw, the only other tool I used was an electric screwdriver. The wood screws I bought were “no pre-drill” needed so that sped up the building process.
The first step is to build the shelves for the cat beds. The first thing I did was build the walls. Using 1 screw in each corner, I built the edges of the box. It will not be completely sturdy but don’t worry because in the next step, the bed will be secured.
Once you’ve build all 3 edges, screw the bottom to the edges. I used 2 screws on the long sides, and 1 in the middle of the short side. Do this and complete all 3 shelves.
Now, you’re ready to build the bunk bed. If you’ve ever seen one of those ladder shelving units, this is the same concept. The 1 12″ board is for the very top to help stabilize the tower. The shelves then go in descending order by size.
I secured the shelves using 2 screws to the back legs. These are the 36″ boards and should be straight. The 39″ boards will be secured at an angle. Hubs measured a 20 degree angle and cut off the triangle so the leg will support the bunk beds at an angle.
Once that was done, I spray painted the bunk bed red. While that is drying, it’s time to make the cushions!
You will need:
- 2 pieces of felt 18×12″
- 2 pieces of felt 16×12″
- 2 pieces of felt 14X12″
With the right sides together, sew the rectangles around all the edges. Leave a 3″ opening on 1 side so you can turn it right-side-out and stuff it.
Stuff the pillows to your hearts desire. Okay, maybe not. But you do want to make sure your pillows are nice and fluffy because these are the mattresses for your bunk beds. Once you’re done stuffing, take some matching thread and sew closed the pillows.
And that’s it! You’ve made a bunk bed for your cats! Now that you’re done spoiling them in the sleeping department, it’s time to spoil them in the food department. I recently picked up IAMS™ Oral Care Cat Treats and IAMS™ Proactive Healthy Weight & Hairball Care Dry Cat Food from Walmart. These have just been reformulated so you can customize your cats nutrition. My cats suffer from hair balls and stinky breath so I paired the Healthy Weight & Hairball Care Dry Cat Food with the Oral Care Cat Treats.
Let me tell you, my cats were all about them. They were so excited for the treats, it felt almost like I was tricking them. The treats are essentially brushing their teeth for them and they don’t even know it!
So far, we’ve tried the salmon flavor and it is a hit with all three cats! Which IAMS™ Cat Treats would you chose to give to your cat?