DIY Shelves for Happy Active Kittens

We have two kittens that have all their claws. That’s a lot of little claws. Thankfully they haven’t taken them to the furniture – unless they’re tearing around like crazies or they forget that they have the ability to jump. Hubby and I knew right away we’d need to have a place for them to claw and climb their little hearts out. We also didn’t want anything too tacky or expensive.

  • Shelf brackets – we got ours at Menards for free after rebate
  • Screws, anchors, and washers
  • Sisal – I ordered a rug that was on clearance. Seriously snatch that up even if you’re not making cat scratchers! It’s 75% off.  Look for promo codes too. It’s even cheaper now than when I first got it.
  • Velcro 
  • Wood for shelves and wall scratching/climbing panel – we used a 12” x 48” x .34” board cut in three for the shelves and a 10” x 40” x .25” board for the scratching climbing panel.
{Here’s the finished shelves! We have the perfect wall for them too.}
 {The kitties love the sisal. Right when I opened up the box they were all over it. Sisal and cardboard box equals perfect cat bed.}
{Let us help you with that dad.}
I cut 2 pieces out of the rug to put on two of the shelves. I sewed bias tape around the edges so they wouldn’t fray. My sewing machine probably wasn’t too happy about it. I’m sure you could hot glue bias tape around it or staple it around the shelves. Velcro was added so that it doesn’t slide off the shelf.
{two of the three shelves are like this}
A good chunk of the rug was used to staple onto a board so they could climb up to the shelves.
{Yep looks good mom! Can we scratch it up yet?}
 The third shelf has a fabric covered pillow form that is attached with velcro.
{that back leg hanging down cracks me up}
It’s so fun to watch them climb up the board and onto the shelves! They’re like Spider-Man!
Let me know if you have any questions!
stainless steel shelf bracketsMarch 2, 2013 - 4:13 am

What a genius idea – absolutely love it!!!

Natasha Rose SnodgrassJanuary 21, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Thank you for the inspiration to build this! It came out amazing :)

Ange QuêtierMarch 31, 2014 - 6:07 am

thanks it’s beautiful

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