11 DIY Cat Trees | DIY Formula

11 DIY Cat Trees

Cat trees are a great option for keeping your pet happy. They can be as tall as the ceiling or as simple as just a shelf off the floor. It doesn’t matter because cats love to climb them either way. A DIY cat tree can range from short to tall, small to large, and simple to complex. It just depends on how much time you want to spend and how much skill and tools you have. They can all be customized to fit your style. They have also all been cat-tested and cat-approved.

1. DIY Small Cat Tree

This DIY cat tree is a great option for people who live in a small apartment. It is lightweight and compact, making it easy to move and store when necessary. This cat tower is also short enough for an older cat to still enjoy without having to jump high distances. It can be made as tall or short as desired, just change the heights of the 3 two-by-fours.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
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2. DIY Cat Shelves

Another option for a cat tree in a small space are these DIY cat shelves. They can be placed at any interval, in any room and go as high or low as desired. They can also span an entire wall or take up a small space. In fact, you don’t have to entirely learn how to build a cat tree yourself. Instead, you can attempt this easier version. It can also be very decorative to add art to your wall when your cat isn’t using them.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30-45 minutes
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3. DIY Heavy-Duty Cat Tower

For a heavy-duty cat tower, this tutorial walks you through building one step-by-step. It requires some skills with tools and time. However, the end result is a beautiful and tall cat tower.

Level of difficulty: Hard
Duration: 4+ hours
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4. DIY Real Tree Cat Tree

This tutorial shows how to take a dead tree or large branch you have laying around and turning it into a real tree DIY cat tree. There are several versions of it. Here is one version. In addition, this version just uses Sisal rope. In this last version, they used pieces of branches and Sisal rope to create a ramp up to a very tall cat tree. You can learn how to make a cat tree by just using nature itself.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Hard
Duration: 45 minutes to 2 hours
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5. DIY Kitty Rocket Tower

Here is a fun kitty rocket tower. This DIY cat tree has three rooms instead of just ledges. It requires skills with measuring and cutting wood and time to put it all together. There is also a link to the cat tower plans to get the exact measurements. Even though it will take effort, it will be worth it.

Level of difficulty: Hard
Duration: 4+ hours
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6. DIY Cat Climber

Another great DIY cat tree is this cat climber. The towers are held up by tree branches, but large-diameter wooden rods could work and give it almost the same look. It’s a beautiful example of a modern cat tree for your beloved pets.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 4+ hours
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7. DIY Simple Cat Tower

You can make a simple and cheap DIY cat tree with this tutorial. It is customizable to fit the space you have and went together quickly and easily. A beautiful cat tower will keep your pet happy.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 3.5 hours
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8. DIY Cat Fort

Don’t have the best skills when it comes to power tools? This DIY cat fort it made with cardboard boxes and duct tape. This cat fort isn’t as durable as one made of wood and carpet, but it could be a fun activity to do with the kids to create a fort they can both play in. Additionally, it’s a great cat tree for large cats.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes to 2 hours
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9. DIY Cat Tree

Another cat tree that you can build without a lot of skills is in this tutorial. The design used is very simple and can be copied as is or elaborated on. In addition, it’s not too difficult and you can learn how to build a cat tree for your pet to enjoy.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 2-4 hours
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10. DIY Step-Up Bookcase

If you have a bookcase with some room on one side, it can turn into a great step-up cat tree. Just match the new wood to the bookcase and add a little carpet to the top, and viola! A simple cat tree without having to make extra space for it.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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11. DIY Cat Tree Ladder

Here’s a cat tree that reuses an old ladder shelf. You can also build the ladder shelf with plywood and two-by-twos, or you can buy one online. Your pet will enjoy this cat stand.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes (or 2 hours if building ladder)
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Conclusion

Cat trees and scratching posts can be cheap and easy to make, so don’t let the price tags deter you from making a cat tree or cat tower for your beloved feline friend. These DIY cat trees are just the beginning. The only limits are what you’re willing to dream up and then build. If you’re looking for more comfort for your pets, make sure to check out these DIY dog beds as well. All your companions deserve the best. Let us know which tree your cat tested and approved!

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