Recently we wrote about the existence and benefits of cat litter box furniture. We also shown you our own cat litter box system, so here we would like to give you a closer look at our DIY cat litter box furniture we installed in our house.
Not all cat furniture is created in true DIY style by ourselves, but at least the litter box is hidden from view with home created magic. Before I show you around what we created and how, let me first introduce you into what cat litter box furniture is.
What Is DIY Cat Litter Box Furniture
Cat litter box furniture is essentially a piece of furniture that hides the often smelly, colourful and dusty litter box from sight. It will look like just a normal cupboard or shelf in your home, but the secret is that there is a hole in the side or front where your cat can enter.
This hole then either leads straight into the litter box or through a hallway or runway to the litter box. It depends all on the shapes and sizes of said furniture, whether the cat has to walk into the litter box or jumps right in and out of it.
The idea of this furniture is to keep litter box smells and cat litter particles and dust inside the box as well as hide the box from sight.
Want to learn more about it? Read: Benefits of Cat Litter Box Furniture
DIY cat litter box furniture is this same type of furniture, but then handcrafted by you for your cats. It might save money, but above all, you can make the litter box furniture exactly the way you want it to look.
Our DIY Furniture
Our DIY Cat Litter Box is originally a TV cupboard from IKEA. The shelf or cupboard has two doors in the front. The cupboard has two shelves in both sides of the cupboard, as the cupboard is split in two compartments in the middle.
The height of the cupboard is not too high, so that a TV would be on the right height for you when you are on the sofa. While we could naturally use this shelf in our TV room, we did instead put it in the hallway on the length of the wall, so that we can still walk past it to our staircase. Since the shelf is low enough, we managed to store things on top of it, such as another shelf with drawers and a container for cat food.
Show Around Of Our DIY Cat Litter Box
The first thing we had to do was put the IKEA shelf together. All IKEA furniture comes flat packed, so you will have to do the IKEA dance and start following the instructions and put many bolts, screws and pieces of wood together to produce the furniture.
Unfortunately I cannot show you that part of the job, as our shelf was bought and assembled about 7 years ago.
On one side of the cupboard, we did saw an entrance for our cats. It is on purpose that high up. You will see rather soon why that is. To get this done, you will need a jigsaw machine or a manual jigsaw. You will also need to drill a couple of holes with a drill. The drill hole is there to have a place to put your jigsaw through the wood. You cannot saw from the side of the plank, as you would want to keep the plank in one piece.
On the inside of the cupboard, there are two shelves installed. Because this cupboard has a divider in the middle, we also had to saw a hole big enough for our cats in the divider part of the cupboard. In the right side of the cup board we got no shelves (we removed them), but instead installed a large IKEA container. We had to cut off the high side off the IKEA container, so it would fit inside the cupboard with the doors closed.
The cats have to jump into the cupboard on the left-hand side and then walk over the shelf and jump down into the cat litter box container. You can add mats on the runway shelf as well as directly at the entrance/exit of the cupboard, so that you can trap as much cat litter as possible.
The compartment below the runway shelf, can be used to store things. In this case we are storing one of our water fountains as well as filters there. In the past we stored cat toys and cat treats there. Optionally you can install an automatic switching on/off light in the cat litter box side of the cupboard. We used to have a motion censored light installed, so our cats had the luxury of having light while being on the litter box.
The litter box container contains usually around 10-12 kg’s of cat litter (sand) and the cats are more than happy with our cat litter box furniture solution.
You can easily do the same with other types of furniture. All you need is some creativity and imagination and a couple of tools to get creating your own.
Have you created your own litter box furniture? Have you made anything else for your cats? Please share in the comments below.