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This DIY Cat Hammock Will Be Your Cat’s New Favorite Hangout

This easy diy cat hammock is made from a cardboard box and a fleece blanket

Your Cat Will Love This DIY Cat Hammock

Is there anything more relaxing than lounging in a hammock? You can share the experience with your favorite cat by making an easy DIY cat hammock they’ll never want to leave! It’s the purr-fect place for a kitty to lounge, snooze, and plot world domination. :-)

When it comes to beds, toys, and other pet supplies, my daughter often prefers DIY cat projects to store-bought options. (Apparently, her cat is as likely to destroy or ignore a new toy as she is to play with it, so it makes sense that Britta would rather stick to inexpensive DIY projects!)

So when I first encountered the idea of a DIY cat hammock, it seemed like just the sort of thing both Britta and her cat would appreciate, so I had to give it a try! This project is simple, very inexpensive, and takes just an hour or so to throw together. Your cat is sure to love one!

To make the cat hammock, you'll need a medium sized cardboard box and an old fleece throw or blanket that you are willing to cut up.

How To Make A Cat Hammock

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Medium-sized cardboard box
  • Fleece fabric, or a fleece blanket you’re willing to cut up
  • Pencil
  • Long ruler
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or craft knife
  • Hot glue gun or tape (packing tape, duct tape, etc.)
Start making the cat hammock by marking 2-3 inches away from each edge of the sides of the box with a ruler

Directions:

Start by assembling the box (if necessary), then use a hot glue gun or strong tape to secure the flaps in place. Use a ruler to trace straight lines 2-3″ from the edges on all 4 of the vertical sides of your box.

Your diy cat hammock should have all four sides cut out, leaving 2-3 inch wide posts at each corner

Use a box cutter or X-Acto knife to cut along the lines to make a squared opening in each of the vertical sides.

Setting the box for the cat hammock on top of the fleece makes it easier to cut a piece 4 inches larger on all four sides.

Measure the dimensions of the bottom of your box, then add 4″ to each of the 4 sides (or add 8″ to the width and 8″ to the length) and cut a piece of fleece to that size. (Ex: For a box that measures 18″ by 24″ on the bottom, you’d cut a piece of fleece that measures 26″ by 32″).

Once the fleece for the cat hammock is cut, make a cut from each corner toward the center, four inches long.

Once the fleece is cut, cut a 4″ slit into each of the corners of the fleece, cutting toward the center.

After poking holes in each side of each corner of the

Cut two small holes about two-thirds of the way up your box, one on each side of the corner, then feed the two slits of each corner through the holes, and tie them into a secure knot. Repeat on all sides.

If you want, you can also cut a smaller piece of fleece to cover the bottom of the box, in case your kitty would rather hang out there. Then you’re done!

Tie the two parts of each corner together to attach them to the corner pillars and your DIY cat hammock is done! If you have fleece left over, put it in the bottom for an alternative sleeping area for kitty.

Britta’s cat appears to have taken to the bottom part of the box for now, but I’m sure as soon as we leave the room (and stop taking attempting to take her picture), she’ll settle right into her new cozy perch! :-)

Does your cat have a favorite place to hang out?

A DIY cat hammock created from a cardboard box, providing a cozy bed for your feline friend.

DIY Cat Hammock

Jill Nystul
All you need is a box and a bit of fleece to make a hammock your kitty will love.

Equipment

  • Ruler
  • Cardboard box
  • Fleece fabric or old fleece blanket
  • Hot glue gun or tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or craft knife

Instructions
 

  • Hot glue or tape your box closed securely.
  • Use a ruler to trace straight lines 2-3" from each edge of each of the 4 vertical sides of the box.
  • Cut along your marked lines with a box cutter to make a squared opening in each of the four vertical sides.
  • Cut a piece of fleece that measures the dimensions of the bottom of your box PLUS an extra 4" on each side. (Ex: For an 18×24" box, you’d cut a piece of fleece that measured 26×32").
  • Cut a 4" slit into each of the 4 corners of the fleece, toward the center.
  • Cut two small holes about two-thirds of the way up your box, one on each side of the corner.
  • Feed the two slits of each corner of the fleece through the holes, and tie them into a secure knot.
  • Cover the bottom of the box with another piece of fleece, in case your kitty would rather hang out there.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Hey if your friend makes DIY cat stuff. Please share them with us. I have a Russian Blue male cat that is not over weight But the cardboard would not support him for long. I would love to hear other DIY cat toys/furniture! IT seems that there is alot of cat lovers here.
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  • I’m a mom of 2 maine coons and 2 britsh. They are too heavy. Maybe a wood box for them will be safer for this project. But the idea is great! Please, if you don’t mind, I would like to ask you more good ideas like this one! Thank you so much!

  • I LOVE this idea and am going to take it one step further by having my husband make it out of wood as I have an older (heavier) and young cat. Thanks for the wonderful input…………………

  • Boxes and cats are made for each other. This is easy and a super idea. I’ve heard of the concept of making furniture, complete furniture, out of cardboard; this is a great way to start. I also wonder if any adult cat would crawl into the hammock portion, especially without support of the legs. For that, use dowels or any kind of stick. I might need to also rig up a supporting band of any fabric, like a sling, to be tied on top of the box, also easy to do. I have 10 cats, and when the weather turns chilly or wet, they are all indoors. I’ll be ready with the hammock(s).

  • Great idea and I will take the previous idea and use maybe wood for just a bit more security for my older cat. That’s a great savings thanks Jillie

  • That would be okay for a kitten but for a heavier cat it would be safer (and give the cat a more secure feeling) to use wooden dowels or pvc pipes to make it sturdier. When a heavier cat gets in that hammock and lays there, over time it’s going to begin to make the sides of the box collapse.

    Your cat is probably not feeling secure and safe enough when she tests out the hammock and that might be why she’s staying in the lower portion.

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