Cats spend around 16 hours a day sleeping, so what better way to spoil your favorite cat than with a cozy cat bed! This easy to make DIY cat bed combines the two things cats love most - fuzzy blankets and boxes! I made it a couple of years ago and it has survived two moves and thousands of cat naps! It's cheap and easy to make, so give it a try! It has been by far the most useful DIY cat furniture project I've ever come across!
All you'll need to make this DIY cat bed is an old fleece blanket - preferably kitty's favorite, a cardboard box, rope or twine for decoration, hot glue and a piece of drawer liner. No need to break the bank at PetSmart only to find your cat sleeping in an old box again! This project can be completed with stuff you have around the house!
Pick a box that's wide enough to fit your cat - our Nala cat is quite chunky so I opted for a bigger box. Cut the box to about 4" in height so your kitty can easily get in and out.
Next, cut 4 or 5 pieces of fleece blanket matching the dimensions of the box (Tip: if you fold the blanket and then cut you’ll save some time).
Then, cut a larger piece of the fleece blanket with the following dimensions:
length=twice the box length + 2″
width=box width + 2″
Wrap the large piece around the smaller pieces and use hot glue to glue them together.
Now we need an even larger piece of fleece blanket for the inside of the box. The dimensions of this one should be equal to:
length=box length + 2 x box height + 4″
width=box width + 2 x box height + 4″
Glue this larger piece to the box, leaving 2″ of fleece on its outer sides.
To prevent the DIY cat bed from sliding, glue 4 patches of drawer liner at the bottom of the box. Then, glue the rope or twine around the box for decoration.
Flip the box around and place the glued pieces of fleece blanket inside. They will be our DIY pillow, providing extra softness for our picky four-legged friends.
If you're feeling creative, you can use some of the leftover fleece fabric to decorate the cat bed. I tried making a paw sign and writing “Snuggle” with little fleece flakes.
Below you can see Nala with her brand new DIY kitten bed.
If you'd like to try more DIY projects for cats, check out this DIY cat water cup stand idea - purrfect for cats who love drinking water from a glass instead of a bowl!