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DIY Cat Window Perch

Learn how to make a simple window perch for kitties!

How I made our DIY cat window perch

Hey all! One last DIY for a little while…I’m starting a new job, but I wanted to eek in one last project! It’s a DIY cat window perch. If you’re just finding my website, I have two kitties names Henry and Blanche. They are absolutely amazing, and I have done a lot of projects for them.

A few of them are my cat house that doubles as a side table, a cat tree made of real branches, and the cat condo made out of Ikea tables. Today’s project is a pretty simple build that I made using some scrap wood and some new pieces. My kitties love sitting and looking out the window—so this project helps to give them more space!

DIY cat window perch painted white with a faux fur cushion and a cat looking out the window

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And here is the cut list:

  • (1) 1″ x 12″ x 18 1/2″ (actual: 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″)
  • (2) 1″ x 4″ (actual” 3/4″ x 3 1/2″) cut to opposing 45-degree angles, 10″ at the longest points
  • (2) 1/2″ x 2″ x 11 1/2″ (actual: 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″)
  • (1) 1/2″ x 2″ x 19 1/2″ (actual: 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 19 1/2″)

Step 1: Cut main piece & supports

The first step is to decide on the size you want to make your project. This will depend on the size of your windows, the size of your window sills, and how large you want the space to be for your cats.

Our window sills are pretty standard, I’d say. So these measurements might work for your situation, but they might not. You will have to check your window as you’re cutting to make sure.

I cut a piece of 1×12 down to 18 1/2 inches to be the main “laying” space. Then I cut two pieces of 1×4 down to 10 inches—and that’s at the longest point since they are cut at opposing 45-degree angles on each end. These are the support pieces.

If you aren’t using the measurements I used, I recommend deciding on your base piece’s size first. Then cut the angled support pieces to slightly larger than you think you want. Do a “dry fit” where you set the base piece on the window sill and hold up the angled pieces. Does the 45-degree angle work? Do you need to shorten them for things to be stable? If so, do that now.

piece of wood on a workshop bench

Step 2: Attach base supports

I drilled two pocket holes in each of the base supports and attached them to the bottom of the base piece. Using a right-angle square is super helpful to ensure everything is straight. And clamping it into place (or using an extra set of hands) is really helpful to ensure nothing moves while you’re attaching the base supports!

I chose to have the pocket holes facing in so that they’d be mostly hidden and I wouldn’t have to deal with filling them before painting. You can see that in the pics below. After attaching the base supports, I double-checked to make sure everything fit on the window sill.

pocket holes drilled in a piece of wood
attaching supports to the window perch
attaching supports to the window perch
woman attaching leg supports to a DIY car window perch
woman attaching leg supports to a DIY car window perch
unfinished cat window perch in progress

Step 3: Attach lip around three sides

Originally I’d planned to just make a simple shelf, but something looked a little unfinished about it. So I decided to put a lip of 1×2 around three sides of the bed for a more finished look. You’ll cut those based on the size of your bed.

For me, that meant (1) 19 1/2″ inch piece on the front and (2) 11 1/2″ inch pieces on the sides. I attached these using a bit of wood glue and a nail gun. Then I filled all visible nail holes with wood putty and sanded everything smooth using fine-grit sandpaper.

woman holding a long piece of wood
attaching a wooden border around the DIY cat window perch
DIY can window perch in place

Step 4: Finish as desired

Finally, it was almost done! I decided to paint mine using semigloss white paint. The same I’d used on the DIY window trim to keep everything looking uniform. And then I made a simple cushion using quilt batting, faux fur fabric, needle, and thread.

I didn’t use my sewing machine for this, actually. I thought it was easier to sew by hand instead of battle the long faux fur fabric on my machine. To keep costs down, I bought some thin quilt batting and cut it into 5 layers that I layered on top of one another to create a cushion. Foam is soooo expensive.

Then I cut faux fur fabric down to size and sewed it together with the right sides facing one another. Sew by hand around three sides, then stick the batting in. Fold the unopened side in and sew that shut my hand. As you can see here, Blanche jumped right on. She can’t resist a soft fabric.

cat laying on a white DIY window bed

Stability tip…

My DIY cat window perch fit pretty well in place and was pretty stable. However, before I set the cushion on, I also decided to drive a single small nail down through the center of the perch into the window sill to ensure everything stayed in place.

This is easily covered up by the cushion I added to the piece, and I am 100% sure the shelf won’t move if my little buttheads are chasing each other or horsing around. So if you feel like yours isn’t super secure, you can always do this! A single hole is super easy to patch.

DIY cat window perch painted white with a faux fur cushion and a cat looking out the window
DIY cat window perch painted white with a faux fur cushion and a cat looking out the window
DIY cat window perch painted white with a faux fur cushion and a cat looking out the window

In conclusion…

With just a bit of simple woodworking and some hand sewing, Henry and Blanche now have a perfect spot to relax keep an eye on the neighborhood—one of their favorite hobbies. If you try this DIY, let me know in the comments or send me a pic. I’d love to see how your kitties like it!

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  1. Cheri Mello says:

    ADORABLE Cat Perch🐈♥️ Thank You for Sharing 😊G-d Bless

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