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DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

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This post shares my DIY cat tree using Ikea tables. It is featured in a roundup of my 10 best painted furniture projects.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

We have two very spoiled kitties named Henry and Blanche. Henry is almost 2 years old and Blanche just turned 1 a few months ago. They’re both rescues and are very active. They love to run around and chase each other, and they are not de-clawed, so we need to make sure they have plenty of entertainment and scratching posts.

We have two cat trees with scratching posts and lounging spots, but both trees are pretty ugly and falling apart. Unfortunately cat trees can also be pretty expensive, so I’ve been researching ideas for an aesthetically pleasing DIY cat tree. This idea really sparked my interest, especially since I already had one of the tables I’d need, paint, and a staple gun.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables


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And here’s how I made a DIY cat tree using Ikea tables!

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Step 1: Apply faux fur sections

I worked with the tables first; to get started, I made sure both were disassembled. I had eight legs, two tops (square and rectangle), and the coffee table’s bottom shelf.

I laid the coffee table’s bottom shelf on the fabric. Then I cut a piece that was just big enough to wrap around the entire shelf. Using the staple gun, I stapled the fabric over the entire shelf like I was upholstering a chair cushion. Then I did the same thing for the top of the side table and set both aside.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

Step 2: Create scratching posts

Using the sisal, I created the scratching posts. I decided to wrap only two and a half of the side table’s legs. I bought two 50-foot rolls of 3/8-inch sisal and used it all.

To wrap the sisal around each leg, I stapled the end of the sisal to the bottom of the leg using my staple gun. I began wrapping the sisal tightly around the leg; every few inches, I stapled the sisal to keep it in place.

(Note: I only stapled on one side of the leg to ensure the stapled side faced the wall when I attached the legs to the table. I didn’t want to hurt my kitties.) Then I set the two scratching post legs aside.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

Step 3: Paint pieces!

At this point, I had seven pieces that I hadn’t touched: six table legs and the coffee table’s top. I decided to paint these pieces using some leftover paint I had in the closet. I mixed a few colors from the DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish line and ended up with a purple, which was great because I knew I wanted a bright color.

This paint sticks to anything, meaning it sticks just fine to the slick Ikea furniture finish. I used a matte finish because I wanted the piece to look polished, but I didn’t want it to look shiny.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

Step 4: Assemble all pieces

When the paint was dry, I assembled the pieces. First I assembled the coffee table by screwing all four legs on and setting the furry shelf in. Then, I assembled the side table.

DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables

Step 5: Glue tables together

Before I attached the two tables to one another, I needed to decide how I wanted the finished piece to look. I wanted the higher side of the piece to back into the corner of our living room wall, so I positioned the side table so that the scratching post legs were not against the wall.

When I was happy with the arrangement, I dabbed some glue onto the bottom of each of the four side table’s legs. Then I carefully put the side table on top of the coffee table and placed a few heavy books on top of the side table to ensure the glue got a firm bond.

If you like this project, check out my indoor cat house build plans, my raised pet feeder for cats and a sleek feeder for dogs, my easy cat scratching post, and my DIY cat tree using real branches.

Step 6: Adorn with toys

I stuck a small hook eye into the bottom of the side table so that I could hang one of their toys from. I also glued one of those door knob scratchers (that they never used) onto the top of the coffee table.

And that’s it! You can easily customize this, and I’m so pleased with how it looks. The cats love it!

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DIY Cat Tree Using Ikea Tables
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Sunday 5th of November 2017

We used your idea to build a kitty condo to put by our bedroom window. I wanted something that matched the rest of our furniture and this completely worked, so thank you so much for the idea!

I wish I could post a pic for you, it turned out great!

Kristi Labrenz

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

Hi - I LOVE what you have done here! I am going to modify the idea a bit to fit in a tight corner. I was thinking of using maybe a combo of the LACK side table with several EKET cubes. I was wondering - how is it holding up with just Gorilla Glue? I was thinking I would reinforce with brackets, but all the other hackers I have seen are using only glue. Does the glue really keep it all together? We have 2 kittens that will be getting bigger and bigger everyday - needless to say they are wild monkeys right now, flying off everything. Can Gorilla Glue withstand crazy kittens/teenagers?

Looking forward to your feedback!

Purrs & Love

Jacquie Blair

Monday 19th of September 2016

Awesome! The cats must love it! Pretty and useful...two in one!...always great.

Brittany Merth

Monday 19th of September 2016

Thank you Jacquie!!

Jillynn Markle

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I made this yesterday with my daughter and my cats LOVE it. Even my cat who hides all day long came out after it was made and she has been using it ever since. This has been a god send!

Brittany Merth

Friday 2nd of September 2016

This comment makes my WEEK!! I am so glad your kitties love it, even your shy girl!!


Thursday 21st of April 2016