Why don’t they sell Condo’s for cats that match my furniture?
Why do they all have to have cheesy paw-print motifs, and built from shitty materials?
I do not know.
….with the inspiration of IkeaHackers.net, some free time, and a fluffy cat who was recently relieved of her home (flood) – I decided to build my own condo! It is loosely based on this project (EXPEDIT double-decker cat snug – credit where credit is due, of course) I’ve thrown in a few more cool ideas.
First things first: IKEA Shopping List.
EXPEDIT Single Shelving Unit – White $19.00
STOPP Felt rug – $10.00
MALINDA Chair Cushion – $7.95
GURLI Chair Cushion – $5.95
RAMSTA Mini Lamp – $3.95
GOSIG Mouse Soft toy – 2 @ $1.95
Secondly: The Bunnings Shopping List.
Stormwater PVC Pipe 90mm $7.49
Laminated Pine Panel 1800x450mm $26.50
Selleys Adhesive Contact Spray $16.45
Outdoor carpet 1m @ $20.95
PVA Glue $4.98
Staple gun $36.00
15m Sisal Rope $13.50
2x 90mm PVC endcaps $2.60
1. Measure out your base panel twice, then cut.
I went for about 800mm length, and sticking with the 450mm width as it suits the EXPEDIT quite well.
One cut pine base panel.
2. Cut some of the carpet roughly to size, using the panel as a guide.
3. Using the workbench once again, spray one side of the panel with adhesive spray.
4. Using an iron, give the corners of the carpet a push so they crease a bit better when you try wrap the carpet around the panel.
5. Staple it down!
6. Finish it off with some neat cutting and fancy tessellating corners (not pictured accurately below)
Place your EXPEDIT on the finished carpeted panel and choose a position.
Let’s now work on the pipe (heh, pipe) Cut it to whatever size you want (I went with a bit taller than the EXPEDIT itself)
Hold it down, and place the end-cap on one side.
Drill a hole on an angle and file the inside burrs nicely.
Thread the Sisal rope through and tie it off. Then wrap it around continuously until you reach the end of the pipe.
Drill another hole in the other end, loop the rope through, and you can use a bit of glue to stick it down. I used hot glue.
Screw another end-cap into the carpeted base.
Add the EXPEDIT and your rope-twisted PVC pipe. Secure them to the base (a few screws from the underside will do it)
This is how the cushions will sit once complete. How do we fasten them to the EXPEDIT ? Easy!
Cut off one side of the velcro (the hooked side)
Fasten – like so – to the existing holes in the EXPEDIT.
Use a different trick for the GURLI cushion on the top….
Make a hole big enough for the EXPEDIT coach screws to go through in the GURLI, thread an old washer around them, and screw them down.
Fill the inside of the GURLI with STOPP filling.
You’re almost done!
Grab your RAMSTA and install it!
Admire the coolness of a light for your cat.
Fasten some elastic to the top of the PVC pipe, and fasten the other side to the GOSIG Mouse.
Install the condo!
Now the waiting game begins!