DIY Caturday: Building a trendy Condo for your cat.

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.

SO….

….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

Directions;

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.

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One cut pine base panel.

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2. Cut some of the carpet roughly to size, using the panel as a guide.

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3. Using the workbench once again, spray one side of the panel with adhesive spray.

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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.

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Like so;

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5. Staple it down!

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6. Finish it off with some neat cutting and fancy tessellating corners (not pictured accurately below)

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Place your EXPEDIT on the finished carpeted panel and choose a position.

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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)

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Hold it down, and place the end-cap on one side.

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Drill a hole on an angle and file the inside burrs nicely.

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Thread the Sisal rope through and tie it off. Then wrap it around continuously until you reach the end of the pipe.

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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.

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Screw another end-cap into the carpeted base.

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Add the EXPEDIT and your rope-twisted PVC pipe. Secure them to the base (a few screws from the underside will do it)

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This is how the cushions will sit once complete. How do we fasten them to the EXPEDIT ? Easy!

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Cut off one side of the velcro (the hooked side)

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Fasten – like so – to the existing holes in the EXPEDIT.

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Use a different trick for the GURLI cushion on the top….

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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.

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Fill the inside of the GURLI with STOPP filling.

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You’re almost done!

Grab your RAMSTA and install it!

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Admire the coolness of a light for your cat.

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Fasten some elastic to the top of the PVC pipe, and fasten the other side to the GOSIG Mouse.

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DONE.

Install the condo!

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Now the waiting game begins!

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Mission Successful!

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