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Many people will agree with the fact that cats and dogs are quite territorial. If you have one as your pet, don’t be surprised to lose your favorite chair forever. Cats are normally possessive and they will not find it hard to strip you of your comfort for their own benefit. This makes it quite a challenge to cohabitate with a dog especially if you don’t know the trick behind it. Simply grant your cat their personal space of perfect happiness within your home, and you just might save your sweet spot on your favorite sofa
Nowadays, it is not hard to get comfy beds and expensive pet towers for your pet. Many pet owners, however, prefer to come up with their own design of a personalized domestic piece of furniture for their cat or dog and construct it themselves. You can also make affordable and unique additions domestically. and create amazing DIY furniture using simple everyday tools such as a cordless drill that your pet will find cool.
Good furniture should be designed in a way that allows it to climb, play, scratch
and sleep in. It is wise to save some money, time and space by merging a number of elements to come up with a single piece that will satisfy your pet’s needs. Both cats and dogs are very playful and find fun in scratching different surfaces which explains why you should make furniture with scratching surfaces. Failure to do so puts your smooth piece of furniture at the risk of getting ruined over time.
If you look forward to starting off your pet furniture DIY adventure, here is a handful of tips to get you going. Consider the following:
1) A Magic Carpet Ride
How about creating a hammock under, say your coffee table? This can be a very good place for your pet to hang out and have fun swinging on. When the pet needs to get some rest, the hammock will be a very good surface for relaxing and getting some sleep at any time of the day.
2) A Crochet Bed
This idea needs some knowledge on how to use hooks and yarn to knit bed-like structures. You can make your pet a small but adequate hideaway by crocheting or knitting a soft accommodative structure.
3) Floating Shelves
Cats are adventurous and always in the mood to explore new worlds. Think of hanging a set of shelves to resemble a staircase up against a wall. This view gives your furry partner a vertical world to explore in their “missions”. You can spice up the experience by making a sizeable bed or place a good looking cat tree next to the top of a hardy and rigid bookcase or over a doorway. The cat will have a place to curl up in after exploring the shelves.
4) Turn Tray Tables Into Cat Beds
Potential spots for you dog to enjoy are available all over. As you move around the house in your daily chores, don’t hesitate to take note of new spots that your dog may find comfortable. Tray tables can serve as very nicepet berth!
5) A Sweater Bed
You can promote your old comfy sweater to be more productive by recycling it into a snug bed for your cat. Even though you do not use the sweater anymore, it can be a source of comfort for your kitten.
7) Make A Modern Cat Lounger
Here is how basic it is to make a beautiful double-decker climber for your cat. Stack a side table covered with sisal rope on top of a coffee table lined with patches of artificial fur. Like in the Stackable Condo design above, Britney used Ikea elements primarily, while adding sisal rope to wrap around the legs. A combination of fake fur elements, fun paint and a few added bells with
whistles for play pimp up the whole structure.
8) Cardboard Castles
Cardboard Castles are a cheaper option since they can be used to make full customizable houses at a small cost. Make different sizes of holes and stack them on top of each other leaving some edges raw to provide a nice surface for your pet to scratch and rub on. Of all the ideas, this one not only seems to be the easiest one to do, but also offers a vast potential for ornamentation and decoration. Consider the clever royal-looking peacock feathers that embellish the structure in the link above. Be cautious when wielding your Exacto knife to keep yourself free from self-harm.
9) A Unique Cat Post
A little dye and a printed carpet are all you need to reclaim a boring scratching post for your cat. You can transform such a post into a useful and durable scratching post in an easy way. You can use the carpet or any thick upholstery fabric to cover the base of the post before attaching any
vertically aligned supports. Cut small notches in the carpet surface on every corner to enable it to fold neatly below the base. Also, wrap the supports in the carpet after setting them up in a way that any screws used to join different parts of the post won’t be visible through the carpet. This is one of the several uses where sisal rope applied at your home-made pet furniture can really create a useful post for your pet.
10) Make A Comfy Cat Case
Purchase a large bookcase on which you will cut square openings in every single shelf to make an enclosed vertical climber for your kitten. On the top of the climber, place a little bed where your pet can cuddle and rest comfortably. This setup offers extreme enjoyment at the expense of very little hassle.
Whichever option you choose from, you will be creating something you will enjoy making and your cat will definitely love. Not only that, but you will continue to enjoy slouching in your favorite couch, without your furry friend claiming the most comfortable spot for itself.