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12 DIY Cat Cave Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

cat sleeping in its cave bed

Cats love to cuddle and sleep. In fact, most cats can sleep 15 hours a day! Therefore, they deserve a safe and comfortable place to curl up whenever they feel like it. One way to make sure your kitty will be comfortable while they sleep is to provide them with access to a cat cave. Cat caves are dark, private, and super cozy, so what cat wouldn’t want to have one of their own?

You can even make your cat a cave to enjoy instead of buying the commercial products that you can find on the store shelves and online. DIY cat caves are just as durable and can be customized to ensure that no other cat cave in the world looks the same as your kitty’s. Here are 12 DIY cat cave plans to consider making today.

The Top 12 DIY Cat Cave Plans

1. DIY Yarn Ball Cat Cave

Materials: Beach ball or similarly sized balloon, yarn or sisal rope, glue, corn starch, mixing bowl
Difficulty Level: Easy

This cute cat cave is easy to make, and you may already have all the necessary materials at home. Each cat cave will come out differently because you must wrap yarn or sisal rope around an object to create the cave, so the yarn or sisal rope will create a unique design no matter how many times you make one.


2. DIY Repurposed T-Shirt Cave

Materials: Old t-shirts, a cardboard box that is large enough for your cat to fit in
Difficulty Level: Easy

You can make a super cool cat cave with nothing more than an old t-shirt and a cardboard box. The neck hole in the t-shirt makes an instant cat door for your kitty to get in and out of the cave. If you keep the cave indoors, it should hold up well and give your cat a cozy, safe place to nap for many months or even years to come.


3. DIY Fabric Cat Cave

Materials: Cotton or similar material, a sewing machine, cloth ties
Difficulty Level: Hard

This DIY fabric cat cave requires sewing skills to pull off, but the effort is well worth it in the end. You will end up with a super soft and cozy cat cave that your cat can sleep in for hours without being disrupted. The sides tie together to create an egg-shaped sleeping vessel, and when untied, the top lays flat to create an open cat bed.


4. DIY Cat Tent

Materials: Cardboard, wire hangers, an old t-shirt, tape, safety pins
Difficulty Level: Easy

This lightweight yet sturdy DIY cat tent requires only a few materials and a little time to complete it. You can create any design you want depending on the type, color, and style of t-shirt that you decide to use for the project. You can even use a t-shirt with a graphic imprinted on it to give your cat’s new tent a one-of-a-kind look that stands out from the rest of your furniture.


5. DIY IKEA Hack Cat Tent

Materials: A DRONA box from IKEA, an EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelving system, dark material, scissors, glue
Difficulty Level: Moderate

With the help of a DRONA box and a shelving system from IKEA, you can create a cool cat tent that fits right inside your shelving unit and take up no more than just one cubby space on the shelf. You can keep all your belongings on the shelves around your cat tent; just make sure that you choose a shelf low enough that your cat can easily jump into it.


6. DIY Crochet Cat Cave

Materials: Stiff yarn, hooks, scissors, tapestry needle
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you like to crochet, you can use these DIY crochet cat cave plans to make a comfy cave for your cat from scratch. You will need heavy-duty yarn, hooks, tapestry needles, and scissors to get the job done. The result should be a pillowy cave with soft walls that will snuggle your cat whenever nap time comes around. The cave can be machine washed and hung on a line to dry whenever the need arises.


7. DIY Old Sweater Cat Cave

Materials: Cardboard box, old sweatshirt, or sweater
Difficulty Level: Easy

This is an easy DIY cat cave project that will leave your cat warm and cozy as they sleep their way through the winter months. An old sweatshirt offers plenty of protection from the cold, and the finished product is small enough to keep in a corner or under a table if you don’t have much space. The best part is that this project takes no longer than about an hour to complete.


8. DIY Wooden Cat Cave

Materials: Plywood, glue
Difficulty Level: Easy

This is a completely wooden cat cave that takes just a couple of hours to complete once your plywood is cut to size. Check out this YouTube video that shows all the steps in real time so you know exactly what to do to make your own kitty a wooden cave to cuddle and play in. The process is slightly complicated, but it does not require any special skills or tools.


9. DIY Easy Crochet Cat Cave

Materials: Yarn, needles
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This crochet cat cave is soft, lightweight, and easy to move around the house. You can even put it at the end of your bed if your cat likes to sleep with you at night. Use any color yarn you want, or use multiple colors to create a unique tie-dye design. The pliable cave can be stuffed with a small pillow or blanket to make things even cozier inside.


10. Completely Cardboard DIY Cat Cave

Materials: Cardboard, glue, markers
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You don’t need anything more than cardboard, glue, and markers to complete this nifty DIY cat cave. This project takes a little time and effort, but once complete, it’s sturdy enough to stick around for quite a while. The best part about this project is that you can customize the design on the outside of the cat cave with markers and other accessories if you want to.


11. DIY Felt Cat Cave

Materials: Latex balloons, merino wool roving, grated olive oil soap, bubble wrap, curtain netting, palm sander, tumble dryer
Difficulty Level: Hard

This luxurious felt cat cave is made from merino wool roving and grated olive oil. The process to make the cave is a bit complicated, but if you are up for a challenge, you can make a cat cave that your feline will enjoy for many years to come. Just know that you will need to be delicate and have patience while you work. Don’t skip a step, or your cat cave likely won’t hold up.

12. DIY Kitty Cubie

Materials: Foam padding, 1 ½ yards of material, scissors, sewing machine, needle, thread, pins, ruler
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY kitty cubie project requires a sewing machine and sewing skills, but it turns out cute and sturdy. You can use any type and style of material that you want, but you will need at least 1 ½ yards of it. The cubie is just like a cave, and the sides and top are soft, so your cat can squish it and lie on top when the weather is hot. You can wash the cubie in a washing machine, but it should be line dried to minimize damage.

In Conclusion

These DIY cat cave projects are varied and unique, so you have many cool features and designs to choose from. We suggest that you start with a project that you already have the materials for and see how your cat likes the cave. You can then decide what kinds of features or styles would be better and try a DIY project that is a little harder and more in-depth.

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