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10 DIY Cat Hammock Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Cute kitten in a hammock

If you’re a cat owner, you already know that your furry friend’s favorite thing to do is sleep. You probably already have different places scattered around your home where he lounges all day, but do you have any cat hammocks?

If you’ve been considering a cat hammock, you’ve probably seen the exorbitant prices they want to charge for the premade version. We’re here to tell you, you don’t have to pay those prices. Instead, you can do it DIY style with the cat hammock plans we’ll give you in this listicle.

From simple to build hammocks that can be completed in an hour to the more complicated and stylish, there’s sure to be a hammock plan on our list that will fit your cat’s lounging needs to a tee.

The Top 10 DIY Cat Hammock Plans

1. Magic Carpet Cat Hammock

Materials: Old towel, Spaghetti yarn, Crochet hook, Elastic bands
Tools: Hooks, Scissors
Difficulty: Medium

If you love to crochet, then this magic carpet cat hammock will be something you can enjoy making and that your cat will love sleeping in afterward. All you need is a coffee table and an old towel, and soon your cat will be lounging in his new hammock in style.

If you know how to crochet and are handy with scissors, then these DIY cat hammock plans are perfect for you and your feline pal.


2. End Table Hammock

Materials: Cotton batting, Fabric, Twill tape
Tools: Sewing machine, Scissors
Difficulty: Beginner

If you don’t have much room but still want your cat to have a hammock to lounge in, this End Table Cat Hammock couldn’t be an easier thing to create. This project will take you less than an hour, and your cat will thank you for it. What’s really great about this one is you can choose your fabric to match your décor, make it seasonal, and it’s easy to wash, making this hammock a win-win all around.


3. Bunk Bed Hammock

Materials: Rope, Frame, Two pieces of fabric (Folded over blankets)
Tools: Drill, Hammer
Difficulty: Medium

If you have two cats in your house or one cat that likes to hog all the beds, then this Bunk Bed Hammock will surely fit your needs. The hammock is also space-efficient since it can be moved anywhere in your home, especially if your cat likes to be where you are but still wants to lounge.


4. Recycled Cat Chair Hammock

Materials: Soft cat bed or a soft piece of fabric, Needle, Thread, Twill Tape
Tools: Sewing machine (Can be done by hand)
Difficulty: Beginner

If you’re trying to be eco-friendly but still want a simple cat hammock, then a Recycled Cat Chair Hammock is the only logical choice. This one is made from a soft piece of fabric and some twill tape to secure it to the corners. You can use a sewing machine to complete this project, but it’s certainly not required. If you have more than one cat, this hammock is easy enough that you can whip up two or more in no time at all.


5. Macramé Cat Hammock

Materials: Macrame cord, two 18-inch metal hoops, Wood Beads (optional), Round Pillow, Plant Hook
Tools: Measuring Tape
Difficulty: Advanced

If you are an expert at Macrame, then this Macrame Cat Hammock will not only be a comfortable place for your lounging cat, but it’ll look stunning with whatever décor you have as well. The fun with this hammock is that you can choose whatever color, design, and type of pillow you want, so you can match your décor or go seasonal. The skies are the limit with this DIY cat hammock.


6. No-Sew Cat Hammock

Materials: Plastic Pipe Fittings, 2 Fleece Blankets, Plastic Piping
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty: Beginner

If you don’t like to sew but still want to try your hand at building a DIY cat hammock for your pet, then this No-Sew Cat Hammock should be right up your alley. Since this hammock is free-standing, you don’t have to worry about leaving holes in your walls, and you can make the legs short or long according to your cat’s needs. In addition, since you can wrap the fleece blankets around the pipes securely, there’s no need to sew anything either!


7. Activity Center with Ladder Cat Hammock

Materials: Screws, Glue, Old Wooden Ladder, Cat Toys, Platforms, Sisal Rope, Hammock or Cat Bed
Tools: Drill
Difficulty: Moderate

Most pet owners want their cats to sleep, but they also want them to play. That’s where this Activity Center with a Ladder Cat Hammock can fit both needs. So not only will your feline pal have a comfortable place to sleep, but he’ll also have cat toys to bat around when he feels the need. Make sure to wrap sisal rope around the legs of the ladder to make a homemade scratching post as well. You’ll be glad that you did.


8. Free Standing Cat Hammock

Materials: Old Table, Soft Rug or Blanket, Paint, Soft Hand Towel, Cup Hooks, Large Eyelets
Tools: Grommet Punch
Difficulty: Beginner

If you’re looking for a Free-Standing Cat Hammock that you can put together with ease and set up anywhere, then you’ve come to the right place for your DIY plans. This cat hammock is cute, simple to make, and your cat will love it. The fact that you use a table as the base makes it economical and fun as well.


9. Wicker Basket Cat Hammock

Materials: Twine, Wicker Basket, Screw Hooks, Soft Bedding
Tools: Wall Plugs, Drill
Difficulty: Beginner

One of the easiest and cutest DIY hammocks to make for your cat is a Wicker Basket Cat Hammock. Make sure the screws and the twine you choose is strong enough to not only hold your cat when he’s sleeping but when he’s playing as well. This is especially important if you have more than one cat. Super easy to make. All you have to worry about is making sure you don’t hang it too high for your cats to be able to climb into easily.


10. Simple Wall Hammock

Materials: Shelf Supports, Needle, Thread, Wall Plugs, Brackets, Screws, Fabric
Tools: Drill
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re just looking for a couple of simple, minimalist wall hammocks for your cat, then this simple wall hammock should fit your needs. These are a little bit harder to build than others on our list, but the results are worth it. You can put these hammocks up high, so your cat can climb, or you can put them down low where your cat can easily jump into the hammock and make himself at home. Don’t forget to build more than one if you have multiple cats for the best results.

Are Cat Hammocks Safe?

Now that you have a few DIY plans to choose from, you’re probably wondering if these hammocks are indeed safe for your feline friend. The answer to that question is yes if you build it the right way.

First, you want to ensure that the hammock can support your cat’s weight and that it’s not hard for him to get in and out of. This is especially true if you’re hanging the cat hammock from the wall or even if you have a window hammock instead.

While hammocks are safe for your cat, you still need to keep an eye on him when he’s playing around it, just like you do with anything else to do with your furry friend.

Final Thoughts

This concludes our top 10 DIY cat hammock plans that you can build for your feline pal. Remember, keep it safe, and your cat will be lounging in his own deluxe hammock in no time at all. He’ll love you for it!


Featured Image Credit: MissKaiser, Pixabay

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