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5 DIY Cat Hiding Places You Can Create Today (With Pictures and Instructions)

Hallie Roddy

By Hallie Roddy

cat in a green tent

It likely doesn’t surprise you when we say that cats are a bit temperamental. One minute they are outgoing and rambunctious, and the next, they’re hiding out for the entire day. Sometimes our cats feel a little overwhelmed and stressed and need a place of their own to hide out in for the day.

Instead of dishing out your hard-earned cash on something that your cat might not even be interested in, there are plenty of DIY cat hideouts available online. Many of these can be created with things you already have lying around the house. All it takes is a bit of your personal time to put them together. By the end of it, your kitty will have a safe place that they can retreat to whenever life feels a bit heavy.

5 DIY Cat Hiding Places

1. T-Shirt Cat Tent

Materials: Cardboard box, t-shirt, cat bedding
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

This simple cat tent is one of the easiest things that you could make for them. With some scissors, a cardboard box, and an old tee, you could create one of their favorite places to hide within minutes.

What we love most about this DIY tent is that it can be as big or as small as you want it. Place a cat bed on the inside, and this can be your furry friend’s new favorite place to take a cat nap during the day or for them to retreat to when you have unfamiliar guests over.

2. Cat Litter and Food Hideaway

Materials: Two wooden cabinets with swinging doors
Tools: Jigsaw, drill
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Other than giving your cats a quiet place to hide, it’s also nice to have their litter and food stowed away so that no guests can see it when they come into your home. This cat and food hideaway could be customized to fit whatever needs you have. By drilling a few holes and cutting out some areas of the cabinet, you can create a two-story hideaway for your furry friend. If you already have a spot for their food and litter box, put some bedding inside to make a comfy cat condo.

3. Cardboard Cat Playhouse

Materials: Cardboard boxes, hot glue
Tools: Box cutter, hot glue gun
Difficulty Level: Easy

Making a DIY cat playhouse gives your cat a cozy place to play and hide with their other feline siblings. It’s amazing what a few cardboard boxes and some hot glue can make. The best part about this playhouse is that you can design it to look however you want. When you’re done building, pick out some fun paint colors to make it look even cuter.

4. Bench Cat Hideaway

Materials: Ikea bench, plywood board, yoga mat
Tools: Table saw, box cutter
Difficulty Level: Moderate

One thing that DIYers love doing it buying a cheap piece of furniture and transforming it into something more useful. This is an adorable bench hideaway using a garden bench from Ikea. You might need to use a table saw to cut the plywood board to size, but other than that, this hideaway is fairly easy to make. All you have to do is skip a few assembly steps from the instruction manual, fit the board to size, and then line it with a soft material like an old yoga mat. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

5. Cat Teepee

Materials: Four ¾-inch dowels, rope, 3 yards of fabric
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

Building a teepee for your cats doesn’t have to be challenging. You’d be surprised at how a few wooden poles, rope, and some fabric can create a cute and comfy place for your cats to hang out. If they’re feeling a little shy, you can close the cloth curtains and make a dark space for them to lounge. If they’re just hanging out, you can open them up and let them watch their surroundings from a comfortable place. Your cats are going to love this easy DIY cat hideaway.

And one more fun option…

Is there anything cuter than food-themed cat toys? The Hepper Instant Ramen Cat Bed is a cozy cat bed with a removable lid, but it's also an adorable bowl of ramen! This novelty bed is our product, and we love it so much, we just had to share it.


Sometimes cats just need a dark, quiet place to retreat to when they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Building them their own quiet sanctuary is only going to make them feel even more comfortable in their own home, and far less likely to act out than if they didn’t have a space where they feel safe. What we love about all these DIY projects is that none of them are too challenging, and even the more challenging ones require only the most basic carpentry skills that anyone could learn to do. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they offer your feline a place that’s just for them.

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