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5 DIY Cat Rooms You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

nine different cats in a room

Our cats deserve a spot in the house reserved just for them. Many love the extra space to play, lounge, and eat with all their belongings in peace. Or you might have a whole slew of cats that have too many belongings to fit in certain spaces. No matter your reason, we think we have a DIY for you.

Whether you can dedicate an entire room or just their very own small house or cubby, we tried our hand at some plans that turned out pretty amazing. Pick one you feel comfortable with and go for it.

Top 5 DIY Cat Room Ideas

1. DIY for Homeowners Modern Cat Condo with Wood Crates – Youtube

Materials: Wood crate, wine box, wood tray, 2×4, carpet, Velcro, screws, metal peel-and-stick tiles, scrap wood, ½-inch dowel, spray paint, sisal rope, rope monkey fist knot, varathane briarsmoke wood stain
Tools: Hot glue gun, tin snips, sander, clamps
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you are quite the crafter, we have a very nifty Modern Cat Condo with Wood Crates by DIY Homeowners that you can check out. You’ll have to gather several materials upfront, but the end result is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and sturdy (if made correctly).

What’s really great about this DIY is that it has both video and written step-by-step tutorials so you can go at your own pace and see the process unfold yourself.

If you feel comfortable with a can of spray paint and don’t mind buying some materials for the job, this is a pleasant little private space for your cat to enjoy in its own room.

2. Your Modern Family Closet-to-Cat-Room Conversion- Your modern Family

Your Modern Family Closet-to-Cat-Room Conversion- Your modern Family
Photo Credit: Your modern Family

Materials: Litter box, shelves, hammocks, carpet
Tools: Hammer, drill, nails
Difficulty Level: Easy

Do you have an extra closet that really collects junk and doesn’t get used? If so, you can give your cat its own private getaway—and it won’t be too difficult with this closet conversion by Your Modern Family.

What we really loved about this particular DIY is that you can store all your cat’s belongings literally inside, including the litter box. Because it’s in an enclosed spot, it reduces any odor trails throughout your house after your cat has done their business.

Even though this DIY description shows you how they did it, you can really get personal and creative with this one. Essentially, any toys, goodies, or hideaways inside you add are all up to you. But it’s a wonderful way to draw up inspiration for your own home.

3. Etsy Playhouse for Pets DIY Cat Cottage- Youtube

Materials: Etsy Playhouse Cat Cottage Plans, carpet
Tools: Glue gun, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you want to secure a plan you can follow that unfolds the process for you, you can check out Etsy Playhouse for Pets DIY Cat Cottage. When you purchase the plans, it comes with the materials you need to get started. You just follow the base floor plans out of cardboard.

Then, you can take the reins, creating a piece that stands out even more. You can paint the cardboard or follow the DIY video and use some spare carpet to make it a scratch-friendly place to hang.

This is more of a guided DIY project, perfect for beginners. If you want to try your hand, you simply make a purchase and go to town working on it.

4. Handmade Pretties DIY Cat Hotel- Handmade Pretties

Handmade Pretties DIY Cat Hotel- Handmade Pretties 
Image Credit: Handmade Pretties

Materials: Old dresser or armoire, fabric, thread, sisal rope, carpet, paint
Tools: Carpet tacks, carpet glue, eyehooks, carabiner clips
Difficulty Level: Easy

We think this DIY Cat Hotel by Handmade Pretties is an amazing way to give your cat their very own room at such a low cost. Something you’d have to pay hundreds of dollars for new can be yours if you are thrifty and crafty.

Just like these DIYers, you can put your kids to work to personalize this project. It’s a ton of fun, and there is so much room for creativity. What we really love is how many different options you have with creation.

The tutorial is a good guideline, but you can really make it your own. You don’t have to get any tools in some cases—it depends on how you want it to turn out. You can make a very intricate hotel or have basic paint and a few hammocks.

5. Tardis Cat Playhouse DIY- Icreatived

Tardis Cat Playhouse DIY- Icreatived
Image Credit: Icreatived

Materials: Wood, paint, carpet, screws, nails, glue
Tools: Hammer, paintbrush, drill, saw
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This is the Tardis Cat Playhouse DIY. How stinking adorable is this phone booth idea? If your cat is a regular criminal, they might need a comfy cell and a way to call their family. It is a large addition to a room, but you can add in all of your cat’s favorite toys and hammocks in one spot.

Suppose you have multiple cats, then all the better. You might not even remember you have them after a while once they see just how awesome their new hideaway is. Plus, it’s a really nifty creation to put in your home.

Generally speaking, it will likely take someone with lots of experience to create—or you may just need to put your head together with a few other people to make it happen. Plus, some of the materials might be out of budget for some.


You can have a ton of fun coming up with your very own cat room. You can get really creative or keep it simple but functional. You can designate an entire room in your home or create a room within a room—your cat will love it no matter what.

You should pick something within your skill level, but don’t hesitate to give yourself a challenge if you’re up for it!

Featured Image Credit: Arina Krasnikova, Pexels

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