Outdoor cats can relax in the cool grass, climb trees, and chase squirrels around the neighborhood, but their indoor friends have to seek entertainment indoors. Indoor felines enjoy longer lifespans than outdoor kitties, but they can become bored and anxious without mental stimulation. Windows offer indoor pets a view of the great outdoors, but most units are not designed to support lounging cats.
With a window perch, your cat can follow the action outside and fall asleep comfortably in the sunlight. Commercial window perches are overpriced, and some models are not stable enough to hold hefty kitties, but we’ve compiled the best window perch plans with no screws, so you save money and treat your cat to an incredible view.
The Top 10 DIY Cat Window Perches with No Screws
1. HGTV Hanging Perch
|Materials:||8-inch concrete form, industrial-strength glue, synthetic rope, suction cups, carpet remnant|
|Tools:||Utility knife, ruler, marker|
This simple perch from HGTV uses a concrete form supported by suction cups to create a clever hanging perch. You can find several concrete form products, but this plan uses a cylindrical product made of coated lightweight fiber. After cutting a hole in the center of the tube to form the basket, you cover the material with carpet to give your pet a comfortable surface. The author created this design for a kitten, and we suggest using another plan for larger cats. The suction cups may slide down the glass if a hefty kitty jumps in the perch.
2. Ryobi Nation Window Box
|Materials:||PVC trim, PVC sheet, square black plastic fence, galvanized nails, screws|
|Tools:||Miter saw, hammer|
Window perches give your pet a closer view of nature, but this window box from Ryobi Nation allows your cat to breathe in the fresh air. It’s made of PVC components and black plastic fencing, and it’s similar in size to AC window units. Constructing the box requires some experience with a miter saw, but a beginner should complete the project in under 3 hours. The box is held in place by the upper sash in the window, and it’s easy to remove since it’s not permanently attached to the interior.
3. My Outdoor Plans Catio
|Materials:||lumber of various sizes, polycarbonate, screws, hinges, latch, safety gloves, safety goggles|
|Tools:||Hammer, tape measure, framing square, level, miter saw, drill, screwdriver, sander|
If you want to spoil your pet with an enormous catio, you can build this complex project in 6 to 8 hours. If you do not have experience with framing, we suggest trying a simpler design. Constructing the catio is like adding another addition to your home, and you probably should check your neighborhood’s covenant or HOA guidelines to ensure the catio does not violate building codes. You’ll need a significant supply of lumber and plenty of tools to complete the job during daylight hours, but the finished product is sure to make your favorite pet happy.
4. IKEA Catio
|Materials:||Hejne shelves, lumber, chicken wire, door hinges, door bolts, doorknob, wood screws, sliding screws|
|Tools:||Staple gun, wire cutter, power drill, Allen wrench|
This IKEA Catio is not quite as complicated as the previous design, but it is not a project for an amateur. Instead of using multiple lengths of lumber, this catio uses two IKEA shelving units. If you’re unfamiliar with IKEA products, you may be surprised how often you’ll use an Allen wrench to construct the shelves. IKEA loves hex screws, and your hands will probably need a rest before building the door. Unlike other catio designs, this unit includes a door you can access from the outside in emergencies. This project is ideal for multiple cat families because it has several platforms to play on and rest.
5. No-Sew Cat Hammock
|Materials:||PVC pipes, fabric of your choice|
If you’re looking for a simple DIY perch but dislike the idea of suction cups supporting the unit’s weight, you can build this simple DIY hammock. It’s one of the most effortless designs to make, and you can finish the hammock in less than an hour. You begin by constructing a frame with PVC pipes, and then you glue the fabric onto the pipes. When the glue has dried, you can invite your cat to test it out. The website does not include detailed instructions with the picture, but we suggest measuring the distance from the floor to the bottom of your window before cutting PVC. If the base is too short, your pet will miss out on the scenic view.
6. Hanging Basket Perch
|Materials:||Basket tray, shelf brackets, jute rope, thin plywood, cat pillow|
|Tools:||Utility knife, ruler, marker|
You can buy a basket tray to make this hanging basket perch, or you can use a braided basket gathering dusk in your attic or storage room. Although this design uses brackets attached with screws to support the basket, you can use brackets with adhesive to preserve the wall below your window trim. If you purchase a pre-cut length of plywood, the only tool you’ll need to complete this project is a utility knife to cut the jute rope. Adding a cozy cat pillow or blanket creates a comfortable bed for your pet to watch the birds and squirrels.
7. Macrame Hammock
|Materials:||Macrame cords, wooden rings, square pillow, S-hook|
If you’re familiar with macrame knots, you’ll love this gorgeous macrame hammock for cats. The website includes an in-depth tutorial on knot tying and constructing the hammock for cat owners who have never made a macrame design. You can hang the hammock from an S-hook attached to a wall near the window or use an S-hook secured to a stud in the ceiling. The only tools you need are your hands for tying knots, and you’ll probably be ready to tackle other macrame designs after a bit of practice.
8. DIY Ladder Perch
|Materials:||Old wooden ladder, cat pillows, carpet, cat hammock|
|Tools:||Hot glue gun|
Do you have an old wooden ladder that’s in your garage or attic? This ladder project converts an unused ladder into a mobile cat perch you can move around the house. The author’s website also includes creative ways you can use old chairs, shelves, and storage cubes to make cat furniture. The ladder is our favorite design from the site, and it’s one of the few perch projects that is not anchored to a wall or window. The top platform supports a cat pillow or blanket, and you can attach a cat hammock to the ladder’s lower rungs.
9. Inspirational Momma Hammock
|Materials:||Deck spindles, fleece, nails|
|Tools:||Hammer, hand saw, or miter saw|
This hammock from Inspirational Momma is ideal for homes with floor-to-ceiling windows. The author saved a bundle on supplies by using spindles from an old deck. You can paint the wood to match your furnishings, or you can leave the frame as it is for a weathered, rustic look. After building the structure by nailing the spindles together, you only have to tie a large piece of fleece to the top, and you’re done. If the spindles are in good condition and do not require sanding or sawing, you can finish the plan in less than 30 minutes.
10. Project at the Picketts Cat Bed
|Materials:||Sewing thread, large cushion or cat bed, IKEA shelves or entertainment center|
This design from Project at the Pickets is intended for dogs, but you can use a smaller cushion and table for your cat. The author sewed an attractive cover on a large cushion to create an elevated bed for her dog. You can follow the sewing instructions to create a unique pillow cushion or use an ordinary cat pillow or bed without the cover. The base of the bed is an open cabinet, but you can try IKEA shelves or an entertainment center kit to support the bed.
Cats need to keep tabs on the outdoor environment, and they love to fall asleep in front of the window on a bright, sunny day. A window perch gives them a comfortable viewpoint to watch wildlife, and most of the DIY plans we discussed can be constructed in a few hours or less. We hope you enjoy building a window perch for your lovable furball, and we’re sure your cat will love relaxing in its cozy new bed.
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