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7 DIY Cat Window Perches with No Screws You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

cat chilling on its window perch

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 7 DIY Cat Window Perches with No Screws

1. HGTV Hanging Perch

HGTV Hanging Perch- Hgtv
Image Credit: Hgtv
Materials: 8-inch concrete form, industrial-strength glue, synthetic rope, suction cups, carpet remnant
Tools: Utility knife, ruler, marker
Difficulty level: Low

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. My Outdoor Plans DIY Catio

My Outdoor Plans Catio- My outdoor plans
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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
Difficulty level: High

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.

3. IKEA Catio by Cuteness

IKEA Catio- Cuteness
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Materials: Hejne shelves, lumber, chicken wire, door hinges, door bolts, doorknob, wood screws, sliding screws
Tools: Staple gun, wire cutter, power drill, Allen wrench
Difficulty level: High

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.

4. DIY Hanging Basket Perch by Hymns and verses

Hanging Basket Perch- Hymns and verses
Image Credit: Hymns and verses
Materials: Basket tray, shelf brackets, jute rope, thin plywood, cat pillow
Tools: Utility knife, ruler, marker
Difficulty level: Low

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.

5. DIY Macrame Hammock by Macrame for beginners

Macrame Hammock- Macrame for beginners
Image Credit: Macrame for beginners
Materials: Macrame cords, wooden rings, square pillow, S-hook
Tools: None
Difficulty level: Moderate

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.

6. Inspirational Momma DIY Hammock

Inspirational Momma Hammock- Inspirational momma 
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Materials: Deck spindles, fleece, nails
Tools: Hammer, hand saw, or miter saw
Difficulty level: Low

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.

7. Project at the Picketts DIY Cat Bed

Project at the Picketts Cat Bed- Projects at the picketts
Image Credit: Projects at the picketts
Materials: Sewing thread, large cushion or cat bed, IKEA shelves or entertainment center
Tools: Sewing machine
Difficulty level: Low

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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