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10 DIY No-Sew Cat Hammock Patterns & Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

Ed Malaker

By Ed Malaker

cat resting on a basket hammock

Cat owners understand the importance of providing their kitty with a space of their own where they can lounge and escape the noise of an active house. Whether your kitty loves chilling in front of a window or has a favorite table they hide under, you can choose a DIY no-sew cat hammock pattern or plan to create the perfect hideaway for your pet.

Below, we have five ideas to help you avoid unwanted sewing while letting your creative juices flow. Take a look at each one and choose the plan that is best suited for your home and your cat.

The 10 No-Sew Cat Hammock Patterns & Plans

1. DIY Magic Carpet Hammock by Settle Down Slinki

DIY magic carpet cat hammock
Image Credit: Settle Down Slinki
Materials: Old towel, yarn strong enough to hold up your cat and the hammock, elastic bands, table
Tools: Scissors, crochet hook
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This magic carpet hammock is a creative way to allow your cat its own space to lounge throughout the day. Using an old towel and crochet yarn you can easily make this hammock under your cat’s favorite table. If the table is too large to tie the hammock up you can always improvise and use screw hooks on the underneath of the table to keep the hammock in place.

2. DIY Scrap Cat Hammock by The Owner Builder Network

DIY Inexpensive Cat Hammock
Image Credit: The Owner Builder Network
Materials: PVC pipes in preferred size, 4 90º PVC elbow connectors, 4 T connectors, an old pillowcase
Tools: Electric hand saw, scissors, sharpie
Difficulty Level: Medium

If you’re good with your hands and have extra PVC laying around the workshop you can easily throw this scrap cat hammock together for your spoiled kitty. If you’d prefer to avoid PVC it can easily be substituted with scrap wood you may have lying around. Either way, you’ll save money making this lounger for your cat while also using up the scraps you have lying around.

3. DIY Macrame Cord Hammock by Cuckoo 4 Design

DIY cat bed using macrame cord
Image Credit: Cuckoo 4 Design
Materials: Macrame cord, 2 18-inch metal hoops, 18-inch pillow (round), plant hook, measuring tape, small clamps (optional)
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Advanced

For those who love macrame, this macrame cord hammock is the perfect addition to the home. Your cat will lay on their pillow comfortably while you take pride in the work you’ve done. This project may look a bit complicated, but once you start you’ll realize it can be done in only a few hours. Luckily, if you’re already a fan of macrame, you’ll have most of the required items lying around the house.

4. DIY Bunk Bed Cat Hammock by Makezine

diy bunk bed hammocks
Image Credit: Makezine
Materials: Fabric, wood, rope
Tools: Saw, hammer, scissors
Difficulty Level: Moderate

The Bunk Bed Cat Hammock is fun to build and provides room for several cats. It uses simple materials, like wood and fabric, that are easy to find and inexpensive to purchase, and it will only take a day or two to complete. It has two tiers and a sturdy base, so your cats won’t be nervous about getting in and out of it. Despite its simplicity, it looks great in any room, especially when you place it in front of a window.

5. Simple DIY Kitty Hammock by One Good Thing

diy cat hammock
Image Credit: One Good Thing
Materials: Cardboard box, blanket, glue
Tools: Box cutter, ruler
Difficulty Level: Easy

The Simple DIY Kitty Hammock project is likely one of the easiest that you will find and only requires a sturdy cardboard box and blankets. The author walks you through setting it up, and you can likely complete it in just a few minutes. It works well for small kittens, and you can add support later when the kittens get heavier.

6. DIY Chair Hammock by Borrowed Heaven

diy cat hammock chair
Image Credit: Borrowed Heaven
Materials: Tall chair, sisal rope, pillowcases
Tools: Staple gun, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

The DIY Chair Hammock is a fun project to build, and you can use an old chair to minimize costs. It results in a hammock below the seat that your cat will enjoy lounging around in, and when they wake up, they can stretch out on the scratching pads above. The instructions for this project are easy to follow, and you can likely complete it in only a few hours once you have all the supplies.

7. Round DIY Cat Hammock by Instructables

diy hammock
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Wood, fabric, screws
Tools: Sandpaper, saw
Difficulty Level: Easy

The Round Cat Hammock is an easy project that is relatively inexpensive to make, and there are even a few tips to build it without cutting any wood. The finished product is attractive and comfortable. The round hammock attaches to the sturdy base using chains, so it’s also quite durable. It’s lightweight and compact, so it’s easy to store away when you aren’t using it.

8. Wooden DIY Cat Hammock by Instructables

diy cat hammock
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Wood bars, rope, wood glue
Tools: Compound saw
Difficulty Level: Advanced

The Wooden Cat Hammock project is perfect for an advanced worker who wants to create something nice for their pet. It’s extremely comfortable and sure to be one of your cat’s favorite resting spots. It’s also durable and will likely last many years, even with heavy use, and it’s one of the most attractive hammocks on this list. There being a few angled cuts means it’s considered an advanced project, but if you are patient, you can build it even without much experience.

9. Low Budget DIY Cat Hammock by Rachel Ann Espinosa

Materials: Bike hooks, towels
Tools: None
Difficulty Level: Beginner

The Low Budget Cat Hammock is an easy-to-build project that anyone can make in just a few minutes. It uses bicycle hooks attached to a towel to create the hammock, and you can attach the clips to a cage or another object to hang it above the ground so your cats can use it. It’s surprisingly sturdy and works especially well for kittens that might be staying in a crate.

10. No Sew Pet Hammock by Ferret Tails

Materials: Fleece, fabric
Tools: Scissors, safety pins
Difficulty Level: Beginner

The No Sew Pet Hammock is a great project for anyone, resulting in an attractive and comfortable hammock. It’s highly customizable, and you can use different colors and patterns to make something that matches the environment. You can also adjust the size so it’s comfortable for large and small cats, and after you make the first one, you might want to make several more!


We hope these visual inspirations have motivated you to set up a safe haven for the ultimate feline relaxation experience in your home. Whether you are an avid DIYer or just starting out, there’s a plan for each level of expertise. Remember to let go of doing things perfectly and focus on providing your cat with some R&R, they’ll be happy with just about anything you put love into—or, if not, they’ll certainly let you know.

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