IKEA Hack from Stockholm

Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Climbing & Perching, DIY Projects

Here’s a nice moderncat IKEA hack from Joachim in Stockholm. The project uses the good old Bjarnum brackets and Jarpen shelves (in oak) topped off with pieces of an IKEA wool carpet. On the very top shelf sits an IKEA Bastis cat bed, which is, I’m guessing, the most coveted spot in the house.

More details and photos here.

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31 Responses to “IKEA Hack from Stockholm”

  1. 1

    OOOH, what gorgeous Swedish cats! The Bastis cat beds are very cushy indeed. And I’m an oak person, too. ;)

  2. 2
    Alexandrea M

    We were just at Ikea and I was telling my husband about this – now we are staring at our wall and trying to figure out if we want to destroy our walls like that!

  3. 3
    Karin Stewart

    My cats would absolutely adore the shelves to climb and recline on!

  4. 4
    Tricia Hamill

    The only thing I am worried about here is the potential for the IKEA cushion bed slipping off of the shelf and causing the cat to suffer severe injuries or even death. If you plan on making this climbing wall – which is WAY TOO COOL by the way – I would urge that you screw the bed cushion to the shelf to prevent accidents.

  5. 5
    Paul Cypert

    Not so good if you have a Tonk or other active type cat. You’d get a lot of surprise cat jumps onto your shoulders from this vantage point :D

  6. 6
    flat cat

    i have 20ft ceilings.. if my cat fell, he wouldnt be very cat like after!!

  7. 7
    Mestre Bonsai

    Tricia Hamill, you don’t need to worry so much, cats are very good falling on their feet, the taller they fall the better. Really.
    Anyway, just screw a little wooden bar in the front so the bed cushion won’t slide off. And if you want to make it nice, cut several wood peaces and glue or screw them so it makes the bend ;-)
    (I really have to work on my english… geesh)

  8. 8
    Tom Woolf

    I like that idea! I’d have to make sure the shelves were screwed into studs, though. One of my cats is just a biiiiig cat (not fat, but a beast), and could pull a shelf support out of drywall over time.

  9. 9

    very cool…. velcro the cushion so you can clean it later…

    my cat has his own loft which is right over where most of the heat fromt he heater escapes… whenever the heat comes on you can find him up there. He loves it.

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  11. 11

    #11 is correct. my cat used to be an outside cat. she has leaped from trees, roofs, etc to the ground and/or other objects.

  12. 12

    I have seen ideas like this years ago where the owners went so far as to cut out shapes above the doors for the cats to walk through to pathways around the house, instead of a plate rail, it was like a cat rail…

    I’ll just be happy to get the room enough in the yard with a good door to make my outdoor catroom…screened in high w a 1/2 covered patio and some grass, mini tree and patio stones/set for me to sit and enjoy tea…and of course bird feeders surrounding to drive them nuts!!!

  13. 13

    These shelves are awesome! We have a spare room in our home which we use (exclusively) to foster FeLV+ cats! Here is one of my favorite fosters, who has since passed away…

  14. 14
    Edwin Wityshyn

    My only concern about this fantastic idea is that mounting of these platforms may be shakey at best. The odds of being able to screw even one side into a stud for extra strength are pretty low, especially if you want to place all the platforms at a certain distance from each other. a 20lb cat jumping from a higher perch onto a lower one, landing near the edge of the platform, can easily exert more than 60lbs of sudden force on the mount points. Those small plastic drywall “inserts” will not be enough to hold.

    You would need to use the metal Expanding “T” Drywall mounts, the ones where you drill the hole, insert the mount through the hole, letting the “T” flip open (if there is not insulation to prevent this from happening), then pulling it tight against the inside of the wall and THEN you attach your IKEA hardware to these mounts using the supplied screws.

    Otherwise, you run the risk of running/jumping cats putting a wee bit too much stress on the screws/wall and risk tearing them out, ruining a perfectly good idea.

    Just thought I would help here. Now off to IKEA I go…

  15. 15

    Great idea, I can see you walk in and get a tap on the head hello.

  16. 16

    I don’t have an Ikea near me, and I’m having trouble finding some of the shelves on their web site. I went to four other stores around here trying to find something similar, but no luck. Specifically I’m having trouble finding the shelf the cat actually sits on.

  17. 17

    If you use the same plastic/nylon drywall anchors that are used to hang cabinets, you will have no problem with a 20 (or 30) pound cat. Think of how much your dishes, pots, pans, or 12-packs of soda weigh, and you never expect your cabinets to come crashing off the wall.

  18. 18

    LOL – just following up. Cabinets are SUPPOSED to be anchored to wall studs – I believe that is in the Building Code. Otherwise, the weight of pots and pans may eventually cause the wall to simply fall apart and all comes crashing down.

    At least, when I built my kitchen, every cabinet was anchored in one manner or other, to wall-studs and not just to drywall. Perhaps it is just a knee-jerk reaction of mine to anchor stuff to studs and keep drywall anchors for pictures and other knick-knacks.

  19. 19

    I build my own cat shelves too, but I love those brackets. Looking on the IKEA website, it doesn’t say how much weight they hold though. Maybe if I went to the store they’d know. :)


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