IKEA Hack: Doll Bed to Cat Bed

Thu, Jan 29, 2009

Beds & Loungers, DIY Projects

Here’s a new one from IKEA Hacker. It’s an adaptation of the Duktig doll bed for use as a sturdy cat bed, designed especially for a slightly hefty tabby, Titina. Titina’s mom Paola bought two Hedda Rak cushion covers and sewed them to the correct size to make removable, washable covers for the existing doll bedding that comes with the Duktig. And there you have it! A less expensive alternative to the somewhat pricey Bastis Krona cat bed from IKEA. And Titina loves it!

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23 Responses to “IKEA Hack: Doll Bed to Cat Bed”

  1. 1
    Jarett Kobek

    I think this is a case of a good idea and less-than-excellent follow through– poor Titina looks like she is 15 pounds too large for her bed, and I can’t help but think that her face is ravaged with a depressed resignation brought about by humoring her owner!

    Her dangling paw, in particular, strikes me as reminiscent of the famous “Limp Hand” associated with dwellers of opium parlors in 19th Century Limehouse– not the kind of undignified posture one associates with such a robust feline, and one, I imagine, that is brought about by this bed’s distinct unsuitability!

  2. 2
    moderncat

    I believe these photos were taken during some extremely hot weather, hence Titina’s lack of spunk. Paola mentions in her post that she was trying to create a nice cool napping spot for Titina.

  3. 3
    Erika

    This is adorable, but I can see my ragdoll kitten Brando spilling out of this in no time!

  4. 4
    Teresa A

    Great idea. I’m off to Ikea right now!

  5. 5
    Jennifer

    I love this idea! We were just at IKEA the other week! Oh well. Next trip!

  6. 6
    Charlene

    Clever idea for a cat bed, think Titina needs a double size bed. My cats would love this.

  7. 7
    cynthia

    well I think she looks cute and happy!

  8. 8
    Julia B

    Oh, I think this is really sweet!Cat’s like to squeeze into spots that are a little too small for them anyway. Titina needs a pillow, though!

  9. 9
    Julia B

    *Sorry that should be cats, not cat’s

  10. 10
    Yvette

    I love this Ikea hack!
    This is adorable, I don’t know that my cats would use it though.

  11. 11
    Purrtho's Mom

    What a great bed for Titina! She looks like a happy kitty here. I’m glad to see someone else out there with a kitty as big as mine. My two big boys are Purrthos (18 lbs, 14 years old, diabetic for the last 5 years), a flame point Tortie Birman, and d’Artagnan, a 16 lb, 13 year old black, white, and brown tabby. They take turns sleeping on the upper corner of my living room loveseat, and I have to say, the backrest cushion really takes a beating. My other two kitties are both girls and much smaller and they tend to vary their sleeping areas more, but my old men like their creature comforts. They would love a bed like this.

  12. 12
    Kelsey

    Adorable and I am definetely taking this idea!!!

  13. 13
    jmuhj

    Titina is GORGEOUS. And I hope she enjoys her nice bed!

  14. 14
    tonka

    wow, …repressed…, unsuitability of a bed b/c of a dangling paw, …dignified posture. You don’t seem to have been around many cats. Titina just seems very relaxed to me, albeit a little too large, even her leg is dangling.

    I find my Cornish Rex to be a very dignified breed but Tatia turns into a limp, I mean limp biscuit when she is relaxed. Cats ball up when it’s cool to conserve heat but when it’s warm and they feel secure some let it all hang out, like Titina, my baby Tatia and her late brother Pax. Rock on Titina and kudos to mom!

  15. 15
    KimOlson

    Ha! I did that well over a year ago for my two bengal kittens! We also have created a “jungle gym” of sorts from a real tree top! It is floor to ceiling, and they love it! Widget and Toe-Foo love their adapted Duktig, and we get tons of laughs about our completely literal “cat bed” and “cat tree”! Go fot it moms…..very fun to create bedding ensembles to match any room or season!

  16. 16
    zoe heung

    If it comes with a cusion in suitable size, it would be perfect.

  17. 17
    Debra Kelly

    I just bought the duktig bed for my cat yesterday! She jumped right up on it as soon as it was assembled! I’ve bought some cotton batting and really soft fake fur (hot pink!) to make a cushion for the bed. Muffin is on the small side (7 lbs.) so this bed is the perfect size for her!

  18. 18
    Jessica P

    I went and bought one of these for my kitties, and they LOVE it. All of them want to sleep on it, it’s funny watching them steal each other’s place as one gets up to eat or potty. Such a great ‘hack’ and a wonderful use of $20. I have an old American Girl doll bunk bed back at my parents, from when I was growing up. Next time I’m there I’m going to try to snag it and offer than to the cats. I think they’d be glad for the expansion of ‘bed’ seating!!!

  19. 19
    kristina

    this is so beautiful, do you think it is sturdy enough to be made into a bunk bed?

  20. 20
    cincycat

    thanks for the idea! my 13-pound cat is completely obsessed with his new bed. julia is right that cats like to curl up on beds, so they need less space than you’d think. my cat has never used any other cat bed, but now spends most of his day on this one. i just put down a folded sheet or towel for him to lay on.

  21. 21
    Caroline Folk

    OMG I love the Ikea cat bed! I gotta get my foster kitties one of these as the lovely cat tree that I finally broke down and bought them they never use!

  22. 22
    scooterchiick

    I actually bought one of these beds years ago……. it was an instant hit!!! I always got strange looks when people couldn’t figure out why I had a doll bed in my house :p buy my kitty was happy


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