Sasha’s Custom Modern Cat Stand

Fri, Apr 6, 2012

Climbing & Perching, DIY Projects

Moderncat reader Ashii from Minnesota was looking for a very specific piece of cat furniture to accommodate the needs of her family. Ashii and her partner Ippocratis recently adopted a Siamese kitten named Sasha to keep their little dog Remy company. The two get along beautifully, however, they needed separate places for mealtime, because there was too much sharing going on.

Ashii wanted just the right piece of cat furniture, and it had to have modern style to fit with their decor. Here are her design criteria:

  1. A stand which was high enough to place food out of reach from our extremely cat-like, tenacious, food monger dog.
  2. ‘Cats only’ area where Sasha can get an aerial view, soak up some sun, or take a cat nap without interruption.
  3. Modern design, so our apartment wouldn’t look like you took a wrong turn into animal alley.

After lots of searching, Ashii couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for so she took matters into her own hands. She designed this very unique and modern cat stand and found a local craftsman to build it for her. The stand is made of poplar wood stained espresso with brushed stainless steel bars. The pad on top is covered with sisal weave fabric and is attached with 3M Command Strips so it can be easily changed with the seasons or when it becomes worn.

The stand measures just over 4 feet tall, 13 inches deep, and 2 feet long. The total cost was $300, not bad for a custom design. It meets the family’s needs perfectly and Sasha (who might be the cutest thing ever!) absolutely loves it.

Thank you so much to Ashii for sharing this wonderful project!

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21 Responses to “Sasha’s Custom Modern Cat Stand”

  1. 1
    Rachel

    Cute! How does the cat get onto the top shelf though?

  2. 2
    Sasha

    Sasha jumps!
    Sometimes when she is lazy, she will meow to go up, but the bigger she gets, the easier it will be for her to make the leap. She is only 12 weeks currently.

  3. 3
    J Jessiman

    That would be a nice place to display my cats. :D

  4. 4
    Beatrice

    Wow, Rachel comment #1 …I came to the website to ask the same question!

  5. 5
    Katie

    Love this. Would love some DIY directions as well!

  6. 6
    Katie

    Plus – who was the designer – other Minnesotans want to know!

  7. 7
    Percy's Papa

    Great design but I think the lack of ease to get to the top would exclude a lot of cats. I think I’m going to have to go the custom design as well as I’ve yet to find a cat tree that is ‘just right’.

  8. 8
    DWolvin

    Just put a curout on one part of the shelf, alternate the sides and the cat would have a much easier time getting up… Or put a sisal strip running up the wall behind (if your cat has claws).

    Great design!

  9. 9
    jmuhj

    Sasha IS adorable, and her custom-made perch is gorgeous!

  10. 10
    Donna

    I love it! My kitties NEED this !

  11. 11
    Shannon

    That’s great! I’m inspired to make something similar, but probably from Ikea furniture parts. :)

  12. 12
    kittykitty

    I think it’s definitely eye-catching and inspiring.

  13. 13
    Amber

    This is an AWESOME cat stand!

  14. 14
    stephanie

    This is absolutely ingenious! I have a siamese kitty named Sasha too. She also looks like she dipped her face in a bowl of chocolate.

  15. 15
    stephanie

    1. A stand which was high enough to place food out of reach from our extremely cat-like, tenacious, food monger dog.

    2. ‘Cats only’ area where Sasha can get an aerial view, soak up some sun, or take a cat nap without interruption.

    3. Modern design, so our apartment wouldn’t look like you took a wrong turn into animal alley.

    I’m still laughing about #3.

  16. 16
    Furniture for cat

    The blog deserves well his name “Modern Cat” :-)

  17. 17
  18. 18
    Laura

    I really like this. It is so very nice.

  19. 19
    Iana

    I admire your design and woulld love to find out how to make one for myself? Any specifics and details are very much appreciated!

  20. 20
    Angela

    This is great! I figure I can build other shelves leading up to this one to make access to top more of ease for cats. like floating stairway… :)


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