Pre-made Shelves for DIY Custom Cat Climbing Walls

Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Climbing & Perching, DIY Projects

I’m always on the lookout for attractive pre-made shelving that could be used to create cat climbing walls. Here are a few of my finds that you could easily mix and match to create a wonderfully creative cat climbing wall:

  1. Creative Connectors Trio Wall Mount Shelves$35.95
    These shelves measure 15.75″ wide by 22.6″ tall by 6.71″ deep and could be used in combination with the others to create a great vertical walkway.
  2. Melannco Espresso Nesting “U” Shelves, Set of 3$20.00
    These little shelves are only 4″ deep, so they might not work with larger cats, but petite cats could use them to navigate a narrow space, like a hallway. You’d have to experiment with your own cats to see if they would use them.
  3. Creative Connectors Trio2 Wall Mount Shelves$35.95
    Measuring 31.5″ wide by 14.35″ tall by 6.71″ deep, use these shelves to create a fun stairway for your cats.
  4. Creative Connectors Invisible Mount Corner Wooden Shelving $24.60 to $60.73
    This corner shelf comes in four different sizes and mounts with invisible hardware. The largest shelf is perfect for creating a destination point along your cat superhighway.

Some of these shelves may not be big enough for cats to curl up on, but they could be used to create the lanes of your cat climbing wall, linking from one destination point to the next.

PLEASE NOTE: You may have to add extra supports to some of these shelves to make them safe for your cats to climb on. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mounting the shelves securely. It’s always best to drill into the wall studs whenever possible.

Also, make sure to add a non-slip surfaces to the top. 3M Safety-Walk Gray Indoor/Outdoor Treadis a good option, or you could cut pieces of carpet or sisal and attach to the top of the shelves with Velcro. These Non-Skid Sisal Carpet Stair Treadswould also work really well.

Most importantly, watch your cats to see what they like and make changes to accommodate their preferences. And have fun creating something that both you and your cats will love! If you do create a custom cat climbing wall, please send in your photos, we’d love to see it!

 

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10 Responses to “Pre-made Shelves for DIY Custom Cat Climbing Walls”

  1. 1
    Deena

    I have taken the shelves and sides of an old bookshelf and painted them to make cat shelves. But I haven’t been able to figure out how far apart to hang them vertically, I think about six inches up from each other, maybe it should be eight. My cats are about 12 pounds and although the boy is fairly tall, the girls are just medium. Any ideas?

  2. 2
    jmuhj

    I like these a lot. For the amazing array of collectibles you show, and even more, of course, for the most beautiful living masterpieces known as CATS. :)

  3. 3
    August

    I’m curious about the non-slip outdoor tape – wouldn’t claw punctures/wear make them quite sticky on the soon side?

  4. 4
    Isha

    Since modern cat furniture can be a little hard to afford on a budget, I love the idea of repurposing shelves that are designed for holding books or nicknacks. As someone who goes the DIY route, though, the problem I run into is that since shelving like this wasn’t designed with kitty in mind, you really need to look into the product before you buy and you have to commit to the idea of putting in some extra work.

    How is the shelf held to the wall? Can it stand up to acrobatics? How much weight can it bear? Will the surface scratch easily? Is it slippery, or is it fine without adding tread?

    As this article points out, these shelves are probably not safe for a cat on their own. They need tread and extra wall anchors. I see all sorts of fantastic designs for repurposed shelves all over the web, but what I’d love to see is a how-to guide. Step-by-step, how do you take shelves like these and make them both safe for Mr. Boots and beautiful at the same time?

  5. 5
    Mike

    I may get a cat just to have these shelves!

  6. 6
    Teresa

    Love these.

  7. 7
    DeKa

    These shelves are so versatile!

  8. 8
    cheep3r5

    Four words – French cleat wall system. DIY-able or fairly cheap to purchase. French Cleats can look similar to those retail wall systems. Repositionable shelvs. Make grid-like areas or do a whole wall. Simple 2×4 attached firmly to the back of anything you wan to use – simple boxes, wood shelves, the imagination is your limit. Here are some links for visual help. French cleats can be wood, steel or aluminum. You can make them or buy them. Kitchen cabinets use cleats so you know they can handle even the heaviest kittehs.

    Starting point for inspiration for my tiny budget
    http://www.moderncat.net/2011/11/17/update-on-catswall-design-modular-climbing-system/

    Some 2×4 lumber later and how Chad did his garage = lightbulb moment

    Chad’s Garage System – he has good info and tips – see cabinet hanging
    http://chadsworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/06/french-cleat-storage-how-to.html

    Babushka boxes using cleats for hanging
    http://danishlivingroom.com/the-babushka-boxes/

    Playwood backing for warm wood effect
    http://lumberjocks.com/projects/21309

  9. 9
    N. Morris

    so many ideas, so many blank walls to work with…


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