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8 DIY cat hammocks for felines who love to be up high

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If you've got an adventurous feline in your household, creating your very own DIY cat hammock is a great way to let kitties explore up high.

An ideal addition to a wall or window; cat hammocks offer your feline greater visibility, as well as providing a convenient lounge spot once they've reached their destination. Alternatively, you can make one for adding to ground level that acts like an elevated cradle to keep paws completely off the carpet. 

The best cat bed for lazy moggies give them a roomy retreat to fully stretch out and enjoy a spot of sunshine. Consider cardboard as a basic material or go all-out and reach for the macramé to add extra style.

Whatever your skill level, these DIY cat hammocks can be created on a budget so you don't have to spend a fortune to treat your feline friend. Be sure to nip over to our DIY cat bed listicle too for even more inspiration. 

1. Macramé plant hanger DIY cat hammock


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Did you know you can use a simple macramé plant hanger to create a stylish DIY cat hammock for your feline? Home enthusiast Annika at @blondesigns created this simple make you can apply window-side.

If you're worried about whether your hammock can take your kitty's weight, a good idea is to keep as low to the sill as possible once hung. 

To make your own macramé plant hanger DIY cat hammock, you’ll need the following items:

• Macramé plant hanger
• A basket
• Large hook (can be picked up from hardware stores)
• Cat blanket or cushion (optional)


1. Attach the large hook to the wall corner of a window ensuring it's completely stable.
2. Hang the macramé plant hanger from the hook using a macramé metal ring.
3. Place the basket into the center of the macramé plant hanger making sure all the ropes hold the full circumference of the basket.
4. To entice your cat to use the hammock or to create optimum comfort, place a cat blanket into the basket. A round cushion can also work well. 

2. Wooden box DIY cat hammock


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Macramé cat hammocks don't always need to be round in shape. Why not transform a basic wooden box into a swinging cat hammock? 

TikTok user @arts.and.cats created this DIY for her cat, but found it was too small so be sure to check the size of the box by placing your feline inside before you get crafty!

To create your own wooden box-style cat hammock, you will need:

• 1 wooden box
• Macramé rope
• Macramé metal ring (for hanging)
• Cat blanket (optional)


1. Wrap macramé rope around the outside of your wooden box.
2. Tie and knot more rope to the sides of the box creating a macramé plant hanger style.
3. Use a macramé metal ring to hang the bed and add additional embellishments to the hammock if desired. You can also place a cat blanket inside the basket to create a cozy sleep environment.  

3. Cardboard box DIY cat hammock

Any cat owner knows their feline friend just can't get enough of cardboard boxes so it makes perfect sense to build a hammock inside. This creative DIY by AnimalWised is the perfect lazy pitstop for chilled moggies.

To create your own cardboard box-style cat hammock, you will need: 

• 1 tall cardboard box
• Marker
• Utility knife
• Fabric
• Pet-friendly paint
• Scissors 


1. Mark out sections on each side of the box leaving a 5cm margin from the edges. You will need four even panels on the sides of the box.
2. Cut out the panels with a box cutter or similar utility knife. When the panels are removed you will be left with a structure allowing entrance from all sides.
3. Paint all the sides in non-toxic, pet-friendly paint and leave to dry.
4. Cut out a square of fabric larger than the size of the box to allow for a big enough dip for your cat in the hammock.
5. Cut each corner of the square with a diagonal slit about four inches long.
6. With a sharp object, drill into the upper part of all sides of the structure.
7. Once all the holes are made, pass the split corners of the fabric square through and tie them in a firm knot to create the hammock.
8. Add further decorations or cat toys as required. You could opt to add extra fabric to the bottom of the box.

4. No-sew DIY cat hammock

Don't have sewing skills? No problem! This no-sew DIY cat hammock by Cats and Pats can be put together in a jiffy and it's rather budget-friendly too with many materials sourced from your local hardware store. Added bonus!

To create the no-sew DIY cat hammock you will need:

• 2 half inch bars of PVC pipe
• 4 90 degree elbows
• 4 connecting T's
• Saw
• Power tool for cutting
• 1 old pillowcase
• Scissors 


1. To get the right size for the shorter sides of your hammock, place a T and stretch the shorter length of the pillowcase across the pipe to act as a measure. Mark the PVC pipe, then cut to size.
2. Place another elbow on the other side of the PVC pipe and slide it in to the top of pillowcase. It should be a snug fit inside. Repeat process until you have two same-size PVC pipe frames.
3. Trim off the edge of the pillowcase.
4. Place a T on a longer length five foot PVC pipe to act as a measuring guide. Hold the pillow case at the end of the T and stretch over. Once again, mark the pipe where the pillowcase ends and cut to size.
5. Place another T on the other side of your newly cut pipe. Repeat the process until you have two same-size long PVC pipe frames. You should now have all four pieces of the hammock frame.
6. Use a power tool to cut an extra four short PVC pieces to 1 and half to 2 inches.
7. Assemble the frame together using the elbows and T's.
8. Slide the pillowcase over the frame. You can remove the bottom shorter frame to make this easier, then place it back.
9. Mark out 4x 5 inches out of the remaining PVC pipe and cut using a power tool to create four legs. Insert them into the connectors.

5. DIY cat hammock wall

Fancy creating a whole DIY playground for your felines to climb? This tutorial by Aaron Fixes Stuff features a good few steps but it's so easy to follow along, your kitty will soon be hanging around in style. 

To create the  DIY cat hammock wall you will need: 

• 1 long PVC pipe (2 inches)
•  Power tools or hacksaw
• 2 PVC caps
• Stud finder
• Drill
• Lag screw
• Cardboard
• Rope
• Hot glue gun
• Scissors 


1. Cut a PVC pipe into 6 and 12 inch pieces using a power tool or hacksaw.
2. Drill a hole into the center of 2 PVC caps.
3. Use a stud finder on the wall to find studs. Drill holes into the studs.
4. Place a lag screw through a PVC cap and into the wall.
5.  Secure a piece of rope between the cap and the wall and tighten the bolt to make sure that the rope stays secure.
6. Cut a piece of cardboard in the same diameter as the pipe.
7. Make an off-center hole in the cardboard piece.
8. Place hot glue on the edge of the rope and place it through the hole in the cardboard. Let it dry.
9.  Put hot glue on the perimeter of the PVC pipe, then secure the cardboard circle to the end of the pipe.
10. Place a bead of glue on the cardboard every half circle or so, twisting and sticking the rope around and down using a tight circular motion until it covers the entirety of the circle. Use longer lines of glue as you approach the outer layer.
11. Once you reach the PVC pipe, continue to wrap the rope around without glue.
12. Place a PVC cup on the end of the pipe and mark a line to indicate where the rope should stop. Cut the rope and use hot glue to stick it down.
13. Put the PVC pipe into the cap and drill two pilot holes into the sides of the cap. Drill a screw through to keep the cap and pipe secure to each other.
14. Wrap the rest of the rope around the cap, cut the edge and use hot glue to secure the rope.  
15. Repeat the process at least once to make another perch so you have two equally in line with each other on the wall. However, you can make as many as you like to create a vertical cat playground.
16. Finally, create a hammock by sewing two pockets into cloth so you can then insert the perches. 

6. Under the table cat hammock

DIY cat hammock

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If space is at a premium then you may want to make use of existing furniture rather than using up what little you have. This example from Martha Stewart could provide a novel solution:

You will need:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • 12 inches of twill tape
  • Batting
  • Quilter's ruler
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • An ideal side table


7. Wall-mounted cat hammock

DIY cat hammock

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Another solution to the lack-of-space conundrum is to move the hammock away from the floor, and onto the wall, as brought to you by The Merry Thought. Here’s how it’s done:

You will need:

  • Wood (1 x 4 x 8”)
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Brackets


8. Spruce cat hammock

DIY cat hammock

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Want a simple but attractive option for your cat? We like the look of this design from Spruce

What you need:

  • 8 18-inch pieces of 1"x1" pine
  • 4 8-inch pieces of 1"x1" pine
  • 2.5-inch finish nails
  • Decorative fabric
  • Brass upholstery tacks
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Pinking shears