For those of us who enjoy a modern aesthetic when it comes to home furnishings, cat furniture can be kind of a downer. There's no denying, though, that kitties love to lounge and nap. (Pumpkin hanging out in this hammock is proof.) And we wouldn't want to deny our feline friends a cozy space to call their own. So we give you this DIY cat bed, which carries extra style points because it's technically a daybed, and, good lord, do we love a daybed. Plus, it's really easy to make. The comfy linen-upholstered top means luxury lounging for kitty, and the minimal style means chic Scandi vibes for your space.
Things You'll Need
1/2-inch thick plywood
Fabric (we used a gray linen remnant)
Determine what size you'd like to make your daybed, based on your kitty's size and the space in which you plan to use it. Have your hardware store cut (or cut it yourself) two pieces of 1/2-inch plywood to your desired dimensions. For reference, our daybed is 18 inches wide by 21 inches long.
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On the first piece of plywood, place the four table leg plates on top, spacing them one inch in from the sides, top and bottom. You want the elevated side of each plate pointing toward the center and the flat side pointing toward the outside edge of the plywood. (This will ensure the table legs are angled properly when you attach them.)
Drill pilot holes where the screws will go in each plate, but be careful not to drill all the way through the plywood.
Use a screw driver to secure all of the screws in place for each plate.
Screw the table legs into the plates, and then flip it over. This will be the base of your daybed.
Cut a piece of fabric and cotton batting to the same size, making sure they are at least three to four inches wider and longer than your plywood.
Cut a piece of high-density upholstery foam to the same size as your plywood.
Layer the fabric, batting, foam, and the second piece of plywood (in that order) centered on top of each other.
Tightly pull the fabric and batting up over the foam, and staple it into place on the plywood.
When you get to the corners, fold the fabric like you would when wrapping a present. Pull the fabric as taut as possible, smoothing it out as you go, and staple it into place on the plywood.
Now, simply place your upholstered cushion on top of the plywood base, and kitty is ready to lounge to her heart's content.