Make A Cat Climbing Tree

  • Make A Cat Climbing Tree

Keep kitty entertained and save your furniture with this cat climbing tree. 

Elaborate multi-level cat trees are popular products in pet stores, but they aren’t cheap and usually can’t be adapted to suit your home. 

This DIY play equipment will challenge your cat and can be customised to fit the available space. 

Made from 90mm diameter stormwater pipe, it can be assembled in a variety of ways and if the joints are left unglued, the structure can be modified as desired in the future. 

For a more permanent design, just secure the joints with PVC cement.

This tree stands 1650mm high and has three branches that were created using 45º Y joiners. Sisal carpet offcuts attached to the pipe provide a textured surface for climbing.

A sleeping box lined with soft carpet is attached to the top ofthe tree. Cut the box components from a 1200 x = 900 x 12mm sheet of plywood using a circular saw and straightedge guide.

To finish, mount the entire tree assembly on a stable base.

TIP We slid the pipe over the sleeve of a metal umbrella stand and secured it using screws.


Use PVA adhesive and 35mm x 8g timber screws to make the box. Secure the box to the end cap with 40mm x 8g screws. Use 30mm x 8g self-tapping metal screws to attach the tree to a metal umbrella stand.

Make the climbing tree 

Step 1. Cut the box front

Draw a 280mm diameter circle on the box front panel. Drill a starter hole just inside the circle using an 8mm bit and cut out with a jigsaw then lightly sand all the edges.

Step 2. Build the box

Drill equally spaced 2mm countersunk pilot holes 6mm from all edges. Position the box sides between the top and base, secure with screws then add the back panel.

Step 3. Cover the box

Cut carpet to line the box, using the circle cutout as a template for the front panel, securing with carpet adhesive or double-sided tape. Attach the front panel and cover the outside.

Step 4. Cut the pipe

To ensure a square cut, wrap masking tape around the pipe then cut using a mitre box and handsaw.TIP We cut five lengths at 450 and 400mm each, and three at 250mm

Step 5. Attach the carpet

Cut sisal carpet offcuts to size with a utility knife and butt join around the pipes, securing with double-sided tape. TIP Cut carpet 25mm short on the straight length ends to join the pipes.

Step 6. Assemble the tree

Push the pipe lengths into three Y joiners, adding end caps. Secure the base to a metal umbrella stand with self-tapping screws then attach the box to the top end cap with screws.

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