Learn how to make a fun cat hammock so that your favorite kitty can lounge in style. Your cat will love this DIY cat hammock made from an old table and supplies from the hardware store.
DIY cat hammock under a table
My kitty, Bread loves to snuggle with me in bed. She also loves to have her own spaces to relax and lounge during the day when she’s not out chasing birds outside.
I wanted to make her a fun play area and hammock that she can relax in but I didn’t want to have a free standing cat condo that would take up too much room in our living room area.
I already had this wood table that is right by the front door that holds stuff we need to put down as we enter the house. Like most things I seem to up-cycle for my home, I found it out in the field when I was going for a walk and dragged it back home. It’s 50 pounds and I had to carry it half a mile back to my house. Needless to say my muscles were quite sore the next day.
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The little table fit in this corner of the living room quite well and has served us well for the past few years.
When I was thinking about making a DIY cat hammock I decided that this table would be the perfect base for it.
Supplies for No-Sew Cat Hammock
- Wood table with 4 legs
- 4 eye hooks
- 4 carabiners
- 1 yard of thick, non- fraying fabric, like vinyl
- 1 broom head
- Pom Poms
- Staple gun and staples
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Instructions for DIY cat hammock
I started by drilling small holes in the for posts underneath the table and screwed in eye hooks.
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Then I found an old piece of fake leather fabric and cut it into a square a bit bigger than the top of the table so that the when the fabric is attached it hangs down a bit and my cat can snuggle in.
I poked holes in each corner of the fabric and secured it to the eye screws with carabiners. They can easily clip on and off if I need to wash the fabric.
Because the fabric is a heavy faux leather I don’t need to worry about the holes I poked in it fraying or tearing. If I used cotton fabric I would probably have had to add grommets.
The cat hammock is nice but I wanted to go further and make it into a total kitty play station.
I found cheap rope and stapled it around on the legs so that she could scratch it (and hopefully not my couch). I was surprised how much she likes to scratch the rope. Climbing up and down it has been fun for her.
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Next I screwed on a broom head to use as a place for her to scratch her body on. If you have cats you’ll know then like to smoosh their faces on the corners of walls and furniture and scratch their butts on anything that feels good.
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To complete the kitty play station I decided to hang a few pom poms that she can swat at when she’s feeling playful.
I took faux fur pom poms, tied them to twine and and stapled them to the underside of the table.
Next I placed her little cat tent on top so she nap up top if she wants too.
What do you think of my DIY cat hammock and play area? Will you make one for your kitty?