Cynthia is a life-long DIYer who runs her own design sewing studio, which she says gives her the opportunity to constantly pursue DIY projects. She’s been a cat parent for six years, too. So when she redesigned her living room, she found herself with a mostly empty wall. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity to marry form and function to benefit all members of our household,” Cynthia says. “And since most things revolve around the cat, he had the most input into the design.”
So what did her cat, Rajah, want? A cat wall.
Cynthia already had an idea of what this cat wall would include: shelves, boxes, ramps, and a cave. So she drew a plan inspired by her love of treehouses, books, and her cat, and then made a rough model of her design.
Using a miter saw, Cynthia cut premium pine into the boards needed for the cat wall, and labeled each piece and the model to match. “This made things a lot easier,” she says. Then, she cut grooves for biscuit joints followed by gluing the pieces of wood together in her preferred shape, using clamps and going slowly.
She sanded the surfaces, rounded the edges, and cleaned everything with a damp sponge. Then, she used shelf brackets to attach the cat wall to her living-room wall. “These are all anchored into studs,” Cynthia says. “That was the trick and solution for me.”
Cynthia went above and beyond for Rajah by including an LED strip, an optional but impressive finishing touch. She added carpet runners where Rajah would be walking, and attached a rope bridge—made from six slats, a clothesline rope, and large wooden beads—from the main structure to a higher-up “cat cave.”
Rajah uses his cat wall for napping, enjoying some peace and quiet, and keeping his stash of catnip to himself. When Cynthia asked him for input about what he loves about his cat wall, he added: “Meow, meow.” (“That it is mine, and mine alone.”)