DIY Cat Tree

Turn an old tree into a classy cat tower!

DIY Cat Tree

Got an old, small-sized tree in your yard that needs to be cut down? Instead of chopping it down into small pieces and getting rid of it, you can turn the entire tree into a classy cat tower! Any cat, yours included, would love this resting/playground area ;)

People mostly live in a horizontal world – but cats aren’t limited to the horizontal. They also love the vertical aspects of their environment. They rely on vertical objects for safety, comfort – and, yes, fun. All of those are crucial parts of feline life.

This project is one of the simpler cat towers you can build. The first step is to imagine and decide how your cat tree would look. Take into account the weight distribution or balance, so it doesn’t easily fall on anything and anyone!

“Clean” the tree by cutting off unnecessary branches, then brush and sand it down to get rid of splinters. Create the platforms by cutting customized shapes and attaching them to the tree using lag screws. You can use a laser level for cutting the branches into a perfect horizontal line.

DIY Cat Tree

Last but not the least, your cats would need rope-covered branches for climbing or scratching, as well as a carpet on the platforms to make for a warm and cozy resting place. You can also create platforms in tube shape so they can have some crawl space to curl into (you know how cats just love to squeeze themselves into tiny spaces!).

And that’s it! You now have a classy cat tower for your furbabies!

Do you know any cat lovers out there who would love this idea? We’re sure your cat would!


  • Old Tree
  • Plywood
  • Oak Trim
  • Manilla Rope
  • Lag Screws
  • Wood Screws
  • Cardboard (for template)
  • Wood Glue
  • Finish Nails
  • Carpet
  • Oil-based Urethane
  • Carpet Tape
  • Greenhouse Staple


  • Sabre Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Laser Level
  • Cutter
  • Belt Sander
  • Router
  • Spindle Sander
  • Steam Cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Band Clamp
  • Hammer
  • Nail Gun

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Thanks to sliphur for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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