Cat Perch – A Detailed How To DIY Guide For 2019

We know most cats just love hanging out. They are always looking for that high cat perch to get on and dangle their front legs over. If you’re handy on the tools, perhaps this DIY guide is for you.

A Cat Ledge or Cat Window Perch can really introduce a whole new perspective to your cats life. Most cats love have a birds eye view, I know ironic right?

Anyways, in this article you’ll find a handy DIY guide on building your cat perch, I’ll also review a couple of options available to buy if DIY isn’t your thing.

How To Build Your Own Cat Perch

If you’ve been thinking about buying a cat ledge or making your own cat window perch, the below guide could be useful. A big thanks to Pet Meadow Crew for the guide.

What You Will Need

You’ll need some basic, easy to find hardware and materials to build your own cat ledge. I have listed the exact materials and measurements required to replicate the cat ledge in the video.

Materials:

  • (3) 8 ft – 2×4’s
  • (1) 2×2 ft 3/4 to 1 inch plywood
  • 2.5” wood screws
  • 3” wood screwsCarpet (approx 2.5 yds x 1 yd)

Tools Required:
A good Quality Chop/miter saw, or get your local store to cut the lengths provided.

A Staple Gun to secure the carpet to the wood as required. Pneumatic is best and you will need a compressor to go with it. If you do not have one the PORTER-CABLE C2002 Oil-Free UMC Pancake is the compressor and WEN 61702 Pneumatic 20-Gauge Stapler for the staple gun.

WEN 61702 Pneumatic 20-Gauge Stapler for the staple gun.
PORTER-CABLE C2002 Oil-Free UMC Pancake

You can go electric if you think that would suit you better. The Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun is my choice.

You’ll want a good quality drill to piece everything together with. The DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit will get the job done. A sharp knife for cutting the carpet to length and finally, a level for obvious reasons. You might require a tape measure for measuring up also.

Step 1: Cutting The Cat Ledge

Cut wood to the following sizes:

  • 2 x 2×4’s to height you want your ledge ( Length used in video: 7 ft for 9 ft ceilings)
  • 1 x 2×4 @23.5”
  • 1 x 2×4 @22”
  • 1 x 2×4 @10” and cut this in half lengthwise
  • 1 x 24” x 24” plywood with a 9×9” corner removed

All these sizes are customizable to your own space

Step 2: Sanding

Lightly sand the two under support pieces. Don’t forget to paint or stain depending on your preference.

Step 3: Carpeting The Cat Perch

Cut carpet pieces to fit remaining wood parts. Carpet the pole leaving the top and bottom bare. Be sure to wrap carpet tightly as you go, starting in the middle of the backside.

Carpet the top rails, leaving the bottom and back of them bare as well. Then carpet the ledge wrapping the carpet around all sides. Using 45 degree cuts at the corners tends to work best (stopping your cuts about 1” from the wood). This takes practice, just take your time.

Step 4: Install Rails

Install the top rails lining them up on the edge of the ledge with the back flush with the back of the ledge where it will butt against the wall. Use 2 2.5” wood screws per rail going from the bottom of the ledge up in to the rails.

Step 5: Find Wall Studs

Using a wall stud finder, find your wall studs where you will be installing the corner ledge and determine the install height (the top of the supports will match the top of your pole height)

Step 6: Install Supports

Drill holes through supports and install each one in to at least two studs using 3” wood screws, 1 screw per stud is more than enough.

Step 7: Install Ledge

Install the ledge on top of the supports using two 2.5” wood screws. Screw into each support from the top down.

Step 8: Install The Pole

Install the pole under the ledge at desired location. Make sure the pole is level on all sides, insert 3-4 3” wood screws through the ledge in to the pole.

Step 9: Secure The Pole To Floor

If possible, use two 2.5” wood screws and toenail the bottom of the pole into the floor. If installing on a hard surface like tile, putting a furniture non slip pad under the pole before install should reduce any movement.

Step 10: Enjoy Your Cat Perch

Enjoy watching your cat explore his or her new space.

Conclusion

A big thank you to Pet Meadow Crew for creating this video and guide, you can subscribe to them here.

While I hope this guide was useful in some way I understand that not everyone is handy with tools. If this was all a bit to much DIY and you are still wanting a cat perch or ledge for your cat than here are some of our recommendations.

Check out the other DIY guide we have on the cat exercise wheel.

Kitty Cot Original World’s Best Cat Perch

This perch will stand the test of time with its strong build quality and giant suction cups. It can take a beating and will suit all cats.

Kitty Cot Original World's Best Cat Perch

Pros:

  • Giant suction cups for a strong hold
  • Solid material
  • Stainless Steel cable

Cons:

  • Some People Don’t like the Stainless Steel
  • Not the most attractive Perch

K&H Pet Products Kitty Sill, Cat Perch

The vintage style won’t be suited to everyone, however the build quality is really good. Comfortable for all cats and will support even the chubbiest of cats or a those cheeky small dogs.

K&H Pet Products Kitty Sill cat perch

Pros:

  • Can hold up to 40 pounds
  • Solid material
  • Vintage Look
  • No Tools Required

Cons:

  • Won’t suit all applications

Trixie Pet Product Baza Cat Trees

The Trixie is great value that doubles as a toy and scratcher. Its metal rim might not suit all cats however it is comfortable and looks good.

Trixie Pet Product Baza Cat Trees cat perch

Pros:

  • Soft Material
  • Doubles as a scratcher

Cons:

  • Prone to Wear and Tear
  • Can be a little small