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A year ago I had the honor to be a Featured Author on this site. One of the questions I was asked in the interview was about the next big project I planned to make. My answer was "a bed for my cat". Actually, my idea was to recreate a cardboard cat bed I saw on the internet.
I have multiple reasons why I didn't do it: laziness, the problem of getting so much cardboard and the fact that my cat wouldn't have gone into that bed anyway. She didn't like cat beds like that one.
Well, it's been a year and my dear cat is not with me anymore :( I should thank Instructables though, because the Pet Contest pushed me to finally make it for my new kitten!

Now it was about time! 
I still had the cardboard cat bed I saw online on my mind when I started to make mine, but as I was making it, I realized that it wasn't going to be like that one. The shape I made is different and I am actually happy about that. Creating something completely new gives so much more satisfaction!

The whole cat bed is made out of cardboard layers, one above the other. Unfortunately I don't have a laser cutter so I had to cut all of those pieces using a cutter by hand.
Am I crazy? Probably yes. 
It's been a long and hard work, but I can assure you that it was worth everything. And you know what? The excitement I had while cutting all those pieces made the whole process so much fun!
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Step 1: What you need

  • A LOT of corrugated cardboard - I used the one with 2 layers, it's about 6mm thick (0.23 inches)
  • cutter
  • pencil
  • compass (you may need the extension that makes it longer too)
  • ruler
  • white glue
  • paint brush
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Darthorso9 months ago

Brava Linda! Gran bella cuccia! :D

Io ho due gattoni, uno nero enorme e una tricolore piccolina, una cuccia del genere farebbe sicuramente al caso loro! ^^

lindarose92 (author)  Darthorso9 months ago

Grazie!! Se quello nero è enorme ti conviene fare una cuccia il doppio di mio sta crescendo talmente tanto che ormai fa fatica a starci!! :D

Eh si, quello nero è un bel gattone di quasi 7 kg!

L'altra è piccolina e il veterinario dice che rimane cosi! Eccoli :D

lindarose92 (author)  Darthorso9 months ago

Che teneri!! Ma non è che la piccolina sia rimasta schiacciata sotto vero?! :D

No, lei ormai è immune al peso dell'altro XD

Si sdraiano sempre così sul tappetino del bagno e restano lì a coccolarsi!

I don't know how I missed it, Congratulations on your win Linda. :)

lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya10 months ago

Thank you Tarun! :)

HagridsMom11 months ago

OMG - your kitten is too cute! This bed is amazing - how many hours though did it take you to cut all the cardboard? I don't think my carpal tunnel could manage all that. Love the shape, etc. Thanks for sharing.

lindarose92 (author)  HagridsMom10 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm so sorry for the delay, I have just re-seen your comment and I was sure that I actually replied to you many days ago but apparently my reply didn't go through. Anyway, it took me about 3 afternoons to cut all pieces, with many breaks in the middle of course :D I was surprised that my hand didn't hurt too much, but I may have developed the carpal tunnel too if I did this for longer...I have good news though: I have recently tried to make a square shaped one and a friend showed me how simple it is to cut cardboard with a jigsaw. The most important thing is that you use a blade for iron instead of the one you would use for wood because it doesn't ruin the cardboard :)

lindarose92 (author)  HagridsMom11 months ago

Thank you so much! I didn't count exactly how many hours it took me but I worked on this cat bed for about 3 afternoons :D
And I totally understand about the carpal tunnel, I think that if I continue to work this way I will end up having the same problem! Using a laser cutter would make it easier for you :)

ctx198510 months ago

Such a cool little cat house! I love it!

lindarose92 (author)  ctx198510 months ago

Thank you so much!! :)

nutgone10 months ago

What a great idea & a really lovely looking cat house. I suppose if you were feeling really creative you could make it in different shapes, like square, rectangular, maybe even triangular. Or you could go for an oval, but the proportions would need to be the same, unless you got really really creative & went for a kind of wavy effect on the outside.

I might have to have a go at this one. It won't take me long to collect the cardboard. I might even go for a square one. If I do I will take some pics & publish my results.

lindarose92 (author)  nutgone10 months ago

Oh that would be wonderful, thank you so much! I am actually making another one these days, square shaped this time :D You are right, it's possible to make all kinds of shapes. I also want to try and make another one that is open and has a similar structure but the way the pieces are put together is a little's really fun! :)

I can't wait to see yours!! :)

battlinjack10 months ago

Pretty cool. I have built with cardboard and know just how tedious it can be, but cat's absolutely love it. Not only is yours a cool little bed, but a scratching post as well. I've been planning something similar for some time. I have 4 rescued cats living with me right now. Lost one last year and she would have loved this. So thanks a lot, I think this is the nudge I need to get going on my own creations for the 'kids'.

lindarose92 (author)  battlinjack10 months ago

Oh thank you so much, this really means a lot to me :) It's wonderful that you rescued all those cats, I bet that they will love this cat bed! Can you share a picture of it if you make it? I would love to see it! :)

I must admit that this cat bed turned out even better than I thought, the corrugated cardboard I used seems very resistant, which is very important, especially on the base. Recently, I have found a very thick cardboard (thicker than this one) and I'm planning to make a square shaped one...that will definitely be easier to cut! :D

I need to gather the cardboard which might take me a while. I have to make sure what I build is large enough for my fat cat. Junior is 30 pounds and 29 inches from nose to tip of tail. Lol. I promise to post images when I build.

lindarose92 (author)  battlinjack10 months ago

lol I understand what you mean! My kitty is 5 months old but he is actually huge for his age so I bet he will become a giant and won't fit in this cat bed anymore...this size would have been perfect for my previous cat who died a few months ago :(

Anyway, here (I live in Italy) I can find big cardboard boxes outside factories quite easily, maybe you can take a look there. I can't wait to see you cat bed! :)

HollyMann11 months ago

WOW Linda I haven't been on here in ages and I am back! I saw this and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! If only I had the patience! I think it's awesome - I'm sure your cat loves it and all it's multifunctional!

lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann11 months ago

Thank you so much Holly and welcome back!!! During this year (I had been thinking about making this cat bed for a year) one of the things that made me think that I finally had to make it was seeing your cat house! Then my cat died and I thought I couldn't make it anymore...until now :)

I hope to see more 'ibles from you soon!! :D

Hi Linda! I'm so sorry about your cat. :((( Sooo sad. I lost my kitty too months back. It was a really rough period. Your creation is amazing - you are so creative. :) I can't wait to see more of your instructables too! I am almost done with a semester of school - so I will be back on here more often again :)

lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann11 months ago

Thank you Holly! Losing a pet is so hard, I understand exactly what you went through :( To me it was so unexpected that it felt like living in a nightmare all of a sudden. I remember seeing the instructable about your cat and I was so moved by it. And they look so much alike!

Anyway, I hope everything is going well for you and I can't wait to see what your new instructables will be! Good luck with your studies!! :)


lindarose92 (author)  冰冻玉米粒11 months ago

谢谢! :)

txadams11 months ago

I have just the right cat in mind for this project. Thanks.

lindarose92 (author)  txadams11 months ago

So glad about that, thank you!
Please share a picture of it if you make it :)

faiza00711 months ago

fantastic idea to reuse those old cardboard boxes..and your cat is superrr cute ^_^ <3

lindarose92 (author)  faiza00711 months ago

Thank you so much Faiza!! And Remì (my cat) thanks you too! :D

Very, very nice! It also can be an activity project for the whole family to work together on. Children love seeing something that they have participated in making being used.

You idea is good and can be used to make other shapes too. Thanks for sharing.

lindarose92 (author)  rosemary gillespie11 months ago

You are totally right! Creating this with other people will make it even more fun and faster too! :)

Thank you so much!!

andrea biffi11 months ago

wow veeery nice!!

lindarose92 (author)  andrea biffi11 months ago

Thank you!!

agis6811 months ago

very crative voted on both competitions. I will try to made it (without any laser will take some time but my cats will be happy after all


lindarose92 (author)  agis6811 months ago

Thank you so much!! I'm sure your cats will be happy :) Please post a picture of your cat bed if you can, I would love to see it! Have fun!! :)

sunshiine11 months ago

Linda, my daughter will love this for her kitties! I wished I had seen this when I was there, I would have made several for her babies. Thanks for sharing.


lindarose92 (author)  sunshiine11 months ago

I'm so glad about this, thank you so much sunshiine!! :) Maybe you can still make one and give it to her when you go back :D

mduncan811 months ago

I love this.. great use for all those extra boxes

lindarose92 (author)  mduncan811 months ago

Thank you! :)

wordguy11 months ago

Hooray! No more hauling broken-down cardboard boxes to the recycle bin!

lindarose92 (author)  wordguy11 months ago

Definitely! :D

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