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!

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
<p>I REALLY like this project! i like the creativity. i have a small female cat and i want to make this for her.</p>
<p>Brava Linda! Gran bella cuccia! :D</p><p>Io ho due gattoni, uno nero enorme e una tricolore piccolina, una cuccia del genere farebbe sicuramente al caso loro! ^^</p>
<p>Grazie!! Se quello nero &egrave; enorme ti conviene fare una cuccia il doppio di questa...il mio sta crescendo talmente tanto che ormai fa fatica a starci!! :D</p>
<p>Eh si, quello nero &egrave; un bel gattone di quasi 7 kg!</p><p>L'altra &egrave; piccolina e il veterinario dice che rimane cosi! Eccoli :D</p>
<p>Che teneri!! Ma non &egrave; che la piccolina sia rimasta schiacciata sotto vero?! :D</p>
<p>No, lei ormai &egrave; immune al peso dell'altro XD</p><p>Si sdraiano sempre cos&igrave; sul tappetino del bagno e restano l&igrave; a coccolarsi!</p>
<p>I don't know how I missed it, Congratulations on your win Linda. :)</p>
<p>Thank you Tarun! :)</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 :)</p>
<p>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<br>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 :)</p>
<p>Such a cool little cat house! I love it! </p>
<p>Thank you so much!! :)</p>
<p>What a great idea &amp; 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 &amp; went for a kind of wavy effect on the outside.</p><p>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 &amp; publish my results.</p>
<p>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 different...it's really fun! :)</p><p>I can't wait to see yours!! :)</p>
<p>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'.</p>
<p>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! :)</p><p>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</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 :(</p><p>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! :)</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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 :)</p><p>I hope to see more 'ibles from you soon!! :D</p>
<p>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 :) </p>
<p>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!</p><p>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!! :)</p>
<p>谢谢! :)</p>
<p>I have just the right cat in mind for this project. Thanks.</p>
<p>So glad about that, thank you!<br>Please share a picture of it if you make it :)</p>
<p>fantastic idea to reuse those old cardboard boxes..and your cat is superrr cute ^_^ &lt;3</p>
<p>Thank you so much Faiza!! And Rem&igrave; (my cat) thanks you too! :D</p>
<p>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.</p><p>You idea is good and can be used to make other shapes too. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>You are totally right! Creating this with other people will make it even more fun and faster too! :)</p><p>Thank you so much!!</p>
<p>wow veeery nice!!</p>
<p>Thank you!!</p>
<p>very crative voted on both competitions. I will try to made it (without any laser cutter...it will take some time but my cats will be happy after all</p><p>thnx</p>
<p>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!! :)</p>
<p>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.</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>I love this.. great use for all those extra boxes</p>
<p>Thank you! :)</p>
<p>Hooray! No more hauling broken-down cardboard boxes to the recycle bin!</p>
<p>Definitely! :D</p>
<p>I think this is very cute, but i cant help but think that by cutting circles ,that it is very labor intensive and maybe wasteful. Not to mention that it doesnt allow for a very large structure ( unless you happen to have a lot of very huge boxes laying around. My idea was, if you were to just cut strips of cardboard and use them. This way you could use all of your cardboard boxes and you could make many different shapes and additions/ repairs , would be easy. ( of course it wouldnt look this cute ) Good ible</p>
<p>Oh yes, that would work too! Thanks!<br>I did this because I love to work on big projects, no matter how intensive they are. Of course having a laser cutter would have made it much easier, but maybe it wouldn't have been this fun :D This is definitely not wasteful to me because I made a &quot;design&quot; cat bed that didn't cost me any money, I used cardboard that would have been thrown away otherwise, and I even had a good time making it...so I'm really satisfied with it :)</p>
<p>No Joke! Most Cats LOVE cardboard, there are thousands of videos with Cats Playing in Boxes. This Instructable makes so much sense, it hurts! Wonderful Job. My only constructive criticism is, if you can build it 50% larger, your Momma Cat can have her kittens in it, use an environmentally safe glue and never worry about the health of the Kittens. Add some plywood super structures and you can build a Kitty Condo that doubles as Scratch Post. Use the plywood like a space frame, with screws and you can later make repairs.</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! Your ideas are wonderful, the possibilities are endless indeed :)</p><p>And yes, I know how much cats love cardboard boxes...mine is playing in an Easter Colomba cake box just now :D</p>
<p>Cats love caves. Caves being in short supply in most homes, boxes will do it.</p>
<p>If you don't have a compass, you can use a pushpin and a length of string as a guide for drawing your circles.</p><p>This looks like a fun idea for a cat bed. I'd sprinkle a little catnip into the side of it and watch them use it as a scratching post.</p>
<p>Thank you! That's a very good idea too, even thought I don't have the courage to do that because I would end up seeing my cat destroying all of my hard job :D</p><p>And yes, the alternative for the compass is great, I used it too sometimes :)</p>
<p>I hope I will be making this with my daughters this weekend! I think that we will start the project by making a trammel that will hold an x-acto or utility knife blade first though. I'm not patient enough to cut that many circles free hand! I'll upload images if/when we get it made.</p>
<p>That's a great idea, I wish I thought about that before!<br>I'm so glad you want to make this, I can't wait to see your cat bed!! Have fun! :)</p>

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