Step 2: Carpeting

Now it is time to cover the inside of the tube with carpet. The inside of the tube is hard to carpet, since it is hard to work inside of the small space in the tube. What we did, is first we measured to see how much carpet we would need to cover the inside, and cut it to size. Next, we put it inside to see if it would fit. Once we had a good fit, we put glue around the top and around the bottom of the tube. Next we rolled up the carpet, and stretched it out inside the tube, so that it was snug, next, in order to keep it in place while the glue dries, and to help tack it down even more, we used the staple gun, to put staples around the top and bottom, and all the way down the seam of the carpet. The staples will bury themselves deep into the carpet, and are pretty much invisible, so you can just leave them.

Now you are ready to cover the outside of the tube with paste. Lay out a big piece of carpet, enough to cover the tube. Now lay the tube on top of it, and make sure one of the edges of the carpet is straight. You can take the paint brush, and cover the entire tube with the flooring adhesive. Next, start rolling the carpet with the edge of the carpet lined up with the edge of the tube. Once you have the carpet rolled around the tube, put it somewhere to dry for a few hours, or even overnight for best results. Once the adhesive has dried, you can cut the extra carpet away from the tube. Once the tube is covered with carpet, it is time to attach the base.
<p>Can you get the tubes in longer lengths? Is the carpet glued only at the top and bottom? Did you use any special type of carpet, is it lightweight?</p>
<p>I realize this is almost half a year old but for others who might be searching, you can get the tube at Home Depot or Lowes it's a 12&quot; in diameter cement footing mold, they are about 4' long.</p>
That cat condo is amazing! My kitty has three legs, (1 back &amp; 2 front) and I am going to make him a cat condo/tree. This will help me a lot in the design of his tree.
This looks far better than some of the stuff at the store! The pictures are very informative (and cute!)
What size tube did you use? The largest tube I have been able to find at the home improvement store is 12&quot; diameter. I really think I need something larger, perhaps 16&quot; diameter. I am unable to find anything larger locally. Please let me know. Thanks.
We used the 12&quot; one, it seems small at first, and it may be too small for some cats, but it is actually bigger than it looks, and it was actually a really good size for the cat we had.
Where did you get your carpet?<br />
We got it from a friend, that had it as let over scraps. &nbsp;If you check at some local carpet stores, they are usually willing to give away scraps that they would be throwing away otherwise.
Thanks!<br />
Excellent instructable.&nbsp; I was planning to make a condo for our 2 cats and you've inspired me with this approach.<br /> <br /> I have a couple of questions:<br /> <br /> - How big is your cat?&nbsp;&nbsp; Ours is about 10lbs, 12&quot; tall excluding the tail, and I think I should enlarge the shelves.<br /> <br /> - How thick is the plywood?&nbsp; It looks 3/4&quot; but I can't really tell.<br /> <br /> Thanks!<br />
&nbsp;The cat was not very big in these pictures, but she has gotten bigger since, and still seems to enjoy playing on the condo, she probably weighs about 6 or 7 pounds now, and about 12&quot; tall. &nbsp;The plywood is 1/2, but I would recommend 3/4, and the added support beams are an excellent idea too, otherwise you may find yourself reattaching shelves.
How cute - I love them when they are younge &amp; playful. <br /> <br /> Great instructable - think I 'll make a varsion of this for mine with larger shelves &amp;&nbsp;then put it near the window so they have a perch to look out (where our dog can't get at them).&nbsp; <br /> <br />
Aww! How cute! :3<br />
&nbsp;does he ever use the top coz im looking at making one for a friends cat
Yeah, she will climb on top and bat at the toys, and then drop down inside from the top.&nbsp; Mostly though, she is climbing inside from one opening to the next, and playing with the toys along the way.<br />
&nbsp;haha cool, could you please tell me how high your tube was it will make it so much easier for me too make :)
the tube is 4ft tall<br />
ill sell them!
Well done! I really want to make this since pre-made is so expensive. I can already see adding another one to the side with ladders and curved places for my teen kitty "Ninja" to play and curl up. She is so active that she is driving us crazy!
Very nice! Did you have any trouble with the adhesive being smelly? I remember when my dad last put down flooring adhesive, and I think my cat might reject it. Oh well, I'll just have to figure out a different method and post my own!
The adhesive was a little strong at first, but after it dried, it wasn't that bad, and after it set for a day or two, I couldn't really even notice it any more. We used Elmer's brand, maybe it has a weaker smell than other brands, or maybe it is just because it is a smaller area, not really sure.
I'll have to give it a shot on one of his smaller perches. Thanks!
kitty loves it. I was able to get carpet remnants at discount store for 5.00 dollars
I am glad I found this. My cats will be grateful to you.
Your cat condo is amazing. It looks just as good, if not better, than the ones sold in the store.
so what was the cost at the end? I often contemplate making one of my own, but is always hendered by the fact that all the materials are going to add up to the same as buying one from the store
The cost of the cardboard tube was about $8.00, and the carpet was donated, and we already had scraps of wood and materials like nails and staples, so the only other cost was the adhesive. The adhesive was about $5.00. We were looking at carpet prices, in case the donated carpet didn't work out, and it was $0.76 per square foot at Lowes. When we figured it up, it was going to be around $30 for carpet. So you are looking at around $50 total, and the cheapest ones of this size were at big lots for $120
that's still a good deal then. thanks for the info. Now only if my indecisiveness can allow me to settle on a design.
Nice condo! It looks like you kitty is really enjoying it too, well done.
Kudos, very nice!

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