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Everybody loves hammocks. Especially cats. This one happens to be one that suspends over a heat radiator, but it could be mounted to a wall or free standing.
 
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Step 1: Parts list

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Similar to my other instructable on making a window cat lounge, this uses scrap sticks. I define "sticks" as any slender piece of wood, minimum 1/4" thick x 1/2" wide.

So, an approximate (because it depends on the size you want and what you can find) parts list:

2 pieces approximately 12"
2 pieces approximately 14"
2 pieces approximately 20
3 pieces approximately 18"
assorted little pieces
a piece of cloth approximately 18" x 28", preferably stretchy

Step 2: Assemble as shown

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It doesn't really matter the exact dimensions. The diagonal piece serves 2 functions here:
1- is to brace it.
2- is to raise the bed above the heating radiator. If you are just making a hammock, you won't care about this function.

Make sure the appropriate corners are square.

Use a dab of glue, then clamp it or wrap it with tape, and set it aside overnight. Do the same for the other (mirrored) side. Don't try to do all of it in one day, it just won't work.

After you have let it set overnight, attach them using 3 horizontal sticks. Here, SPACING MIGHT MATTER. Remember that I made it to fit above/behind a radiator. The spacing is based on the ridges of the radiator- see photos to see what I mean.

Step 3: Cut out a piece of cloth to suit.

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Cut a piece of cloth, a square the size of the frame, plus these "tab" shaped straps.
Make sure the tabs are long enough to wrap around the horizontal frame members, plus about 1 inch.

Step 4: Additional diagram of the bed

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Hopefully this clarifies it without misleading you....I tried to model the pockets for the sticks, but it isn't accurate- it isn't supposed to look this droopy and oversized!
Loop it back underneath itself, then sew it in place. If you have access to a sewing machine, you may want to sew the pockets first, then insert the sticks, then glue it together, in that order.

Step 5: Free standing variation

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As shown, using the duplicate pieces, flipped upside down.
hehehe, great idea my lucas loves spaces like this

ps-adorable kitty!
MicioGatta3 years ago
Standing ovation! >^____^<
techturtle24 years ago
THat is gunna catch fire sitting on that radiator.
That's a hot water radiator, so it's running about 75 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Which means if it wouldn't catch fire sitting by itself in the shade on a hot summer day, it's not going to catch fire here.

Now, electric heaters are a whole different ball of wax, but this mounting system wouldn't work for them anyway.


marassaya4 years ago
i would use snaps or even grommets and tie it on. this way if it gets soiled you can easily remove it and wash. i love this post and plan to make one of my own soon. i'll try to get pics when i can.
marassaya4 years ago
i would use snaps or even grommets and tie it on. this way if it gets soiled you can easily remove it and wash. i love this post and plan to make one of my own soon. i'll try to get pics when i can.
=( my glue isnt strong enough,
my cat fell on my head while i was sleeping (along with some wood and fabric)
i used some no name carpentry glue
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's really funny. Is the cat (and your head) ok?
Yes The cat is fine, and my head is the cat is fine the head
Are you sure you are ok? your sentence is a bit jumbled lol. jk, it happens to all of us
Ok.
Use liquid nails next time...
 i am curently building another variation, thanks foor inspring my idea, ill post pictures wen im done, if it goes well :)
missmix5 years ago
Is there any fire hazard? If not, I can't wait to give my kitty this treat!
snuzzle missmix4 years ago
Personally I wouldn't have any flammable item (ie, wood) in contact with my heater for any extended period of time, but that's just me. One that mounts on the wall above the heater, kind of like a kitty shelf, would be cute though :)
Carmelite5 years ago
 Great idea!
Unfortunately, my cat doesn't like sleeping on soft surfaces ($20 cat bed, blankets, etc.)

bowmaster5 years ago
I am going to make this along with some stairs to get to it.
ReCreate5 years ago
thats one happy and relaxed cat
hey i could make one i don't have that heat thingy but i have my crt monitor(really heats up there) my cat usually likes sleeping directly on top of it but i have so many stuff i don't want it to
AznPanda6 years ago
Lols my friend loves cats so im gonna show him this
Awwww!!!!
purplekitty6 years ago
So cute!
Making one right now actually. Inspired by this instructable. I had to modify it quite a bit though. I live in an area that does not have a forest (believe it or not..) so wood = $$$$$. So I used a box spring's wood to build one. I need to add the hammock part though. I'll post a picture as soon as it's done! Thanks for an awesome idea.
coffekid6 years ago
this is grrrrrrrrrreat!!!!!!!!! i love hammocks
freaking cat sleeps better than me lol
Agreed. I sleep on the carpet with a duvet >.> Great instructable. Kudos!
Prometheus6 years ago
First pic in this project I would submit to Lolcats...."I is haxxing ur radiator!"
yoshhash (author)  Prometheus6 years ago
yes, go ahead...no probs.
Kait9996 years ago
Cat people rejoice!
darkmuskrat6 years ago
Damn, I want a hammock :(
bowser.6 years ago
This instructable was worth it just to see the cuteness of your kitty in a hammock
RFilyaw6 years ago
Borrow someone's ferret and get a picture of them in it, too. Ferrets almost require nice hammocks like this. Great instructable.
bezoard6 years ago
Great idea! Over the heat radiator! :)
Rob K bezoard6 years ago
Ya, Cat just likes the warmth fom the radiator.
pingeee6 years ago
Yeah, cats looked very happy
rimar20006 years ago
Very nice.
gmjhowe6 years ago
brilliant! i CaN hAz haMucK n0w?