Introduction: Cat Hammock

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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.

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.

Step 6: Another Variation

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instead of an angled member, just glue in blocks. It makes the carpentry easier, but the sewing becomes more difficult.

Step 7: Finished

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Note how it slides in behind the rad, and becomes hemmed in.

Step 8: Pictures of Happy Cats

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These are pictures of the 2nd variation, with blocks instead of the angled strut.

Step 9: One More Picture

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this one has a removeable bed for washing, so you don't have to undo the seam each time. Email me if you want to know how to do this.


Thundertydus (author)2009-02-22

=( 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

bowmaster (author)Thundertydus2009-07-18

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's really funny. Is the cat (and your head) ok?

Thundertydus (author)bowmaster2009-07-20

Yes The cat is fine, and my head is the cat is fine the head

Gunnar120 (author)Thundertydus2010-03-09

Are you sure you are ok? your sentence is a bit jumbled lol. jk, it happens to all of us

Yonatan24 (author)Gunnar1202016-03-14

The cat is fine. His head is now a cat, And he's fine with it :)

I don't think that's what was meant ;)

bowmaster (author)Thundertydus2009-07-22


lukeyj15 (author)Thundertydus2010-03-09

Use liquid nails next time...

grannyjones (author)2016-02-10

Great idea! My son's cats like to sleep on top of the floor grates, blocking them. A 4-legged hammock would let them get cozy without making the room cold.

luna0221 (author)2016-01-27

oh my gosh im making this for my lazy cat cole

ManowarARG (author)2016-01-08

which software did you use to draw this instructables?

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-01-28

hehehe, great idea my lucas loves spaces like this

ps-adorable kitty!

MicioGatta (author)2011-04-24

Standing ovation! >^____^<

techturtle2 (author)2010-07-04

THat is gunna catch fire sitting on that radiator.

tinyinkling (author)techturtle22011-02-11

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.

marassaya (author)2010-07-15

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.

marassaya (author)2010-07-15

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.

KNEX BUILDING IS FUN (author)2009-12-09

 i am curently building another variation, thanks foor inspring my idea, ill post pictures wen im done, if it goes well :)

missmix (author)2009-05-24

Is there any fire hazard? If not, I can't wait to give my kitty this treat!

snuzzle (author)missmix2009-12-07

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 :)

Carmelite (author)2009-10-25

 Great idea!
Unfortunately, my cat doesn't like sleeping on soft surfaces ($20 cat bed, blankets, etc.)

bowmaster (author)2009-07-18

I am going to make this along with some stairs to get to it.

ReCreate (author)2008-12-17

thats one happy and relaxed cat

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2008-12-17

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

AznPanda (author)2008-06-27

Lols my friend loves cats so im gonna show him this

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-06-27


purplekitty (author)2008-06-26

So cute!

The Dark Ninja (author)2008-04-15

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.

coffekid (author)2008-04-06

this is grrrrrrrrrreat!!!!!!!!! i love hammocks

jesusfreak12 (author)2008-04-05

freaking cat sleeps better than me lol

HammyHavoc (author)jesusfreak122008-04-05

Agreed. I sleep on the carpet with a duvet >.> Great instructable. Kudos!

Prometheus (author)2008-04-04

First pic in this project I would submit to Lolcats...."I is haxxing ur radiator!"

yoshhash (author)Prometheus2008-04-05

yes, go probs.

Kait999 (author)2008-04-05

Cat people rejoice!

darkmuskrat (author)2008-04-04

Damn, I want a hammock :(

bowser. (author)2008-04-04

This instructable was worth it just to see the cuteness of your kitty in a hammock

RFilyaw (author)2008-04-04

Borrow someone's ferret and get a picture of them in it, too. Ferrets almost require nice hammocks like this. Great instructable.

bezoard (author)2008-04-03

Great idea! Over the heat radiator! :)

Rob K (author)bezoard2008-04-04

Ya, Cat just likes the warmth fom the radiator.

pingeee (author)2008-04-04

Yeah, cats looked very happy

rimar2000 (author)2008-04-04

Very nice.

gmjhowe (author)2008-04-04

brilliant! i CaN hAz haMucK n0w?

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