I saw one of these at the local Humane Society shelter. Took a photo and this is what I have come up with. I have never seen these at a store, and for the cost to build, who wouldn't want to save $$$! Planning on getting some made and sell different versions at garage/yard sale, see how that goes.

With the model I am going to show being built, you will need the following items: (sizes will be shown in US measurements)

" = in; ' = ft


  • Approx. 2 to 3 pieces of 1" pipe (commonly comes in 10' pieces)
  • 1" PVC T's = 16
  • 1" PVC Elbows = 12
  • Approx. 2yrds of scrap material/remnants
  • Shower curtain rings = 8
  • 1/4" or 3/8" dowel rods = approx. 2'
  • 1" strapping material = approx 2-3' (purchase from fabric store or use from old backpack/duffel bag)
  • 1" x 12" pine or sheet of thin plywood for shelf (the size of the shelf will again depend on what size you make the frame in general. I would suggest wrapping the wood material with some kind of soft fabric, as your cat will enjoy lazying around on this perch.


  • Hacksaw or other tool to cut pipe
  • Sandpaper (to smooth edges of pipe and I like to go down the sides and sand off printed markings)
  • Sewing machine and/or thread/needle
  • Drill w/ drill bits to drill holes for dowel rods
  • If you prefer to make this a permanent structure, PVC Pipe Glue
  • Screws (to attach wood shelf), and to hang toy from bottom of shelf

And Finally:

  • A cat toy on a string of your choice!
  • A cat or two to enjoy it!

Step 1: Cutting pipe to length

Cut the following lengths out of the pipe, label and lay aside.
10 - 2" pieces to go between every elbow and T.

Lengths of pipe:
A -  20" ea
B - 18" ea
C - This is really to your judgement. Your cat will have to have something to climb up from.
D - 12" ea
E -  22 1/2 ea
F -   8" ea
<p>Great let me know when the garage sale starts. I want one</p>
This is great I'm making one inspired by this
Oh no you've got me started again
Oh yes, this has inspired the next home project here!

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