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Disclaimer: This project requires the builder to have basic hand tool and power tool skills. The author of this instrucatable is not liable for any injuriy to the viewer or damage to their project. 

My wife wants to purchase a rabbit for our son's Easter gift. She hasnt found any cages/hutches that are suitable for the little guy (based on size, comfort, and cost). We decided to convert an old end table into a rabbit hutch. The main objective of this project was to keep the cost low, and provide the rabbit a spacious and comfortable domicile. This can also be easily done with any old dresser, cabinet, or basic wooded box.

List of Materials:

-Ruler
-Power Drill with any size drill bit
-Power saw
-Staple gun with staples
-1/2" Mesh (cut to your specific dimensions)
-Piano Hinge
-Sand paper
-Screw driver
-Wire cutters
-Wood screws
-1"x1/2" wood


Step 1: Convert End Table to Rabbit Hutch Step 1

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Step 1: Find cheap end table/cabinet/dresser (We found ours at a thrift store for $14). Gut the end table/cabinet/dresser (clear out extra drawers/shelves). We left a shelf in for future use as a rabbit loft. 
 
Rabbits make terrible pets. So many animals get dumped after holidays because people don't want to deal with the commitment.

Going to need linoleum/etc. on the bottom or the wood will be ruined pretty quickly.

Rabbits don't make 'terrible pets'. It the terrible owners that don't know how to keep them that end up dumping the poor animals. Have you ever had a rabbit?

Rabbits make wonderful pets if you understand them.

Rabbit Tips2 months ago

This hutch idea is great, but the cage is way too small for the rabbit to be alone in by itself. And almost 90% of all 'Easter bunnies' dont make it to age 1. Rabbits do live for around 10 years though, but enjoy your rabbit! :)

I'm also hoping to make a cage/hutch out of a bigger shelf of some sort too...

parisusa1 year ago
I highly recommend that you give the rabbit a LOT of free time outside this tiny cage. There is no room for a litter box, hiding place And food dishes. It's a great idea but rabbits need a lot of room and a lot of social interaction. Like others suggest: a bonded pair is ideal. Bunnies are wonderful pets with lots of attention! Good Luck!
wazzup1052 years ago
Love the idea, but do make sure the wood is treated to prevent unhygienic conditions.

Also I must say that I think it's a bit small (depending on the size of the rabbit) and that I think it's cruel to have a single rabbit to begin with. They really love company of their own kind (do make sure they're "helped" though (even 2 males or 2 females)).
I did this with an armoire style entertainment center to make a rat cage with 4 levels. They love it.