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OK, you've seen them everywhere, those old TV's and Monitors everyone's kicking to the curb replacing with those new fan dangle flat screens.  And few of us could  fault  them... the flat screens take up so little room, and have all kinds of resolution... ohhh ahhh.

But what to do with the old monitors!?!   Trash 'em? na... bad idea, they have all kinds of lead, and stuff in them you really don't want in your ground water.  Recycle 'em? Hard to do sometimes, and may even cost you a couple of bucks... but certainly worth it !!  

My cat and I like to reuse 'em... and recycle them!
I also make these from time to time for other people.. you can purchase one at my Etsy store:
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Old monitors and TV's are pretty readily available these days.... just ask a few friends, post it on your facebook page,  look out for one on freecycle... and Goodwill always has a stash!

I however, simply walk up to my attic & select... 
(The neighbors all know I'm crazy, so they bring me their trash ).

Cats seem to like to be "cozy"... pick a monitor, that's not to big, and not to small.  I generally use monitors between 15 & 19 inches.

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pcfascist4 months ago

I doubt the PBDEs are water-soluble so washing won't likely do much or will rinse the problem down stream.

鑫牟4 months ago
Austydude4 months ago
I wish I could have this but I have a dog not a cat!
diamondemb4 months ago

Very cute!

wobbler4 months ago

Hi, I like the Instructable and end result.

However, I think it would be wise to give more warning about CRT "implosions". Although technically an implosion, caused by smashing a CRT tube whilst it still has its vacuum intact, this very rapidly then turns into an explosion of flying glass. If you've never seen one, you can here (there are lots more around):

This has two problems. One is cleaning up the mess. The other is that there are shards of glass flying around and eyes are softer than glass. If you are messing about taking out a CRT always wear protective glasses. It will explode if dropped accidentally.

I found this out at a young age when I put an old CRT into a sack and hit it with a hammer. It tore through the sack and ended up all over the garage but thankfully I wasn't hurt.

However, since then I've found what has turned out to be a safe way to decommission CRT tubes and I have never had one explode. However, still wear safety glasses and gloves just in case as there is always a risk. You need to get a pair of pliers and then use the pliers to get hold of one of the wire pins at the end of the tube. Then gently bend the pin. You will crack the glass where the pin is and hear the air going in. Once the vacuum has been destroyed, there is then no risk of implosion/explosion so you can dispose of it as you would with any glass bottle.

I also wouldn't rely on the screen being newer and not imploding. Although most screens now have an anti-implosion protection built in it is designed to stop the screen exploding in a normal home environment i.e. when someone knocks or throws something into the screen. It stops the glass from the screen from spraying out. However, I'm not sure it stops the back going everywhere but this isn't a danger inside a set as it will be contained within the case. Outside of the enclosing case might be a different story.

iam_maker_leo4 months ago

Wow... great cat bed... and too funny...

I have old computer monitor... but I don't have a cat... ㅠㅠㅠ

rickyeatough4 months ago


Probably one of the coolest ideas I've seen on how to reuse something!

Although I dont have a cat, I guess an old TV would work great for a dog?!

Very cool!

Ayush Sharma4 months ago

Nice Artwork!

Mel94 made it!11 months ago

mine is still currently in progress, but me and my cat is happy with it but can't wait till i get to finish it

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AlpineButterfly (author)  Doctor Freeman4 years ago
No it's not only TV's that hold a charge... monitors do to. But ... personally, (like don't hunt me down if I'm wrong) if it hadn't been plugged in for 3 years, i don't think i would be worried, i think it slowly looses it's charge. Mind you... 2nd disclaimer... I am not a technician, just a gal who likes to tinker ;-)
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AlpineButterfly (author)  Doctor Freeman4 years ago
Sound as bad as my coat hanger in to socket incident... ;-)
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I have seen some capacitors hold a charge for up to ten years. Be careful. Always spark them.
You know were right about monitors holding a charge. My husband is an Electronics Tech in the Navy and he's my go-to guy for all things electrical. He told me that since our monitor hadn't been plugged in for 5+ years, I didn't have to worry about shocking myself, but there was that chance with the monitor I bought this morning because it's condition was unknown to us. I wore work gloves, and my husband pointed out to me what parts of the "guts" to watch out for, just in case. :) Good advice all around!
Yeah!!! [and a shout out to handy husbands, who go along with their wife's fun, silly, crazy ideas!! ]
SHAKEY08181 year ago
i Made this and it only took 20 min to take apart and paint.I did buy the stickers and frogs for $3 and i used a bath mat $7 (washable).Im happy with it and the person i made it for loves it.
AlpineButterfly (author)  SHAKEY08181 year ago
Awesome Shakey0818!! looks cool, I'm glad it was appreciated :)
VikingDK1 year ago
Really great use of something that is real bad for the environment. :)
This is so cool I need to make 1 of these
very kewl!!!
going to make one of these for SURE =)
AndyGadget1 year ago
I've only just seen this - Absolutely Brilliant!
(Puts my cat cave in the shade #;¬)
nice idea, maybie i wil make one to for my mrouw
164052 years ago
So cute! And considering I work at a technology recycle factory, and I get to take home a lot of old computers and monitors, I'm definitely doing this :D
Suppa cute!! love the devil 1!
pity the cat when you try to do this with a flat screen, ha ha.
dvgvintage2 years ago
Wow what an excellent job!! I have two (2) here to finish and I didn't know that you could paint them. My big cat (the older and longest) has a vintage tv cabinet for me to make a backing and pillow for her, only I can't decide on the fabric. The baby I found a monitor at the Salvation Army for .99 that I loved taking it apart. I'm going to try and make the custom pillow that you did with the pattern and her's I can't decide on the fabric too.

I live for my girls to have pink always, so I may try painting it. I've tried to use plastic paint in the past and it turned out awful for me :(

Nice job!!!!!!
SUPER CUTE BTW would this work for dogs too?
colorex3 years ago
Will my flatscreen plasma work? LOL just kidding!
Yeah it will :P
It will if you use a hammer LOL.
tankdo3 years ago
always the same cat website, lol
Prototyp 813 years ago
so funny with the mouse in front of the monitor :) great job!!!
eaarsvold3 years ago
I think my chihuahua needs one!
Finally! A use for several old monitors I've kept because "There might be a use for them some day".

I can't wait to tell me husband LOL
Whooo hoooo! I've been wanting one of these for my cat for awhile now but didn't want to buy one. Thanks to stumbling across your tute, my cat's new bed is almost done. I just need to go make the pad for it.

I used our original monitor that we still had from 1998, and I bought a second one this morning from a guy on CL for $10 for a friend's cat.

But I do have a question: in all seriousness, if you were/are selling these in your Etsy shop, then why post a tute? You might lose a sale or two from someone like me. :) But thanks for posting it!!!!!!!!
I'm SURE posting this... has lost me some Etsy sales... but then that's not really the point. The point is to keep people thinking creatively about recycling, and trying to keep a few more monitors out of land fills. :-) ... oh yeah and happy cats, happy cats are REALLY important!

I also like keeping my art as transparent as I can... It helps me learn, and keeps me honest. I strive to keep things as eco-friendly as possible, and often other people have great ideas about how I can improve my process. Writing tutorials, helps me examine that process and share my motivation :-)

& finally, I'm putting a little faith in my abilities as an artist.... people will make more of these (and I LOVE seeing Pictures of them...hint hint), but no one will make them exactly like mine, they will make them beautiful in there own way... which I trust is different than the weird & funny I make mine. I'm totally psyched that you are making one!!!!!!

Oh! that is awesome!! love that idea!!
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