Intro: Cat Stand - Never Forget to Leave the Door Open for the Kitty Litter
Many cat owners, like myself, have the kitty litter in the bathroom. A big problem with that is when people forget to leave the door open after using it. This happens when guests come over or there's a party or one simply forgets.
The Cat Stand is the a foolproof way to make sure that the door to the bathroom stays open after use.
At my last place, I tried to fix this by installing a cat door on my bathroom door. While it worked, the problem for me was... well... you could hear everything that went on in the bathroom because the tiny cat door was a big hole that let out all the noise.
I didn't want that issue, nor did I want to cut a conspicuous hole in the bathroom door of my new place.
So, I came up with this.
Step 1: How It Works
In its down position, which it usually is, it acts as a wedge to keep the door open. When you need to use the bathroom, you simply use your foot to flick it up and then close the door. There is a slight angle on it when it's upright so it stays up.
When you close the door or later when you open it, the inertia will knock it back down. It will stop the door wide enough for a cat to enter, but not leave it wide open.
I've had it on for about a year and have never locked my cats out of the bathroom door. Guests who use my bathroom can usually guess how to use it immediately without me having to explain. In fact, they usually comment about how clever it is and want one.
Step 2: Materials
- 3D printed bracket
- 30 mm diameter wooden dowel cut to 17 cm with one end cut at an angle (approximately 45°)
- 60 mm long bolt and locknut (I used a 3 mm wide)
- A felt furniture stop
I included the files for you to print one. This one was drawn by my good friend, Kristoffer Engdahl (a whiz with 3D modeling and 3D printing).
You'll cut the dowel to approximately 45° and then sand it. I also sanded the tip (check the photo) so that it would hit the floor jamb rather than perhaps wedging into it.
Drill a hole through the dowel at the top approximately 15 mm from the top, centered.
Do a dry fit by placing the dowel into the bracket and holding it with the bolt. This is to ensure that it's in a good position . You could try taping it to see if it's at the proper height.
If it works, note the position and then disassemble it. Mount the bracket onto the door and reassemble it.
Place a felt circle on the bottom to dampen the noise as it falls.
Note: This can be done other ways. For instance, you could use a pair of L-brackets on each side of the dowel if you don't have a 3D printer available. The main part is the dowel. If you want it to stay upright, make sure to put a dowel a little farther out so that it can lean against the door in the upright position.
If you make one in a different way, please let me know how you did it! I'd like to see it.