10 Nifty IKEA Cat Hacks

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 | Amy Dyck
Updated March 30, 2021

Who doesn't LOVE IKEA? Furniture that is trendy and affordable and a source of inspiration for DIY-ers everywhere. This doesn't stop with you, cat lovers. Try a few of these, and your cat will love IKEA as much as you do.

Feel threatened by tools? Some of these cat DIYs are so easy you can try them even if you are LACKing in building skills. 

Here are 10 Nifty IKEA Hacks:


1. LACK IKEA Cat Hacks Tree

This IKEA hacks cat hack uses lack tables minimal effort (and money) for a big pay-off. Most of the simple DIY projects for cat houses and cat scratchers that you see out there just don't have the SIZE and height that this one does.

You definitely need the space for affiliate links to this cute tree, but its simple style can be accommodated in any decor scheme. And, at only $12.99 per LACK side table, it's a super cheap fur baby, too. 

ikea cat hacks

Credit: IKEAHackers, Julie


2. BESTA Litter Box Hider

There are a lot of litter box hiders out there, but I love this one for how simple and sleek it is. The cabinet doors make for easy cleaning and the caster wheels keep them portable.

ikea cat tree

Credit: IKEAHackers, jlprittenhouse


3. JARPEN, BJARNUM, and BESTIS Cat Shelves

These slim, modern cat shelves are just right for your frisky, climbing kitty. Perfect for small living small with no space for bulky cat trees and cat lounge. Favourite part? The over-the-door bed. Or how about placing yours near a high window?

ikea cat shelves

Credit: hauspanther


4. GOSIG Cat Nest

How adorable is this cat nest? And, not to mention, it's a simple DIY if you have some basic sewing skills. Take two GOSIG baskets (I think these were discontinued, but any pet Ikea bed or soft basket will do) and sew them together using a blanket stitch. 

ikea cat tower

Credit: IKEAHackers, Jules


5. EXPEDIT Double-Decker Cat Snug/Scratch Post

Not a DIY-er? This is for you. This Ikea lack cat furniture hack has to be one of the easiest DIYs I have ever come across, but the best part about it is that it is very functional as well. All you need to do is wrap and secure sisal to make this a lovely kitty haven and mini scratch post. 

ikea cat bed

Credit: IKEAHacker, Jules


6. EXPEDIT Modern Cat Bed

This tree of cat and scratcher would fit beautifully into any modern decor. And it's a simple hack that would be easier for even a beginner DIYer. My only concern is the stability of this piece.

I would suggest anchoring this one to the floor or wall or somehow giving it a bit more weight at the bottom, particularly for larger cats love.  

ikea hacks 2020

Credit: Deviant Housewife


7. Elegant Cat Litter Box

 Wait... an elegant cat litter? Some things just don't go together. But your cat's open doll bedpan and this modified IKEA unit? YES. The result truly is elegant.

While no one you may not want to have this in your living room cat litter, cat wall, doll beds, cat hangout, and cat beds with carpet tiles and chicken wire, it still makes a better-looking addition to a bunk bed in your laundry room, email address picture ledges or wherever you keep your cat's litter pan and cat litter cabinet. 

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Credit: Instructables, bricobart


8. STOLMEN Cat Climbing Pole

If you have a jigsaw and know how to use it (or know someone who does), this cool IKEA cat hack and cat hammock are for you.

Custom design your own shelves and add them to the STOLMEN poles (from an IKEA duktig closet storage unit), and you have cat climbing shelves and litter boxes to the ceiling! This unique tree of cat design diy cat with scratching posts is space-conscious and nice enough to keep in your living room shelf units.

Not the handy type? Get your own shelves and build kallax shelf for the STOLMEN units from ContempoCat or Hollywood Franklin

ikea cat tree

Credit: hauspanther


9. SINDAL Cat Scratch Mat

The very best DIYs involve no work whatsoever - just clever use of creativity! The hard part is done for you with this simple IKEA cat hack and cat hammock with a cat door.

To replicate side tables, this non-slip cat scratch mat and storage bench, scratching post with wheat grass, just buy a SINDAL door mat from IKEA coffee table. Presto - consider yourself handy!

ikea cat furniture

Credit: TymberDalton


10. Litter Box or Diner Hider

This hack is very similar to #2, but I love the modern industrial twist. These lockers would make a bold statement in a stylish apartment as well as hide the litter or the cat's food from any canine friends that may share your house. love the use of cat doors and scratching boards, as well. That would keep smells down to a minimum. 

ikea cat shelves

Credit: MoCrafty 


What's your favourite IKEA Cat Hack? Or do you have your own? Share!

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Amy Dyck


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