RECESSIONISTA BY JANEA KELLEY
Bed on a
I’ve seen a lot of amazing — and amazingly expensive —
cat beds. What are
you supposed to
do if you don’t have
the big bucks to
buy one of those regal thrones?
Well, the good news is that you
can actually make a cat cave for
just a few dollars and a little bit
But first, let’s start with the
How many beds should you
have? You should have at least
one per cat, and I prefer to have at
least one per cat per room, if at all
possible. If not, at least place beds
in your cats’ favorite rooms.
What kinds of beds should
you have? It depends on your
cats’ preferences. Some cats like
to have caves where they can
retreat and watch the world from
a small opening. Others prefer
beds without covers so they can
Don’t know how to sew?
Have no fear. There are
plenty of instructions
online about how to make
cat beds without sewing.
Here’s an example.
What you’ll need:
• 2 wire hangers
• A T-shirt
• Two pieces of cardboard, about 15 x 15
• Tape (I recommend packing tape
because of its adhesive qualities, but
electrical/gaffers tape or masking tape
would work, too).
• Nippers, pliers, or something to cut
and bend the wire hangers
• Safety pins
How to build it:
1. Cut the curved ends off the wire hangers and bend them into a U shape.
2. Tape the two pieces of cardboard
3. Using the end of a hanger, poke a hole
in each corner of the cardboard. Make
sure this hole is not too big and at
least half an inch away from the edge
of the cardboard.
4. Tape the two hangers together in an X
5. Poke the hanger ends through the
cardboard and fold about an inch of
the wire over, toward the center of
the cardboard. Tape the folded hanger
ends to the bottom of the box.
6. Pull the T-shirt over the hanger and
cardboard frame, and position it so
the neck hole is in the center of one
side of the frame and the bottom of
the shirt is trailing behind the frame.
7. Fold up the excess from the shirt, and
tighten it up so the neck hole is taut
across the front of the frame, then
safety pin the excess under the cardboard. Safety pin the sleeves under
the cardboard as well.
8. Put a small pillow or a yard of fleece,
folded up to the dimensions of the
bottom of the tent, and place in your
cat’s favorite spot. Add some catnip
or treats to tempt your cat to check
Find detailed instructions for this
no-sew cat bed at instructables.com/
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