I can’t wait to share this DIY project with you because it is the most practical project we have ever done. I know not everyone is a cat lover, but if you do have a cat, this post is a must-read!
I have a cat named Lola, who is the sweetest, coolest cat you’ve ever met.
Isn’t she cute? Her only downside is that she is an indoor cat, which means that she takes care of her necessary bodily functions in a box inside my house. I hate having a litter box out in the open because they are unattractive, messy and smelly. I’ve always wanted to buy those fancy pet furniture litter box enclosures, but I couldn’t get myself to spend $150-$300 for a piece of furniture that doesn’t even go along with the rest of the decor in the house.
Adam had the great idea to make our own litter box furniture and I can’t express how glad I am to have it! By doing it ourselves, we were able to save money and customize it exactly how we wanted to. It was such an easy project and it is sooo nice to have the litter box hidden. No one ever even notices that it is there and it does a great job masking smells as well.
To make the litter box furniture, we bought a toy box from IKEA for around $80. Compared to the pre-made litter box enclosures of the same size, $80 was a great deal! I checked and it looks like the toy box we bought is no longer being sold. However, I did some research and found this one that is comparable in size and even cheaper! You can really use any size as long as it is tall enough to fit your cat (18-19″ seems to work) and big enough to fit a litter box. The litter box that I put inside is just a standard uncovered box (19.5″ L X 15″ W X 5.5″ H).
All you have to do from there is cut an opening for your cat to get into the box. We cut ours about 9.5″ wide and 7.5″ tall, which is plenty of room for Lola to fit through (and she isn’t the smallest of cats). The bottom of the opening is about 5″ off the ground, which is great height for her to step into the box.
Decide where you will put the box, then choose the side you want to make the entrance on. Then, make your measurements, draw out the entrance and then cut it out using a jig saw.
Inside, I put down a mat near the entrance so Lola won’t track litter outside of the box. I also store the scoop, bags and air freshener inside the box. Being able to lift the top so easily makes scooping the box simple and clean.