Hammocks are amazing for relaxation indoors and outdoors, so it’s no wonder that people want to share them with their favorite pets!
And, while you may feel tempted to share your human hammock, our feline friends deserve their very own hammock, that’s designed to fit their body and needs. In fact, a cat hammock is very similar to a suspended cat bed that allows them to oversee the territory and enjoy some swings at the same time.
So, today we’re going to teach you three ways to make a DIY cat hammock with materials and tools you have around the house.
Are you excited about this? We’re sure your furry friends are just as anxious in trying their new bed!
Cat Hammock with Some Sewing Involved
Quick note: This method works for those of you who own or have access to a sewing machine.
You’ll need the following:
- Two pieces of fleece (equal in size) large enough to hold your cat – this will be the base for the hammock
- Cotton batting – to make it more resistant and softer
- Flat nylon webbing ribbon (select the wide version) – these will serve as the straps that support the hammock
- Scissors, needles, thread
- Sewing machine
- Hooks and carabiner
Now, to start making the hammock, get one piece of fleece and lay it flat on a plane surface. Next, place the batting on top of it and make sure it fits inside the edges of the fleece. In fact, there should be about 2 or three inches between the edge of the fleece and the edge of the batting.
To pin everything down, use a needle and thread to make loose straight stitches and tack the batting to the fabric.
Next, cut four 12-inch straps out of the nylon webbing and use a lighter to melt the ends (so it won’t unravel). It’s important to go with this type of webbing because it is durable and scratch resistant.
Once you have the straps, take the other piece of fleece (the one without batting) and lay it flat as well. At each of the four corners, pin one piece of webbing and pin them down (these will be used to hang the hammock).
Keep the webbing facing inwards and create a loop with the end that’s free. Pin the free end to the fleece as well. Now, each corner should have a loop of webbing that’s about 6-inch long. Tack the ends of the webbing to the fleece using the same lose stitches as above.
Finally, place the two pieces of fleece on top of each other (with the batting and the ends of the webbing sandwiched in the middle) and use a sewing machine to sew the edges and create the hammock.
Quick tip: make sure to remove any pins from the fabric before you do this.
Now that the hammock is complete, all you need to do is find the ideal place for your cat, mount four hooks and use the carabiners to hang it.
No Sew Hammocks
If you’re not exactly good at sewing things or you don’t own a sewing machine, this doesn’t mean your furry friend will be left without a hammock. You just need to think outside the box a little bit.
One of the easiest ways to create a cute hammock for your cat and avoid the need to drill holes in the walls is to use the legs of a chair or table as poles. For this, all you need is a piece of fabric (preferably something thick and breathable), some rope or ribbon (but make sure it is durable) and some inspiration.
Quick tip: For the fabric, you can use an old pillowcase, since they are about the size of an adult cat.
Now, to make the hammock, cut some holes in every corner of the fabric and pull the rope through, to create the suspension system. Once all four corners are secure, find a coffee table or a tall chair and tie the hammock to their legs, so the space under the seat or the table will become your cat’s favorite relaxation spot.
Just make sure the rope is tied well, so the hammock won’t come loose as your fluffy pet is getting nice and cozy in the hammock.
DIY Cat Hammock with a Stand
Our final idea is a bit more difficult to make than the chair/table hammock but simpler than making the hammock from scratch.
Making the Stand
Since we’re talking about cats, the stand will be made using a cardboard box that’s big enough to fit your cat(s). It should also be one of those tough cardboard boxes, with a sturdy frame so the structure won’t wiggle when Fluffy moves in the hammock.
To make the stand, simply cut out the inner part of the walls so all it remains standing is the skeleton of the box. In the end, you should have a cube-like structure with only the edges. Of course, you can always use wood or PVC pipes to create a different kind of structure.
Installing the Hammock
Now that the stand is complete, it’s time to take care of the hammock.
Take a piece of fabric (it can be an old pillowcase or one of your cat’s blankets). The fabric should be about 4-inch bigger than the box on all sides.
Cut a 3-inch slit on all the four corners, so they are divided in two. Next, use a cardboard cutter to cut slits into the poles of the cardboard, where the hammock will be hung. To hang it, pull each half of each corner through the slits cut in the cardboard and tie them together on the other side.
Now that the stand and hammock are ready, you can paint over the cardboard to make it more elegant and stylish. Also, you can hang your cat’s favorite toys to the top frame of the stand so it can play when it lays in the hammock, thinking about the world’s most difficult problems!
As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort to create a beautiful new relaxation spot for Fluffy. You just need a bit of imagination, some fabric and a good structure that will support your cat’s shenanigans.