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4 Free DIY Cat Hammocks You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

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Image Credit: Ben Schonewille, Shutterstock
Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Emma Stenhouse

If there’s one thing that all cats love to do, it’s sleep! Adding different places for your cat to sleep is a great way to make sure they have plenty of enriching activities and areas to explore. Most cats love to sleep off the ground or floor, so a cat hammock might be popular.

There’s no need to shell out for an expensive pre-made version, though, as we’ve rounded up the best DIY pattern to get you started.

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The 4 DIY Cat Hammocks

1. End Table Cat Hammock by Martha Stewart

DIY Cat Hammock
Image Credit: Martha Stewart

This end table cat hammock couldn’t be easier! All you need is an end table with a big enough space underneath to accommodate your cat’s hammock, as well as a few craft supplies. The hammock can easily be removed for washing, and you can customize your fabric options to suit your décor or change it with the seasons.

MaterialsFabric, twill tape, cotton batting
ToolsScissors, sewing machine
Skill LevelEasy

2. Macrame Cat Hammock by Master Gamak

MaterialsPolyester cord, metal ring
ToolsScissors, ruler
Skill LevelIntermediate

This macrame cat hammock from Master Gamak is sure to make your cat happy. Every cat loves to be up high, and this hammock can even swing if your cat sets it in motion. If you already know how to do macrame, then this one is going to be easy for you. If not, surely you have a friend that can help you learn.

The best thing about this DIY hammock is that you can choose your own color: pink for the girls, blue for the boys, or a mixture of both. Either way, your feline pal is sure to love this one.

3. Magic Fabric Cat Hammock by Settle Down Slinki

DIY cat hammock
Image Credit: Settledownslinki
MaterialsOld towel, spaghetti yarn, strong hooks, elastic band, coffee table
ToolsScissors, crochet hook, big comb
Skill LevelEasy

The magic fabric cat hammock by Fabric Art DIY is an easy hammock to make. There’s no sewing involved, and it’s pretty simple to put together. All you need is an old town, a coffee table, and a few other items to make your feline a cozy nook under your coffee table that’s still off the ground, the way the cat likes it to be.

You may need to coax your feline into the hammock in the beginning, but you can easily do that by placing some toys or treats in the hammock and then calling your cat to get them. After that, the cat should spend a lot of time in this cozy, no-sew creation.

4. DIY Window Basket Cat Bed by Cat Toy Lady

MaterialsMedium to large basket, poly rope
Skill LevelEasy

Sometimes, you want to create a hammock/basket for your cat to sun itself in by the window, but you just don’t have to budget or the know-how to take on some of the projects. That is where the DIY window basket cat bed by The Cat Toy Lady comes in.

This window basket is simple to make, with no sewing or tools required. All you need is a medium to large basket, some poly rope, a pair of scissors, and a window to hang the finished product. The Cat Toy Lady gives detailed instructions for this simple project, and your cat will undoubtedly love it when it’s complete.

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We hope these plans have given you some inspiration to make a hammock for your cat. Cats live for lounging and napping (and they look so cute doing it!), so giving them another place to stretch out and chill will make their day. Hammocks are also a great way for a cat to stay cooler during the warmer months. So, click on one of the plans listed in this article and get started. Your cat will thank you!

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Featured Image Credit: Ben Schonewille, Shutterstock

About the Author

Emma Stenhouse
Emma Stenhouse
Emma is a freelance writer, specializing in writing about pets, outdoor pursuits, and the environment. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Costa Rica and New Zealand before moving to a smallholding in Spain with her husband, their 4-year-old daughter, and their dogs, cats, horses, and poultry. When she's not writing, Emma can be found taking her dogs for walks in the rolling fields around their home...and usually, at least some of the cats come along, too! Emma is passionate about rescuing animals and providing them with a new life after being abandoned or abused. As well as their own four rescue dogs, she also fosters dogs for re-homing, providing them with love and training while searching for their forever homes.

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