How to Make a Cat Bunk Bed for Your Kitties

You may have seen some photos of these adorable cat beds online and wondered where they come from. They’re actually sold as “doll beds” at IKEA! Technically speaking IKEA doesn’t sell any actual pet furniture, but it’s hard to deny how cute your pet will look in one of these little beds.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – This bunk bed is finally available online! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a link to everything you need:

My partner and I bought one of these IKEA DUKTIG doll bedsย on a whim after a friend got one, and I actually went back to IKEA just days later to get a second one. With two larger than average cats in the house there would be no sharing. After seeing some photos of folks who had double (or triple) bunked these little beds, I knew I had to do the same.

I looked around for an explicit “how to make a cat bunk bed” post but couldn’t find one, so I thought I’d make one myself.

You don’t have to be handy or have any special tools to do this project, just a screwdriver or drill, 2 x pre-assembled IKEA DUKTIG doll beds, 16 x #8 wood screws, and 2 x 4″ or 3″ x 7/8″ mending plates.

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Remove the board from the bottom of the beds, and set them on their sides. Line up the posts and place the mending plate so that it is spread equally across both posts.

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Attach the mending plates to each of the posts. I stood mine up just to make sure everything looked right.

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Tip the bed onto its side again and attached the two mending plates to the top bunk. Make sure they’re centred!

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Carefully flip the beds, now attached on only one side so they’re a bit fragile. When you turn them over you’ll likely notice that things aren’t lining up just right. Don’t worry! The final screws will fix them.
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On the left you can see how the posts are before the last two mending plates are attached. Just gently press them into place beforehand.
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You’ll find the attachments are very sturdy, and because the mending plates are attached on the interior they don’t detract from the overall appearance of the bunk beds. Now all you have to do is replace the bedding…

You don't have to be handy or have any special tools to make this fun and unique cat bunk bed.

You don’t have to be handy or have any special tools to make this fun and unique cat bunk bed.


And last but not least, insert happy cats!ย 

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Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I’ll try to help! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your pets like the bunk bed!

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by zara on Pet Bunk Beds

these are perfect for my not-at-all-spoiled cat babies!!

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