EXPEDIT double-decker cat snug/scratch post
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Materials: Expedit single shelving unit, sisal rope, cushions I had already, velcro
Description: This is really not a very difficult hack, but I thought it may be useful to the many cat-owned IKEA hackers out there. Plus I just couldn't resist showing off my beautiful furry boys :-)
Like many others, I think cat accessories almost invariably look dreadful, with much brown carpet and awful shapes. So I was trying to find a nice looking solution.
I found this good idea online but..hello, $604?! Besides I'm in London, UK and my furniture is gloss white in the dining area where I wanted to put the scratch post/snug. EXPEDIT was just the ideal solution! If you want something bigger, LACK can do also, minus the castors unless they lock.
I put the LACK together, then got the sisal rope (20 mt, from Homebase), fixed it to the cube with a U-shaped nail, then wrapped it VERY tight around the side, put another nail at the end, and two more nails at the top and bottom on the 'scratch side' so the ropes don' slide up and down when the cats go at it with gusto (they're two big boys!). I put some adhesive Velcro to keep the cube in place onto the floor, but so I can also move it around to clean etc.
Then I put two small cushions I had already, fixing the top one to the shelf with some Velcro so it does not fall off.
As you can see, it was a success right away :-) (Byron at the top, Pushkin at the bottom)
~ Laura, London, UK