8 Free DIY Cat Tree Plans

Illustration of a DIY cat tree plan

The Spruce / Jaime Knoth

If you're even a little bit handy with tools, you can build a DIY cat tree. You can build a cat tree using wood, branches, rope, PVC pipe, carpeting, and many more materials. It's a ​straightforward building project that you should be able to put together with ease for a reasonable cost. These 8 free cat tree plans include photos, diagrams, and step-by-step building instructions so you can build a cat tree that's perfect for your cat and the space you have to put it in.

Below, you'll find plans for the traditional cat tree but also for a cat condo, house, and simple stand.

  • 01 of 08

    DIY Cat Tree With Real Branches

    A photo of a cat in a DIY cat tree made with real branches

    By Brittany Goldwyn

    Brittany Goldwyn has designed this DIY cat tree that's more than just fun for your cat, it also looks like a piece of natural art you can place anywhere in your home. Using real tree branches, plywood, stones, rope, and faux greenery, your indoor kitty will love their new cat tower.

    There's a supplies list, building instructions, and color photos to help you build this beginning woodworking project. Once you're finished, you won't believe what you built for less than $100.

    DIY Cat Tree With Real Branches from By Brittany Goldwyn

  • 02 of 08

    How to Build a Cat Tree

    A cat sitting in the middle of a cat tree

    The Experimental Home

    The Experimental Home has a more elaborate cat tree plan that includes multiple perches, a hiding spot, a hammock, and all sorts of places to scratch and play with toys. There are a lot of good tips included here on what cats enjoy from a cat tree and condo.

    Included in this free plan are a list of materials, written instructions, and color photos. All the materials for this project are easy to find.

    How to Build a Cat Tree from The Experimental Home

  • 03 of 08

    Cat Tower Plan

    A cat on a carpeted cat tower


    This free cat tower plan at Imgur stands 6 feet tall with 2 platforms—one at the top and one a few feet from the base, as well as an empty, carpeted inside for the cat to move up and down through.

    There are several images in this plan as well as specific instructions on what to do to build the whole thing. It's a pretty easy project that would be perfect for the confidant beginner.

    Cat Tower Plan from Imgur

  • 04 of 08

    How to Make a Cat Tree

    Illustration of a cat tree with five platforms


    This is another cat tree that should be very simple to build. It's made up of five platforms with four supporting beams. That gives your cat all sorts of areas to jump and climb to. IT also includes how to build a little ladder that your cat can use to get to the first perch.

    The second half of this guide at wikiHow shows how to make a different cat tree by using an old wooden ladder.

    How to Make a Cat Tree from WikiHow

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  • 05 of 08

    Kitty Tree

    A cat on top of a cat tree

    Ana White

    This free cat tree plan explains how to build three platforms with ramps to access them. The estimated cost to build this is $20 to $50, and it should be easy enough to put together even for beginners. This one takes up some space, so be sure to measure before you build.

    There are a total of 10 steps in this guide, plus a tools and shopping list and several real pictures you can refer to as you move through them.

    A PDF version of this plan is also available.

    Kitty Tree from Ana White

  • 06 of 08

    Kitty Condo Plan

    Illustration of a cat tree


    The website Dadand has this one-page PDF file that serves as a guide for building a cat condo as seen in this picture.

    Including the bottom piece, this cat condo is comprised of four platforms and three support beams.

    The whole project is estimated to cost around $25 and take two hours to finish.

    Kitty Condo Plan from Dadand

  • 07 of 08

    How to Make a Cat Condo from HGTV

    A cat condo with baskets and a scratching post


    HGTV has a free cat condo plan that uses PVC pipe covered with rope for the stand and three baskets that are attached with brackets that are just waiting for your cat to hop in.

    There's a materials list, color photos, and written instructions to help you complete this project in an afternoon.

    How to Make a Cat Condo from HGTV

  • 08 of 08

    Building a Cat Tree

    Close-Up Of Cat Sleeping
    Ryo Shinyashiki / EyeEm / Getty Images

    ShowCatsOnline.com's free cat tree plan seems to have it all. It includes a top platform, small home, bed, and a tube, all of which are fully carpeted.

    The plan shows you everything you need for putting this together, including the list of materials, all the basic tools required, and 15 steps.

    Building a Cat Tree from Show Cats Online

  • What can I use instead of a cat tree?

    There are wall shelves for cats, hammocks, cat staircases, even window-perches.

  • What is the best material for a cat tree?

    Sisal rope! Either woven and carpet-like, or wrapped around a tube.

  • Is it cheaper to buy or make a cat tree?

    It is much cheaper to make a cat tree than to buy one!