If you’re a cat owner, you know two things about kitties: #1, They like heights, and #2, they like warmth. I can always count on finding my own cat in a handful of different places around my apartment, including either right up against the radiator, or high up on my bedroom dresser. If your feline is anything like mine, she’d flip over a DIY radiator cat bed like this one.
This project comes straight from the soon-to-be-published book DIY Projects for Cats & Dogs. The book was created for those who love good design, and value the DIY over an expensive buy. DIY Projects for Cats & Dogs offers 20 easy-to-build projects, from a dog-friendly bike basket, to a fancy rolling litter box cabinet. All the projects are cheap, and all are easy to make. The book publishes on May 8th, but in the meantime, you can pre-order it from Amazon.
For a sneak peek into the kinds of stylish creations you can make from this book, here’s a look at my favorite project from the collection: the DIY radiator cat bed.
WARNING: This project is designed for hot-water radiators in homes heated by gas or oil (usually older houses and apartment buildings). Electric radiators can overheat and cause a fire if they come in contact with a combustible object.
1 sheet OSB (oriented strand board)
2 furring strips, about 2 feet (60 cm) each
2 shelf brackets, minimum about 8 inches (20 cm) on shortest arm
4 corner braces, about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm)
2 nuts and bolts to fit the corner braces
About 12 screws
Fabric, foam, and a staple gun
Cut the furring strips to the desired length, referring to the photo of the finished project – you determine the distance between the top of the radiator and the bed.
At the top of each furring strip, screw on a corner brace.
At the bottom of each furring strip, on the side opposite the one with the corner brace, screw on a shelf bracket.
At the top of each furring strip, use a nut and bolt to attach a second corner brace to the first corner brace to form a U-shape; this is what will fit over the radiator.
Screw the board to the shelf brackets as shown. Make sure you choose a screw that is short enough not to go through the top of the board. If the screws do slightly break through, use adhesive putty to cover the tips.
If you can find someone to help you, this step is easier with two people.
Glue the foam to the top of the board, cutting to foam to size as needed.
Lay the fabric over the foam, staple it to the underside of the board, and cut off any excess fabric.
In the end, this piece will have cost about $12, not counting the cost of heating—but who can put a price on keeping your cat warm and happy?