DIY Your Own Ottoman Scratching Post
You know you love a good DIY project. Especially if it’s for your cat. We found this amazing ottoman (for really cheap) and we thought we would show you how we keep our home stylish, chick and still cat friendly.
Because we foster so many kittens we end up with so many cat toys that we need to rotate through so that the kittens don’t get bored. As such, this ottoman is PURR-fect for storing any excess toys or toys we don’t want them to play with.
So, we thought how can we make this ottoman into something versatile that will just blend in with our home? Make it a make-shift scratching post!
It’s really easy and will only take you an hour and a few simple tools.
What do you need?
- an ottoman
- sisal rope
- Hot glue gun or nail gun
- regular craft glue
- scissors, ruler & a marker
What are you going to do?
Get all your items together and organised. Make sure the kittens aren’t playing with your sisal rope. Trust me, they will want to.
Measure out 1-2 inches from the top & bottom of your ottoman.
Mark this out with your marker.
Use your scissors (or sharp knife) to cut the fabric and foam.
Strip it back to expose your beautiful (mostly) naked ottoman.
Use the hot glue gun (or nail gun) to glue down the fabric on the top & bottom to prevent fraying and moving.
It should look like this…
Use the hot glue gun to start laying down your sisal rope. Overlay this with the fabric so you don’t have any gaps. If you are using a nail gun use it to nail down the first 1-3 rows. Using hot glue or a nail gun will mean that it is really securely in place and won’t tear away when your cats are having a vigorous scratch.
After the first 3 layers use the craft glue and a paintbrush to glue down the rest of the sisal rope. As you can see I ended up turning my ottoman upside down as it was easier (for me) to work from the bottom up instead of the top down.
Make sure you use the hot glue (or nail gun) every 5-6 rows to make sure it is securely glued in place.
Before you know it, you’ll be reaching the end!
Enjoy the new addition to your home. Your cats and kittens will!
Let us know what you think and don’t forget to check out our other DIY projects like the 5 minute cat tent!
Meow for now… Kristian