I have an old cat climbing/scratching post. It's decent, but it's starting to lean and tilt, and I cannot find the right key to tighten it - also it's boring and not that pretty.
So I'm thinking about building a new piece of cat furniture, from this:http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/55115_PE160115_S4.jpg
I've found some used ones online. I'm thinking maybe paint (in that case black), put in deep red fur-covered shelves, cover the outside "steps" with fur, put sisal or some other good scratching material (IKEA's ready-made hallway sisal rugs, maybe) on the sides, make make a little cubbyhole by putting fur on the sides and top of one of the spaces the shelves make and making a smaller entrance, so the cat that loves to go inside small spaces can have her own little haven - maybe even salvage the "tube" from the present climbing post and screw it to the outside.
Any tips, ideas, hints, experiences? I'm still considering the drawbacks and benefits of glue vs staple gun for the different parts of the project.