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Topic: Rad Plaid Cat Tree from Meh Grey Office Chair! =^.^=  (Read 12497 times)
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« on: June 01, 2008 08:37:05 PM »

This was an ugly gray office chair we had around that had a broken pneumatic shaft. (I took the first picture after taking one arm off.) My cat really loves this chair and we haven't yet bought her a cat tree, so I thought it would be great if I could transform this into something resembling one. I decided on a two-tiered cat tree with a scratching post in the middle, a few dangly toys and a covered habitat underneath. Click any thumbnail to see a larger pic!



First I took everything apart to see what I had to work with, which was:

chair:
   2 cushions
   2 arms
   1 pneumatic shaft
   1 5-arm caster base
   1 L-shaped steel bracket
   18 1/4" x 1" machine bolts

scratching post:
   1 cardboard tube covered in sisal rope
   1 bolt + washer
   a piece of carpet on plywood

     
   
purchased:   
   new fabric            ($4)
   4 1/4" x 1.5" machine bolts      ($2)
   11 #6 x 5/8" metal phillips screws   ($1)
   1 1.125" x 48" wooden dowel rod      ($3.50)
   2 tie plates            ($0.75)
   
1. First, the fabric. I know this isn't the flashiest, prettiest fabric, but it was in the $1/yd bin and I wanted something that would jive with our decor. I covered the cushions and stapled with a staple gun. No need to be perfect.



2. I flipped the bottom cushion over and used a 1/4" drill bit to drill a hole in the plywood bottom and up through the padding of the base cushion; I attached the scratching post tube through the center of the cushion with its own bolt and washer. (Major props to my boyfriend, Jason, for being the muscle in this process.)

               

3. I flipped the chair arms over and reattached them to the bottom of the seat cushion facing the floor. This gave me a rocking base (great stool!) if I wanted to leave it as such, but I needed a bit more stability. I flipped the L bracket over and reattached it using the 1/4" x 1.5" machine bolts. I cut the dowel rod into two legs each 11.5" long and screwed them onto the tie plates, which I then screwed into the plywood bottom to give a firm, stable base to the tree.

                         

4. I used a 3/16" drill bit to drill new holes in the plywood of the top-level cushion and secured the pneumatic shaft to its bottom with its own bolts.

     

5. Stapled a skirt to the perimeter of the base to make a hideaway.

6. The scratching post is actually a hollow cardboard tube, so I simply placed the pneumatic shaft inside the tube and secured the edges with epoxy. The lift handle was too difficult to remove, so I used it as a hanger for her favorite toys. Ta da!

          


7. The leftovers. Not much!




Begin:         5/31/08 8:00pm
End:         6/1/08 9:00pm
Total cost:      about $10
Total time:      about 5 hours not counting trips to Walmart and Home Depot
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 08:39:30 PM »

I have a dead chair sitting here waiting to go to the dump-- thanks for this great idea.  My daughter has 2 cats who would love something like this. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2008 10:12:50 PM »

Wow this is a great idea!  The chair I currently sit on is a pos cause of my cats.  Might as well make it into something functional when we move!!  Sweet thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 12:35:04 AM »

What a great idea! Your cat looks happy Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 03:04:31 AM »

What a fantastic idea!  Great way to think outside the box and it turned out wonderfully!  I especially love the way the seat back became a perfectly situated window perch--I know cats LOVE those!  Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008 04:28:24 AM »

Cool - does the cat use it?
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008 06:32:05 AM »

Yes, she uses it. She actually got into the hideaway before I was finished with it! It's sturdy enough for her to stretch up and scratch the post and she loves batting at her quadropus. I'll take some video later and post it on YouTube and add a link.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2008 06:51:41 AM »

That's great! It really seems to contain everything a cat loves...

EDIT: And you could still use the bottom part with wheels for something else, couldn't you?
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008 08:39:51 AM »

Great idea! 

FYI-  Make sure the sisal is glued on REALLY well!!! I know someone who's cat almost died because the sisal came loose on their scratching post, and the cat ate it, and it had to have surgery to remove it, and almost didn't make it!  Make sure that you check it often to make sure it isn't coming loose!
(I have 3 cats, and just wanted to make sure your kitty's safe!)

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2008 10:04:38 AM »

Well done -- what a creative idea, not to mention great repurposing, practical AND cute!  (And hang onto that leftover wheeled base -- anyone clever enough to come up with this idea will doubtless be able to put it to good use....)
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2008 10:22:56 AM »

This is such an awesome idea. My cats would go nuts for something like that.
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2008 01:34:37 PM »

What a great idea!  MUCH better looking than those ugly cat trees you find in the pet stores too Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2008 05:48:03 PM »

What a clever idea! I love it Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2008 09:09:08 PM »

haha my cat would love that!
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2008 01:45:09 AM »

Awesome makeover!   I would never have thought of that.  I especially like the kitty hideway underneath.
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2008 11:30:38 AM »

that is so clever! We are going to be replacing my office chair at some point and I have a scratching post that needs re-done (the bolt on top is stripped). I will be keeping your project in mind when the time comes as our kitties need something to play with.
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2008 06:37:12 PM »

economiacal and cheap! cat trees are so expensive for some reason...it carpet and wood ,i mean, come on.

great idea!  Grin Grin

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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2008 11:52:21 PM »

That it so creative! Does kitty get on the top and is it stable enough to hold the weight?
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2008 10:13:34 AM »

Great job, I will have to finally snag some of those broken office chairs that tend to show up in the dumpster area all the time!  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2008 12:29:10 PM »

What a totally awesome hack!  Very very nice!
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2008 07:24:52 PM »

Oh My!! I need one of these.  Those silly trees are crazy expensive at the store and you have constructed one with great style!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2008 08:00:24 PM »

Well, I haven't been able to get any video, but yes, it's sturdy enough for her to use. We basically glued the top cushion to the scratching post cylinder with silicone gel. Then again, she is only about 5.5 lbs, so I don't know if it's steady enough for heavier cats. I would guess it would be fine for any cat as long as you always pick it up by the base and don't stress the glue.

Also, thank you so much to everyone for the compliments! It was a fun project and it makes me really happy to see my cat so happy. She actually enjoys the hideaway most and so doesn't bounce around a lot on the tiers, but that's just her personality.
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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2008 02:37:33 AM »

what a transformation puurrrrfect !
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« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2008 12:14:15 PM »

Wow that is something I never would of thought of, its brilliant!  Cats are drawn to office chairs and what a great new life for it!
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2008 06:48:54 PM »

I'm afraid of cats.!
But your idea is so nice.
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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2008 02:36:17 PM »

Creative! Wink
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2008 07:10:57 PM »

very creative.  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2008 12:05:05 AM »

My kitties are so jealous right now! I love it Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2008 03:13:33 PM »

Whee, deluxe cat digs!  Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2008 10:32:03 PM »

This is a great idea. I would love to try this. It's amazing how you can make something similar to what's in the stores for only $10 dollars. The one's I've seen are SOO expensive! Great job.
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