Cats are lovable, but their litter boxes? Not so much. This boxed enclosure—which we renovated from a side table—lets you discreetly tuck away your pet's disposable tray in any room.

February 05, 2019
pink and white litter box house next to a cactus and orange cat

This idea comes from our friend Kara Whitten of A Kailo Chic Life. Her project's architectural design is inspired by A-frame houses, which are distinguished by steeply-angled sides and a gable roof that collectively meet at the top of the structure in the shape of the letter "A" (hence the name). In her miniature version, the hinged hardware allows you to open and close the front for easy cleaning, and a circular opening centered on the front allows easy entrance and exit for your feline friend.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

To make the base, lay the table top on a flat work surface. Attach wood dowels to two parallel sides of the table top with a line of wood glue; let dry overnight.

circular saw on plywood
Step 2

Cut house pieces from plywood using a circular saw. (Note: Based on the measurements of our pictured side table, you will need two rectangle pieces that measure 21 5/8 by 28 inches, plus two triangles that are 21 5/8 inches wide, 26 inches in height and 33.8 inches on each side.) On one of the triangles, cut a 10-inch circle in the center. (Note: This will serve as the "door" to your cat's litter box enclosure.) Use the saw to angle-cut the top and bottom at a 45-degree angle.

hinged triangular roof attached to black base
Step 3

Add a line of wood glue to the base of the litter box house along the square dowel and attach the side plywood panels. Add a line of glue along the top seam where the two pieces meet, then use the large door hinges to attach the panels. Use a staple gun to attach the back triangle panel to the side panels.

door with circular cutout attached to hinged triangular roof
Step 4

Attach two small hinges to the door, screwing them onto the front side.

plywood litter box house painted white
Step 5

Attach the corner latch hook to the opposite side of the door so that you can secure it closed when in use or open the door to remove and clean the litter box as needed.

pink and white litter box house next to a cactus and orange cat
Step 6

Cover the enclosure with a coat of paint and decorate as desired; let dry completely.


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