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Cat Basket

This aerial perch doesn't just get your cat's bed up off the floor; it encourages her to leap, scratch, and survey the living room (i.e., her kingdom) like her inner Simba.

hanging cat basket with white and gray cat inside

Photography: Gieves Anderson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2019

Introduction

Fender washers are commonly used in automotive, plumbing, and electrical projects. The zinc-plated finish on this hardware helps to resist corrosion. The diameter of washer is the size bolt that you should use. (For example, a 1/4 washer fits a 1/4 bolt.)

 

No cat? Mount a basket where you need on-the-spot storage: cozy throws next to the sofa, stuffed animals by a kid's bed, rolled towels in the guest bath. (Also pictured: West Elm Waffle-Weave Throw, in Rosette, $39, westelm.com. IKEA Lisabo Coffee Table, $99, ikea.com.)

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of cat crafts.

materials

  • Basket (Pictured: Room & Board Bangla Storage Basket, 16", in Natural, $70, roomandboard.com.)

  • Drill

  • Fender washers (Pictured: The Rivet Gallery Stainless Steel Fender Washers, 1⁄4" by 1", $6 for 25, amazon.com.)

  • Screws, 1/4 inch

steps

  1. Align two fender washers and screws into the bottom end of a sturdy basket. Drill, securing basket into the wall. (Tip: Using extra-large washers will help distribute her weight and limit wear and tear on the fibers.)

  2. Add a snug blanket. She just may deign to thank you.

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