Introduction: Glass Mounted Hanging Cat Bed
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If you have some cats, you'll know that one of their favorite sports is sleeping. Some cats sleep around 16 hours a day, and they love to vary the place where they lie down to sleep.
For this project my wife and I made a hanging cat bet, so our cats would have their own comfy furniture for sleeping all night (and all day) long! It's easy to make, using materials one can find in local hardware stores, and hand tools only.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
We used the following tools for the construction of our hanging cat bed:
- A Hacksaw. We had to cut the PVC pipes in smaller pieces;
- A Drilling machine. We attached some of the suction cups to the pipes using some screws. The drilling machine was ussed for drilling the pipes;
- A Measuring tape (or a Ruler) for measuring the length of the pipes and the fabric;
- A Screwdriver for attaching the suction cups with some screws;
- A pair of scissors for cutting the fabric;
- Sewing needles. When the frame was ready, we had to sew the fabric around the frame;
- A cutter, for cutting the steel cables.
The following materials were used:
- 1'' PVC pipes (1,4m)*
- 1'' 90° bend (L shape)* (x2)
- 1'' tee (x2)*
- 25mm screws (x2)
- Suction cups (for glass) 90 mm in diameter (x2)
- Suction cups (for glass) 40 mm in diameter (x2)
- Woven fabric (70 x 70cm)
- Sewing thread
- 1,5mm steel cabe (1,5m)**
* 1/2'' pipes might be used as well.
** we used a cloathesline steel cable. It's coated with a plastic layer, and it's very resistent. We tried other types of cables, but the cats would easilly bite and cut them.
Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Pipes
First we had to cut the pipes in suitable sizes. For our hanging bed project, we cut the pipes in four pieces with approximatelly 35 cm each.
We used a tape for measuring the lenght of the pieces of pipe, and cut them with a hacksaw. A sandpaper might be used for a better finishing.
Step 3: Preparing the Smaller Suction Cups
The smaller suction cups (40 mm ones) were attached to the tee fittings using some screws. For that, we had to drill a pair of holes.
The center position of the holes were marked with a pen, and then drilling machine was used. It will be easier if a small hole is created first (with a nail, for instance) and later enlarge with the drilling machine. The position of the hole will depend on the model of your suction cup.
A 25 mm screw as used for attaching the suction cup to the tee fitting, as it's shown in the pictures.
Step 4: Preparing the Larger Suction Cups
The larger suction cups (90 mm) support most of the weight of the the cat and the hanging bed structure. We tried to use smaller ones (40 mm) here, but they would easilly dettach from the glass.
First we had to cut the steel cable with the desired lenght (two cables of approx. 70 cm each) using a pair of cutters. We tied one end of the cable to the suction cup center bolt, and firmly tightened it with a nut. The other end was tied to the pipes, as it will be shown later.
Step 5: Measure, Cut and Sew the Fabric
We measured and cut the fabric to be used in the bed with a pair of scissor. In the picture I suggest some dimensions, based on the pipe sizes we used. If you want to create a larger or smaller cat bed, remember to resize these measurements too.
We sew the fabric out of the pipes, and only then assembled the structure. But one might assemble the stucture first and sew the cloth latter.
Sew the fabric arround the pipes. You can also sew the fabric out of the pipes, and only then assemble the structure.
Step 6: Mounting the Frame
We mounted the frame as shown in the pictures.
- We attached both tee fittings (with the smaller suction cups already installed) at the end of two pipes;
- Those two pipes passed through the fabric;
- A 90º bend was attached at the end of each pipe;
- A third pipe was connected to both tee fittings, passing through the fabric;
- The fourth pipe connected both 90º bends. Before attaching them, we tied the steel cable.
The connection between pipes and fitting is quite tight, so you won't probably need to glue the pipes. This way it's also easier to disassemble the structure if you need to wash the cloth, for instance.
At this point your cats will already be curious and wondering what are you doing!
Step 7: Instalation
The instalation of the hanging bed is very easy. Attach the smaller suction cups to the glass horizontally. Then attach the larger suction cups, so that the cables are stretched and the bed is leveled. Make sure the cups and the glass are clear, for maximum adherence.
The bed shouldn't be installed at high places, so that the cats won't get hurt if they accidentally fall (or if any of the succion cups dettach from the glass). It's recommended to test first how
Step 8: Usage
Install the bed on a glass window or door. They'll love to see the movement outside while they get to sleep.
At first the cats will find it strange, but they will quickly become accustomed to the idea and begin to divide the space. Put a blanket on the bed, and they'll love it even more.
Make sure there is a surface from which cats can jump to access the bed.
Now, let them sleep, and have fun!