How to hide a litter box with style 😻
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
If you're a cat owner, you know the struggles that come with housing a litter box in your home. When it comes to the decor, no one ever says... "WOW! Love the look of this room, that litter box really pulls it all together". There are a lot of beautiful litter box options out there, but their pricey and ultimately, it's better if you can hide it away. So what if your litter box could be hidden away but also an integral decor piece in your home? UM, MEOW!
This is feline function and fashion all in one! 😻
(1) Empty cabinet/cupboard OR an IKEA BESTA unit (check your local Buy and Sell websites)
(4) 8x10 picture frames (IKEA)
(4) Custom legs *Optional*
(2) Small rugs or carpet to size (IKEA)
(1) Litter box (fit to size) (IKEA)
Foam OR (3) Cushions (IKEA)
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Fabric (for the pillow)
Yarn (for the tassels)
1) To start, you'll need a two door cabinet, we used the IKEA BESTA cupboard which we found second hand on a buy-and-sell website.
** Source a cabinet that is deep enough to fit a cat litter box inside.
2) Remove any shelves so the entire cabinet is empty.
3) Buy or source 4 old picture frames of the same size. They should be large enough for your cat to walk through - we made ours with an 8x10 inch frame, but if you have a big cat you should make a bigger door. Remove the back of the frame.
4) Trace the inside of your frame insert on the side of the cabinet to create a perfect size hole act as your door hole.
5) Cut 2 doors: one on the external side wall and one on the thicker dividing wall inside the cabinet unit.
6) Take a power drill and a spade bit and drill 2 starter holes at opposite corners of your sketched out door frame - make sure the starter hole is large enough that your jigsaw blade will fit inside it - now you can cut out the square with ease cutting two L patterned cuts.
7) If you use the besta unit like we did, please note that the inside divider wall is thicker and your jigsaw blade will not be long enough to cut clear through in one pass. You'll need to mirror the templates on each side so you can cut in the same place. We cut ours 6 ⅜" from the bottom - and 3 ⅜" from the front.
*Note: we cut the inside doorway HIGHER so that it matches the height of the litter tray inside.. This will make it easy for kitty to step into the litter box.
8) The inside of this cabinet is made of a cardboard honeycomb sandwiched between 2 pieces of wood veneer. This honeycomb material makes the product light to ship and is cheaper to manufacture but it's NOT pretty if left exposed.
9) To hide the inside honeycomb edge, edge the sides with white duct tape.
10) Use construction adhesive glue to attach the picture frame over the cut window hole. You can paint your frame if you want to add more color!
11) We decided to paint the front doors of the cabinet blue. Lightly sand the doors and prime them with a white paint. Source a primer that is latex based and has excellent adhesion to glossy surfaces such as tile and enameled trim. I had success with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 paint primer. Then simply paint the color of your liking! Tape off the back of the doors so you get a nice clean paint line.
12) Take off the existing legs of the cabinet and replace them with new ones that match the decor in your home. We replaced them with beautiful decorative legs from Pretty Pegs, a website that sells customized accessories for the IKEA furniture (thanks for the tip Alexandra Gater!) 😍
13) Place small rugs on both sides of the cabinet. You can use off-cuts, remnant carpet or carpet tiles to save money.
14) Place a small hook on the back wall of the litter side to hang the kitty litter scoop - you can screw in a small hook or use a sticky hook.
For the cat pillow, we took 3 old exterior chair cushions and upcycled them. Three cushions fit the width of our BESTA unit, but you could also use a king size pillow or a big piece of foam.
1) We want to make a pillowcase to cover the pillows, but we didn’t want to fuss with zippers or buttons so we made an “envelope” pillow case. These are great for animals because they can easily be washed.
Cut out 1 piece of fabric the size and width of your chosen pillow and add a ½" inch to all sides to allow for sewing and seam.
2) For the back side, you want to cut 2 pieces that will overlap by about 3 inches. One piece will be long and the other short. Again, add a ½" inch seam allowance. The 2 back pieces will overlap and be the opening to stuff the pillow. Hem each piece at one end.
3) Lay the top piece pattern UP - then lay the long bottom piece on top with pattern DOWN. Finally, add the short bottom piece on top with the pattern facing DOWN.
4) Pin the pieces together and sew along the edges - when you turn it inside out all the fabric pieces will be pattern side out and the hems will be tucked inside.
5) *See below to find the TASSELS tutorial. You can add your tassels in WHILE you are sewing your pillow or afterwards with a large needle. We add ours while we are sewing the pillow. You need to put the tassels INSIDE the INVERTED pillow case because everything is inside out at this point. You want the braided tassel tog to be the only part of the tassel that peeks through your pillow seam. Take care that you don’t sew over the tassel fringe.
1) To make a tassel, first decide how long and big you want your tassel. Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the tassel you want - now loop wool or embroidery floss around and around and around that piece of cardboard until you have enough strings to make the tail of the tassel.
2) Pull the loops off the cardboard and tie an extra piece of wool through the loop to hold the bunch together - you can wrap a small braided wool piece through the loop for extra strength if you like.
3) Bunch all the wool together at the top to create a little round head to your tassel - now take a long piece of yarn and wrap it around to create a tight little neck under the round wood head. Tie it off and trim the ends OR leave the ends very long.
4) Trim the bottom of the tassel like you’re giving yourself a haircut with sharp scissors.
VOILA! Your cathub is now complete, for you and your kitty to enjoy!