How to Make a DIY Cat Hammock for Your Furry Friend
Give your furry friend a place to hang out with this cat hammock in a wood frame. It’s low enough for them to climb in and out easily, but it still hangs in a way that keeps them comfortable. The simple style (with your choice of fabric) can fit in with any decor, but would look especially cute in a craft room!
The frame for the hammock uses large quilting hoops so there’s minimal assembly. The only power tool you need is a drill (you may also need a hand saw to trim the support slats), then you simply bolt the pieces together. For the hammock itself, the sewing is quick and easy, and those who sew will have all the tools on hand.
What You’ll Need
Equipment / Tools
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Drill w/ 1/4-inch bit
- Masking tape
- Scrap wood block
- 1/2 yard anti-pill fleece
- 1/4 yard woven fabric
- 1 18-inch wood quilting hoops
- 6 1/4-inch thick wood slats, 6 inches long
- 12 1/4-inch bolts, 3/4 inch long (or the thickness of the hoop, slat, and wing nut)
- 12 1/4-inch wing nuts
- Trace and Cut the HammockPlace one of the hoops on the fleece and trace the inside with a pencil. Pin two layers of fleece together and cut out the circle.
- Make the Hanging StripsCut six strips of woven fabric each measuring 1 3/4 x 21 inches.A rotary cutter and ruler are helpful for this, but you can also mark the lines and cut them with scissors.Press each strip in half, then press the edges into the center and iron it well. Then, topstitch each strip on the open edge, backstitching at the beginning and end. Tie a knot at the end of each strip.TipYou can substitute bias tape for these strips, and simply sew the strips and knot the ends.
- Position the Hanging StripsFold each strip in half and space them evenly around one of the fleece circles with the folded side aligned to the edge. Pin the fleece circles right sides together with the ties in the middle.TipTo space the ties evenly, place two folded strips directly across from each other, then add the remaining sets of two. Viewing each set of two as a straight line makes it easier to divide the circle into six equal sections.
- Sew the HammockSew around the circle with a 3/8-inch seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning. Backstitch over each strap as you sew.Turn the hammock right side out, then use a needle and thread to sew the opening closed with a blind stitch.
- Measure and Mark the HoopsMeasure the outside circumference of one of the quilting hoops and divide the total by six. For an 18-inch hoop, this should be about 9 2/3 inches.Align the two hoops by the tightening blocks and mark the outside of each hoop with the six equally spaced measurements.Be sure to space the markings on either side of the tightening blocks.
- Drill Holes in the Hoops and SlatsHold a block of scrap wood behind the hoop and use a 1/4-inch bit to drill holes through the markings on the hoops. It helps to work on the corner of a counter so you can get some leverage while also letting the drill do the work.Use masking tape to hold several wood slats together. Hold the bundle behind one of the drilled holes, aligning the edges, then mark where to drill the holes at each end.Set the bundle on the wood block and drill a hole through each end.
- Assemble the Hammock FrameHold a wood slat on the inside of one hoop and thread a bolt through the holes. Secure it with a wing nut. Repeat this around the hoop, then repeat it again with the second hoop at the other end of each slat.
- Attach the Hammock to the FrameTie the fabric hammock to the top hoop in the frame.Because the tightening blocks on the hoop are centered between two supports, you won’t be able to center the ties, but you can space them near the centers.
Your cat can now enjoy their little hammock-style pet bed! This sweet kitty was hesitant to try it right away, but after letting her have a treat or two, she gave it a go. Now she comes back to it again and again—even without the treats!
Keep this in a favorite spot in the house and encourage your cat to keep a few toys stored underneath. To clean the hammock, simply untie the straps and machine wash. You can also take the frame apart for storage if needed.
And while this was designed with a cat in mind, we think other small pets will love it too!