How To Make Adorable Kitty Bunk Beds

Create the purrr-fect setup for a kitty slumber party with these adorable bunk beds!

Two cats in bunk beds
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Made with just birch branches and wood crates, they're lightweight enough to move around to the various sunny spots in the house. The only question is . . . who gets the top bunk?

Things You'll Need

  • Birch branches, 4
  • Wood crates, 2
  • Wood screws, 22
  • Power drill
  • Square wood dowels, 36 inches long, 2
  • Square wood dowels, 8 inches long, 3
  • Paint & paintbrush (optional)
  • String lights (optional)
  • Faux fur rugs or blankets (optional)
Birch branches used for bed posts
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Note: I used two long branches (60 inches long) for the front posts of the bunk beds and two shorter branches (30 inches long) for the back. However, you could certainly use four tall ones or four short ones — whatever you prefer.

Make the Bunk Beds

Step 1

Lay two birch branches flat on the floor. Space them apart according to the width of your wood crates, and then push the bottom of both branches against the wall. This will ensure the bottom of the branches are even, when you stand the bed upright later.

Pushing two branches against wall
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Note: Since I used two different branch lengths, it's worth noting in the photo that the shorter branch is the back of the bed and the taller branch is the front of the bed.

Step 2

Set the wood crates horizontally on top of the branches. I placed the bottom crate about 10 inches from the bottom of the shorter branch and the top crate about 15 inches above the bottom crate. But you could certainly space the crates out according to your own preference.

Placing wood crates on top of branches
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 3

Attach the crates to the branches by drilling two wood screws into each corner.

Drilling crates into branches
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 4

Flip the unit over and set the remaining two branches on top of the crates, lined up with the two branches under the crates. Again, push the branches against the wall to ensure they are even.

Branches placed on top of crates
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 5

Drill two screws into each corner of the crates to attach them to the branches.

Drilling crates to branches
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Make the Ladder

Step 1

Lay the two 36-inch square dowels on the floor, parallel to each other. Place the three 8-inch square dowels on top, spaced evenly apart, to form a ladder. Drill wood screws at the six intersecting points where the short dowels touch the long dowels.

Drilling dowels together for ladder
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 2 (Optional)

Paint the ladder with craft paint and let dry.

Painting ladder for bunk beds
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Step 3

You could either lean the ladder against the bunk beds, or secure it with nails or wood glue.

Finished kitty bunk beds
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Add the Cuteness!

To make the bed extra cozy and cute for your kitties, tuck faux fur rugs or blankets into the crates and string some lights around the posts. Be sure to snap a pic when you catch a double-decker cat nap in progress and share with us!

Two cats in bunk beds
credit: Trisha Sprouse