How To Turn A Laundry Basket Into A Hanging Cat Bed

Kick kitty's napping nook up a notch with a dreamy hanging bed that swings to the rhythm of their laziness. No cat can resist a cozy laundry basket, especially one that sways them to sleep.

How To Turn A Laundry Basket Into A Hanging Cat Bed
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Things You'll Need:

  • Wicker laundry basket
  • Cotton or sisal rope
  • Scissors
  • Curved tension rod
  • S-hooks, 2
  • Blanket

Step 1:

Cut four equal strands of rope, each to 3 feet in length.

Four strands of cotton rope
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 2:

Tie one strand of rope in one corner of the laundry basket, and then tie a second strand of rope in the adjacent corner on the same side of the basket. Be sure to tightly double-knot both strands to the basket.

Tying two strands of rope to one side of the basket
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 3:

Tie the two rope strands together with a tight double-knot to form one long loop.

Tying two strands of rope together
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 4:

Repeat tying the remaining two strands of rope to the other side of the basket.

Ropes tied on both sides of the basket
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Note: You could just use two longer strands of rope to hang the basket instead of using four strands. However, using four strands together allows you to more easily adjust the height of the basket when you hang it.

Step 5:

Hang a curved tension rod into the corner of a room. Don't hang it too high — you want kitty to be able to easily (and safely) jump in and out of the basket. Since the rope length is 3 feet, I hung the rod at 3 1/2 feet off the ground.

Tension rod hanging in corner of room
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Tip: If you're worried the rod won't support the weight of your kitty, you could mount the tension rod to the wall with screws and drywall anchors for a more secure, permanent installation.

Step 6:

Hang the basket on the rod using S-hooks — one hook on each loop. You may need to un-tie and re-tie the ropes to adjust the height of the basket off the ground accordingly.

Hanging S-hooks on tension rod
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 7:

Tuck kitty's favorite blanket into the basket and create a cozy corner nook with an area rug and some throw pillows.

Finished hanging cat bed with blanket
credit: Trisha Sprouse

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