Hack An IKEA Stolmon Into A Luxury Kitty Scratching Post

Turning household items into a cat scratching post is a recurring DIY project here on Lifehacker: we've had the lazy susan version, the concrete pouring form and the PVC pipe version. Now, we bring you the IKEA Hackers version, made from a $60 Stolmen post.

To make this multi-level cat scratching post, you'll need an IKEA Stolmen, mounting fixtures, plywood, paint, glue, doormats and rope.

Here's Kelly on how she built her scratching post:

We live in a rather small apartment and wanted him to use the height of the apartment as well, so that his living space is optimize (especially since cats love high viewing points).


  1. Design a shape and size for the boards/shelves.
  2. Saw the plywood accordingly.
  3. Drill or saw a hole in the shelves (the pole must fit through it later on).
  4. Sand the plywood shelves.
  5. Paint them.
  6. Design and cut the doormats (or some other material).
  7. Glue them onto the shelves. It's softer for the cat plus it prevents them from slipping off the boards.
  8. Mount the shelves onto the pole (which you already installed). A bit hard for me to explain, just take a good look at the photos I'd say?
  9. Wrap rope around the pole (we used 8 mm on the lowest part (took 10 meters) and both upper parts are 8 mm (took 2x 20 m!).

Billy absolutely loves his tower. he reaches the top in no time (he jumps and climbs as well), loves scratching the rope and when he's not sleeping on our laps on the coach, he's asleep on the top shelf.

See also: Keep Your Cats From Destroying Your Furniture


    Has anyone got a template/design/dimensions for the 'shelves' for this? :)

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