DIY: simple wooden cat scratcher


If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my little four-legged friend popping up every so often — that’s Luffy; the cutest and prettiest cat in the entire world (if you’re an anime-watcher / manga-reader you might recognise his namesake as Luffy (“loo-fee”) from One Piece)

He’s the love and light of the household, and is as totally spoiled as you would probably expect. Just look at that face, though. Can you blame us?

So on our days off we do what any normal couple would do, and make things for our cat. This wooden scratcher is super simple, super stylish, and totally portable, which I love. It’s a great project for a rainy day and can be easily adapted to suit any crafting skill level!


You will need:

Wood (dimensions depend on your desired scratcher size; we used a 20mm x 185mm x 2.4m length of pine)
Rope (again, depends on your scratcher dimensions; we needed around 25m)
Screws + drill (or hammer and nails, if that’s all you’ve got)
Circular saw (or hand saw if that’s yo’ thang)
Glue gun + glue
Clamps (optional but makes things much easier!)


Step One:

Cut your wood to size. The dimensions really depends on the size you want your scratcher to be — as a guide, our two pieces were 55cm long and 35cm long. Luff is quite a big cat (chunky male burmese) and we wanted it to be big enough for him to stretch out on.

If you’re the power tooling type a circuar saw is ideal for slicing and dicing, but failing that a hand saw will do the job too!



Step Two:

Drill (or hammer) your two pieces together. This is where your crafting skill level is tested!

If you’re not totally confident with a saw you can simply attach one piece to the other at a right angle (also known has a Basic Butt Joint) — nice and easy. We took it one step further and cut our pieces at a 45° angle (Mitered Butt Joint), so they fit together at an angle.

Confused? Still giggling at the word ‘butt’? Here’s a handy overview of these joins for a little extra help.



Step Three (optional):

If your furry friend is also a little on the chunky side, you may want to add a gusset to the corner for a bit of extra strength — especially if you’re using a mitered butt joint, which is pretty but a bit on the weaker side.


Step Four:

Glue, baby, glue! This is the fun part.

Starting from the reverse side (gotta hide that nasty first blob of glue, lest your cat think you’re some kind of unrefined philistine) begin glueing your rope in rows, wrapping around the plank as you go. Where you start and end the rope is up to you, but I suggest covering as much of the wood as possible for maximum scratching potential!



Step Five:

Sand away rough edges, snip off any strands of glue, and strategically place in your cat’s favourite scratching area. Wait for him to discover it on his own, then get impatient and disturb his afternoon sun nap by picking him up and plonking him on top of it.

Hooray! You’re an excellent cat-owner x


September 11, 2015


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    September 5, 2015

    What an awesome DIY! I think the most difficult thing with cat accessories for interior design minded people is to find pieces that do not completely clash with a room. I love my furry friends but I don’t love brightly colored plastic toys and things cluttering my living room and ruining the vibe. Creating your own scratching posts and other things from hand really allows you to have cat accessories that still blend in with the decor. More posts like this please! Would love some DIYs for cat toys as well!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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      September 19, 2015

      Aw, thanks Rae! I definitely agree; so many glittery and brightly coloured cat toys out there! (Which is great if you like that sort of thing, but omg clashes with my white walls / black couch / beige cat ;) )

      I have a bit of an idea for a kitty toy using natural and ethically sourced feathers next, stay tuned! x