For years I’ve wanted a bookcase that incorporates a cat tree. I think it’s really important for my cats to have a designated place to scratch that isn’t the furniture and a way to be the tallest thing in the room without knocking over breakable stuff I care about. BUT I hate the look of cat trees. Hence, the cat tree bookcase.
I had visions of one of those cool maze half-cat climber half-bookcases that you can find online, but are WAY too much money. Also, you still end up with a giant piece of furniture almost entirely dedicated to cats.
Then I had a brainstorm. We had an old crappy bookcase that I was about a second away from tossing out and a cat tree I couldn’t figure out where to put in the house that wouldn’t drive me crazy. INSTEAD, I figured out how to make them into exactly the piece of furniture I always wanted.
I positioned the book case in an empty corner, putting the back against the wall but leaving about two feet between the side and the other wall.
I took off just a couple of the scratching post pieces from the cat tree, and two of the platforms (you could probably make your own platforms — but I was being lazy and didn’t want to waste what I already had). Then I screwed the scratching posts into the side of the bookcase facing the wall.
I wedged one of the platforms between the corner and the bookcase, just above the two scratching posts, maybe 3-4 feet off the ground. Then I screwed it into the bookcase and both walls (I was paranoid about it breaking when the cats jumped on it, so I probably overdid it.)
Then I screwed the other platform directly into the top of the bookcase so my cats had somewhere nice to sit at the top.
And they love it! Total success. I finally got something I’ve wanted for a while, and it didn’t cost anything.