How to Make a Cat Cube Bed

Written by elizabeth tumbarello
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Cube beds create a modern, modular space for your cat to catch a nap. Overstuffed and fluffy, these items are popular among feline lovers but can be quite costly. The home made version of this item uses little in the way of materials and sewing skills, and even makes use of recycled cardboard for an eco-friendly slant that gives the bed it's shape and structure. Easy to make and even easier to use, your cat will love his or her new sleeping space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Five pieces of cardboard of equal size
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Needle and thread
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins

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  1. 1

    Cut 10 squares of fabric. The pieces should be 5 inches larger than each of your cardboard sheets on all sides. If your cardboard pieces measure 24 inches by 24 inches, your fabric pieces should measure 29 inches by 29 inches.

  2. 2

    Turn your fabric inside out in pairs of two, so that the patterned sides, if applicable, are facing each other. You should have five pairs of fabric that are turned inside out.

  3. 3

    Sew along three edges of each pair of fabric. You should now have what resemble five sacks of fabric.

  4. 4

    Turn your sacks right side out. Place one cardboard piece into each of the sacks.

  5. 5

    Stuff each sack with a generous amount of polyester fiberfill. Over-stuff each one.

  6. 6

    Turn the raw edges of the openings of the sacks. Pin and sew them shut, so that no raw edges are exposed.. Fluff out the fiberfill so that it lays evenly along the length of each sack. You should not be able to feel the cardboard.

  7. 7

    Choose one of your five stuffed sacks to be the bottom of your bed. Use a needle and thread to hand stitch three of the remaining four stuffed sacks to the side seams of the bottom sack.

  8. 8

    Place the final stuffed sack on top of the three sides you just secured. Stitch this in place as well.

  9. 9

    If desired, sew a small curtain of fabric to the one exposed side of the cube to give your cat privacy.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have cardboard available, experiment with other items to help the cube bed hold it's structure. Plywood, sturdy plastics, old books and recycled dry erase boards all make excellent structural substitutes.
  • The amount of fabric you need depends greatly upon the size of bed you are making, and the size of cardboard you are using. Take the measurements beforehand, and bring them with you to the fabric store.
  • The amount of fiberfill you need, again, depends on the size of the bed. When in doubt, buy more than you think you will need.
  • If you feel courageous, add a sachet of catnip to the bottom of the bed before sewing it shut.
  • Make certain to overstuff the sides of your cat cube bed. They will flatten out in time.
  • This bed is not washable. If you feel it may need to be washed, create a slipcover from other fabric that can be removed for easy cleaning.

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