How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig

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How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig
Build a bunk bed for your pet guinea pigs. (Two Guinea Pigs Sniffing image by Curtis J. Alexander from

Guinea pigs are cuddly and gentle pets belonging to the rodent family. Guinea pigs should live in ample size cages so that they have space to run around. When they are done playing, guinea pigs love to snuggle for comfort. Many guinea pig owners purchase at least two guinea pigs because they are social animals. If you are looking for a unique sleeping place for your guinea pigs, try making your own pet bunk beds.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 plastic, nontoxic bowls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nontoxic hot glue
  • Box cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Fleece bedding

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  1. 1

    Wash your plastic bowls thoroughly. Dry them well when finished.

    How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig
    Wash your plastic bowls. (washing up image by Horticulture from
  2. 2

    Use the box cutter to cut large, arch shaped openings in each bowl, wide enough for your guinea pigs to fit through.

    How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig
    Cut large, arch shaped openings in each bowl. (to cut image by Anton Gvozdikov from
  3. 3

    Smooth out your new doorways using the sandpaper. Skipping this step may result in jagged plastic which could injure your guinea pig.

    How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig
    Smooth the edges of the doorways with sandpaper. (sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from
  4. 4

    Turn one bowl upside down so that the bottom can act as the roof to the lower bunk.

  5. 5

    Apply the nontoxic hot glue to the top of the roof. Place the other bowl on top of it right side up so that the bottoms are touching. Push down to make sure that the bowls are secure and even. Let sit for about a 30 minutes to make sure the hot glue is thoroughly dried.

    How to Make a Bunk Bed for a Guinea Pig
    Hot glue the bowls together. (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from
  6. 6

    Put a piece of fleece bedding down in your guinea pigs' cage and place the structure on top of it. Add another piece of fleece bedding into the top bowl so that the guinea pig sleeping on the upper level has a soft surface as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy extra fleece pieces, as guinea pigs tend to urinate on them. You should have backups so that you can wash the fleeces without having to remove the full bunk bed.
  • Box cutters are very sharp and should not be used by children. Kids wishing to try this project should ask an adult for help.

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