How to Build a Cat Hammock
If you love your cat, building it a cat hammock will be a great way to further show it your affection. It is a place where your cat can lounge and relax. You can also easily clean the cat hammock in your washing machine, so it won’t be a hassle to maintain.
Step 1 — Determine Size and Cut Frame from PVC Pipe
You first have to determine how large a cat hammock you need. Measure the length and width of your cat with the tape measure. Add at least two inches to the width and length. Then cut two pieces of the PVC pipe for each of these new measurements. You will have two pieces as long as the width plus two or more inches and two pieces as long as the length plus two or more inches. To cut the pipe, place it in the half-moon-shaped portion of the cutter and press the cutter until the pipe is cut. It’s better for the pipes to be a bit large rather than too small. Together, these four pieces will make a rectangle or square.
Step 2 — Connect the Frame
Lay the four pieces on the floor. Connect the four pipes together using the PVC elbows. You should now have a secure rectangular or square frame. Notice the elbows have an extra hole for you to fit another PVC pipe into. Make sure that these holes are all facing the ground. These will be used for inserting the legs of the cat hammock. Cut four short pipes of equal length for the legs. Allow room in your measurement to provide space for the cat hammock to stretch without touching the ground. Insert the four pipes in the extra holes on the elbows to create the legs for the hammock.
Step 3 — Sew and Test-Fit the Fabric
Use a piece of sturdy but soft fabric for the cat hammock. The length should measure about 2 inches longer than the length of the frame for the seams, and the fabric's width should be twice as long as the width of the frame. Spread the fabric and fold the sides inward by 1 inch and sew them. Remove the legs from the PVC elbows. Fold the fabric lengthwise and fit the long part of the PVC frame inside along the fold. Pull the fabric tight and mark the length where the PVC comes in contact with the fabric, about half an inch from the fold. This will be the seam line, and once sewn, there will be a pocket all along the fold where the PVC will be fitted in later.
Step 4 — Sew the Seam Line
Close the other end of the fabric by sewing it so you can replicate the step above. Following the mark that you made while test-fitting the fabric, sew along this line three times in order to reinforce the strength of the stitch. As much as possible, follow the line, sewing as straightly as you can. Repeat for the other long side of the fabric, sewing three times as well.
Step 5 — Assemble the Hammock
Now that you’re already done with your hammock fabric, fit it onto the length of the frame. Detach one side of the length of the PVC frame from the elbow and carefully slide it inside the triple-stitched seams. There is no need to insert the width of the frame into the fabric. The width portion of the frame is there to make the whole thing more stable, as when the cat jumps on the hammock. Attach the rubber base pads to the bottom of each leg by using a strong adhesive. Once the pipes are in, reattach them to the elbows and attach the legs. Try out the hammock by placing your cat in it to see if it is comfortable enough.