Catification: Bamboo Screen Turned Cat Shelf


Joan Laisney from Carlsbad, California got creative when she wanted to make a climbing shelf for her cats. Instead of starting from scratch, she converted a bamboo screen into a climbing structure. Here’s how she explains the project:

“Using a bamboo folding screen, three pressboard shelves, and large cup hooks, we drilled two holes in each side of the boards (didn’t need any on the back sides) and cut 8″ holes in opposite ends of the shelves using a jig saw so our cats can jump between the different levels.

With birdfeeders outside the window and the bamboo to hide behind, our cats love safely watching the constant bird show outside! Best of all, the project cost under $20, plus the price of the bamboo screen.”


What a creative and simple way to customize something for your cats! Great job!


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The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.

  1. Traveling Cats   September 26, 2013 at 4:01 am  

    Never thought of using that for cats. Lovely idea, and beautiful too.

  2. Carolyn O.   September 26, 2013 at 11:05 am  

    Thanks for sharing a really cool idea!

  3. Chewy   October 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm  

    Where did you buy the bamboo screen? Thanks!

  4. Tracy Meisinger   January 11, 2014 at 11:34 am  

    I have searched the ‘Net, and I cannot find a bamboo screen like that …
    They all are solid, with paper or more bamboo or something .. 🙁

  5. Robinsky   January 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm  

    That is a GREAT idea. However, if I were the cats, I’d be saying, “C’mon, PLEASE turn the OPEN side of the shelving unit to the WINDOW?!?!”

  6. Lili   January 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm  

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. erin   January 13, 2014 at 12:32 am  

    I think this is the coolest idea ever, and so inexpensive! So very clever of you guys. I am looking for many ideas for my five beautiful cats in which to give them a more stimulated inside environment, and I think I might try your awesome idea! It looks gorgeous as well! But I was also wondering where you bought your bamboo screen? Pier One Imports? And please, keep sharing any new cat ideas with us in the future! I feel inspired by your accomplishment! Take care, and God’s blessings to you and your cats!


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