Catification: Build Your Own Custom Cat Tree Using Re-purposed Dresser Drawers

Wendy and David from Oregon were inspired by a creative re-purposing project they saw using old dresser drawers to build a display shelf. Since cats love to nap in drawers, this is a perfect Catification project! They found five matching dresser drawers on Craigslist for just a few bucks and created the frame with some inexpensive 2 x 2 boards. The dresser drawer cat tree stands about 70" tall and is very sturdy. Wendy notes, when planning your cat tree, make sure that the cats can easily jump from one drawer to another, so you might have to adjust the positioning and spacing of the drawers.

Original project by Sovrappensiero Design Studio for Italian office furniture manufacturer Manerba, taking old office furniture and creating new products from the parts. Posted on

Notes From Jackson:

I can't tell you how much I love this. It encompasses so much:

  • Good old fashioned cat mojo thinking -- cats love drawers, cats love to climb...voila!
  • The value of DIY -- let it never be said that you don't have the $$ to catify.
  • It's good looking and it says something about your aesthetic.
  • It can act as an imaginative foundation point -- that is to say, you can have other similar drawer structures around the room creating a theme, and have shelves connecting them to make a cat superhighway. Brilliant!

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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.