Catification: DIY Royal Red Cat Climbing Shelves Plus Giant Scratching Pole

DIY Cat Climbing Shelves and Scratcher Darla from Mobile, Alabama did some excellent Catification here, creating a multi-level cat climbing wall with some simple materials. Using a single 10" wide board, she cut some short shelves and attached them to an existing built-in bookcase, then she added another shelf over the door, giving the cats access to the wonderful long window above. She painted all the shelves white and cut up a red rubber-backed bathmat for the tops of the shelves so the whole design matches her decor. The bathmat pieces can be easily cleaned by throwing them in the washing machine.

DIY Cat Climbing Shelves and Scratcher

Darla also added a floor to ceiling scratching/climbing pole using an Ikea Stolmen pole wrapped in sisal rope. This gives the cats an alternative way to access the top shelf, as well as a nice tall scratcher.

Notice, Darla made use of the top of the existing bookcase as an important element of this climbing wall. This entire project cost her under $100, including the pole with shipping. Great job, Darla!

DIY Cat Climbing Shelves and Scratcher

Have your own Catification project that you want to share? Click here to submit your photos!

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.