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How to Re-Carpet Your Cat Tower

Plant Liscan lives with two cats that "allow" her to be their servant. They are kind and loving royalty.

The original carpet cat tower.

The original carpet cat tower.

What You'll Need

Re-carpeting your cat's tower is a fairly straightforward project if you have good instructions and the right tools for the job. Luckily, I will be providing all you need to successfully complete this project in three easy steps. Your cats will be impressed by how handy you are!


Most of these items can be found at a home center store.

  • Base: It should be at least 18” X 29". I recycled the top from an old TV stand. I recommend using at least ¾ inch thick plywood. You want it to be heavy enough to prevent tipping when your cats take a running start to climb to the top.
  • Three Cardboard Rolls: Two should be 34-inches long, and the third 14 inches. I got these from the local newspaper as newsprint paper comes on cardboard rolls. Other options are the center rolls from a carpet store or PVC drain pipe. Make sure they are thick enough to handle nails or screws.
  • Top Board: Mine was 15 x 27 inches. I used one-half-inch plywood, as the top should be lighter than the bottom.
  • Four Square Yards of Carpet Remnant: Thick or plush carpet is difficult to work with and hard to clean. Loop-type carpet will not last under the constant clawing.
  • 12-Inch Diameter Sonotube: (This is cardboard used to make concrete footers.) You will have to purchase this in four or eight-foot sections.
  • 1-Gallon Carpet Adhesive
  • Four Furniture Gliders


  • Hammer
  • Stapler
  • Flat Scraper and/or Flat Screwdriver
  • Electric or Cordless Drill/Driver (use your power equipment safely)
  • Utility Knife
  • 6d finishing nails
  • 1-1/2 inch coarse-thread utility screws
  • 2-1/4 inch coarse-thread utility screws
  • Disposable putty knife (2 inch wide) to spread the adhesive

Step 1. Remove Old Carpet

You can skip this step if you are starting from scratch.

Depending on how well it was made, this may be an easy or difficult task. I used a flat scraper and heavy screwdriver to pull the old carpet off.

Inspect all the parts for damage. Replace anything that is not going to be stable or hold glue.

Step 2. Add Posts

Plug the ends of the rolls. The inside measurement of the tubes was three inches. I used a hole-saw to cut the plugs out of 2x4s. Then, I glued them in each end and nailed (6d finishing nails) at least four around the outside. This will give you something to attach the posts to top and bottom.

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Wrap the glue and staple the carpet around each post. I had a sisal rug to wrap the short post. You can also wrap a heavy twine or use carpet.


Cut the sonotube with a utility knife. I made two 16-inch pieces. For the one on top, I cut a 12-inch hole in the side and used the cut-out piece to cover the top of it. It created a dip for the cat to lie in.

Cut, glue, and nail 1x1x2-inch pine to provide support for the top piece. The center tube should be no wider than the base. (Glue and staple carpet to the tubes with seams on the inside.)

Step 3. Attach Pieces and Finish Carpet

This part has multiple steps outlined below.

  1. Screw the long posts to the back of the base 13 inches apart. Screw the short post to the front, center of the base. Use three or four 2-1/4” screws per post for strength and stability.
  2. Screw the centerpiece to the top of the short post and the sides of the tall posts. Two 1-1/2” screws to each post.
  3. Glue and staple the carpet to the base around the posts. Attach the base carpet after the poles for more stability.
  4. Attach the top board with four screws per post. Glue and staple carpet to top.
  5. Attach the top piece with 2-1/4” screws.
  6. Attach the gliders to the base.

And You're Done!

It may have that “new carpet” smell, so it would be good if you can put the tower somewhere to air out for a couple of days. Then, find a good location for your cat's stamp of approval.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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