Last year I sold one of my litter box decals (HERE) to a customer and usually, I don’t get to see where the customer places my little litter box sign. But today I’m sharing one of those cases where I do get to see how my decal was used. I was floored when I saw what an amazing DIY litter box enclosure Don and Michele built in their home and I want to share it with all of you today.
I was so excited when Michele gave me permission to share their photos with you. This is an Ikea hack and also on the Ikea hackers website. I have never seen such an impressive DIY litter box enclosure.
They have three kitties now, Mollie and Bella who are Russian Siberians, and Debbie who is the last of their rescue cats. Unfortunately not too long ago they lost their rescue Maxy and two Raggamuffins Sherman and Sebastian.
How to build this DIY litter box enclosure
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You could build this litter box enclosure with other cabinet combinations as well that fit your space better. Ikea has so many variations or maybe you have an existing situation in your house where you are able to customize a cabinet and cut out a wall hole for easy access.
Supplies needed for the litter box enclosure
- my decal (HERE)
- 3 SEKTION Base cabinet frames (HERE)
- 3 MAXIMERA low drawers (HERE)
- GRIMSLOV cabinet doors (HERE)
- counter top of your choice
- cabinet knobs of your choice
- cabinet hinges of your choice
- cat door of your choice (example HERE or HERE)
- exhaust van
- motion sensor nightlight
- litter genie (HERE)
Building Details and Features
Michele and Don didn’t like their new but cluttered mudroom and decided to come up with a solution to hide their cat litter boxes inside that little space adjacent to their powder room. For them, the measurements of the Ikea SEKTION cabinets were a perfect fit and turned their mudroom into an amazing DIY litter box enclosure room.
A little archway entrance was cut out into the drywall and cabinet walls so the cats can enter the cat litter box enclosure. The hidden litter box has walkways built along the back end of the cabinets which are connected by more cutout door holes so they can access the multiple lined up litter boxes. Each cabinet section features a motion sensor nightlight and motion-activated exhaust fan which is probably my favorite feature of the entire setup. I’m so jealous! I’d love to have the stinky air taken right outside. Seriously who’s with me?
They actually connected the light and fan on the same motion sensor similar to the way a lot of offices have their bathrooms set up. I have no clue how that is done. I hate electrical work. There are Youtube videos that describe setups like this or you could certainly buy a separate large battery-operated nightlight like this one HERE which makes cleaning the litter boxes so much easier and adding a separate fan to each cubby. This is definitely something an electrician should answer for you.
There are three litter box setups on the bottom shelf of the cabinetry for easy cleaning and access.
Here is Mollie above sitting on a box in the background overlooking the litter box enclosure setup and below lounging on a chair. She really reminds me of our King Harry. Such a beauty.
I love the idea of being able to pull out the drawers and scooping the dirty litter right into a little covered trash can. These trash cans are wonderful and nicely hide the stink (HERE). To me, this is total luxury and spoils the cat owner tremendously. It really would make my life so much easier and less smelly.
Look at the little carpeted stairs going up to the entrance where my decal was placed. It’s perfect! (see decal HERE)
And here is their beauty Bella Mae:
And as always if you don’t like building your own DIY litter box cabinet then the below concealed litter box options are great as well:
Michele also shared another one of the other impressive things her husband Don has built for their cats which is a heated cat house for their outdoor cat Debbie who was born on their property and is semi-feral. The house is attached to Michele’s office window so she can interact and watch their little spoiled outdoor kitty.
How amazing is that heated cat house? It even has an easy access door in the back of the house. So much better than my cheapo heated igloo (HERE to read the post). But I’m sure any outdoor stray cat would be happy to have either one of them.
I’m convinced that they should sell plans to their designs or build and sell their creations.
My own litterbox solution in our home
In case you are new around here, I hide a litter pan in our bathroom linen closet. It is definitely not this impressive but it works out well for us and the kitties appear to like it too. You find the little cat hole HERE and see more of my bathroom makeover using cheap peel and stick floor tiles as well.
I’m not going to lie sometimes the excess litter from their paws gets on my nerves. The litter mat I recently bought does a pretty good job keeping the dirt more confined.
In our other bathroom, we have the same linen closet with our kitty’s litter box inside but I removed the hinged door and added a curtain on a tension rod instead.
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