DIY Cat Scratching Post: Materials, Tools, and Step-by-Step Guide

Creating a DIY cat scratching post can be a rewarding project that not only saves you money but also allows you to customize a scratching post that suits your cat’s preferences and your home decor. At Cat Tree Haven, we support your DIY spirit with a guide to building a sturdy and attractive cat scratching post. Here’s what you’ll need and how to do it:

Materials Needed:

Sisal Rope or Fabric: This is the most popular material for scratching, as it’s durable and satisfying for cats to scratch.

Wooden Post: A sturdy wooden post, about 24-30 inches in height, which can be a 4×4 or a sturdy round dowel.

Wooden Base: A base made of wood, at least 16×16 inches, to ensure stability.

Carpet Remnant: Optional, for wrapping the base or part of the post for added texture.

Staples, Screws, and Glue: For securing the rope and any additional coverings.

Tools Required:

Staple Gun: For securing the rope and carpet.

Screwdriver or Drill: For assembling the base and post.

Measuring Tape and Scissors: For measuring and cutting materials.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Prepare the Base: Attach the wooden post to the center of the wooden base using screws. Ensure it’s centered to maintain balance.

Wrap the Post: Begin at the bottom of the post, applying a bead of glue as you tightly wrap the sisal rope around it. Ensure each wrap is tight and close to the previous to prevent gaps. Secure the end with staples.

Cover the Base: Optionally, cover the base with carpet remnant. This can be secured with staples along the edges.

Add Finishing Touches: Consider adding a toy on a string at the top of the post or incorporating other engaging elements.

Place the Scratching Post: Position it in an area where your cat frequently spends time to encourage its use.


Building your own cat scratching post is straightforward and allows you to create a customized solution that your cat will love. For more DIY tips and materials, visit us at Cat Tree Haven.