DIY Carpet Covered Cat Scratching Post

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August 8, 2012

The homemade cat scratching post in action.Our cat Oolong decided to start scratching our book case. Apparently he was mad that we got rid of our big cat tree. My husband and I decided that we would make him a small scratching post that we could put next to where he was scratching. These cat scratching posts end up costing less than $10 to make.


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1


  • 1 3 x 3 wooden post ($3.00)
  • 1 post cap ($1.00)
  • 1 pre-cut plywood circle ($4.00)
  • 3 wood screws ($.25)
  • 1 carpet remnant (at least 18 x 15 in.)
  • nail gun or glue
  • staple gun
  • utility knife
Supplies for making a cat scratching post.


  1. Find the center of the circle and trace around your post for placement later. Then find the center of the square that you drew and mark it and a few other spots for screws. (Note: To find the center, use a right triangle...)
  2. Bottom of homemade cat scratching post.
  3. Pre-drill holes for your screws at the marked spots.
  4. Bottom of cat scratching post, pre-drilling holes.

  5. Lay carpet, backing side up. Measure out a rectangle (18 in. x 15 in.), marking the lines with a Sharpie. Then using a utility knife and a straight edge, cut out the piece of carpet.
  6. Measuring the carpet for the cat scratching post.
    Attaching carpet to post.
  7. Lay your post on the carpet piece. Pull the edge up and over the post, placing the edge about halfway across the side. Hold the carpet edge down and staple all the way along the edge to secure it. Be sure to push down hard on the stapler to ensure that they go all the way through the carpet and into the wood.
  8. Attaching carpet to post.

  9. Holding the post tightly against the carpet, begin to roll the post onto the next side. Staple the bottom and top edges. I added an addition staple in the middle too. Repeat on the next two sides.
  10. Attaching carpet to the cat scratching post.
    Attaching carpet to the cat scratching post.
    Making a Cat Scratching Post
  11. Lay the remaining carpet against the post and using a Sharpie mark it (on both ends) where it overlaps the starting edge of carpet. Then lay the post back down and use a straight edge to cut off the excess carpet.
  12. Attaching carpet to the cat scratching post.
    Trimming carpet for the cat scratching post.
  13. Pull the carpet edge up tight to the other edge and staple it down all along the edge. Once you are done stapling, use a hammer to tap all of the staples in as far as you can. This will help prevent your cat's claws from catching on them when they are using the post!
  14. Attaching carpet to the cat scratching post.
    Stapling carpet to the cat scratching post.
    Hammering staples on the post.

  15. Set the circular base on top of the post, being sure to center it. Secure the base onto the post with wood screws. If possible, sink the screws in so that they sit just below the surface to avoid damaging your floor later.
  16. Aligning the base and the post.
    Drilling holes in the base.
    Drilled holes in the base.
  17. Turn the scratching post over and secure the post cap to the top with a nail gun. Note: You can finish the base and cap any way that you want (i.e. paint, stain, etc.). I chose to leave this one unfinished, as I am thinking about decoupaging comic book pages onto it. :)
  18. Nailing the top of the post.

  19. Here is the damage that Oolong caused to our bookcase. We set the post next to it and brought him over to show him that it was there. Luckily he used it right away, so hopefully he will leave the bookcase alone now!
  20. Furniture damaged by cat scratches.
    The new cat scratching post.
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September 5, 2012

This is a video about building a cat scratching post. Cats love to scratch on things especially furniture. Prevent them from ruining your furniture by giving then an alternative place to sharpen their claws.

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