Couple of weeks ago, I finished a project to build some floating shelves so that my cats could access a high perch in the house that they jump up to. Anyway. So I scoured the internet and came up with some plans to change them a little bit and I’m going to do a walk-through on how I built these cat shelves. Anybody that’s used to doing this should be able to just see what I’ve done and build it to their own specifications. The three shelves I put in one right there, one there, a top one, and then that’s the area that they’ve been accessing. So I built a fourth shelf that’s going to go right in this area, just to make it easier for them to run up the shelves.
So let’s do a walk-through on what this is and we’ll go from there. So this is the shelf before it’s mounted. Here’s the front edge. Here’s the back edge. It is basically a hollow shelf. There’s nothing much to these to hang them. A lot of floating shelves use a single clique that they Mount off the wall and they put the shelf into. What I did was I made an extended cleat and catch already checking it out. This board mounts to the wall. I’m mounting it, I’ve pre drilled it so that it can Mount 16 inches on center and I made two or I made a series of four protrusions that’ll stick into the shelf to add some extra support and take some of the load. I glued these, I stapled them. And then when everything was dry, I drilled them and ran one screw into them. I think they’re strong enough to support anything that my capsule throw at it there or she’s trying to throw stuff at it. Right now. The shelf dimensions are pretty simple.
The overall shelf is 21 and a half inches by eight inches wide. Wait, cat doesn’t make this easy
inside the shell. I used one by two and it runs the entirety of the inside of the shelf. So the plywood is quarter inch. I just nailed the plywood nailed and stapled the, I’m sorry, glued and stapled the plywood to the one by two. And then I put a finish board on the outside that I did miter cuts on and then I round my edges a little bit just because a cat’s jumping around it. The carpet is the same carpet. I just put it in my house. It stapled down except for this back edge because I want to put screws in this back edge to hold the shelf to the cleat. So I’m going to Mount this to the wall and get it attached. Okay, here’s the cleat installed on the wall. It’s ready, it’s good and solid. I do have it four screws into studs and I’m just going to slide the outer shell on.
These holes are not pre-drilled into the cleat yet. That hole is going to be a bit of a problem. I’m probably hitting a staple underneath, so I’ll address that. I’m gonna pull this one out and just move the whole over about three quarters of an inch and that’s addressed. Just pick up these little flakes of saw and work away. I just need to grab the stapler, attach the back of this carpet and we’re done. Okay. I’m ready to do the last bit and staple the back of the carpet. Done. I already have my product tester sitting on it. It’s going to meet with her approval. I do have my supervisor sitting right there just watching the goings on. So let’s get these final staples in and if the camera Mount wobbles, it’s cause cheetahs attacking a camera. Like come on, get out of there. These staples do ride up a little bit. I’m going to push him in with the hammer, but the idea is I want just enough that the cats can’t work that edge up and peel it back so this will hold it good enough. But also if I need to take the shelf off to paint the wall, which looks like it’s coming soon, I can still get this apart.
So the last shelf is done. This part of the project is done. So now I have, I can get back far enough. I have four shelves, I let them get on top of the Curio cabinet, and then I also have an insert up there that’s carpeted. My plan is to eventually take shelves all the way up towards the peak, come back down right along that window so that they can get down onto their tree stand right there between the two windows. Since these are the first ones I’ve made of this design, I’m gonna see how these hold up. When I do the further up shelves, I’m probably gonna make the cleats out of Oak so that I have a little bit of a support since I sit right below that.
So if anybody wants to make one of these they’re simple, they really don’t take a lot of time. I think they look pretty decent. Feel free to enhance the design if you have woodworking skills. One thing I didn’t mention during the construction is why I picked eight inches wide. As you can see, my cat’s less than eight inches wide. I didn’t want to go really wide because as they get toward the edge, just that weight shift out toward the edge is going put more stress on the, where the Mount is along the wall. Plus with these guys running around these, I was worried that if I gave it too far out, I was going to create too many forces and it was going to be harder to keep to the wall. I just picked eight inch because it looked aesthetically pleasing to me. You can make that choice on your own if you build one.