You know I’m a huge fan of the Ikea Stolmen system as the foundation for creating beautiful and functional modern cat trees (that’s what I used in the episode of My Cat From Hell last season.) There are companies that make shelves specifically for creating spiral cat trees with the Stolmen system. Two of my favorites are Hollywood Franklin and ContempoCat.
If you’re just a bit crafty, and you have some woodworking tools at your disposal, you could try your hand at making your own cat shelves to attach to the Stolmen pole, just like Hauspanther reader Sabrina from Quebec City, Quebec did here. She wanted to give her cats more vertical space and allow them to see out the window without blocking the light coming in, so this was the perfect solution.
Sabrina purchased the Stolmen pole and mounting fixtures at Ikea and built her own shelves. These shelves are longer than others I’ve seen and they have modern carpet tiles on top to prevent slipping. I love the light and airy feel of this kind of cat tree, plus you don’t have to drill into the wall, simply secure the pole between the floor and the ceiling (it’s optional to screw the top into the ceiling for extra stability.)
If you’ve done something similar, please submit your photos, we’d love to see it!