【主子最愛窗口位 Cat Window Perch】
Cat Window Perch
Your feline knows that her ancestors were worshipped as goddesses in ancient Egypt. No wonder she gives you the side-eye when you expect her to curl up just anywhere, like some run-of-the-mill mammal. Build your domestic deity a place in the sun with a window seat that lets her scale new heights, settle in, and dream of the good old days.
This project calls for three essential to-dos:
Make the seat: Using a jigsaw, cut out a plywood ledge, cover the raw edges with leather, and secure it with decorative gold nails.
Hang it tight: Suspend the seat from a window jamb with gold-finish eye hooks, S-hooks, and plumbers’ safety chain.
Cozy it up: Add a cushion and sheepskin, like the ones Milo, Living home editor Lorna Aragon’s cat, is loving here.
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- Measuring tape
- 3⁄4-inch-thick plywood
- 3⁄4-inch leather strip (Pictured: Tandy Leather lightweight cowhide strips, 3⁄4″, $15 for 50″, tandyleather.com.)
- Leather punch
- Industrial-strength glue, such as Barge
- Handheld electric drill
- Decorative nails (Pictured: Dritz Home decorative nails, in Smooth Gold, $3 for 18, joann.com.)
- Eye hooks (Pictured: National Hardware #12 screw eyes, in Solid Brass, $5 for 5, amazon.com.)
- Plumbers’ safety chain (Pictured: MSC brass plumbers’ safety chain, 0.028″, $3.50 per ft., mscdirect.com.)
- S-hooks (Pictured: National Hardware S-hooks, 1″, $5 for 3, amazon.com.)
- Wood screws
- Cushion (Pictured: You & Me Durable small dog mat, in Tan, $25, petco.com.)
- Sheepskin (Pictured: IKEA Rens sheepskin, $30, ikea.com.)
- Measure windowsill width inside frame. Using jigsaw, cut plywood to that width and 18 inches deep.
- Wrap edges of wood with leather strip; trim to fit. Mark strip 1/2 inch from corners on both sides of one long edge (for nails; see photo, above); punch holes at marks. Apply glue to wood edge and back of strip. Press to adhere; let dry.
- Predrill holes for nails into wood at punched holes in leather strip; hammer in nails.
- Screw eye hooks in at top corners of plywood on one long edge, and into window jambs midway up. Attach safety chain to eye hooks with S-hooks. (To calculate chain length, think back to when you learned the Pythagorean theorem and a2 + b2 = c2, where a is the distance from the bottom of the window to the plywood eye hooks; b the distance from the bottom of the window to the windowjamb eye hooks; and c the length of chain you’ll need.)
- Predrill holes down through back corners of remaining long edge of plywood and into sill; secure with wood screws. Top with cushion and sheepskin.