How to Build a Window Perch for a Cat

Many cats enjoy basking in the warmth of the sun's rays shining through a window.

A window perch gives your cat its own spot to watch the world.A window perch gives your cat its own spot to watch the world.
Ordinary windowsills are too narrow for a cat to sit on comfortably. Installing a window perch provides a remedy for this problem. These cozy seating areas are especially nice for an indoor cat as it gives them a spot from which to watch the world. Creating this perch is a fairly simple task for those with basic carpentry skills.

Cut a piece of wood to the length of the perch. You may want it to run the entire length of the window if you have more than one cat, or you can make it smaller. Be sure to use wood that is at least 2 feet wide so the cat can sit comfortably on the perch. Plywood, particle board or solid stock all make good chouces.

Mount a pair of shelving brackets under the windowsill. Shelving brackets come in a wide range of choices and installation may be different for each one. Follow the specific instructions that come with the type you purchase.

Place the piece of cut wood on top of the installed shelving brackets.

Place soft pillows or a cat bed on top of the wood. You may want to attach them with glue or double-sided tape to prevent them from falling off.

Things You Will Need

  • Wood
  • Shelving brackets
  • Cat bed

Tips

  • If you don't own a saw to cut the wood, you can purchase pre-made shelf kits from most home-improvement stores.
  • An alternative to placing the cat bedding on the wood is to cover the wood with carpet or foam padding.

About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.