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7 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box

by Martha Adams

Let’s face it: Litter boxes are an eyesore. Plus, if you live in a small space, your whole apartment can start to smell like kitty’s restroom. Hiding her litter box in a cabinet is the perfect solution to all of your problems, but these cute contraptions can run pricey.

Below, DIY ways to hide a litter box, so your cat can enjoy more privacy while tracking less litter through the house. Plus, complete his domain with some cat-safe plants and a pet-friendly rug while you’re at it.

Unsuspecting Litter Cabinet

Danae of The Homebody House keeps kitty essentials plus a litter box inside this IKEA BRUSALI cabinet , which she installed a cat door into. You’d never guess what’s inside!

Whimsical Litter Box Cover

We can’t get over the adorable cat cutout on this litter box cover by Laura of A Beautiful Mess . It’s made with plywood and wood glue, and the cat shape is cut out using a jigsaw.

Incognito Entrance

Dana from House Tweaking hid her cat’s litter box by cutting a hole in the side of an IKEA PAX wardrobe and adding a kitty door to it. Since the entrance to the litter box is located under a bench, with the wardrobe doors closed you almost wouldn’t know it’s there.

Cabinet Built-In

In a Tel Aviv apartment spotted on Xnet , the litter box hides between the washer and dryer, accessible by a cutout in the cabinet door.

Cabinet With Cut-Out

Over at IKEA Hackers, Cristina made an elegant (can you call a litter box elegant?), modern litter box cabinet from an IKEA wall unit. The front flips down for easy scooping. Find a similar cabinet here .

Bathroom Built-In

This litter box project from Instructables is very involved but very neat. It’s a self-ventilating litter box concealed inside a built-in drawer in a bathroom.

Designated Door

If you prefer to keep the litter box in your laundry room but want to leave the door shut (either for aesthetics or to keep those dogs out), there’s the Cathole, a kitty door that you can add to an existing interior door to give your cat access to the space even when the door is closed. Marti from Project Palermo installed hers in a closet door.

Buy: Cathole Cat Door , $30

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Nancy Mitchell


As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.

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