How to turn an IKEA table into a Cat Perch

This is our DIY solution for a cat perch. Because recently, we got rid of our old living room set, complete with the IKEA entertainment center and tables.

But the new living room set up removed a piece of furniture from the front window area. The problem with this is that it’s where Sneezy would sit and look out for hours on end and wait for us to come home from our daily adventures.

That wasn’t acceptable for us, or Sneezy. So we rolled up our sleeves and turned an IKEA LACK side table into a cat perch.

cat perch diy

  • IKEA Lack Side Table x 1
  • Carpet Remnant
  • Foam — cut it larger than size of top of table
  • Wooden spindle legs (if desired). Get the length based on height of your window
  • Hot glue gun
  • Staple gun
  • Brackets for legs (if desired) to screw legs in to side table
  • Pliers – just in case!
  • Stain (if desired, for table legs)


How to turn an IKEA side table into a Cat Perch
How to make a cat perch:

First step is to attach the foam to the top of the table. (Please note the original table legs are removed. You won’t be using them.)

We attached the foam with hot glue and then used the staple gun to fix it to the sides of the table all around. We had enough foam to round the edges out so it looked nicer.

Next, we attach the leg brackets to the bottom of the table top using the screws included.

Then lay the table top, foam side down, on your carpet remnant.

Pull the carpet up around all sides of the table top to ensure you have enough to cover it all the way and staple it underneath.

This was kind of the hard part because we had to determine how to leave the table leg brackets open to screw the legs in to them. We determined it was best to cut the square out of the carpet and attach around the brackets.

Once you are able to get the carpet pulled around the table top and stapled in place, it will look something like this.

How to turn an IKEA side table into a Cat Perch

While one of you is working on dealing with the table top, the other can work on staining the legs. I used 3 coats to get the desired color to coordinate with our living room wooden furniture.

In the end, you’ll have something that your little fuzzy ones will love! Her other bed fits perfectly under the new perch and she loves it! Doesn’t even look like an IKEA LACK table anymore!

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See more of the IKEA LACK cat perch DIY on our blog.

~ by S & A Hessler