I even put those small, clear, rubber ‘feet’ stickers on the bottom corners of each litter box so they wouldn’t slide around if a cat jumped in, and the boxes still fit fine.
First thing we did was to assemble the cabinet and test it for fit. We wanted to measure the correct height for the litter box entrances too.
Cutting entrance doors to the boxes
After getting the measurements, we disassembled the unit again. And we got round to cutting the entrances.
We cut the entrance with a jigsaw. Then, we painted the wood trim piece and glued it into place.
Unlike other IKEAhackers, we didn’t use pre-made pet doors to finish the entrance holes. We just cut the holes and finished them with ¼” trim, — way cheaper at a $12 for 3 pieces of trim vs. $60+ for two pet doors.
Caulk and moisture protection
We caulked around ALL the seams of the BESTÅ and the trim as an extra precaution against any possible leakage. Better safe than sorry.
We also coated the inside of the cabinet with Rustoleum NeverWet Liquid Repellant. It’s a new product getting great reviews. It claims to make just about EVERYTHING water repellant. We figured why not try it – if anything needs to repel liquids, it is something that might get cat pee on it. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes with this product.
Note: we found the NeverWet scrapes off the BESTÅ if you pick at it due to the material of the cabinet (we should have foreseen that as avid Ikea-ers). You might want to sand inside the cabinet and see if that helps. Just a suggestion.
We left the center partition in the cabinet for integrity, and kitty privacy.
Two hidden cat litter boxes in one bench
There is a litter box on each side, and an entrance on each side. The entrance holes line up with the litter box entrances. The holes are 11”W x 6”H.
On casters, the entrances are 11” off the ground, which is about 2” higher than the entrance to the largest, enclosed litter box with a hood we have. The cats didn’t even flinch going in and out of the cabinet.
I can attest that we have cat usage, too! That’s the real test!
Material list and Cost:
We used the following materials and spent a total of $172 without pillows, $223 with:
IKEA BESTÅ storage combination with doors ($90) and 4 casters ($19.98)