My partner and I bought one of these IKEA DUKTIG doll beds on a whim after a friend got one. I actually went back to IKEA just days later to get a second one.
With two larger than average cats in the house there would be no sharing. After seeing some photos of folks who had double (or triple) bunked these little beds, I knew I had to do the same.
I looked around for an explicit “how to make a cat bunk bed” post but couldn’t find one, so I thought I’d make one myself.
You don’t have to be handy or have any special tools to do this project, just a screwdriver or drill, 2 x pre-assembled IKEA DUKTIG doll beds, 16 x wood screws, and 2 x 4″x7/8″ mending plates.
How to make a cat bunk bed
First, remove the board from the bottom of the DUKTIG beds and set them on their sides. Line up the posts and place the mending plate so that it is spread equally across both posts.
The next step is to attach the mending plates to each of the posts. I stood mine up just to make sure everything looked right.
Then, tip the bed onto its side again and attached the two mending plates to the top bunk. Make sure they’re centred!
Carefully flip the beds, now attached on only one side so they’re a bit fragile. When you turn them over you’ll likely notice that things aren’t lining up just right. Don’t worry! The final screws will fix them.
On the left you can see how the posts are before the last two mending plates are attached. Just gently press them into place beforehand.
You’ll find the attachments are very sturdy, and because the mending plates are attached on the interior they don’t detract from the overall appearance of the bunk beds. Now all you have to do is replace the bedding…
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.