After measuring and planning, it was time for installation! My partner in crime took to installing the shelves. A few really important things to note when you are choosing your shelves: You want shelves that are REALLY sturdy and safe. Because we were working with two different weights (Mooky is 14 pounds and Marley is 3 pounds and growing) we wanted to ensure we went above and beyond weight requirements. We used a 75lb drywall anchor for each one that went into the wall, providing maximum safety. Also, you want to make sure your shelves are wide enough. Since we are dealing with a large…ahem..wide cat we wanted to make sure he not only fit, but could lay down comfortably.
We did the thinner shelves leading up to the larger shelf at the top.
Next, it was time to measure,cut and apply the material to the shelves. Some sort of padding or material is necessary to ensure the cats won’t slip off. I chose this wonderful pattern, that used to be a curtain panel. It was the perfect texture and color for the room and if they happened to ruin it, I wouldn’t be upset. Once I cut my panels, I used a foam adhesive tape to apply the fabric. This way we can remove it if it gets wrecked or if we decided to change it up. Wood adhesive is also another option, but it will be permanent and you want to make sure it is not accessible to the animals. I wasn’t overly particular about having perfect fabric strips. It easily could have been sewed to be completely even on all edges, but I cut as close and as careful as I could instead.
And here is the finished product!
Stay tuned for the next post in the Cat Shelves series. We will be going over the accent details and how much we spent on the whole project !