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How I saved $125 on a litter box

The litter box – such an attractive unit of furniture. If you’re lucky, you have an out of the way place to put the Poop Palace – a laundry room, an alcove, an unused closet. I have a friend who keeps hers in her extra bathtub. I was lucky – I have a great alcove in my condo for the litter box. But I still wanted to hide it – who wouldn’t? I’ve seen furniture that hides the litter box, but I really didn’t want to spend $120 (they’ve evidently since gone down since I last looked) on something my cat was going to poop in. I started looking around for furniture I could convert – hack, if you will.

A trip to the Habitat Restore yielded this cabinet ($45):

I also picked up a cat door at Lowe’s for $20. One saw cut later:

The cabinet came with 2 shelves, so I left one at the top to store things. The Beau installed a slider ($8) on the second shelf so I could slide it out to clean the litter box.

The cat door was loose in the cabinet, since it was made for an outer door rather than a thinner cabinet wall, so The Beau also put weather stripping to tighten the door, with the added benefit of keeping some of the smell in.

I was worried about the cat using the cat door, but it hasn’t been a problem.

A similar cabinet is selling for $200 on Amazon. A drawer would be nice, sure, but I like the ease of sliding the litter box out, instead.

Not a bad trade off.

What’s your best furniture hack?

*Update:  The Beau is going to install a partition, similar to the one in the cabinet selling on Amazon.  🙂

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Random

 

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