How to Make a Scratching Post With a Padded Seat for Cats

by Melissa Renner

Repurposing an old stool into a padded seat with a hammock, toys and scratching post legs


  • Stool
  • Twisted Sisal Rope
  • Paint or Stain (optional)
  • 1 Yard Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Wand cat toys (optional)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I began with this old stool I found in our garage. It was in good shape, just needed cleaned up a bit as it was stained and had some scratches in the wood.

    Step 2

    I disassembled the seat from the base and carefully removed the staples to take off the old stained fabric.

    Step 3

    I laid out the old fabric to get a rough pattern for the new cover.

    Step 4

    The hardest part was winding the sisal rope around the legs since somebody thought it was a game.

    Step 5

    Sure enough, the others had to join in which really slowed down the process.

    Step 6

    After I finished each leg, I secured the rope with a staple.

    Step 7

    Under close supervision, I stapled the new fabric onto the cushioned top.

    Step 8

    Make sure it's tested for comfort prior to reattaching.

    Step 9

    I decided after I was nearly done I wanted it painted. I definitely recommend the painting step before winding the sisal.

    Step 10

    I cut a square piece of fabric and slit the corners to tie them around the legs to create a hammock. I then took wand toys and tied them on the dowels for playtime. It's a hit! 3 happy kittens!