How To Re-carpet a Cat Tree (New Tips For 2020)

Your cat might be your best friend, and rightfully too. These animals are loyal and they make for some good entertainment. Seeing as you, the owner, are the one who needs to supply your cat with everything it needs, it is up to you to provide it with a good resting area, a perch, something to climb on, and something to scratch as well. This would be a cat tree.

Maybe you already have a cat tree, but the carpeting on it has seen better days. You may want to replace it instead of buying a new tree altogether. 

Today we want to teach you how to re-carpet a cat tree!

How to Re-carpet a Cat Tree – Step by Step

Re-carpeting a cat tree is not the easiest thing to do. Depending on how old and damaged the original product is, it might just be best to invest a few bucks in a new cat tree. 

(You can read our full guide on best cat scratching post here ).

However, if the base and the parts underneath the old carpeting are still fine, it may be worth it to just replace the carpet on your own.

It might seem like quite the undertaking, but will be worth it if you like doing your own DIY projects and want to save some money on the side, plus it allows you to be creative as well.

So, let’s go over a step by step tutorial on how you can re-carpet your cat tree.

1. Remove the Old Carpet

The first step is to remove the old carpet from the old cat tree. We are not going to give you any illusions here, because while it can be easy if you have a really old and loose cat tree, more often than not, this process is going to take a while and require some serious muscle. Whatever you do, however you do it, you need to remove the old carpet.

Most people will choose to start with a box- or carpet-cutting knife to remove the old carpet in strips or large swaths. Just be careful that you do not cut too deeply because you don’t want to end up damaging the frame of the actual cat tree underneath.

Depending on how your cat tree is built, you may need to use a claw hammer and other tools to remove nails, or various tools to remove staples. Different cat trees are built in different ways, so this is something that you will need to account for.

2. Selecting the New Carpet

Of course, before you start attaching the new carpet to the frame of your old cat tree, you need to select which carpeting you want to use. We would recommend not using fabric for this, as it will quickly tear and get clawed apart.

We would recommend using a high-quality carpet, which will cost you some money, but it will last for a good time to come. To cut down on costs, you can find carpet remnants at so-called “carpet junkyard” stores which you can find online.

Select a type of carpeting which works well for cats to scratch on, which is fairly durable, will not fray too badly, and will not cause the cat’s claws to get tangled up in it.

3. Cutting the Carpeting to Size

The next thing that you now need to do is to cut the carpet down to size. This is probably the hardest part of this whole project. Depending on the type, size, and complexity of cat tree you have, this can be quite a task. At the very least, you will have the base, a couple of platforms, and a pillar or two that will need to be fitted with carpet.

Therefore, it is time to bust out your measuring tape and carpet knife. Remember to always measure twice and cut once, plus also leave an inch or two extra in terms of length and width. You can always cut more carpet off if the pieces are too large, but you definitely cannot repair it if you happen to cut it too small.

Before you begin attaching it, make sure that it is the right size. You don’t want to start gluing, nailing, or stapling the carpet onto the cat tree frame before you have double-checked the size of the pieces and the cat tree.

4. Attaching the Carpet to the Cat Tree

The next step in this process is attaching the carpet to the cat tree. Now, this can be a bit tricky, but with some practice it is something that you can master. You can use a heavy-duty staple gun with big staples, or a hammer with some fine nails.

Which method you use to attach the carpet to the cat tree is up to you. You probably have a hammer laying around, which is nice, but in all honesty, you probably want to use a staple gun for this, as it is going to be much easier.

Always make sure that all staples and nails are pushed into the frame totally so that your cat does not snag on them and possibly get injured.

5. Testing for Safety

Before you return the cat tree to its rightful resident, you should quickly test for safety. Always make sure that there are no pointy things, like staples or nails, sticking out of the cat tree in any direction.

Also, you want to ensure that you have used enough nails and staples, and that the carpet is firmly attached to the cat tree. If you fail to do this, chances are that the cat will rip the carpet off in no time at all, thus putting all of your hard work to shame.


As you can see, while it does take some work to re-carpet a cat tree, it really is not all that difficult. Yes, it is going to take some time, and you need to be accurate in your measuring and cutting, but other than that, there is really not all that much to it.

Just be sure to check the final result in the end, especially in terms of safety, so your cat does not injure itself on a loose nail or staple.

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