Living with a cat has meant that I’ve always had a not so attractive scratching post around my apartment. Not only are they not pretty to look at, but they take up precious floor space too. So I came up with this idea to convert the legs of my inexpensive IKEA desk into built-in scratching posts:
I’ll outline the steps for this project below but you can also watch this video showing how I made this project and more home office ideas.
I built my IKEA desk with a GALANT top and ADILS legs ($3.50 each) and used 1″ pre-slit pipe insulation, sisal rope (100 ft per leg) and foam double sided tape to convert the legs into a scratching posts.
Step 1: Cut the pipe insulation to fit the length of the leg and wrap around the leg. I used pre-slit self sealing pipe insulation and stuck the edges of the insulation to the leg to prevent it from moving. You could also use insulation without the adhesive and use double sided tape secure it to the leg. By placing the gap on the inside of the desk, it’s not noticeable. The insulation makes the legs closer in diameter to a scratching post you would buy at the store.
Step 2: Attach strips of double-sided foam tape around the top and bottom, and along the length of the insulation.
Step 3: Wrap the sisal rope around the insulation, pulling tightly as you go along.
Step 4: Wrap white tape around the bottom of the legs to help secure the sisal rope.
I love the natural color and texture that the sisal rope adds to my office and the legs have been a hit with my cat Lia. She does tend to use the front legs more than the back legs but the nice thing with the IKEA legs is that they are easy to take off to rotate the back legs to the front, so it will be a while before I have to replace the sisal rope. You can see a video of the scratching post leg project and the rest of my IKEA desk hacks in this video.