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The Ultimate Guide To Cat Shelves

Cat shelves can be a great way to add extra spots for your kitty to hang out and really catify your space.

If you don’t have a lot of room in your home for something larger, like a cat tree, cat shelves might be the answer!  Yup, I said cat shelves.  When we lived in a smaller space we went looking for something that could give our cat a fun thing to really play on that wouldn’t eat up all of our living space.  So, we ended up turning to cat shelving. What are cat shelves, exactly?

They are this really cool form of cat furniture that you can, like a hanging bookshelf, attach to your walls for your cats to climb on. They come in a variety of forms from cute platforms to hammocks and scratchers that all attach to the studs in your walls.

If you’re in a hurry, before we jump into the nitty gritty of this post, here are three of our favorite cat shelves.

Cat shelves of any kind give your cats a lot of coveted “up high” space to play and hang out on. And the sky, or in this case the ceiling, is the limit on what you can do for your cat.

Whether you start small with one platform or get a larger kit, like some you’ll see below, you’re sure to be addicted to creating new play spaces for your feline friends once you get started building with cat shelves!

Cat Shelves

Two cats happily lounging on some CatastrophiCreations cat shelves.

So, we know that cat shelves are these pretty cool pieces of cat wall furniture that attach to the studs in your walls. They can also come in a variety of styles.

An escape hole cat perch for that crazy kitty fun our cats are searching for.

It’s easier than ever to really go ham and create a cat room or wall that even the craziest of cat ladies would envy, especially since you can mix and match to get the most out of your space.

You’re almost certain to find one at your price point and in the style of your home decor. There are so many cool designs out there, you guys!

If you are looking for cheap cat shelves, we have compiled a list of them over here!

Just take this one to the left from CatastrophiCreations for example, there is no end to the unique and sleek designs out there.

A sleek, modern floating cat shelf for with your contemporary decor.

You’ve got curved cat shelves which you get for when your cat loves a good hammock or bowl shape to snuggle into. Floating cat shelves for when you have a specific aesthetic in mind, in particular the modern sleek one.

Single cat shelves if you just wanna see if your cat likes them (or if you’re slowly adding onto an already existing kitty creation) and shelves that are basically a big kit that you can set up so that you can turn your wall into a big kitty jungle gym.

And then the not often talked about member of the cat shelf family, the window mounted cat perches! They really are great too, and can be just as stylish in your home while often being at a very reasonable price.

Below are a few examples of the variety you can see in cat shelves, since there really is a little bit of everything out there. You have ones with silk leaves to make your kitty feel like they are in a jungle, entire kits with sisal scratching posts attached and space-age looking mini-tunnels that attach to your walls.

Floating Cat Shelves

A cat climbing on some sisal floating cat shelves

Here we move on to floating cat shelves!  A pretty fun subset of the cat shelf category! Floating cat shelves are attached to your walls via a “hidden brackets” system, these hidden brackets are as obscured and hidden from view by the shelf itself as possible while still being safe so that it can create that floating look.

Floating cat shelves really are great since you have so many options to choose from!

It opens up quite a few possibilities in terms of configuration and creativity.  You can also really easily find single cat shelves, so you can test the waters if you are worried your cat might be a bit more picky or scared of the shelves.

Or jump all in if you know your cat will love these. For instance using CatastrophiCreations you can mix and match all sorts of their cat shelves, lots of which have a floating design to them, or just get one of their big kits and do up your whole wall.

If you want to learn more about CatastrophiCreations, they are featured over here, because they make some of the best cat wall shelves.

But, they aren’t the only people making floating cat furniture shelves, obviously. There are a lot options out there.

Floating cat shelves tend to go splendidly with modern or minimalist decor, they have a sleek look and clean lines that lend well to those styles. So, if you are on the hunt for modern cat wall shelves, then these are probably high on your list of possible shelves.

Curved Cat Shelves

A cat sitting on a curved cat shelf

If you are on the lookout for what could be considered a sightly more elegant feel, you might want to consider some curved cat shelves!

What are curved cat shelves? Curved cat shelves are… Well, cat shelves with a curve to them. Their wood has been shaped into gentle (or sometimes more extreme) curves that give your cat a great place to curl up that also looks lovely.

From my experience they can blend in a little better with classic or modern home decor, so if you are wanting something that isn’t OBVIOUSLY cat furniture, but more of an interesting and pretty conversation piece you might think about these!

Specifically the Lotus Branch Cat Perch is what comes to mind for me when I think of curved cat shelves. It’s a really tasteful shelf with some very lovely curve to it! It has a sort of classic elegance to it, but could still easily fit into a modern or minimalist decor style if you wanted it to.

The Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf

With that said, there are plenty of options out there if the Lotus Branch doesn’t quite do it for you though, curved shelves come in a lot of different styles, colors and configurations.

The Refined Feline has one other curved cat shelf that is smaller and takes up less space on your wall, but still offers a great place for your kitty to snuggle up and chill in style.

Both the Branch and Lotus Leaf come in a few different colors, from the black featured above to white, mahogany, and grey.

If you want to learn a bit more about the Refined Feline and their Lotus cat shelves, we’ve featured them as one of our favorite cat shelf brands over here!

If you are looking for a truly modern look in your curved shelves though, there are a few other options out there that are unambiguously modern and minimalist in their designs.

Tuft + Paw are also on my super awesome list of cat shelves, since they make high quality designer cat furniture, including curved shelves like The Freddo.

They are a little more pricey than some others, but they make up for it with the quality of their furniture, and the fact that almost all of it feels like it’s a piece of modern art for your cat.

And Akemi Tanaka makes these beautiful, curved bowl-like shelves that are easy to install and made from either walnut or birch plywood.

The little cushions come in a few different colors and patterns, which you can see on their shop page on amazon! A few examples are the cream color above and then this lovely blue here.

Now, if none of these are quite what you are looking for, that’s fine. There’s still plenty of shelves in the sea. Maybe curved shelves aren’t quite your bag, or you just don’t like the ones you’ve seen so far. So, here is a small selection of a few more before we move onto our next section!

Lotus Cat Shelves

A kitty resting on some lotus cat shelves

Speaking of Lotus cat shelves!  We’ve actually had enough people ask us specifically about these so I thought I should include a section specifically on them.  As we have more information on what people want to know about, we’ll be sure to add on those requests as well!

Lotus cat furniture is, in general, wonderfully elegant in appearance.  They all seem to have a lovely curve and flow to them!  It doesn’t matter if we’re looking at their shelves or their cat towers, they all have that refined feel to them that I think most people would love in their homes!

The Refined Feline Lotus Leaf Cat Shelf, EspressoThe Refined Feline Lotus Leaf Cat Shelf, EspressoShow Me ThisThe Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf, EspressoThe Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf, EspressoShow Me ThisArt of Paws Cat Shelf | Cat Perch Cat BedArt of Paws Cat Shelf | Cat Perch Cat BedShow Me This

I hope you enjoyed these cat shelves and that this page was useful to you guys!  Cat shelves can really be a great way to give your cats someplace to jump and play if you don’t have a lot of space!  They can also just be a wonderful conversation starter for when you have friends of relatives over.  Have a good day guys and embrace your inner cat lady.

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