How To Reupholster Cat Tree? – Guide

You can reupholster a cat tree or a scratching post yourself, no matter how challenging it looks to remove the carpet or cloth glued to the cat furniture.

Don’t be scared of that carpet fuzziness, tearing, or fraying.

With just a little bit of creativity, some stuff from the craft store, and an afternoon of free time, you can restore your cat’s ( or cats’) favorite furniture and save money – here’s how!

Materials You Need to Reupholster Your Cat’s Tree

When parts of the cat tree are shedding, feel fuzzier than usual, or begin to peel off, it’s time to gather your supplies. These include:

  • Tools to help you remove the existing upholstery. This can be anything from a pair of scissors, scraper, screwdriver, utility knife, or other similar tools.
  • Hammer, nails, and screws
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Your choice of upholstery (carpet, cloth, padded cover, etc.)

4 Steps to Reupholster a Cat Tree

Note that the steps below include general guidelines on how to reupholster cat trees.

You may have to wing it, depending on how simple or complex the cat tree you’re trying to revamp.

Alternatively, you check out our guide, best cat trees for large cats if you think you need a replacement.

1. Remove old upholstery.

Upholstery can mean anything from the rope to the carpet or thick cloth with padding. Remove whichever old upholstery you want to be replaced.

Be careful, pull gently at first, then use a sharp cutting tool to smoothen out rough patches.

For complex cat trees, you might have to disassemble the posts to reupholster throughout the platform.

If this is the case, take a picture of the cat tree before bringing the parts down, so you’d know where each of the pieces goes.

Make sure to clear out the surface enough to install new material, but not too deep that the structure would get damaged.

2. Measure upholstery needed.

Depending on what materials were used before (and what type of upholstery you plan to replace it with), you can either measure the pieces removed (if it’s fabric) or spaces that require new upholstery.

Be sure to add allowance to each part.

You can always cut them later, but you won’t be able to add more length if needed.

For complex cat trees, you might have to disassemble the posts to reupholster throughout the platform.

If this is the case, take a picture of the cat tree before bringing the parts down, so you’d know where each of the pieces goes.

3. Attach new upholstery.

Once you’ve cut the materials you need, begin securing them part by part.

If you’re using carpet or fabric, you can use a hammer-and-nail combo or staple gun and staples to secure the materials to the cat tree.

If you go this route, you have to be extra careful in checking for pins or tacks as you reupholster the furniture.

You wouldn’t want your cat to get injured with a loose screw or protruding metals.

What kind of rope do you use to reupholster cat scratching posts?

‚ÄčIf you’re using rope, follow this guide on how to replace sisal rope on a cat tree. You’ll be using a glue gun, several pieces of glue sticks, and spools of the rope mentioned above.

For those who removed a post or platform to get through the base, let the new upholstery dry or get pressed down for a while.

Then place the disassembled parts back where you removed them.

4. Quality-test your work.

Check for hanging staple wire or screws that may endanger your cat. Fasten them twice or thrice just to make sure.

You then have to test the cat kitty mansion for safety – this is particularly important if you disassembled the tree to make way for new upholstery.

Try to pull the newly installed upholstery. If it’s too easy to pull, re-do the steps to make them sturdy. If you can pull it, there’s a good chance your cat can too!

After your quality control, let your cat back to her haven.

Supervise their first few hangouts on the tree, and if everything looks good, then you got the job done and reupholster your cat’s condo perfectly.

Cats will love their brand-new looking house!