How to Build a Litter Box Enclosure That Will Keep Your House Clean

How to Build a Litter Box Enclosure That Will Keep Your House Clean

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While cats are relatively clean creatures, they can leave behind a mess. Whether they decide to tear up a roll of paper towels while you’re not home or you simply get tired of seeing their litter box day in and day out, it can often feel like you’ll never be able to have your old, neat, and tidy home ever again.

One way that you can bring a little cleanliness back into your life is to learn how to build a litter box enclosure. These enclosures can help prevent smells, improve room aesthetics, and even prevent litter from spilling onto your floor.

Litter Box Enclosure Ideas

Let’s go through the basics of what it takes to learn how to build a litter box enclosure.

Hide It in Furniture

One of the most common ways to build a super chic yet effective cat litter box enclosure is to hide the litter pan away in some type of furniture! Whether you have built-in furniture, are buying new furniture, or just want to hide it in something you already own, doing it like this is a very effective method.

Litter Box Enclosure Ideas

1. Cabinet or Nightstand

Cabinets and nightstands are some of the most popular furniture to hide a litter pan. They have great size, look great, and can even double as a table. Plus, they’re easy to find around the house or at a yard sale if you don’t currently own anything you want to transform.

Here’s a tip: try putting the litter box in an unused area in your sink cabinet. Then, the litter box can be in the bathroom without being in sight.

How to Convert a Cabinet or Nightstand into an Enclosed Litter Box

  1. Choose a cabinet that is between 18 and 24 inches tall, depending on the size of your cat. The goal is you want them to have enough room to maneuver inside.
  2. Measure your litter box.
  3. Cut an opening into the side of the cabinet so that your cat can get in and out. It needs to be big enough that your cat can get in, so try to cut a hole that is about 9” wide and 7” tall. You can make this bigger or smaller as needed.
  4. Sand the cut edges until smooth.
  5. Line the inside of the cabinet with plastic to help prevent messes.
  6. Put in the litter box.
  7. Sit a small litter mat in front of the opening to prevent litter from getting out of the enclosure.

That’s it! You can choose to paint it to blend in with the decor more, but that’s all you have to do to complete this hidden DIY project.

2. Under-Window Tables or Benches

Another super popular place to hide a litter box is underneath a place where your cats can sit and gaze out the window. Think of it like your cat’s domain since everything they need to do can get done here.

Turning an under-window bench or table into a cat litter enclosure is very similar to turning a cabinet into one. Simply cut a hole into the side, line the inside, put the litter box inside, and you’re finished!

Hide It in the Stairs

Another super fun (and creative!) place to hide your cat’s litter box is underneath the stairs. If you have an unused area under the stairs, why not turn this space into your cat’s bathroom hideaway?

We have to mention that this DIY project is a bit more ambitious than many of the others that we've previously mentioned, so you should only try this one if you have more experience with basic woodworking and home renovations.

Also, because this project is a bit more complex, let’s learn about how to do this through a useful video. This video demonstrates how to build a dog kennel under the stairs; all you need to do is scale it down for your cat’s size, and then follow the same steps.

While this project isn’t a super fast one, it can become a getaway for your cat that you would never regret adding to your home.

Teaching Your Cat to Love Their Enclosure

Teaching Your Cat to Love Their Enclosure

There is one final word of caution we have to share with you about these litter box enclosures: Your cat might not love them right away!

The best way to help with the transition for your cats is to leave the cabinet or side doors open while your cat gets used to using it. Once they have become acclimated to the closed-off space, you can shut the doors. Your cat should continue to use the litter box with no problems at all.

Now, Get Building!

Now that you know how to build a litter box enclosure, it’s time to get to work. While this type of enclosure is an excellent idea in theory, it is an even better idea in action!


Building a small enclosure like those we mentioned can be a fun, simple project, and you can even make sure that the style suits your home decor and design. No one will ever question why you have it in your home because it will fit right in!

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