kitty hack

bedside table to kitty litter

It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s never too late for an Ikea cat hack! Over the weekend, I picked up an awesome Craigslist find– a discontinued Ikea side table slash soon-to-be incognito kitty litter.

Living in a small one-bedroom apartment means that I need to make use of every nook and cranny, so the litter box is tucked away in the corner of the main room right next to the couch.  This is by no means an ideal location, but it’s the best placement given my space constraints.  The litter is still in the same spot, but at least now it is out of site!  Take a look.

room view
room view

The entire construction time came in just under 30 minutes and cost less than $20. This is how I made it.


  • Ikea “Corras” side table (discontinued, the Rast nightstand could work as a substitute)
  • 2 hinges (like this one or this one)
  • 8 screws (for hinges)
  • drill (I just bought this little cordless guy and couldn’t be happier!)

table & supplies

I removed the four casters by removing the screws fastening the casters to the underside of the table. Then I made the shelf into a door by attaching two hinges to the front of the table (see top photo for reference). Since the shelf came with the table, it was a perfect fit- no need to trim or resize. I didn’t mind the visible hinges,  but you could buy hidden cabinet hinges from the hardware store.

Then I placed the litter box inside as so:

with litter box

The cat accesses the litter box from the back of the side table, which rests a about eighteen inches from the wall.  To clean the litter box, I can access it from the front by opening the newly installed door.  So far the kitty seems to like his new digs!

5 thoughts on “kitty hack”

    1. that was made in photoshop– i just wanted to make sure people understood that the litter box was hidden inside the side table. if i had more time, i would have stenciled it on, probably with spray paint.

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