Aby-a-Day – March 2: Reality Realised

You may remember my post from a about a week ago about building furniture the cats can climb. In that post, I showed mock-ups of our IKEA Bestå TV cabinet, imagining how it would look in the new workroom:

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Well…here’s how it looked on Thursday!

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We swapped the three-shelf section with the two-shelf; the three-shelf now has the legs and is the bottom unit and the two-shelf is the floating upper unit. The doors will probably stay on the three-shelf unit. These shelves are pretty heavy and the floating section is anchored to a stud and there are brackets attached to the top but still…with cats jumping around up there we don’t need to stress the wall any more than necessary!

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We don’t have the doors or any of the shelves up (both in the main cabinet or the green external climbing shelves), and I had to give Jacoby a boost to get up there…but you can see he’s already enjoying his new perch!

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We haven’t built the Expedit extravaganza in the bedroom yet, but we do have the carpet installed.

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(I found it interesting that the carpet padding is made of recycled running shoes!)

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I had mixed feelings about carpet. I’m not a huge fan of wall-to-wall, but the bedroom was already carpeted when we bought it and it gave it a really nice, warm cozy feeling in there. I know carpet and cats don’t always mix, but this is a pet-recommended carpet from Home Depot, and we chose a dark grey colour, so that should help hide any of the inevitable barfing that will happen.

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And when the Expedit kitty stairway is all set up, Jake is ready to test it out!