How to make a simple cat scratching post for corners with little space
The advantage of a self-build scratching post is that it can be fitted individually to the space requirements of the own apartment. Such a scratching post is cheaper. It is also very robust, because it is made from wood, different to the most ones you can buy. Scratching posts don't need much space, they fit even in tiny little spaces.
For the scratching post you need squared timber as high as the ceiling, wood glue, and sisal rope. To attach it to the wall brackets and a few screws. I put a wooden slat across the room under the ceiling, so that the cats can climb down on the other side.
The rough cut squared timber measures 7,8cm x 7,8cm (3" x 3"), and a length of 3 meter (10 ft) cost around 10€ in the hardware store. The sisal rope is more expensive, around 30-40€. For a length of 2,50m (8 ft) of winding rope I bought 100m (300 ft) sisal rope (with a thickness of 8mm (0,3")).
The edges of the wooden slat measure 3,8cm x 5,5cm (1,5" x 2"). Carpet scraps are glued on the upper side.
First mark the lines to saw. I made an octagon out of the squared timber, except of the last 20cm (8"), which I painted white later on.
Then saw the timber. Of course you can wrap the sisal rope around the squared timber without sawing. This is a matter of taste, or how much work you want to put into it.
During wrapping the rope it is best to glue it on three sides. I wrapped one time around and then put the glue on the side of the rope. The rope should be tightly wrapped, but excessive pulling it is not necessary. The rope can be hammered down. Then it becomes very robust. Before wrapping I washed the rope and let it dry to eliminate the smell.
The finished cat scratching post will be attached to the wall with brackets. It is enough to use one bracket for each end. Here there is a distance of 30cm (12") from the post to the door, and 4cm (1,5") from the post to the wall. Hence the cats can climb up on three sides. There is a shelf above, which functions as a storage. Part of the self is reserved for the cats to sit. Even though the wooden slat is very slim, it is a favorite place to hang out and observe.
The cats were excited about the new scratching post. There is no skilled craftsmanship needed to build a scratching post, only patience with winding the rope. Plan a complete weekend to do this. The satisfaction of the animals will compensate for the working hours.