6×8 Catio Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about a 6×8 catio plans. I have designed this super simple enclosure that you can build using 2x2s so you can keep your cats outdoors, while being protected from the predators. This catio features a translucent roof so your pets can enjoy the fresh air even on rainy days. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.

 

 

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6×8 Catio Plans

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Building-a-6×8-catio

 

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  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 93″ long BASE
  • B – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 85 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 69″ long, 3 pieces – 32 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 85 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 30″ long SIDE WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 69″ long, 4 pieces – 85 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 19 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long FRONT WALL
  • J – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber –  33 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 87 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 67 1/2″ long SUPPORTS

  • 30 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
  • 3 1/2″ screws, 2 1/2″ screws
  • hinges, latch
  • hardware cloth
  • wood glue, stain/paint

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One weekend

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How to build a 6×8 catio

Tall side wall frame - catio

Tall side wall frame – catio

The first step of the project is to build the wall frame that goes against the house. Cut all the components from 2×2 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and check if the diagonals are equal.

Side-wall-frame-catio

Side-wall-frame-catio

Next, but the opposite side wall for the catio. Start by cutting all the components from 2×2 lumber, following the info in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and then insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Last but not least, attach the supports for the shelves. Make sure the corners are right angled and leave no gaps between the components.

Fomt-wall-catio-6x8

Fomt-wall-catio-6×8

Build the front wall for the catio. Frame the door by installing the double 2×4 header. Make sure all the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Back-wall-frame-6x8-catio

Back-wall-frame-6×8-catio

Build the back wall as shown in the free plans.

Catio skids

Catio skids

Use 2×4 lumber for the base of the catio. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them together. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Assembling the frame of the 6x8 catio

Assembling the frame of the 6×8 catio

After building all the wall frames, you need to assemble the catio. Align the bottom plates to the base of the catio, making sure the edges are flush. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the base. Check if the corners are square and align the edges. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.

Supports for the shelves - catio

Supports for the shelves – catio

Fit the 2×2 supports for the shelves. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports into place tightly.

Supports for the catio shelves

Supports for the catio shelves

Fit the rest of the supports to the catio.

How-to-build-a-6x8-catio

How-to-build-a-6×8-catio

This is a beautiful catio that you can build in a few days. This 6×8 catio is simple to build and it features an elegant design.

6x8-covered-patio-plans

6×8-covered-patio-plans

Make sure you check out PART 2 of the catio where I show you how to build the roof, the door and the shelves.

 


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