6×8 Catio Roof and Shelves Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about a 6×8 catio roof plans. This is PART 2 of the catio where I show you how to build the roof, the doors and the shelves. This catio features a translucent roof that is easy to build and looks really nice. 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 Roof and Shelves Plans




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  • J – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 26″ long, 17 pieces – 14 1/2″ long, 5 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 7  1/4″x30″ long, 1 piece – 7 1/4″x24 1/4″ long, 3 pieces – 7 1/4″x32 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″x31 1/2″ long SHELVES
  • F – 7 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 72 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • G – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 73 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long TRIMS
  • H – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 69″ long, 8 pieces – 8 3/4″ long DOOR
  • I – 2 pieces of polycarbonate – 48″x72 1/4″ long ROOF

  • 15 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
  • 1 piece of 1/2 plywood – 4’x8′
  • 2 pieces of polycarbonate – 48″x96″
  • wire
  • 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 roof



The first step of the project is to build the rafters from 2×2 lumber. Make small cuts to the raters, as shown in the plans.

Fitting the rafters - 6x8 catio

Fitting the rafters – 6×8 catio

Fit the rafters to the top of the catio, every 16″ on center. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the rafters into place tightly.



Use 1/2″ plywood for the shelves. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Braces for the shelves

Braces for the shelves

Use 2×2 lumber for the braces. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts to both ends of the braces.

Building the shelves frame

Building the shelves frame

Use 2×2 lumber for the shelves structure. Plumb the supports and drill pilot holes. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports to the wall.

Fitting the shelves - catio

Fitting the shelves – catio

Fit the shelves to the supports and align the edges. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the shelves into place. Attach the wire to the exterior of the frame.

Fitting the roof panels - 6x8 Catio

Fitting the roof panels – 6×8 Catio

Use poly-carbonate sheets for the roof. Align the edges and lock the sheets into place with screws.

Catio roof trim

Catio roof trim

Use 1×4 lumber for the front roof trims. Insert 2″ nails to secure the trim into place.

Side roof trims

Side roof trims

Use 1×4 lumber for the side roof trims. Make 5 degree cuts at both ends of the trims.

Fitting the top trims to the catio roof

Fitting the top trims to the catio roof

Fit the trims to the sides of the roof. Align the edges and insert 2″ nails, every 8″ along the framing.



Use 2×2 lumber for the door frame. Cut all the components and assemble the frame with 3 1/2″ screws. Use 2×2 lumber for the braces. Drill 45 degree cuts for the braces and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.

Fitting the door to the catio

Fitting the door to the catio

Fit the door frame to the opening and align the edges flush. Install hinges and a latch.



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.



Make sure you check out PART 1 of the catio where I show you how to build the roof, the door and the shelves.



This woodworking project was about 6×8 catio plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.





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