People are turning old boxy TVs into cat beds. Here's how

May 6th, 2021

Every year, televisions keep getting thinner and thinner as the technology continues to improve. It feels like a total waste to toss our old TVs in the trash though.

We paid good money for those outdated hunks of metal!

That’s why some creative people on Instagram are applying their upcycling talents to transform those old TVs into something that their pets can use.

If you like cute DIY projects and you like cats, then this solution might just be perfect for you.

Hundreds of creative crafters are now taking their old box-shaped televisions and converting them into luxury cat beds.

Cats love small enclosed spaces.

It makes them feel safe and happy. For a cat, a simple cardboard box can be one of the best cheap toys that money can buy. They are so fun to play hide and seek in, plus, for sleeping, there is no better place to be.

It only makes sense that cats would love sleeping inside vintage televisions too. Since they are enclosed on most sides, no predators can sneak up on the cats and surprise them during nap time.

The key is safely removing the glass screen, as well as all of the internal electronic components.

We want our cats to enjoy a nice sound rest, not to get injured.

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The first step is acquiring the TV.

If you don’t have a vintage television lying around, you can always purchase one off Craigslist or eBay. Thrift stores and antique stores are also good places to check.

You’ll quickly notice that many people are practically giving old TVs away. It wouldn’t be surprising to find one sitting on the curb for free in your neighborhood, too.

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If you have a standard screwdriver set, you shouldn’t have any problem tearing the TV apart.

Although, the wiring will likely need to be snipped away with a pair of scissors.

You will need a pair of needle-nose pliers also to remove any pieces of internal wiring and clips that are still stuck to the edges.

Finally, you will be left with just the frame of the TV.

At this point, many people choose to paint the TV. When deciding what colors to paint it, think about what colors your cat might enjoy. Perhaps a beautiful yellow or blue might be in order?

If you want to do multiple colors, you can tape over different sections of the frame to cover them up while you spray paint everything. Don’t forget to wash the frame off with soap and water before painting though to remove any dust or grease. After all, your old TV has likely been sitting around unused in an attic or basement for years now.

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The final part is putting it all back together.

Did you remember to save the screws?

In addition, you will want to make sure that there are no sharp edges remaining. If there are any sharp areas sticking out, they can be smoothed over with sandpaper or removed completely with a Dremel power tool.

Lastly, you will want to place a cushion inside the TV for your cat to lay on.

Your cat’s favorite blanket can easily be folded up and positioned in there as well.

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Once your cat sees their cool new television-themed bed that you built for them, you are going to be getting rewarded with so many snuggles.

Don’t have an old TV, either? It’s not a problem!

Check out the video below to learn how to make a vintage TV cat bed from cardboard.

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Sources: Instagram, Instagram, Instructables, Purina, Meow Pi