Cats often enjoy sitting in a window to take in their surroundings, but it can be difficult for a cat to perch comfortably on a narrow window stool. To solve this problem, I replaced the narrow window stool on a window with a wider shelf to provide a cozy place for a cat to relax.

Here’s how to go about making a window perch for your cat:

  • Remove the existing window stool with a pry bar, being careful not to damage the surrounding surfaces.
  • Cut a solid wood shelf board to the length of the old window stool.
  • Hold the self board up to the window, and mark the location of the window jambs on each end of the board.
  • Measure the distance needed to notch the shelf to allow it to fit against the window, and mark that distance on the shelf board.
  • Draw lines on the shelf board with a square to outline the notch.
  • Use a jigsaw to cut notches on each end of the shelf board so it fits around the window jambs.
  • Slide the shelf board in place on the windowsill.
  • Secure the shelf board to the windowsill with finishing nails.
  • Set the nailheads slightly below the surface.
  • Putty over the nail holes and apply caulking to the joints.
  • Prime and paint the shelf if needed.
  • If desired, put a soft material with a nonslip bottom, such as carpet or a bath mat, on the shelf board to make your cat as comfortable as possible.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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