DIY Scratching Post Desk Legs


Living with a cat has meant that I've always had a not so attractive scratching post around my apartment. Not only are they not pretty to look at, but they take up precious floor space too. So I came up with this idea to convert the legs of my inexpensive IKEA desk into built-in scratching posts!
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I built my IKEA desk with a GALANT top and ADILS legs ($3.50 each) and used 1" pre-slit pipe insulation, sisal rope (100 ft per leg) and foam double sided tape to convert the legs into a scratching posts.
I cut the insulation and wrapped it around the legs, putting the gap on the inside of the desk (the insulation makes the legs closer in diameter to a scratching post you would buy at the store). I attached strips of double sided tape to the insulation and I wrapped the sisal rope around the insulation, pulling tightly as I went along.
I love the natural color and texture that the sisal rope adds to my office and the legs have been a hit with my cat Lia. She does tend to use the front legs more than the back legs but the nice thing with the IKEA legs is that they are easy to take off to rotate the back legs to the front, so it will be a while before I have to replace the sisal rope. You can see the entire scratching post project and how I added a shelf to my IKEA desk in the video.

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