DIY Bunny / Small Animal Home

by Tbna4becky
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Entertainment Center turned into a bunny home.
Purchased an entertainment center on a website selling furniture. Got this one for less than $50.00. It is SOLID oak. SUPER HEAVY. Replaced the shelves with coated wire closet shelving. The front of the shelving has a nice size "lip" on it for containing the hay.
Under the coated shelving, placed one solid sheet of board. Actually this was an old erase board that worked great because it had the wooded lip on it. This was to catch any extra droppings or hay that would fall through the wire. This made the clean up so much easier. Our bunny used the litter box so we usually just had extra hay and a few droppings.
Underneath on this cupboard shelf, we placed a plastic container - like a garment container without the lid. This was kept out of site by the doors.
We hung a hay rack on the back wall and a water bottle on the side of the entertainment center for easy access (see below pictures). We also screwed our bunny's food dish to the top rack so she couldn't toss it around her home. This made the bottom level for droppings and the top level for food. WORKED GREAT!
Placed a ramp and covered it with an old bathtowel for the bunny to have some grip when going uphill. She took to it in no time.
We placed a piece of plexiglass in the front of the large opening (where the TV would normally go). This gave our bunny a picture window viewing area. We thought we would access the bunny over the top of the plexiglass. (If you look closely, you can see that it only goes up about 3/4 of the way. As it turned out, our bunny figured out the glass doors and would just put her paws on the doors when she wanted out.

Also placed square "chicken wire" on the back of the large enclosure.
This is our "Marble" in her new home. The rest of the bunny supplies (food, hay, etc. could be stored int he bottom drawer and cabinet.
The water bottle from the outside of the living area.
Suggested materials:
  • Entertainment center
  • Plexiglass
  • Coated wire shelving
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  • M. M.. M. M.. on May 07, 2016
    Doesn't the bun eat/chew the plastic coating on the wire or the wood? My little guy sure would! Even solid wood can have traces of shellac, glue, formaldehyde, etc. . How will you treat the wood parts that get urine since some bunnies spray or are a lil messy? How is the smell? It would be nice for the bunny to have an old towel wrapped around a board for sleeping, then just unwrap the towel and wash it,replace it as needed. The critters need to burrow, whether it's hay or toweling. Try it - he'll probably love it!How do you secure him, if he can push on the door when you're out of the house for the day?
  • Tara Stroud Tara Stroud on May 19, 2016
    Does the rabbit chew on the wood and coating on the wire? I was thinking this might work for my chinchilla but was afraid he would just chew everything to shreads.
  • WayneCavan WayneCavan on Apr 27, 2022

    That's a great idea! You are a superb host. Most rabbit owners think a small cage is enough for a pet. I can't entirely agree with that. Your solution to the problem of housing the pet is genius. Have you thought about putting a towel or soft cloth inside? Or will the rabbits tear it all up? I have an old shelving unit too. I hope you don't get upset if I steal your idea. I have two active and restless chinchilla s, and they love to chase each other, play, and tear up anything that gets in their way. I think they are sad in the enclosure, but we are afraid to let them out.

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