Carly Tackles...Storage Bench with Concealed Litter Boxes (2023)


Concealing litter boxes in cabinets and end tables seems to be the new thing. Carly tackles is taking concealing litter boxes to another level with this storage bench that houses 2 litter boxes, with fully extendable, pull-out drawers. You can sit on the storage bench while cleaning out your litter boxes, how great is that?! There is even storage space for your scoop and litter genie. Adding kitty litter mats inside and standard door mats outside can also cut down on litter spreading throughout the house.
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BLUM Tandem Plus BLUMOTION Drawer Slides (21")

Bosch CM10GD Miter Saw

7" Speed Square

ToughBuilt GelFit Professional Knee Pads - SnapShell Compatible

DEWALT Countersink Drill Bit Set #6, #8, #10, 3-Piece (DW2535)

Ryobi Compact brushless drill

Ryobi Compact Brushless Impact Driver

90 Degree Positioning Squares

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Welcome to carly tackles a storage bench.

This storage bench is going to store hidden litter boxes for our cats, with any project.

It's nice to have some assistance.

This is our entryway, and this is where I want to place the storage bench.

I started by removing the trim boards and now I'm measuring the space, I'm using two by twos for my frame to assemble this frame, I'm using just a few tools, one I'm using my 90 degree angle, clamps, I'm using a number eight countersink drill bit with my ryobi power drill, and then I'm also using my ryobi impact driver to drive in construction screws.

You will find that I repeat the same steps over and over again until my frame is fully constructed to determine the size of the store bench.

I had a few things I needed to consider one I needed to consider the size of the kitty litter boxes.

Now I want to have two tubs on each side, so the cats can walk in.

You want to make sure when you have litter boxes, that you have enough height for your cats to feel comfortable inside their space.

Second, I also want to make sure that it was a good sitting height for me.

I don't want to sit really really low to the ground or try to climb up to something and put on my shoes.

I want to make sure that I'm meeting both purposes, kitty litter function and a place to sit when taking off your shoes and, of course, my supervisor when to check in to make sure that I'm building this frame correctly.

The third thing I needed to consider was how drawed slides would impact my height and width of my storage bench.

I want to be able to pull the litter boxes out using drawers and just sit on the bench to clean them out.

So, to recap, I need to note the size of the litter boxes so that they can fit in the drawers nicely.

I need to know how much space installing the drawers is going to add to the storage bench, and I need to account for the sitting height of the storage bed, so that it is comfortable when taking on off your shoes.

So my final dimensions come out to 21 inches high and 21.

Inches deep length varies on the two boxes.

On the one side, I have a little bit longer wall space, so I can make it bigger and have some storage for some of my kitty litter supplies.

My minimum length was determined by the length of my kitty, litter tubs and my drawer slides, which ended up being 21 inches long.

I need to make sure I have enough space for mounting those drawer slides fully enclosing that litter box and installing a drawer face the nice thing about having the same height and depth is my spacers are all the same, I'm basically making a square box, and once I had those two frames made, it was super easy to connect them using the same technique.

I used to build them.

To begin with.

Here is a close-up of how well those 90-degree clamps work in this space.

It really keeps your pieces square and flush, and I use these clamps on my cabinets and I found so many other purposes for these things, but this has really made building this frame super easy.

For me.

The links to these can be found in the video description below once you're finished, making the first box you can make the second one.

The same technique applies now it's time to add some support for our drawer slides to be mounted.

This is just a three-quarter inch.

Plywood scrap I had lying around.

I measured it to the same height as my box, and I cut out some notches 3 8 of an inch from the side and then your bottom.

The top length in should be the thickness of your material.

Now remember, 2 by 2, is not fully 2 inches get the actual dimension to help the stand, we're going to be adding some support beams at the top and the bottom.

It would look like that.

I'm using blum's bottom mount 21 inch, full extension drawer, slides for this project for better instructions on how to install the drawer slides.

You should check out my video in my kitchen cabinet series.

There is a link in the video description below I'm installing the two back brackets to my plywood.

Before I put the plywood inside of the box, it's a lot easier to install drawers using this technique versus sticking your whole body in the cabinet trying to install these brackets once I'm finished with these brackets, it's time to install my support beams on the top and the bottom, so I want to make sure I'm measuring it so that the drawer sides have plenty of room to fully open and close and that my litter boxes fit to install the support beams.

I'm using the same technique.

I used to build the boxes, I'm applying my 90 degree angle, clamps, I'm going to use my countersink drill bit and pre-drill the holes and then I'm going to follow up with two construction screws on each side.

Now the support beams are installed.

We can insert our pieces of plywood with our mounting brackets and we can fasten those to those support beams.

I am pre-drilling with a number six countersink drill bit and just driving in one and a quarter inch screws.

I'm marking on the frame where I want this drawer slide front to stop.

My drawer face is going to be made of three-quarter inch material.

I want the drawer face to be in set with my face frame, my face frame, I'm just going to use a half inch plywood, and you can check that out in my next video.

So I want to make sure that my drawer slides account for that three quarter, inch material and my face frame, so I inset them a quarter of an inch since this is something you're going to sit on.

I want to add some support beams in the middle on the front side, where you're most likely to put a lot of weight to make this install easier.

I just flipped it on its side and I'm repeating the same process that I did for the support beams for my drawer slides.

This is where it's really important: to use a countersink drill bit.

You want your screw heads to be inside the wood slightly.

Otherwise it could scratch your floor or your lid.

That's going to go on top may not be able to shut all the way you want to make sure you're driving those screws into the frame and so that they cannot stick out.

Our storage bench frame is complete.

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How do you hide a litter box in a small bathroom? ›

Put the Litter Box Under the Sink Cabinet

If you have a vanity in your bathroom, you can turn the space under the sink into a new home for the litter box. If the vanity has a side that is open to the bathroom, you can cut a cat-sized hole in the side for kitty to access the box inside.

Do cats use hidden litter boxes? ›

In this study, no overall preference was seen for covered versus uncovered litter boxes. When individual cats were assessed, 70% showed absolutely no preference (i.e. used both boxes equally), 15% used the covered litter box more significantly, while 15% used the uncovered more than the covered. Pretty even results.

How can I hide my cat litter box and smell in my apartment? ›

Drape Curtains Around an End Table. Find an old end table (either using one you already own or getting a used one from an online marketplace). Make sure you find an end table that can fit over the top of your existing litter box. The more space you have, the better.

Why not use a covered litter box? ›

The Cat's Perspective of Covered Litter Boxes

A covered box can make a larger cat feel cramped while in there. Covered boxes don't allow as much air circulation so it takes longer for litter to dry. Odor is contained in the box, so it can be more offensive to the cat who is inside.

Can I use a storage tote as a litter box? ›

So the key to your super jumbo DIY litter box is a storage tote. You need something that's long enough and tall enough so kitteh has some room to stretch out in! And also a tote that has the smoothest bottom-interior possible so you can scoop the litter out cleanly.

Can I use a storage tub as a litter box? ›

If you're tired of litter being tracked out of your cat's litter box, you could buy a pricey top-entry litter box to help contain the mess. You could, alternately, assemble this inexpensive DIY version.

How do you hack a litterbox tub? ›

All humans have to do to turn their feline's litter box into an oasis is a cut a sizable hole into the side of a plastic storage tote. From there, place a few strips of cheap carpet or an old towel on the floor of the bin before putting your litter box on top.

Is the bathroom the best place for a litter box? ›

3. But Not Too Close to the Wall. Geller says sharing a bathroom is great but tucking a litter box under a sink or in a corner isn't ideal—tight spaces block the view and air circulation. "For some cats, sliding the box a few inches away from the wall might increase the security level enough," she says.

What can I put under litter box? ›

One ideal choice is a piece of carpet that can be easily vacuumed or picked up and shaken outside. A carpet remnant can be a great choice. Commercial litter box mats are made often of plastic and have a pile that catches litter so it doesn't attach to your cat's paws.

Do cats prefer open or enclosed litter box? ›

Everyone prefers privacy for elimination, even cats. Litter box design preferences differ from cat to cat and human to human. Most cats prefer an open litter box.

Are hidden litter boxes worth it? ›

Covered litter pans help contain litter “scatter”, and they can also confine odors. Unfortunately, while these attributes make covered boxes a preferred choice for cat owners, they are not preferred by our feline friends. While urinating or defecating, cats are in a vulnerable position.

Why do vets not recommend closed litter boxes? ›

In addition, the fact that covered litter boxes trap odors is not a good thing for the cat. Overwhelming odors in the box can encourage a cat to eliminate outside their box. Finally, one problem we commonly see with covered litter boxes is that they tend to be cleaned far less often.

Where do you put a litter box without space? ›

A great place to locate the litter box is your own bathroom, as long as you make sure to keep the door wide open when it's not in use. Many people tuck the litter box next to the toilet, between the toilet and tub, or under the sink.

What to do with litter box during house showing? ›

Think about a strategic litter box location for showings

Keep the litter box in a low traffic area. Wiedman discreetly tucked away the fastidiously clean litter box on the second floor half bath. “That small half-bath was 'under the eaves' so folks didn't inspect the room very long,” he said.

What is the best way to hide the smell of a litter box? ›

Baking Soda

If you're still having odor problems, try sprinkling a little baking soda on the bottom of the box before you add fresh litter each week, or place an open box of baking soda in the same area as the box.

Can I keep a litter box in my kitchen? ›

Ideally, the litter box should be placed in an area away from the cat's food and water dishes, as well as away from busy areas like the kitchen or foyer. If you live in a spacious home, you may be able to place the litter box in a seldom-used bathroom or guest bedroom.

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