Luna’s New Perch

Taylor and I carried out Operation Get Luna a Bigger Perch this weekend.  As you may recall, this is what her 13 pound body looked like on her most beloved perch.

The top panel is held in place by a screw that goes through the middle of it into the post below.  So our first step was to go to Home Depot and get a larger piece of wood.  I wanted to add about 3 inches to each side so she wouldn’t hang off so much.

This was a little big so we had Home Depot cut it to size for us – they will do 2 cuts for free plus $1 for each additional cut.  That is a great deal for us since we have zero power tools in our apartment.  They unfortunately would not drill a hole in the middle of the board for the screw to hold it in place.  So I texted a coworker and we swung by his place to drill the hole.

We went and picked out some home decor fabric, some Velcro strips, and a piece of 1″ foam.  Taylor attached the foam to the wood with Velcro dots that I had from a previous project.  We didn’t want to permanently attach them together in case we ever needed to unscrew the wood from the post.

Next, Taylor stapled the Velcro strips along the back of the wood frame.

Meanwhile, I cut the fabric to size and sewed on Velcro strips.

Then it was assembly time.  First, we attached the board to the post.

Next, we attached the foam to the board.

Lastly, we wrapped the whole thing in fabric like an adorable present.

Doesn’t Luna looked impressed?  In fact, she was wary of the whole thing until around noon the next day when she finally got on it.

We think she’s okay with the change.


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