Homemade Indoor Rabbit Hutch

There is no reason why rabbit housing can't be good looking as well as functional, as demonstrated by this great cupboard conversion by Netherland's interior designer Evelien Lulofs for her rabbits Amigo and Tinq.

Ikea Cupboard converted into an indoor rabbit hutch

Step 1 Find a Cupboard to Convert

Evelien's conversion is based on an Ikea Besta Cupboard, but you could use the same technique on any suitable sized cupboard or sideboard that matches your home's decor. If you are working with a tight budget look for second furniture.

Step 2 Link the cupboard sections

If your cupboard is divided into compartments, you'll need to cut a doorway between them. Any rough edges can be covered with wooden trim (painted or stained to match your cupboard it will blend in).

You may find it easier to disassemble the cupboard to cut the hole between sections. Any rough edges from particle board can be covered with wooden trim.

You could use the same technique to link two smaller cupboards together.

Step 3 Line the Floor

The floor of your cupboard will need lining to protect it from accidents or water spills. These mini mosaic tiles create a beautiful and hardwearing surface.

Using small mosaic tiles means you don't need to cut tiles to fit around the internal shapes.

If you're not sure about your tiling skills you could use lino instead. Cut it to size, glue or use double sided tape to hold it in place and then use beading/trim around the edge to create a neat seal and protect the edges from chewing/digging.

Step 4 Shelf

This cupboard already had a shelf, but if yours doesn't it's a great way to add extra floor space. Cut a piece of board to fit and use brackets or shelf support blocks to support it. Most rabbits can easily jump on to a low shelf without a ramp.

A shelf provides extra space in the hutch and also creates a snug sleeping area underneath.

Step 5 Doors

These doors are made with a grooved frame. The wire is slotted in and then the frame fixed together to hold it in position. You maybe able to buy wood with a grooves already or ask your local timber supply store to make them for you if you don't have the tools yourself.

The door frame is made in sections with a groove in the edge for the mesh to sit in. The frame is assembled with glue and clamped to hold it in place whilst the glue dries.

Alternatively you could attach the mesh with cable clips. If you use that method, fix the mesh on the inside of the doors so the attachments aren't visible when closed.

Plastic coated mesh provides the nicest finish. If you can't find the size or colour you want then buy plain stainless steel weld mesh and finish it with Plastikote Fast Dry Enamel spray paint. This available in a wide array of colours and is completely non toxic once dry. Apply the paint to the mesh before attaching it to the frame.

Note how, with the doors closed, the solid part of the right door creates a fully enclosed space for the rabbits to hide/retreat to. This is an important feature and it's a good idea to have a solid section for this purpose.

The solid section of door creates an enclosed area in the hutch.

Don't forget you'll need hinges and something to keep the doors closed e.g. a magnetic door catch or small bolt.

The finished hutch kitted out with litter tray, bowls, bed and toys:

The successfful conversion of a cupboard into an indoor rabbit hutch.

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