Mounting Cat Mod – Dakota

It’s important to read our basic mounting instructions before continuing on. The basic mounting instructions will help you determine what tools you will need and also about how to mount individual planks, sisal poles, and Escape Hatches.

This is a really fun layout. You will need four studs spaced out at 16″ from center to center. Start by marking the center of each of the four studs you’re using.

It’s easiest to cut your fabric before mounting the planks. Below are the different fabric cuts you will need to create The Cat Mod – Dakota.

When cutting the fabric to size, you want to cut 3/4″ out from the center of the grommets, on either edge. This length allows for the fabric to hold tight in each plank.

We suggest mounting the first level up the wall 14-20″ off of the ground. Since we’re starting with the sisal pole, measure 13″ up from where you want your first level.

For directions to put the sisal pole together, see our basic mounting instructions. Remove the tops on the top and bottom planks and mount the pole into the furthest stud to the right.

Next, attach the three-grommet section of fabric to the top plank and attach the top of the plank to hold the fabric securely in place.

Now take the 34″ Escape Hatch and remove the two attached planks. For instructions to mount the Escape Hatch see the basic mounting instructions.

This shelf uses the bottom plank of the vertical pole in place of its usual right side plank. To do this, you’re going to pull a bit of a switcharoo: For the final plank you mount, you’re going to use the plank bottom that comes on the right side of the Escape Hatch and the plank top that comes with the bottom of the vertical pole.

To find the location to mount the left plank, use a level and a plank bottom, place the plank bottom to the left side of the Escape Hatch, lining up the mounting posts with the holes in the shelf. Now set the board in place, lining up the right holes over the right mounting posts. Make sure the shelf is level and then mark the position of the left plank, remove the shelf, and mount the left plank in place and attach the shelf top.

At the top of the pole, take another separated plank, place the second set of grommets over the plank, and stretch the fabric straight out to the left, being sure the hammock is taut. Mark the corner of the plank with a pencil and mount the plank with the two holes that best line up with the stud.

Screw the cap on to hold fabric in place.

Now mount the next plank in the third stud to the right. It should be 14″ from the top of the Escape Hatch. Then attach the end of the remaining length of fabric and attach the plank top.

Take another separated plank, attaching the fabric to it at the fourth set of grommets, and stretch the fabric to the left, being sure the hammock is taut. Mark the corner of the plank with a pencil and mount the plank with the two holes that best line up with the stud.

Screw the caps on to hold the fabric in place.

Place the fourth set of grommets (from the last plank mounted) over the mounting posts of a separated plank. The bottom of the plank you’re using must be upside down at this point. Stretch the fabric straight up, and with the plank now right side up, mark the corner and mount the plank in place.

It’s easiest to hold the included level along the fabric to make sure it’s perfectly vertical, and that it goes into the same stud.

Use a separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets down the strip of fabric. Stretch the fabric to the right until the plank is centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the plank and mount it.

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