This is a layout great for spaces that have limited horizontal wall space.
You will only need three studs spaced out at 16″ from center to center. Start by marking the center of each the three studs you’re using. Since this is a rather tall structure and we’re going to be mounting pieces at multiple points on each stud it’s nice to make a mark at several heights on each stud.
It’s easiest to cut your fabric before mounting the planks. Below are the different fabric cuts you will need to create the Fort.
When cutting the fabric to size, you want to cut 3/4″ from the center of the grommets. This length allows for the fabric to hold tight in each plank.
Mount a separated plank centered on the furthest left stud. We suggest mounting the first step 14″-15″ from the floor to make for easy jumping.
Attach the eight-grommet-long piece of fabric to the plank and use furniture screws to attach the wooden top to firmly hold fabric in place.
Attach the third set of grommets down the fabric to a separated plank. Stretch it up and to the right and mount into the next stud over. Be sure to keep the fabric tight. Replace the plank top.
Attach ladder steps to the two sets of grommets between planks. For more detailed direction on mounting the ladder read our basic mounting section.
Attach the second set of grommets down to a separated plank and pull directly to the right. Use a level to make sure it’s perfectly straight. Mark position with a pencil and then mount the plank. Replace the plank top.
Place your next plank upside-down with the mounting posts going through the second set of grommets. Place the plank against the wall directly above the last mounted plank. Turn the plank right-side-up, mark position with pencil and then mount in place.
Mount the next plank, using the Escape Hatch to line it up. For step-by-step directions on this see our basic mounting section.
Attach the nine-grommet-long section of fabric to the left plank of the shelf before mounting the shelf top into place.
Attach the second set of grommets to a separated plank, trace the plank corner, and mount. Replace the plank top.
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.
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.
Next, mount a plank directly below the last plank you mounted so that it’s installed into the same stud. There should be 13″ of space between the two planks. Attach the last strip of fabric so that it’s coming off the right side of the plank and replace the plank top.
Use a separated plank to clamp the second 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.
Place the last set of grommets over the mounting posts of the last 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. Replace the plank top.
Lastly, place your cat on the hammock and pet his/her head.