Tools You Need


  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 7/64″ drill bit
  • 1/8″ drill bit
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver and/or Bit
  • Drywall Anchors (only for non-stud mounting)
  • Hammer

MOUNTING OUR COMPLEXES


All of our complexes are made to be mounted into at least two studs, with these instructions assuming the standard 16″ between studs. If your studs are spaced differently and you spoke with us about custom bracket spacing for your order, adjust the procedures accordingly.


If you cannot find a stud where you want your complex to be mounted, you can always buy heavy duty drywall anchors at your local hardware store.

3-LEVEL BUNKER

20 – screws
Drywall anchors – 8

This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. It uses three studs, spaced 16″ on center apart from one another. Make sure the fabric is stretched tight, so the cats will have an easier time walking on it.

Using a stud finder and a pencil, find the three studs you are using and mark the center of each stud.

1. First, mount the top 34” board (the shelf with the bed). Start with the right bracket and mount it and the middle bracket. Make sure you attach the first bracket into the center of the stud. (The rest of the brackets should end up in the centers of their respective studs if the first one is mounted correctly.) The bracket attached to the bed itself is not measured out for a stud and mounts into drywall with included drywall anchors.

2. Next, mount the planks under the top shelf, pulling the fabric tight. Each plank goes into a stud and the middle shelf with the hole is mounted into drywall with drywall anchors.

3. Finally, mount the bottom shelf. The left and middle brackets are spaced out for studs, and the right bracket goes into drywall with drywall anchors.


Mounting Instructions 3-LEVEL BUNKER

DOUBLE DECKER W/ LADDER

8 – screws

Mounting Instructions 12

The Double Decker has brackets spaced out to 16″, to each go into a stud. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

1. First, mark with pencil where your studs are for the bottom shelf, then mount the bottom shelf, making sure that you are in the middle of the studs.

2. Next, mark off the studs for the top shelf and mount the 2nd shelf. Pull the fabric tight before mounting to the wall so that it’s easier to walk on.


DELUXE PLAYPLACE

12 – screws

This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. It uses four studs, spaced 16″ on center apart from one another. Make sure the fabric is stretched tight, so the cats will have an easier time walking on it.

1. Using a stud finder and a pencil, find the four studs you are using and mark the center of each stud.

2. First, using a level, mount the 18” shelf, making sure you secure the first bracket into the center of the stud. (The rest of the brackets should end up in the centers of their respective studs if the first one is mounted correctly.)

3. Stretching the long length of fabric (the one without ladder pieces) straight out to the left of the shelf, and using a level, mount the first plank two studs down. Then, working from this plank, stretch the next length of fabric straight up and mount the next plank into the same stud. Stretch the next length to the right and mount the next plank one stud over.

4. Stretch the length of fabric with the ladder pieces down and to the left, at a 45 degree angle, and mount it one stud to the left of the shelf.


Mounting Instructions 18

PLAYPLACE EQUIPPED W/ LADDER

10 – screws

Mounting Instructions Plush Cat Bed

This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. It uses four studs, spaced 16″ on center apart from one another. Make sure the fabric is stretched tight, so the cats will have an easier time walking on it.

1. Using a stud finder and a pencil, find the four studs you are using and mark the center of each stud. The main piece (the top shelf and the fabric lounger) is three studs wide, and the ladder is two studs out from the main piece. So the piece spans a total of five studs.

2. First, using a level, mount the top shelf into the centers of two studs.

3. Next, stretching the fabric tight, mount the plank that goes directly under the right side of the shelf, then mount the next plank two studs to the left.

4. Finally, angle the ladder down and mount it two studs to the left of the previous plank.


CAT MAZE

14 -screws

The Cat Maze is made to be mounted among four 16” studs. This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

1. Find the 4 studs you are using and mark with a pencil the center of each stud.

2. Mount the 18” shelf into the leftmost two studs you are using. Make sure you attach the first bracket into the center of the stud.

3. Next, stretch the length of fabric that comes off the left of the shelf straight down, and mount the plank into the stud. Stretch the next length of fabric straight to the right, and mount the next plank into the stud there.

4. Finally, mount the planks to the right of the shelf, pulling the first length of fabric straight to the right, the next length straight down, and the final length straight out to the left.


Mounting Instructions CAT MAZE

CAT LOUNGER

8 – screws

Mounting Instructions Cat Dinning Room Table/Shelf

The Lounger is made to be mounted among three 16” studs. This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

1. Find the 3 studs you are using and mark with a pencil the center of each stud.

2. Mount the top 18” board. Make sure you attach the first bracket into the center of the stud.

3. Next, stretch the first length of fabric straight down from the shelf and mount the plank into the stud.

4. Finally, stretch the second length of fabric two studs to the left and mount the plank into the stud there.


THE VERTICAL CAT FORT

18 – screws
2 – drywall anchors

The Vertical Cat Fort is made to be mounted among three 16” studs. All the brackets except one get mounted into wall studs, with the other bracket getting mounted with drywall anchors. Please refer to the instructions at the top of the page on how to mount brackets into studs and how to mount brackets using drywall anchors. This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

1. Find the 3 studs you are using and mark with a pencil the center of each stud.

2. First, mount the 18″ shelf (the larger one) with the hole in it. This shelf will be mounted into the middle and right hand studs you’re using, approximately in the center, vertically, of where you want the piece to be. Make sure the first bracket you install is in the center of the stud.

3. Next, stretch the length of fabric coming off the left of the large shelf straight out to the left and mount the first plank into the stud there. Once you have this whole middle portion of the fort mounted, you can use it as a kind of “table” for setting the rest of the pieces of the fort on as you mount it.

4. Stretch the long length of fabric (the one with the ladder pieces, on the right of the large shelf) down and to the left of the large shelf, at a 45 degree angle. Mount the plank at the end on the leftmost stud you’re using for the fort.

5. Stretch the other long length of fabric (the one coming off the plank on the left of the middle level of the fort) straight up and mount the plank at the top.

6. Stretch the next length of fabric straight to the right, and mount the small shelf with the hole in it. Start with the bracket on the right side of the shelf (which goes into the rightmost stud you are using for the fort), and only mount it with one screw at first. Do not tighten this screw all the way.

7. Make marks through the holes in the other bracket (where the drywall anchors are going to go). Swing the shelf down out of the way and install the drywall anchors where you made the marks.

8. Finally, swing the small shelf back into position and install the last three screws. Finish tightening the first screw.


Mounting Instructions Shelf Suspended Railing

THE SKY TRACK

22 – mounting screws
4 – champagne-colored small screws
4 – drywall anchors

Mounting Instructions BURLAP CAT BED WITH VERTICAL POLE

(Figure 2)

Mounting Instructions BURLAP CAT BED WITH VERTICAL POLE

(Figure 3)

The Sky Track is made to be mounted among four 16” studs. All the brackets except two get mounted into wall studs, with the other two brackets getting mounted with drywall anchors. Please refer to the instructions at the top of the page on how to mount brackets into studs and how to mount brackets using drywall anchors. This is our most difficult piece to mount, and you will definitely need an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

Attaching the Vertical Pole
The Vertical Sisal Pole comes in two separated pieces (Figure 1).
Before you mount the Pole, you will need to join the two pieces.

Mounting Instructions BURLAP CAT BED WITH VERTICAL POLE

(Figure 1)

1. Take note of which pole has sisal lining the whole piece and which pole is not all the way covered. To join the two poles, you will drill between the 2nd and 3rd row of sisal on the pole that is completely covered.

2. First, attach the two separate poles so that the sisal ends match up (Figure 1).

3. Next, place the Sisal Pole down horizontally on a flat surface (we use the kitchen floor) with the brackets facing downwards. Make sure that all four brackets are flat against the ground (Figure 2).

4. Using your drill and the 7/64″ bit, make a pilot hole somewhere between the two rows of sisal (Figure 3). Using the Phillips head screwdriver bit, screw one of the small champagne screws into the pilot hole. The screw should sink down between the sisal, slightly hiding.

5. Repeat step 4 for the remaining three champagne screws, with the second screw opposite (halfway around the pole) from where you put the first screw in, and the third and fourth screws a quarter turn to either side of the second screw. (In other words, you will end up with screws at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.) Insert each screw immediately after making its pilot hole, so that the holes stay lined up.

Mounting the Sky Track
1. Using a stud finder and a pencil, find and mark the centers of the four studs you are using.

2. Mount the 18″ shelf (the larger one with the hole in it) first. This shelf will be mounted into the two left-most studs you’re using, at the top, vertically, of where you want the piece to be. Make sure the first bracket you install is in the center of the stud. Have the person helping you hold the vertical sisal pole while you are mounting the 18″ shelf.

3. Next, stretch the length of fabric coming off the right side of the large shelf straight out to the right, pulling the fabric tight, and mark the holes for the vertical pole through the brackets on the top and bottom planks. Get the pole straight up and down by either using a level or having your helper stand back and eyeball it. Next, drill holes where you made the marks and install drywall anchors in the holes that do not hit studs. If you have 16″ studs, then the left brackets should go into studs and the right brackets should go into drywall anchors. After this, mount the vertical sisal pole into the drilled holes.

4. Next, stretch the post coming off the left of the bottom of the vertical pole tightly to the left and mount that into a stud. This is another good time to either have your helper stand back and tell you if it’s straight or to use a level on the fabric.

5. From the 18″ shelf at the top, pull the plank straight down and install that into the same stud you used for the left hand bracket on the 18″ shelf. Then pull the attached post to the right to form a step and mount that.

6. Finally, into the middle two studs you’re using, mount the last 16″ hammock shelf between the two others you just mounted to give a middle step down for the cats.

If you need any help with any of these steps, please contact us. We could answer mounting questions over email or the phone. Thanks.


The Roman Cat Fort

30 – mounting screws
8 – champagne-colored small screws
10 – drywall anchors

Mounting Instructions BURLAP CAT BED WITH VERTICAL POLE

The Roman Fort is made to be mounted among four 16” studs. The brackets on the wider planks, which hold the sisal poles and the bottom of the ladder, have one bracket installed into a stud and the other into drywall using the drywall anchors included.

Please refer to the instructions at the top of the page on how to mount brackets into studs and how to mount brackets using drywall anchors. You will definitely need an extra person to help you mount this piece, to hold parts of the Roman Fort for you as you mount other parts. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on. Referring often to the picture of the Roman Cat Fort during installation will be a huge help.


Assembling the Vertical Pole
The Vertical Sisal Poles come in two separate pieces (Figure 1).

Before you mount the pole, you will need to join the two pieces.

1. The top of each pole has sisal lining the whole piece, and the remainder of each pole is not all the way covered. To join the two pieces, you will drill between the 2nd and 3rd row of sisal on the top of each pole.

2. First, attach the two separate pieces of each pole so that the sisal ends match up (Figure 1).

3. Next, place one of the Sisal Poles down horizontally on a flat surface (we use the kitchen floor) with the brackets facing downwards. Make sure that all four brackets are flat against the ground (Figure 2).

4. Using your drill and the 7/64″ bit, make a pilot hole somewhere between the two rows of sisal (Figure 3). Using the Phillips head screwdriver bit, screw one of the small champagne screws into the pilot hole. The screw should sink down between the sisal, slightly hiding.

5. Repeat step 4 for the remaining three champagne screws, with the second screw opposite (halfway around the pole) from where you put the first screw in, and the third and fourth screws a quarter turn to either side of the second screw. (In other words, you will end up with screws at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.) Insert each screw immediately after making its pilot hole, so that the holes stay lined up.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the second Sisal Pole.

Mounting the Roman Cat Fort

1. Using a stud finder and a pencil, find and mark the centers of the Four studs you are using.

2. First, using a level, mount the 18” shelf (the one with the hole in it) into the left two studs you’re using, making sure you attach the first bracket into the center of the stud. (The rest of the brackets should end up in the centers of their respective studs if the first one is mounted correctly.)

3. Stretching the long length of fabric (the one without ladder pieces) straight out to the right of the shelf, and using a level, have your helper hold the vertical pole up and, with a pencil, mark through the bracket holes. Install four drywall anchors where the right-hand brackets of the pole will be. Mount the first plank with the left bracket into a stud and the other into the drywall anchors. As you’re finding the right position for this plank, hold a level against the vertical pole and make sure it’s sitting perpendicular to the floor.

4. Next, mount the left bracket of top plank of the pole into the same stud and mount the right bracket into the drywall anchors.

5. Next, stretch the length of fabric coming off the left side of the 18″ shelf (the one with the ladder pieces) on an angle down and to the right, until one of the brackets on the plank lines up with the stud you marked (third from left). Mark the hole in both brackets, install drywall anchors for the bracket that won’t be going into the stud, and mount the plank.

6. Using the same method you used in steps 3 and 4, mount the other vertical sisal pole, with the left-hand brackets going into the left-most stud you’re using and the right-hand brackets going into drywall anchors.

7. Pull the 32″ length of fabric that’s attached to the bottom of the second sisal pole straight out to the right and mount the plank into the stud there.

8. Finally, mount the 16″ hammock into the middle two studs you’re using, about 14 inches above the 32″ hammock you just installed.

If you need any help with any of these steps, please contact us. We could answer mounting questions over email or the phone. Thanks.

Figure 1

(Figure 1)

Figure 2

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Figure 3

(Figure 3)


deluxe Feeding station

18 – mounting screws
2 – drywall anchors

The Feeding Station is made to be mounted among four studs, spaced 16” from center to center. This piece is easiest to put up with an extra person to help hold pieces as you mount others. Make sure you are pulling tight on the fabric, so that after it’s up it’s easier for the cats to walk on.

1. Using a stud finder and a pencil, find the four studs you are using and mark the center of each stud.

2. Next, mount the top 34” board (the shelf with the food dishes) into the left two studs you’re using. The left and middle brackets should be mounted into studs, and the far right bracket into drywall with drywall anchors (included). Be sure that the brackets are facing up.

3. Next, continue to mount the pieces, starting from the feeder shelf. Be sure to keep fabric tight. It helps to keep a photo from the site up for reference.

4. Pulling the fabric straight down, mount the plank that’s directly below the left side of the large feeder shelf. Then pull the fabric straight out to the right and mount the medium (18″) shelf with the hole in it. Both brackets will go into studs.

5. Next, working down and then to the left, mount the final three planks, all into studs. Pull the final length of fabric down at an angle to mount it.

Skyscraper complex

24 long mounting screws
20 sisal post screws
6 drywall anchors

For this piece it really helps to have a level. If you do not have one, then having an extra person there to step back and let you know if things are looking straight is incredibly helpful.

1. First, using a pencil and a stud finder, find and mark the four studs you are using to install this piece. The complex is measured out for 16″ stud spacing from center to center. For the second stud from the left, we’re going to be mounting multiple brackets into it, so it helps to mark that stud a few times up and down the wall to ensure things are straight as you mount them.

2. Start by mounting the 18″ hole shelf at the top right of the complex. This way you can rest pieces on it as you continue mounting. The complex is just over 7.5 feet tall, so measure 8 feet up the wall and then mount that shelf into the two studs furthest to the right. The brackets are measured 16″ so that each one will be in a stud. (Please be sure to mount this piece with the brackets facing up, like in the photos.)

3. Next, mount the plank that’s connected to the fabric to the left of the 18″ shelf. Pull the fabric straight and tight out to the left, be sure that the platform is level, and then mark your holes. One of the brackets is attached to a stud and the other is mounted into drywall with the included drywall anchors. After that’s mounted,look on the inside of the sisal cup for the letter marked. Then place the pole with the corresponding letter and place it in. To attach each pole, please see the instructions below.

4. Mount the small wooden plank to the right of the 18″ shelf into the the same far right stud below the shelf and then the next plank in the stud to the left of that.

5. Now for the bottom portion. Connect all of the sisal poles together before mounting this one. It’s easiest to place them together on a flat surface and then match up the letters or numbers with the corresponding pairs. Again, refer to the section below about attaching the individual sisal poles.

6. Hold the two planks that support the sisal pole up to the wall. Find the marks you made earlier and line up the left brackets with that stud (second stud from the left). Leave a gap of about 3″ in between this bottom section and the top section. This part is a lot easier with an extra person. Decide the vertical placement you would like for the piece and then have the other person step back and let you know how straight the piece looks. Then have that person mark the holes while you’re holding the structure to the wall. Each of the wider wooden pieces have two brackets. The far left brackets are going into the the stud and the two right brackets are going into drywall using the included anchors.

7. Finally, stretch each of the wood planks connected to the fabric away from the poles and mount them each into studs.

Mounting the individual sisal posts to the planks

Step 1- Find the corresponding letter or number to match the right pole with the right cap. They are all roped up separately so this part is important, in order for them to look flush once installed.

Step 2- Match up the pole with the cap so that the space where one side ends matches up with where the other starts.

Step 3 – Push the two pieces together flush. Find the 2nd row down from the end of the caps (shown in photo with highlighter) and drill three or four holes around the pole. Space the holes out around the pole for the best strength.

Step 4 – Screw the short champagne-colored screws into each hole drilled. It’s easy to lose the holes so it helps to drill one and then screw it rather then drilling all four at once.

You can tighten the screw enough to completely hide it. We leave them out so that you can still see the head of the screw, which makes it easier to take apart if you need to disassemble it for some reason (such as moving).

Mario Complex 2.0

4 long mounting screws
4 mounting washers
8 screws for mounting portals

1. With a stud finder and a pencil, find two studs, 16″ apart, and mark their centers.

2. There are two portals, a top portal and a bottom portal. Each needs to be mounted into its respective location. The bottom (left) portal will be mounted now; the top (right) portal will be mounted after the complex is on the wall.

Each mounting board has one angled edge which will always face the outside of the Mario complex, as shown in the picture to the right. Also, when mounted correctly, each portal will have the green fabric facing left and the black fabric facing right.

To mount each portal, use four of the small screws to mount the boards through the pre-drilled holes.

3. Once you have the bottom (left) portal mounted, mount the complex to the wall, into the two studs you marked. There are mounting holes along the back side of the complex (see photo).

The right side brick face plate is removable if needed. There are screws holding it in place from the inside of the complex.

Place a level on the complex to help keep it level when mounting. To mount the complex, drill pilot holes using a 3/16″ drill bit, and then mount with the long screws, using a phillips head driver.

To reach the right side mounting holes, either use the opening on the top, or remove the faceplate. (A manual screwdriver can also be helpful mounting this side.) To reach the left side mounting holes, just open the door.

4. Lastly put the right side faceplate back on (if it was removed) and mount the top (right) portal using the instructions from Step 1.

If you run into any trouble mounting this piece, please let us know and we’ll get right back to you.