Mounting the Garden complex

It can be helpful 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, Escape Hatches, and ladders.

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

Since this is a rather tall structure and we’re going to be mounting pieces at multiple points of 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 Garden Complex

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.

Start by mounting the vertical pole on your middle stud. When mounted on the wall, this pole will determine the total height of your complex. We suggest mounting the first step up the wall 14-20″ off of the ground. To achieve this height with the ladder, the bottom plank of the pole should be mounted 28-34″ from the ground.

Each of the planks have three mounting holes on them. To mount the pole, mount the far left hole of each plank into the center of the stud. Another screw can be installed into the center hole, angled toward the center of your stud. Mounting the pole on the edge of your stud like this will ensure a taut top hammock.

For full directions to mount the vertical sisal pole, visit our basic mounting directions.

Attach one of the three-grommet-long pieces of fabric to the bottom plank of the sisal pole and reattach the top of the plank with the furniture screws.

Attach the other end of the fabric to an unmounted plank, stretch it over to the left, and hold it centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank.

This plank can now be mounted, using the two holes on the bracket that best mount into the stud.

Attach a three-grommet-long piece of fabric to the top plank of the sisal pole and reattach the top of the plank with the furniture screws.

Next, remove the four furniture screws from the Escape Hatch. Use the right separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets on the strip of fabric. Stretch the unmounted plank over to the left and hold it centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank.

Hold the Escape Hatch, with its loose left plank, over the mounted right plank, to determine where the second plank should be mounted. Detailed instructions for mounting the Escape Hatch are covered here.

When mounting the left plank of the Escape Hatch, attach the nine-grommet-long section of fabric before attaching the shelf on with furniture screws.

Use a separated planter to clamp the second set of grommets over on the strip of fabric. Stretch the unmounted plank over to the left and hold it centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank.

This plank can now be mounted, using the two holes on the bracket that best mount into the stud.

Attach a separated plank onto the forth set of grommets over and pull straight down. You will want to flip the plank, so that its top side is facing up, and mark the top right corner of the plank. Mount the plank and attach the fabric.

Use a separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets on 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 unmounted plank.

Mount the plank and attach the end of the fabric.

Now mount a plank directly above the plank you just mounted. There should be 13″ between the top and bottom planks.

Use another separated planter/ plank to stretch fabric to the right, 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.

Now place the planter attachment on as the top of the plank to securely hold the fabric in place.

Next, measure 16″ down from where you mounted the base of the pole and mount a wooden plank into the next stud to the right.

Use a separated plank to clamp the third set of grommets down the fabric. Hold the unmounted plank centered on the next stud over, at an upwards angle, with the fabric taut. You will want to be sure to mount the plank high enough to ensure a tight staircase.

Trace the corner of the unmounted plank and mount it. Click here for directions on ladder step placement.

Take another separated plank, place the second set of grommets over the plank, and stretch the fabric to the right, 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 caps on to hold fabric in place.

Place the fourth set of grommets from the plank you just mounted, and lay the grommets over the over the mounting posts on another separated planter. The bottom plank you’re using from the planter must be upside down. Stretch the fabric straight up, with the plank now right side up, mark the corner, and then mount the plank in place.

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

Separate the other Escape Hatch from its planks and attach one of them to the second set of grommets away from the planter, stretch the fabric straight to the left, and mark the corner of the plank. Mount that plank with the two holes that best line up with the stud.

Now place the fabric over the mounted plank and use the Escape Hatch shelf to find the position of the next plank. Detailed instructions are covered here.

Now mount a plank spaced out like in the diagram shown, so that there are 13″ between the top and bottom and that it is lined up with same stud as the right side of the Escape Hatch. Attach the last piece of fabric you have and place the plank top back on.

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

6 Comments on “Mounting the Garden complex”

  1. Spending this much money, I’m terrified that I’ll cut the fabric incorrectly. Why don’t you send the fabric in pre-cut pieces?

    1. Hi Katharine. Thank you for your feedback on this and an alternate method is currently in the works. Because the customer is cutting the fabric at home, we have made sure that the instructions provided are clear in how to do just that. So far, we’ve only had feedback from only one person who has cut their fabric incorrectly. We also like to give customers the freedom to get creative if they don’t want to follow the original template and this way they can cut the fabric to their liking.

  2. If I still have to cut the fabric, why am I paying so much money? I want a complete set ,as is I have to mount it on the wall myself . I find this scary so no sale this side. I just don’t have time for that extra work.

    1. Hi Barbara. With our Cat Mod collection, everything is modular. By leaving the fabric uncut, customers can choose to deviate from the template and create their own unique layout, allowing them to cut the fabric as they see fit. However, you should be happy to hear that we’re revamping this and our newest collection of furniture will come with the fabric pre-cut and hemmed. Stay tuned!

  3. One thing I would love to see is an interactive website where you can tell it what you have and then place the pieces in a visual format. (Think of a Visio representation)
    That would really fine tune the pre-installation process.

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