You don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount in order for your cat to have their own space, there are plenty of cheap cat wall shelves out there that are well made and affordable.
As magnificent as some cat shelves are, sometimes that crazy cool look comes with a hefty price tag. But there really are options out there for everyone, there’s plenty of goodness still left for those of us who don’t want or can’t justify spending $200 on a single cat shelf.
In A Hurry? Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Cheap Cat Shelves:
Finding affordable cat shelves can be a bit of a thing, because you don’t want to compromise quality (and kitty safety in the process) or looks. It’s important that your cat shelves don’t clash with your decor and don’t make things look a mess.
If you live in a small apartment and are trying to save space as well as money, you’ll find cat wall shelves, cheap, effective and attractive as an option. It won’t take up any of your floor space as well as providing some much needed vertical space for your cat.
It can also be an attractive option even if you have the space, you can test the waters easily with these shelves to see if you cat likes them as an addition onto their kitty play space, using your cat tree as a starting point to go even further up with the shelves.
Jungle Themed Cat Shelves With Leaves
First on our list is this really fantastical set of cat shelves. They come in a set of two, so you’re getting a really good value for what you pay. These sort of jungle themed, cat shelves with leaves are just fun and quite pretty.
The leaves on this particular cat shelf can really help cats feel safe and sound, giving them a place to hide up high and watch things happen down below. So these are great if you have a timid cat you are trying to lure out, or provide a safe place for your kitty after a big move!
When mounted properly onto the studs in your walls, this shelf is rated to hold up to 32 lbs, so even chunky or large cats like a Maine Coon will be able to enjoy the foliage. All that’s needed is a traditional phillips screwdriver to install these, though I would also recommend a stud finder for any shelf you might end up installing.
These shelves are a decent size too. They are 22″ wide, 13″ deep and with the leaves they are 15″ tall. So, while they aren’t huge, they are a good enough size for your cats to lounge on or jump across. Which works out well, I think.
Set Of 3 Wall Mounted Cat Hammocks
These shelves are great because not only do they come at an affordable price, but they come in a set of 3. So you are getting a lot of bang for that buck. It makes it possible to make a little cat wall for your kitties without having to spend several hundred dollars just to see if your cat likes it.
There are a few things to note with these shelves though! The size large is only rated for up to 22 lbs, so if you have larger cats you might want to be a little more cautious, or consider a different shelving system. It’ll be perfectly fine if you have small or average sized kitties though, they’ll hold up just fine.
These affordable cat shelves are from RayCC, they have a hammock-like design with strong fabric suspended between thin but strong metal poles.
They are a tad small, which makes sense given their weight rating. The dimensions are 13.8″ by 9.9″. So, perfect for smaller cats to climb and snuggle on.
That said, these shelves really are amazing at the price and are super easy to install, they provide the wall anchors and screws needed so you’ll be ready to go out of the box so long as you have a screw driver.
They could even be used as steps or as a path up to a cat shelf you already have, if you are looking to expand your cats existing play space without spending a fortune.
Solid Wood Cheap Cat Wall Shelf
This shelf is from CatastrophiCreations, it’s handcrafted and made from solid wood. Personally, these guys are one of my favorite brands, but a lot of their stuff can be a little on the pricey side when you’re trying to be really careful and save money.
That said, this shelf is definitely one of their more affordable pieces and maintains their high quality standard. We’ll be talking about one more of their cheap cat wall shelves before the end of this post, but lets get into this one now!
This shelf, so long as it is mounted using their instructions, can hold up to 84 lbs, meaning that it can really stand up to the toughest of kitty play sessions. You just need to make sure it’s mounted into a stud in your wall.
Now, this particular shelf might not be the best thing to grab if you want place for your cat to sleep for hours. It’s a little on the small side, coming in at 12″ by 9″. So, while it can hold up to any abuse your cat might throw at it, I’d still recommend it as a snuggle spot for smaller cats, and a place to sit and survey for larger cats, or as a step up to higher vantage points.
This shelf comes with the metal brackets already attached for ease of installation and it has all the screws and anchors you’ll need with it so you can get it up and on your walls as quickly as possible for your kitty. It’s made from solid pine as well.
And this is hand crafted in the U.S.A, so you are supporting craftsman from the states, which is always great, especially when you can do it without breaking the bank.
As you can see this affordable cat shelf can be easily paired with others, either from the CatastrophiCreations line or with anything you already have.
Affordable Cardboard Scratcher Cat Shelf
Okay, so this one might seem a bit out there because it isn’t … technically a cat shelf. Hear me out though, I think you’ll really like this once you see what I’m about to show you.
This is the PetFusion cat scratcher lounge, and it has the perfect shape to be attached to some L brackets and hung (carefully) on your wall, turning it into a really strong, cardboard cat shelf. I got the idea for this when I was trying to find cat shelves that weren’t ridiculously expensive.
I happened to click on this on amazon and one of the top reviews mentioned how they turned their scratchers into shelves using L brackets. It’s just perfect!
You can see how the shape of this would lend really well to turning this into your own DIY cat shelf, with L brackets supporting it through the two open hole areas. Your cat has a place to stretch out, lounge and scratch up high.
It’s also rather pretty and contemporary in design, so it wouldn’t just be this strange bit of cardboard on your walls, it’ll look cool too which is always a bonus.
And since this scratcher is built to hold up to a lot of weight, as you can see from the picture on the right, and kitty romping, it’s really ideal for a DIY like this. It’s a good size as well.
The dimensions are 34″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″, which I think make it the largest of the cat shelves we’re talking about here today, so if you have a bigger cat who like to really streeeeetch out and watch things from up high this would be a pretty good place for them to do it.
I wish I could show you the pictures from the amazon review here, but Amazon is kind of picky about letting people show images from their customer reviews, but with that said I want you to see how they did this, so here is a link right to the review itself that got me so hyped about this idea.
Handmade Cheap Cat Wall Shelf Hammock
This is the other shelf from CatastrophiCreations! It’s their handcrafted wall mounted hammock, it’s pretty stylish and rather affordable. Plus, it’s super well made, this brand makes some of the strongest cat shelves I’ve seen.
This hammock can hold up to 85 lbs so long as it’s installed properly using their instructions. It comes pre-assembled for ease of installation, so all you’ll have to do is mount it on the studs in your walls once it arrives, they include all the screws and anchors you’ll need for the operation as well.
It comes in two different finishes. The first is this lovely english chestnut, seen to the left.
It’s such a pretty and classic wood finish, and with each piece being made from solid wood, you get a unique wood grain with each piece. No two shelves will ever be exactly the same in the regard!
The second color is a deep onyx black color, seen in the picture below! It’s lovely and will definitely fit in with most kinds of decor, so if you are wanting to get something affordable while still keeping your decor intact, the onyx is something I’d really consider.
This cat hammock is 18″ wide in total and 11″ deep, with the hammock section being 16″. So, while this shelf isn’t massive, it’s a decent size to snuggle up in.
Average and smaller cats will be perfectly happy, and if you have a larger cat who enjoys to curl up and be “sandwiched” then this is pretty perfect.
If you wanna learn more about CatastrophiCreations, we have a post dedicated to the best cat shelves and brands, which they are covered in!
This affordable cat shelf is handmade right in the U.S as well, coming out of Grand Rapids Michigan, so you are supporting local craftsmen and businesses when you purchase from them.
So, those are all the cheap cat wall shelves we have for now, I hope we were able to help you in your search to find affordable options for your cat! I know they’ll appreciate it when you finally find the perfect thing for them to lounge on.
It’s so important to give cats their own space, especially space up high! As we find more good cat shelves at affordable prices, you can be sure we’ll be adding them. Until then, have a nice day and I hope you found what you were looking for!