Building Your Own Bunny Condo – A Step By Step How To

Before reading this, please refer to my previous blog which provides reasons why building your own rabbit home is the way to go.  There is also a link to our video to give you a visual of how we built our condos!

That being said, step by step how-to’s always come in handy!


  • Storage Cubes

Your rabbit condos are going to be constructed out of storage cubes.  These are 14″x14″ wire cubes that come in flat grids to be assembled for storage.  However, partnered with zip ties, you can build pretty much any structure you’d like!

One of the great things about these cubes is that they aren’t overly big so you can just use less or more cubes depending on the space you’re building your condo for and the size of rabbit you have!

We found our storage cubes at Wal-Mart but also saw them at Space Age Solutions (where they were more expensive).  If you’re in the States, apparently Target sells them too.

  • Zip Ties

Get the largest pack of zip ties you can find (We got ours at Lowes where 1000 zip ties was $9.99) because you’re going to need them!

Get the smaller zip ties.  They will hold together better than the larger ones which tend to slip on the narrow storage cube grids.

  • Wire Cutters

Take it from us – scissors are not the answer!  Your hand will be cramping in a matter of minutes!  Instead invest in a pair of wire cutters.  This will make cutting the extra off those zip ties easy peesy!

  • Wood for flooring, to act as a perimeter around your cage and ramps.

Any of those supplies are fairly inexpensive and you can find them at any building supplies stores.  For the frame around the cage you’re going to want to spend a little extra and get all natural wood.  It’s very rare that your rabbit won’t nibble on it here or there and anything chemically treated could kill your rabbit.

  • Tile or Carpet to line your floors

This one is really just a preference.  Some people like carpet because it’s warmer and adds traction for their rabbits to hop and play on.  We at BudgetBunny went with tile because it’s easy to clean and our rabbits are not the best at using their litter boxes.  Our rabbits also love to dig and rip and we didn’t want them ingesting any of the fibres.  Plus, they’re in the warmest room in our house (don’t worry it’s not hot or anything, just gets  a lot of midday sun) so the tile is nice and cool for them to stretch out on.

If you’re going with tile any will do!  We picked the least expensive peel and stick tile they had to keep our cost low but if you want to match your decor you might opt for something fancier.

  • Drill & Any Necessary Screws and Hinges

Hopefully you or someone handy will have a drill for you to borrow because they don’t come cheap!  You’ll want a drill to secure the wood you’re using for framing to the base floors.

  • Any furnishings you’ll want to include such as a hay rack, litter box, toys etc.

Let’s Get Building!

Start by measuring the space you plan to put your rabbit condo in.  You’ll need to worry about the length, depth and height to build your cage.  Remember to think about access to your rabbit and cleaning if you are looking to build your cage taller instead of longer or wider.  Since the grids are 14” across when I broke down mine I thought in terms of how many grids I could fit in to my allocated space.  The largest cage I could fit was 4 grids tall by 4 grids long by 2 grids deep.

BudgetBunny Savings Tip! Get creative with supplies you might already have in your house!  We already had an ex-pen which are really pricey!  It was only a few years old so instead of constructing our second cage from scratch we used a mixture of both the ex-pen and the storage cubes to build the condo that we wanted.

Once you’ve determined your dimensions it’s time to get building!  Start by lining up your storage cubes beside one another and use the zip ties to attach them to one another.  I wanted to make sure my rabbit condos were secure and safe for my rabbits so I put a zip tie around every other grid.  It’s also peace of mind knowing that if some snap you’ve got plenty more to support the cage.

BudgetBunny Tip! I don’t recommend using those little white knobs that come with the cubes to connect your cage together.  Even with zip ties for extra support, they cause too much of a gap between the corners.  Your rabbit could easily get her head stuck in there, or a paw or chew off the looser zip ties….it’s just not safe!  And trust me if there’s a will there’s a way!

Around corners I diagonally zip tied the cubes together to give them extra support.  Cut any loose ends off with the wire cutters, leaving just enough that you’re able to grip the tie if you need to tighten them later on.

This will be tedious, so I spent a few nights attaching the grids while watching my favourite television shows!  Plus it makes it a lot easier for the rest of the construction if you have the perimeter already completed.  You may be worried at first because the grids seem floppy, but once you start zip tying them together you’ll quickly notice how sturdy your cage becomes.

Next you’ll need to cut the wood for the floors.  We used plywood for our flooring.  You’ll be cutting the wood to fit inside the perimeter of the cage.  Once you have your wood cut, you can begin laying the tile or carpet.  If you choose tile I would also suggest using some hot glue on each corner.  It will adhere that much better to the wood and if your rabbit decides to go on a digging rampage it’s less likely she’ll be able to lift one up.  It’s also a good idea to put your tiles to the edge of the flooring, even though you’ll be attaching a frame on top.  That way there are even less edges for your rabbit to try digging at.

After you’ve finished the flooring, you’ll need to cut wood for the frame.  You’ll want the frame to be at least a few inches high so it acts like a barrier to keep whatever your rabbit is kicking and flinging around inside the cage well, inside the cage!  We flipped the floor that we’d just tiled upside down, and drilled a hole through the wood and floor, then used a long screw to attach them together.  At this point, because of gravity, you may want to use clamps to prevent the tiles from lifting.

Once we had the main floor completed, we wrapped the perimeter of the cage around it.  The first thing we noticed was that the cage wasn’t sitting snugly against the floor.  To keep everything as easy to clean as possible and to also prevent an injured rabbit, we drilled holes through the wood in between each grid, then used a zip tie to attach the wood to the grids.  This forced the cage to stay nice and tight to the wood.  Drilling and attaching zip ties to every grid may seem overzealous but between bunnies nibbling on the wood and us moving the cages around periodically, many have come loose.

If you’re building a multi-level condo, you can repeat these steps for additional floors.  Create a base for the floor to go on out of storage cubes, set your tile covered base on the cubes and secure to the cage using cable ties.  Don’t be stingy on the cable ties here!  An entire level of wood is going to be sitting on this so make sure it’s safe for Buns!  You may also want to use a piece of doweling directly underneath a few parts of these additional floors to add extra support.

When building ramps you’ll need to use a sturdy piece of wood so it doesn’t bend under your rabbits weight.  Large hinges to attach the ramp to the floor will also ensure the ramp doesn’t break.  You may also want to build small steps (we cut small pieces of wood and nailed them to the ramp) to aid your rabbit in climbing the ramp.  We also ran a small but sturdy strip of wood up the center back of the ramp to add extra support.

Now it’s time for the fun part!  Decorating!  Fill your rabbit’s new home with lots of hay, food and toys and don’t forget, even though she has a sweet new pad to enjoy, she still needs at least 4 hours of free run time a day to keep her healthy and happy!

Our Cages Completed


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32 Responses to Building Your Own Bunny Condo – A Step By Step How To

  1. Kyla Aguila says:


    First of all, I want to say I love your site and YouTube channel! I’ve been researching bunny care for a 6 months or so now, to prepare to adopt 2 buns. I will be building a mini condo like this, soon enough. Thing is, I’m a first year uni student and have a tight budget for building. Also, I’ve never worked with tools 😛 Is there an alternative way I can build the flooring?

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks. (:

    • sasha bunny says:

      You can definitely try a one story if you like, and just have hidey huts for the rabbits to climb on top of: I have two of my own and they really love it. As for power tools, all I used was a drill for some holes in the wood. If you go to a home depot they can cut the wood to the proper sizes for you (which you should probably plan out beforehand based on the amount of space you have and plan to give to your bunnies.) As for the flooring, the stick on tiles (linoleum) work best and some sand paper can smooth it out versus a powered sander. Other than that, best of luck to you 🙂

  2. Eva says:

    I had one question, how would you make the doors? I saw different people use different things, but what is the best option, so that it moves smoothly?

    Thanks, Great explanation!

    • sasha bunny says:

      Just attaching NIC grids is a great way. Just leave one column unattached from one side (say you had 3 pieces. The middle piece would be attached to the right or left, and you would clip it to the side you don’t ziptie down), and you can open and close it with dog leash clips. I found that way to be the easiest.

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  8. Asya says:

    Hi, I wanted to build this exact design for my rabbits, it would fit perfectly in my living room. However, we couldn’t find plywood that would fit exactly for the base. Did you have to use more than one sheet and put them together? I was at Home Depot and the best option for us was to use long boards of wood of three different sizes to get it to be exactly the size we would need.


    • sasha bunny says:

      Usually they do have larger sizes available, and using natural or unstained wood is always a good option. Thicker wood does seem to hold up better, and you can get it cut just to size at the Home Depot. I wouldn’t recommend splicing wood together- the glue could dry and crack, making an unstable platform for bunnies to jump on. Other than that, good luck 🙂

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  17. girly says:

    how much does it cost to build this cage?

    • sasha bunny says:

      It really varies where you get materials from. NIC grids come in 20 dollar packs with about 15 grids, for a 3 x 5 that I built I did have to buy 3 packs. As for zipties, get a 1000 pack. These can range up to 10 bucks. As for the wood the whole piece costs around 40 bucks but when cut I believe they charge by individual sizes (if you have the people at home depot cut it for you which I highly recommend). Overall 100 bucks or less. Is it cheap? Yes, when compared to ones you would pay for which cost double or triple (and beyond) this cost.

  18. sweet says:

    where can you buy the wood at a good price?
    where did you buy it?

    • sasha bunny says:

      I don’t know where she got it from, but Home Depot is fairly cheap and a board the size needed is around 40 bucks. They will also cut the different levels for you (from this 40 dollar board) for free for the sizes you want so I think it’s definitely worth looking into.

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    Lauren g you might be able to use a cookie sheet for a tray.

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  21. Chelsey H says:

    Just a note for any future builders…we had natural wood with a chewer bunny. But now she has had a traumatic injury to her mouth and developed an abscess. We can only connect this to her chewing the wood. So if your bun is a chewer maybe opt for a cage without the side walls.

  22. Jess says:

    I have 2 buns and the cage they are in just isn’t big enough for them! I’m definitely going to follow your building tips and make a condo of my own! It looks very sturdy and it looks much nicer then other DIY ones I’ve seen. I like the idea of the sidewalls on the bottom but I’m thinking about putting the grids inside of the sidewalls rather then inside because my bunnies love to chew!

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  25. Zoe says:

    Hi, thanks for the instructions. When you say that the sides are sturdy, do you think they’d stand up to cats (9.5 and 7 lbs) jumping on top? I know that my cats will want to explore their new bunny friend and her condo from the top, and I don’t want it to collapse on Bunny! My plan is to make it 3 long x 3 high x 2 deep. I’m thinking could reinforce the sides with wood slats if needed, but would need to know in advance.

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