Product Code: 203-0000000003
Availability: Custom made in 3-5 business days
These shelves are made up of 3, 11" wooden planks that are attached with two separate pieces of stiff bottomweight fabric. The lengths are: 16" flat top, 21" angle.
Our cats use these raceways to run around the house and to lounge on. Our rather large, 15-lb cat enjoys laying on the upper area. We started feeling bad for how cramped his robust body looked between the 16 inches of fabric, so we built him the larger raceway. He now uses the larger one to run along, but still prefers the fit of this bed.
They are very strong and reinforced with three layers of board and attach to the wall with large 4" brackets. Each raceway is built to be mounted between 16" studs (if yours are spaced differently, leave a message in the notes when you place your order and we will build it accordingly).
Flat black brackets are attached and screws are included in your order. If you would like different colored brackets, leave it in a message with your preferred color in the order comments.
We also have:
- flat gray
- Aged Copper
Pictured is a raceway stained Onyx, with Dark Green fabric.
How much weight do the shelves hold?
We haven't actually maxed out the weight on our shelves yet, so it's hard to give an exact number. We have tested them at 54lbs, and they didn't budge. We use corner braces for brackets that are attached from the top, so that when weight is applied it pushes the shelf tight against the wall. That creates a very sturdy hold. They do need to have at least one of the brackets mounted into a stud. If you don't have studs avalible, then there is other possiblities like heavy duty dry wall anchors. Home depot has packs of 6 fthat are rated to each hold 65lbs for under $5.
All of our shelves only have one bracket mounted in studs. We've applied 45lbs on ours and they were fine. If I we're going to guess I would say about 50-55lbs would be pushing it.
What if I have no studs to install the shelves. Can they be installed into drywall or plaster?
If you don't have studs available, there are other possibilities, like heavy duty drywall anchors. Home depot has packs of six that are rated to each hold 65 lbs. for under five dollars.
We've never tried these with our raceways, or fabric play place. We're not sure that they would hold tight enough. They get pulled from the side each time a cat jumps on, so we really suggest mounting those into studs.
Do the shelves come with mounting equipment?
All of our pieces come with screws, light duty drywall anchors and brackets attached. Except for our cat bridge. Because it typically sits at a doorway, we don't know where the studs are, so we include brackets but do not attach them.
What do I need to mount the shelves?
You need a screw driver, a drill, and a stud finder.
Also a level, if you want them perfectly straight.
This is a fun & unique cat product - we've had it installed on our wall for 1 year. Our younger / more energetic cat uses it. She is 9 pounds, 3 years old. She jumps from an end table up to the raceway. She snoozes up there several times a week. Cats really do love being up high, and she shows us all the time. One important thing to know: the angled section will always be to the RIGHT. You can slope it up, or slope it down, but it will be to the right the way that it is made. As of now, the company does not offer a choice between Left & Right. I have asked CatsPlay to consider this shortly after we ordered. Looks like not yet. I hope they add this option. Also - important to note that the L brackets must be facing UP when you attach them to the walls. The instructions don't mention this. If they could tweak these areas of the buying experience it would be a 5-star rating. Thanks CatsPlay - keep up the amazing work!