If you have a bunny, then you know that they can be unsuspecting pets. By this we mean that, while they may seem small and undisruptive, taking care of a rabbit is actually in a lot of cases more intense than taking care of a cat, and more on par with taking care of a dog!
One of the most important parts of ensuring that your pet rabbit has a good quality of life is making sure that they have a proper hutch to live in. Of course, not all of us are willing to shell out the money to buy a big fancy hutch from a pet store. This isn’t even to mention the fact that not all manufactured rabbit hutches will fit our needs. If you are having a difficult time finding a project rabbit hutch, then you might want to make one yourself.
Here are some of our favorite DIY rabbit hutch ideas.
DIY Indoor Rabbit Hutch
For those of us that live in cooler climates, it is not realistic to always keep our rabbits inside. In some cases, it could be downright dangerous to allow your rabbit to have exposure to the elements throughout the entire year. You can make your own hutch that is designed for use indoors by following this tutorial from BuildEazy.
All Wire Hutch
This is a great rabbit hutch idea for you if you have limited materials on hand. This video will show you how you can make a spacious rabbit hutch out of only wire. This hutch can be accomplished at a beginner’s level and can be used either indoors or outdoors, depending on the climate you live in.
Pallet Rabbit Hutch
Frequent readers, tell us—just how surprised are you to see yet another pallet creation on this list? If the answer is “not very”, we understand. While we may talk about pallets a lot, you have to admit that they can be quite useful when it comes to woodworking and crafting projects alike. This is a very simple pallet rabbit hutch that can be made by following the tutorial over at FM Micro Farm.
Hutch for Multiple Rabbits
If you are the lucky owner of multiple pet bunnies, you will want to make sure that you are keeping this in mind while you are building your hutch. This rabbit hutch idea from Simply Easy DIY is designed for use by multiple rabbits. Another great thing about this plan is that it can be easily adapted to contain more or less rabbit compartments, depending on the number of bunnies that you are currently taking care of. Even if you are new to woodworking, you can likely still handle this project, as it is very much designed with the beginner in mind.
PVC Rabbit Hutch 2
Here is another example of a rabbit hutch that has been made through PVC pipes. Instead of using PVC pipes all around the cage, it uses a mixture of PVC pipes (as an anchor) and then wire mesh for the rest of the cage. Get the details from over at the aptly named House for Rabbit.
Deluxe Rabbit Condo
But what, you might be thinking as you read this article, am I to do if I want to give my rabbit not just an apartment, but a deluxe condo? The answer to this question, of course, is that you will have to follow the plan for a condo. Here is a rabbit condo example from Ikea Hackers. We’ll warn you—your rabbit’s home may end up being better than your home in the end!
One of the best parts about DIY projects is the fact that it gives you the option of upcycling old materials that you are no longer harboring any use for. This is seen in this example of a rabbit hutch that is made from an old dresser. It is a brilliant idea that saves a piece of furniture from the landfill and also allows your rabbit to have a palace that is composed of multiple levels. Get the details from the Mobile Home Woman.
Triangle Rabbit Hutch
This triangular rabbit hutch from Ana White is the perfect option for anyone who has an awkward space that will not easily accommodate a square or rectangular rabbit hutch.
Actually, we would go as far as to say that this particular rabbit hutch is so cleverly designed and cute that it actually looks like a piece of art. Instead of adding an eyesore to your yard, like some hutches might, this hutch is actually rather decorative.
Standard DIY Hutch
Sometimes when it comes to animal hutches, less is more. If you are just looking for a simple and standard rabbit hutch to build, then you will likely have success with this tutorial from Instructables. This hutch seems a bit complicated on the service—it provides your bunny with more than one level, and even comes with a ladder on the inside that can help them move about freely—but it really is not as hard as it looks.
Small Rabbit Hutch
Sometimes, we don’t actually need a very large hutch. There are definitely certain cases that a temporary rabbit hutch will do, such as the cases where you are temporarily fostering a rabbit or when you are just looking for a hutch to use for small outdoor visits for a rabbit that otherwise spends all of their time inside. If all of the other rabbit hutches on this list seem too large for your needs, you may find that this tutorial from Instructables provides just what you are looking for.
Here is a way that you can make a rabbit hutch out of a piece of IKEA furniture, as carefully laid out by IKEAHackers. The best part about using this kind of hutch set-up is that you can put it in a room of your house and just have it blend in with the other furniture.
Two Story Rabbit Hutch
Sometimes, if you have limited space or multiple rabbits, a single-story hutch just will not cut it. You will need to instead invest in building a two story rabbit hutch. Don’t worry, though, because it’s not as hard as it seems. Here we have yet another tutorial from Ana White that shows you how you can make a functional two story rabbit hutch
What could be better than a rabbit hutch? Why, of course, it’s a rabbit hotel. Okay, so maybe a rabbit hotel is not hugely different from a rabbit hutch, but this tutorial from Instructables brings up a very valid point, like about how most manufactured hutches do not provide a way of opening the hutch that is safe for children (or for rabbits). You can give your rabbits a comfortable life by trying your hand at making their very own rabbit hotel.
Rabbit House and Run
Many of these rabbit hutches do not come with the option for a run, which makes it difficult for rabbits to come and go from their hutches as they please. If you are looking to create a run for your rabbit house so that your rabbits can come and go as they please, then we recommend feasting your eyes on this tutorial that is available from My Outdoor Plans.
We hope that these DIY rabbit hutches will result in a great home for your furry friend(s)! One of the best things about learning how to make your own hutches is the fact that you can add in special features depending on your pet’s personality. We hope that you are able to find a tutorial that allows you to provide the best life possible for your bunny.