When you have a small pet like a rabbit, you might not think it needs much space. But some breeds (like the Flemish Giant) can grow as big as 20 pounds! And even smaller rabbits need space to run around and dig indoors, meaning they still need larger living quarters. So let’s explore how to make a rabbit room that keeps your bunny buddy healthy, happy, and hoppy.
1. DIY Bunny Enclosure – Martin the Bunny
In case you’re feeling confused, a rabbit room is typically an indoor bunny enclosure while a rabbit hutch is the house you build outdoors. So in this article, we’re focusing on rabbits that live inside your house, though you might still take them to the yard for supervised playtime.
Depending on how good you are with your hands, your rabbit room can be a mix of DIY elements and pocket-friendly products from your local grocery store. Martin’s human mom raised her bed so she could build Martin a room underneath using supplies from the AKI store.
2. How to Make a Rabbit Room – WikiHow
Your house may not be large enough to give your rabbit its own bedroom. But with clever design hacks, you can convert a corner of your home into a fully furnished rabbit house. The essential items include a bed, a litter box, a feeding area, and stimulating stuff to play with.
Insert a cardboard box for digging. Fill it with hay and hide some treats amid the grass. Use old (human) furniture to make ramps and climbing spots, and leave some open areas for your rabbit to run. Chew toys are essential, and you can either buy them or make some DIYs.
3. Completed Bunny Room Tour – 101 Rabbits
Here’s another rabbit room assembled with a combination of DIY items and products from IKEA, Target, and the neighborhood grocery store. This rabbit room has two residents and plenty of space. The baseboards and windowsills are rabbit-proofed with wood and Plexiglas.
On the ground level, two doll beds serve as sleeping spots, with a simple towel or rug for bedding. The elevated play areas are hemmed in with Plexiglas and connected to each other via wooden rabbit ramps. The litter boxes sit directly below the hay boxes for convenience.
4. DIY Indoor Bunny Hutch – Poleen Yoga
Your rabbit room is dictated by your rabbit’s needs, habits, and personality. In the previous one, the younger bunnies had upper and lower areas while the older bunny had her home on the ground level. But either way, the easiest way to make a bunny room is to buy a wire cage.
The cage forms the frame, then you can add accessories like a litter box, feeders, hidey holes, and ramps. For the flooring, machine-washable rugs are a good idea, and you can add fairy lights or LED lights. Just be sure the wires aren’t exposed or your bunny may shock itself!
5. Building A Large Inexpensive Indoor Bunny Cage – Randomly Kay
Three key elements should influence your decisions as you learn how to make a rabbit room. Your rabbit is the first factor, particularly its age, agility, and personality. The other two are your budget and the space you have available. Here are some tips on low-cost construction.
Interlocking yoga mats are good for flooring. They cost under $5 and you can put a cheap carpet or rug on top for warmth if you want. If your rabbit likes cold surfaces, you can leave some spots exposed. For walls, you can use wire storage racks reinforced with cable ties.
6. Budget Bunny Area for Small Apartments
If your space is even smaller and your budget is non-existent, you can make the bunny room using items that already exist in your home. Use yoga mats, car mats, or bathroom mats for the floor, then cover them with old newspapers for a little extra warmth. Add food bowls.
Cordon off the bunny’s designated area with wooden planks. You can cover the baseboards with bits of timber, then caulk the edges and corners to stop bunny pee from seeping into the walls. Now toss in a hay feeder, litter box, water bowl, and a few stimulating toys. All done!
7. Getting A Bunny + Setting Up – Hanna Bej
Wire storage shelves are a great workaround for a budget bunny room. But you could also just order a bunny cage. It looks a lot like those wire racks but is often more stable, and it comes with clips and tools. It’s fairly easy to assemble and should only take a few minutes.
These cages don’t come with flooring materials, but you can use old blankets or towels to warm the floor and absorb any pee. Plus, if they’re machine-washable, cleaning up is a cinch! You can buy a zip-up tepee to use as a bed and hidey hole, then add a litter box and cute toys.
8. Repurposed Dresser Rabbit Room – Nikki Semro
For this rabbit room idea, you’ll need some retro furniture. You can get them from your grandma’s shed, a friendly junkyard, or an old-timey estate sale. You want one of those dressers, vanities, or cupboards with doors and drawers. Cut them open to create space.
You can convert the shelf dividers into ramps and use the drawers to store rabbit supplies. Slice through the solid doors and replace the wood with storage racks or rabbit wire so you can observe your rabbits. Line the bottom of the rabbit room with hay, and add a few toys.
9. Flemish Giant Rabbit Cage Set Up | Luicidium Clearly Loved Pets Pen
As we’ve mentioned, wire cages are pocket-friendly and easy to set up. But if you’re willing to spend a lot more on your rabbit room, a Plexiglas playpen is a good choice. The glass lets you watch your rabbit for reassurance, and they can see you too! Plus they’re minimalist chic.
This modular version allows you to rearrange the clips or add extra sub-sections to adjust the shape or size of your rabbit room. For accessories, this bunny has an automated feeder and a water dispenser. Install trunking cables or corner protectors to rabbit-proof the baseboards.
10. Repurposed Cabinet Rabbit Room – Live Sweet Blog
We’ve already looked at one vanity that got converted into an indoor rabbit habitat. Here’s a second idea. This time, the cupboard has three shelf dividers. The bottommost shelves are used for storage, so you can stash your cleaning supplies and other rabbit-related gear there.
Line the top two shelves with pet liners, yoga mats, or tile. Your bunny will live on these top two floors, so you can cut out one corner to set up a connecting ramp. As for the front doors, cut out the wood and replace it with pet grates or wire mesh from your local hardware store.
11. How to Set up Your Rabbit’s Cage – 101 Rabbits
Exercise pens aka X-Pens are generally designed for cats, dogs, and toddlers. They come in a flat pack filled with wire racks and clips that you can assemble into your preferred size and shape, so they make great rabbit rooms. Consider throwing a sheet over it to serve as a roof.
You can place a sheet on the floor as well, or an old towel. Both are easy to clean in case your bunny pees on them. Use a cardboard box as a digging box and hang a suspended wire rack hay feeder over a plastic litter box. Chicken or horse pellets are quite effective as rabbit litter.
12. Furnished X-Pen Rabbit Room – Pinterest
You may have seen a rabbit pulling away a rug or carpet so it could lie on the bare floor. If your bunny is like that, ensure their room has a cold hard section they can nap on. A slab of tile or natural stone works fine. You can also use a grass mat or cardboard sheet to scratch.
On the other hand, if your rabbit room has a tile floor, offer a cushion or rug as a softer spot for naps. This rabbit enclosure offers a wide variety of textures to stimulate your bunny. You can also add accessories like a hidey-hole, a willow tunnel, hanging feeders, and playthings.
13. DIY Bunny Cage – Cecily Hansen
You can set up an X-pen or wire storage racks in minutes. But if you want to build something sturdier and you have the time to spare, consider constructing your rabbit room yourself. You can buy mesh grids and pre-cut planks of wood in the right dimensions if you plan well.
Pin-and-stick tiles are useful for flooring, but you can also put a machine-washable rug or sheet on top of the tile. At least until your rabbit is litter trained. In this video, Cecily’s bunny started life in a small wire cage with a plastic floor but needed an upgrade when it grew up.
14. Picket Fence Fort for Your Rabbit – Pinterest
While metal can seem modern, wood gives off a rustic feel with broad appeal. This rabbit room uses the same basic idea as an X-pen, except the walls are made of timber instead of wire grates. The two back walls are solid wood planks while the two front ones are pickets.
This way, your bunny can happily scratch the wooden sections without ruining your house. In one corner of its house, this bunny has a classy hidey-hole tower protected by a fort and a moat, with two tunnel exits. The rug offers an alternative texture, and the door is Plexiglas.
15. How To Build a DIY Rabbit Cage – Cheap & Easy – Hidden Spring Farm
You may prefer a hardy Spartan rabbit room instead of a craft-styled one, and here’s a demo you could experiment with. Some of the habitats we’ve looked at are made with hardware cloth, but this version uses 14-gauge or 16-gauge cage wire. It’s gentler on your bunny’s feet.
Also, instead of using modular grates, this rabbit room uses a single sheet of cage wire that’s bent into a rectangle. You’ll need spring locks for the door and J-clips for the sides. Since the walls are wire, you can use a bin feeder for variety. And don’t forget the softer floor padding!
16. Rabbit House Under the Staircase – Pinterest
As you explore ideas on how to make a rabbit room, look for ideal spots in your house. These could include a loft, a random hallway, or the space under the stairs. This bunny nook only needs one wall because the staircase forms a roof and the house walls cover the rear sections.
The only opening is at the front, and this is constructed using Plexiglas framed with wood. A layer of wooden planks covers the lower portion of those three walls. The wood protects the baseboards and offers a surface your bunnies can happily scratch. Add toys and hidey holes.
17. Bunny Room Makeover | Litter Box Setup + Storage Bin – Fatty Bun Bun
We’ve looked at a manly bunny room. Now let’s see one that’s decidedly more girly. Neither version is better or worse, but as much as the room is for your rabbit, it sits in your house – maybe even your bedroom. So it has to be something you’ll want to look at every single day!
Puddin has a dual-layer litter box with a plastic bag liner and plant-based pellets underneath. Smart! For the floor, use interlocking waterproof foam mats, and for the walls, use the grates from an exercise pen (X-Pen). The pretty tepee serves as both a bed and a rabbit hidey-hole.
18. Cute Rabbit Corner – Pinterest
This rabbit room is similar to the previous one under the staircase. But this standalone unit has three wooden sides, a glass front, and an open roof. You can buy Plexiglas and wooden planks at the hardware store, Home Depot, or your local equivalent, and they can be pre-cut.
If you give the store your dimensions, they can cut and sand these materials for you, then all you have to do is screw them into place. You can use a rug or yoga mats to protect hardwood floors. Spruce up the rabbit room with fairy lights, hidey holes, wicker tunnels, and plants.
19. Rabbit Room Tour 4 – Best Bunny Setups – Hook’s Hollands
Let’s close with a mash-up of multiple rabbit rooms so you can squeeze in a few final ideas. You could pick an element from each set-up and combine them to design your own. We’ll start with Barney, who free-roams in a retro hutch with feeder bins from Tractor Supply Co.
Benji has a similar exercise pen enclosure with interlocking foam puzzle mats for the floor. Meanwhile Lily and Petal have a duplex apartment with separate bedrooms and a shared living room they take turns using. The final patio hutch is outdoors – that’s another story!
What does your rabbit room look like right now? Show us photos in the comments section!