Our favorite stylish cat tree is the Refined Feline Lotus Tower, check it out here.
Most cat trees…look like cat trees, and let’s face it – it’s hard to pass off your pet’s climbing structure as part of the decor.
That’s why we’ve compiled a selection of stylish cat trees and perching structures that marry form and function; they’re just as great to look at as they are invaluable for your pampered feline’s entertainment.
A Summary of Our Best Stylish Cat Trees
Here’s a quick summary of the cat trees. For the full in depth summary, read on. If you’re looking for a more traditional style of cat tree, check out our best cat trees of 2019 here.
Does Style Matter?
While the sophistication of your cat tree depends entirely on you, your pet, and your lifestyle, we would ask: if you’re going to have a large structure in your living room, why not make it a stylish cat tree?
There’s no rule that says your fur-baby has to climb, rest and play on something completely utilitarian; adding personality and sleek, modern lines to your cat furniture will make both of you happy! Wouldn’t you rather have a tree that looks like art, instead of your cat clawing actual art?
What should you look for in a stylish cat tree?
Functionally, all cat trees serve the same purpose: to give your furry feline a comfortable and safe place to play, rest, climb, hide and scratch. If you’re looking for something that complements your decor, you should still keep the following things in mind:
Every pet structure should have a wide, firm base. If there are multiple levels, they should be securely attached. Depending on the height and size, many trees come with anti-toppling measures such as wall straps for added security.
Remember: everything that covers your cat tree will come into contact with your cat. Aside from being safe and non-toxic, materials should be soft and snag-proof. Natural sisal or recycled cardboard make great scratching surfaces that don’t cause snagging and promote good claw health.
Number of Pets
No matter how beautiful your new piece of art – sorry, cat tree – may be, if it doesn’t offer up enough space, your cats won’t use it. Consider how many platforms, hidey-holes or toys come with your play structure, and if they’ll be enough to accommodate more than one pet.
Your feline friend will feel calm and restored with the Zen-like design of the Lotus Cat Tower. Like its namesake, this cat tree blends symmetry, minimalism and above all, functionality in its design.
Multiple stepped shelves provide a space for your entire fur-family, allowing everyone to have their own designated space. At its summit, your pet can perch almost six feet off the ground, allowing great visibility over his kingdom. A hideaway cushioned cubby on the bottom level provides sanctuary in the event of spontaneous meditation, and also strengthens the weight of the base for sturdiness and stability.
The bedding is covered in washable faux suede and the platforms are covered in soft Berber carpeting, which is attached to the pedestals with velcro for easy removal and cleaning. A sisal pad runs along one side of the sleek contoured frame to promote scratching and great nail health.
If you like a minimalist design that blends beautifully with your decor, the Lotus is a great addition to your living space.
- Tools are included for assembly
- All parts that wear are replaceable
- Additional cushion set is available for purchase
- Some reviewers claimed their cats’ claws would stick to the Berber carpet (this can be remedied by removing the velcroed carpet panels and/or replacing them with the cushion set.)
This model is less a “tree” and more of a “lounger”, but we’ve added it to the list because – quite frankly – the PetFusion Lounge marries form, function and esthetics; it’s as beautiful to look at as it is a great fixture for your cats to scratch and sleep on.
Reviewers have all commented on how much their pets love to repose on this sleek, ergonomic lounge. Made of 100% recycled cardboard and non-toxic cornstarch glue, each piece is individually attached to last longer and endure more use than other scratch pads. Organic catnip leaf is also included to de-stress your cat and encourage scratching on the lounge, not your furniture. It’s easy to see why the PetFusion lounge won the 2015 Eco-Excellence Award!
Its attractive design and neutral color makes this lounge a stylish and functional piece that your pet will use for a long time. The open concept design encourages interactive play – the curves are great for scratching or curling up for a cat nap. The shape is symmetrical and reversible; when one side is used up, reverse it for double the fun.
If you need a pet product with stylish design that flows with your decor, the PetFusion ticks all the boxes. Designed for owners who want to reclaim their homes, the beautifully curved design will please both you and your pet.
- Premium cardboard lasts significantly longer than other products
- No assembly required
- Comes with a 6-month warranty
- Can hold multiple cats
- A higher price point than similar cat products
- Beware of copycats that shed debris and don’t last
The Katris Modular climber describes itself as a cat tree, a bookshelf, a cat scratcher and much more. Like a puzzle, you can move and adjust the 5-piece block set to create a virtual playground for your cat – or a coffee table for you!
Featured on Jackson Galaxy’s “My Cat From Hell”, Katris’ modern, stylish design is extremely durable – the top-grade corrugated material can hold up to 300 pounds! Each piece is made with over 200 sheets of paper, and the finished blocks are even easier to assemble, with 10 clips included to secure them together.
Don’t worry about matching this climber to your decor; the Katris is available in several “wood” finishes, including”Real Wood Teak” and “Real Wood Maple”. If you like to mix up the look and feel of your living space, you’ll love the endless combinations afforded by this “tree”. The Katris can keep up with your ever-changing taste, and endure your cat’s activity level.
If you decide to add this handcrafted, elegant piece to your home, you’ll have to decide if you want to use your Katris for your pet, for furniture, or both!
- (Extra)Includes 5 bags of natural catnip
- Modular, multi-use design allows for different looks
- Eco-friendly: Katris is made with 100% recyclable materials.
- On the higher end of the price spectrum
- Some customers claimed their clips broke early on in the assembly process
Considering that PetPals has over 20 years of experience manufacturing pet supplies, they’ve managed to stay fashion-forward and eco-friendly with this cat tree. Complete with woven basket-like “bowls”, this climber boasts modern shapes and neutral colors that match most interiors.
The double posts are covered in natural sisal for scratching, and the base is covered in plush fleece. Each of the two baskets that sit atop the perches has a layer of soft plush for a simply luxurious nap, and the bowls themselves are made from recycled paper rope.
The entire tree has a height of 23” – being low to the ground makes it look less visually overwhelming and makes the base more stable, even if you have larger cats. A shorter height also ensure that older cats can get into the baskets with ease.
PetPals has certainly stayed au courant with a natural-looking, eco-friendly cat tree that’s sure to delight young and old kitties alike.
- All tools and instructions are included
- Great for larger cats
- Bedding is not machine washable
- Natural rope baskets can fray with intense, repeated scratching
In their research, Midwest, the company that makes the Nuvo Salvador, discovered that cats love “elevation, cozy retreats, areas to groom, and items for recreation.” They’ve incorporated this feedback into the design of their elegant and modern cat tree.
With a solid, sturdy base, this climber has amenities to satisfy even the fussiest feline. A tough, resilient sisal scratching pad helps with claw care, while the lookout lounge provides your cat with a fun place to observe the world. A dangling toy will provide hours of fun.
Covered in black, super-soft faux fur & coordinating designer print fabric, the whimsical black and white print is fun enough to attract your pet’s attention, but not loud enough to distract from the rest of your decor.
Midwest has created a tree climber that’s fun without being fussy and elegant without being stuffy. Whether he’s at rest or play, we think even the most discerning cat will fall in love with the Nuvo Salvador tree.
- Easy to assemble with all tools included
- Comes with a 1-year Warranty
- Wipes clean to remove fur and accidents
- The sisal posts are also covered in faux fur, which can get stuck in tiny claws
We had to look twice to make sure the Sebastian Cat Tree wasn’t actually furniture. While it has six separate levels for playing and discovering, there are also separate spaces for you to place home decorations.
Available in a black or white finish, this minimalist structure has a sisal scratching pad on the first level, and carpet on the second and fourth levels for lounging and relaxing. A secret cubby hole provides the perfect hiding space for your pet and can accommodate larger cats. The glossy lacquered finish is made of non-toxic, lead-free paint, so you can be sure that your fur family’s safety is top of mind.
Easily assembled, the Sebastian Cat Tree comes with detailed instructions, so you can enjoy a tree that actually looks like it belongs in your home. If your fur-buddy likes to perch with style and you like keeping your knick knacks where they belong, this is a great addition to your living space.
- Well-constructed design
- All parts are well-packed and protected with bubble wrap during shipping
- Assembly requires tools and an extra set of hands to complete
- Does not come with anti-toppling fixtures
- Some reviewers felt the uncovered levels were too slick for their pets
Layers of environmentally-friendly, 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard make up the whimsical silhouette of a cat’s face. More scratching on this bed means your furniture is safe from damage. Add some complementary catmint into the mix, and you’ve got a feline fiesta!
If your cat likes to stop, drop and nap after a serious scratching session, the MushroomCat Face bed can take the clawing and the cuddles.
- Good for multiple cats
- Durable frame, even after long-term use
- The bed can tip over and roll with rough use
This award-winning design features Ultra Board, modular cardboard “cubes” that you can stack, unstack and re-stack in nearly limitless arrangements. Secure the cubes together with a clip and bridge system that comes with your shipment.
While not necessarily unobtrusive, we love that you can build an entire condo or playscape maze for multiple cats with these cubes. They’re durable, sturdy and can hold up to even large cats jumping, playing and sleeping.
Cat Amazing Stacks is an incredibly versatile innovation; it’s a tunnel, perch, lounger and activity centre. The possibilities are hindered only by your imagination.
- Cubes are made of eco-friendly and cat-safe materials
- You can select the hole size in a cube – the walls are pre-perforated
- Easy assembly; instructions are included and an online video is available
- Some reviewers felt that the price for two units was exorbitant
- The clips can come loose with rough play
We Hope You Find a Stylish Cat Tree That You Love
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you invest in furniture for your pet that also looks great in your home. If you’re going to have a cat tree, it should look like part of the room.
That’s why we’ve ranked the Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower at the top of our list. We’ve combed the internet to find cat trees that are both lovely to look at and practical to use. This modern take on cat trees has all the features of a functional climbing structure, but the fluid lines and sleek curves make it a sculptural addition to any room.
If your pets need a new tree, try one that pulls double-duty; safe, sturdy design can also have elevated style and elegance.