For those of you who have lost their
minds....you may be considering a place solely for your bun to enjoy. You just don't
know where to start! I have some cheap and affordable options and answers for you!
First you need to ask yourself...."Self, do I have a spare
bedroom?". If the answer is yes and you are willing to give it up for your
bunny, you're already set! If you plan on having kids however and want to save the
spare bedroom for children or guests you need to ask yourself what spare space you have
for your bun. Do you have some extra floorage in your basement or a storage room
that you can keep at room temp? Your answer needs to be yes to proceed any further.
(NOTE: Making your spare bedroom a bun room helps you to avoid unwanted
houseguests and kids at the same time...just a plus!)
If you have a spare room that you can convert, you will first
want to bunny proof it. All wires will need to be tucked away behind immoble
furniture or if it can't possibly be hidden safely in a place your bun can't get to it,
you need to get bun proof tubing to encase it in. Your going to be hitting Home
Depot anyway so you might as well pick it up while you are there. Not very expensive
and easy to place over cords. I would also still try to mask the cords from bunny
site even when it is protected. Make sure they can't get any plugs or outlets or
phone jacks. Once you are done storing and hiding your outlets and wires, hide all
of your breakable chewables...or anything that can hurt a bun when chewed on.
The best way to safely make a bun room is to start it from
scratch! Take everything out as if you just moved into the room. If you are
going to paint, choose child safe paint for the walls and borders and allow two weeks for
full drying if possible. Bring items in one by one and ask yourself.....is this bun
safe? This includes having a hard floor surface with no carpet! Once you approve each item
or fix the item so that it is safe, place it back in the room.
The room doesn't look very cool yet. This was before paint as the
rabbits already occupied the room at the time. This room was already bun safe and it
just needed some decor and paint so that we could all enjoy it together.
What a change!
I was happy with my room at this point. I had chosen large litter
boxes for the buns and put several in the room so they use them ($5.00 each tops). I
chose nice curtains (stashed in a box from when I lived with my dad..and free!),
border(just a small can of paint will do), shelving (a gift sitting in my attic) etc for
my eye pleasure. I had chosen a nice hardy plastic dog house for them for privacy
and also to put their hay in so it wasn't all over (on sale for 27.00 at petsmart at the
time). A cheap unpainted/unglazed basket that was played with and looked great.
I use it as storage for the scattered toys when they get out of hand. All of
their supplies are in the cabinet (29.00 at kmart). If your bun isn't a chewer,
small dog beds are cheap at petsmart (the dog bed in the pic was 7.99 and half went to a
fund for stray animals!). Any supplies that were too large went in a huge bin that I
inherited from mom and now sits in the closet for easy storage. Find them cheap
blocks or bins to jump on (don't stack them too high). Enid loved sleeping on the
But there was something missing still. The wood floors were fine
for the buns....but I got an elderly bunny at the time that was a little behind on litter
training skills. He had an accident from time to time and it was ruining the wood.
I figured out the logical thing to do and it was also pretty inexpensive...saved
the floor and the buns love it! I had actually gone to home depot to buy a piece of
plywood to make a new top for a bun hutch in the yard for enjoyable summer nights with the
kids. You have to buy the whole board but they will cut it for you to your specs
(for free!). I took home the leftover wood..(it was the thickness of sub-flooring)
and decided to get vinyl stick tile for it! I get a couple of feet here and there
and tile it and put it all together so that the buns have a nice area of tile flooring.
Over the past year I'm almost done with the room. I take the spare wood from
house jobs....you could probably ask your friends, co-workers or family if they are doing
jobs in the house where they would have leftover plywood. The sticky tiles cost as
low as 20.00 for 40 square feet. I started off with 16 square feet....another job
would come that i needed the same wood....and slowly the floor grew and grew.
I did not nail the subflooring down..this way I can move it anywhere I
need to. This move came in lucky when my parents (the landlords) decided to make the
buns room, the master bedroom of our home. That means the buns will move again next
year into my current bedroom. I can now just pick up the tile flooring rather easily
and move it into my current room when its time to trade spaces. Try to keep your
tiling plywood in square footage so you don't have to cut any tiles to fit. Once you
start cutting tiles...you run into the problem of matching it up correctly when you add
(Enid's interp. of bunny death guilt roll)
I'm almost done with tiling the floor...like I said...I did it little by
little. Now I am getting toward the outskirts of the room and will have to buy some final
wood specific to finishing the outer edges. None of the items were very costly by
themselves. Pretty much I just bought the paint, the wood and the tiles. The
rest of the stuff was donated from friends who didn't need it anymore.....purchased
cheaply at separate times or we already had it and finally used it. Also find your
friends that can do some carpentry to help you out. I'm clueless and did this all by
myself so you can too!
If you only have a little area in the basement or guest room etc.....you
can do the same things however.....
Go to home depot and buy some plywood..cut it to your specs..and make
them a pen with tile flooring and toys etc. It can be two long high pieces of wood
drilled into the wall...or four pieces all braced together to form a specific measurement
of footage. Lol, make it short enough so you can climb over it to get in...but make
sure they can't jump over it (keep boxes, toys, doghouses etc in your view....don't let
them be able to climb on it and jump over your 2 1/2-3' pen.
Best of luck. If you think of anything you want me to add to these
instructions that are more bun safe..please email me at Rabbithaven123@aol.com
Once hubby agrees....We are looking to get a medium sized dog run for
the backyard. I thought a plastic doghouse/igloo would would great in there..and I
want to place it under our huge tree for shade....
We will keep you updated!