View Full Version : Our Hamster Shelf

12-24-2010, 06:00 AM
Finally, we've completed the refurbishment - so our next hamsters will be put on the shelf :mrgreen:

My husband built this cage from an IKEA Gorm shelf (I guess it's called Gorm in the UK too?), using acrylic glass as flooring, boards to go round and wire (it's aviary wire in German - is there an English word for it?) for the sides, back and doors. :)
Since the mice have shredded a good part of the corners, I had to clean it very thoroughly and give it another two coatings with varnish. Dirk made the new doors (there was no need for doors for the mice) and - lo and behold - we managed to complete it the other day :)

Next week the new hamsters can move in - I've already found a shelter in the area where they have hamsters at the moment. I'm all happy and hope Dirk will allow for two hamsters to move in... :mrgreen:

Now here's the pictures (still empty, of course). The size is app. 60'' in width and 19'' in depth, the boards are app. 8'' high to allow for at least 6'' of bedding.

12-24-2010, 06:12 AM
That's sooooo cool! :D

12-24-2010, 06:54 AM
It looks great :D Is each door a new cage? or is the whole level for one hamster?

We sometimes call it Aviary Wire here but it's usually called Mesh. :D

12-24-2010, 07:20 AM
wow that looks so cool, wish we had room to do something like that

12-24-2010, 08:24 AM
completely brilliant! i love it!! those are going to be some very spoiled hams!

12-24-2010, 02:37 PM
wow thats brilliant :) I love it, you are going to have some very lucky hams xxx

12-25-2010, 07:28 AM
Mesh!! *duh* could've thought of that :D

It's one level per hamster, so the measure is per hamster. :) I'll post pictures of the interior as soon as it's done.

12-28-2010, 04:35 AM
That is awesome! Can't wait to see more pictures of it!

12-28-2010, 04:49 AM
WOW that is absolutely brilliant, I would LOVE something like that!! I thought you were putting 4 hams in there, so those 2 hams are going to be very very lucky!

12-29-2010, 04:56 AM
I've finished with most of the interior! We'll pick up the new inhabitant this afternoon from the shelter, I'm all excited :mad:
I'll also fill the level up with more bedding, I ran out of it and the shop was closed when we got there yesterday evening :( The bedding will come up to at least half of the little sand bath tank and by tomorrow I can add the WW platform as well. *happy*
Now here come the pictures:
The upper level

close-up left hand side

close-up right hand side

half-finished WW-platform

12-29-2010, 09:38 AM
That's looking brilliant. Your hamsters are sooooo lucky. I need to try my hand at some DIY. XxX

12-29-2010, 11:12 AM
Thats Fabulous:D!

12-29-2010, 12:21 PM
Wow that really is fabulous!
The new hamster/s is going to be so lucky :D