How to Build A Rabbit Pen

This post is going to have a bit of a smaller niche. If you are a rabbit owner, or are becoming a rabbit owner, this is for you.

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I have a rabbit, who I spoil the heck out of. He has a big pen, lots of food and treats, and plenty of toys. The hardest part for me to figure out was his pen. A lot of people who have never owned a bunny might think a large enclosed cage is enough for a rabbit. That is very wrong. It might be enough for them to sleep in, but not to live in.

I didn’t know this when I first got him, but acted immediately when I figured it out. I was trying to figure out how to make him a pen big enough for him to run around in, since I don’t have much time to let him out.

If you also have this problem, here are three ways to make easy rabbit pens in a cheap way, slightly expensive way, and a bit more expensive way.

The Cheap Way:

What a lot of people make their cages out of are metal square grids linked together. These can be easily found on amazon, or you can use my link here. Depending on the size of the pen you want and how high you want it to be, you should consider getting a second pack if you want a big pen.

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Depending on the type of floor you have, you can either keep your floor bare or get a piece of plywood cut to the size you want the cage to be. Home Depot or Lowes is a convenient way to get the plywood, unless you know a different place to get wood. If your rabbit has a bad habit of chewing and you have carpet, I suggest using the wood.

Now you can keep the pen at just the sides, you will want higher walls if your bunny jumps out a lot and you don’t want him to, or you can add pedestals for your bun to sit on. Not only is this a good idea, so your bun can get more exercise, but you can make you pen a little smaller because it will be going up rather than out. If you are going to make a pedestal using the grids, make sure you have something solid so the bun’s feet don’t get stuck or hurt. Otherwise, you can use a plastic shelf or a wooden plank to attach.

You can shape your pen the way you want and add what you would like, accessory-wise. Here are some examples of a grid pen.

The Slightly Expensive Way:

The only change I have with this one it the type of walls you use. I still highly suggest using a wooden floor if you have a carpet.

This is the method I currently use for my bun and I plan to upgrade to the expensive soon, but this is great for a fast and easy set up. There are two types of walls you can use. The first is the one I use and I highly recommend it, if you don’t mind bending over. It’s plastic panels that link together and the panels end up so close your bun can’t get his teeth on the bar. The pen I used is in the link right here. They are really easy to set up, the only con of using these is there is no door so you either have to lean over or take one of the panels out, but it’s not that big on a deal. And they are high enough for the bun to not jump over.

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The second kind of wall you could use is a large dog pen, yeah that easy. Get on that can be used to keep a dog outside and may even have a door. A lot of them have doors near the top so your bun can jump out when you let him and you can step in easily to clean it. Here is a link to one of the cheaper ones I’ve found on Amazon. You can shape it how you want, it’s tall enough, and it has a door.

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The Expensive Way:

Now this is the one I plan on doing for my bun. This requires a bit of manual labor and it definitely the most expensive of the three. There are more extravagant ways to make this pen but this is a simple way to do it. This one requires wooden walls. For this you will need a plywood floor to nail to your walls. Figure out how big you want the pen and measure your wall and floor accordingly. Remember to make your floor slightly bigger than how big you want the pen so you can nail the walls to the floor.

With this method, you make your own door. You can either cut a part of your wall and put hinges on it, or you can make one of the walls a little smaller and use the metal girds to make a door. The second way is a little better for buns who like being able to see the world around them.

If you aren’t sure what kind of wood to get, go to your local hardware store and make sure they have plywood that is at least a ½ to ¾ inches. This will give enough room for the nails and it makes for sturdier walls. I also suggest making pedestals for the type of pen using extra plywood, but that it up to you.

Each of these methods are really simple and makes life easier on your bun so they don’t feel cramped. You can accessorize your pen how you want. Get a bigger litter box, a metal basket to hold your hay, the one linked can be used for either the grid pen or the wooden one. Get a gallon water jug bowl so you’re not constantly changing it (plus the slurping sounds are super cute).

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I hope this has helped anyone looking to build a pen. If you need any further instructions on specifics, like measurements, brands, or materials. You can check out my Pinterest which I will link here, it is also at the bottom of the site for inspiration and tips from fellow bloggers.

Thanks for reading guys!

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