Building a raised base for a rabbit hutch

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The rabbit hutch we purchased has two levels of living for the bunnies. Click here to see how we decorated it!

 It’s great that they have lots of space to live, but the lower level is on the ground.  In New England, we often have snowfalls of more than a few inches so we knew when we bought it we would have to raise the hutch off the ground.

Rabbit Hutch

We started by building a simple frame out of 2x4s, the length and width of the hutch, then covered the frame top with plywood.  We made the legs 2 feet long, tall enough to avoid any snow drifts and also tall enough to allow us to store rabbit supplies underneath.

Building a raised base for rabbit hutch

Why cover the frame in plywood?  Don’t most rabbit hutches have wire floors?  Unfortunately, yes many commercial rabbit hutches have wire floors because wire floors are easy for humans.  The poop falls through the mesh and into a bucket for composting.  The downside is the rabbits are forced to support their entire weight on the wire mesh causing irritation to their feet and potential for injury or infection.  Rabbits need a safe, enclosed place to hide away at.  Having the bottom of their cage exposed is very stressful for them.  Rabbits take to litter box training very easily, so putting a litter box in the hutch will keep most of the poop in one, easy to dispose of place keeping human caretakers happy, and allow the bunnies to have a solid floor, keeping them happy.  If you keep a small hand broom & dust pan near your hutch, you can quickly sweep up any stray poop and dump them in the litter box.

The problem with leaving the floor as plywood is that wood is porous – making it hard to clean & disinfect.  We opted to cover the plywood with cheap ceramic tiles (it was under $10 for the tiles needed for this base).  The ceramic tiles will be easy to keep clean and they will also stay cool in the summer, providing relief for hot bunnies.

We bought a small tub of tile adhesive that can double as grout.  It was already premixed, super easy!

Building a raised base for rabbit hutch

First, spread the adhesive and stick the tiles down.  Notice, we did not tile all the way to the edge of the plywood base.  We left space for the hutch to rest on.  We got lucky that the inside of our hutch is 2 feet wide by 7 feet long.  So buying standard 12×12 tiles meant we didn’t even have to cut tiles at all.

Disclaimer:  We have never tiled anything before.  Does it look great?  No.  Have we found a new career path?  Unlikely.   The rabbits don’t care if some of the tiles are crooked or if the grout lines are even though, so don’t be afraid to tackle projects like this.

Let adhesive cure for 24 hours before grouting.  After curing, fill the grout lines with the adhesive/grout.

Building a raised base for rabbit hutch
Wipe up excess grout from tiles and let dry completely.  Then you just move the table base into place and secure hutch to edges!  To provide extra weather protection, apply water sealer to the exposed 2x4s.

Easy Outdoor Bunting Flag Banners
One final addition:

Now the rabbits can’t simply hop out the door into their play yard, so we used some scrap plywood and some cheap welcome mats to make a bunny ramp!

Building a raised base for rabbit hutch

Rabbit Play Yard


25 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I just wanted to let you know: rabbits eat cecotropes (those poops that they’re supposed to eat) right out of their own bottoms; if the cecotropes are falling to the ground, they’re probably too overweight to reach their bottoms.

  2. Veronica says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been reading a lot about rabbits and their care and my most worrisome part are the snow days here in Chicago, which get terrible! This raised base for hutch answers my most fears!

  3. Hellie says:

    Thank you for posting this. I recently purchased that cage and was trying to figure out a table or suitable base for it so it’s really helpful to see it completed. I have wire reinforced the inside as my bunny likes to chew wood. A lot. I was going to paint it white but love your turquoise with trim – it can be a bit of east coast in So Cal.

    Love the rest of the website too – really informative. Well done!

  4. Skipper Sue says:

    In more temperate climates, where snow falls an inch at most and soaring summer heat is the biggest worry, put the hutch on the ground in the shade. Heat rises, so a raised cage allows heat to permeate cage from above and below. Remove any wire flooring, for all the reasons Liz gave. Litter box should go in the corner the bunny prefers to use for dumping.
    Place pavers or bricks directly into the earth, a few inches down so they absorb the earth’s cooler temperatures. Place ceramic tiles on top of pavers for cool non gritty feeling. Add ice bottle if really hot, and for long haired bunnies.

  5. Tanya says:

    We have exactly the same hutch for our two bunnies and my husband build a very similar base to yours. I found some stick on vinyl tiles for a great deal, so used those for our flooring. But, they are SO slippery. Our poor bunnies can’t even stand on them. What have you put over your tiles? Straw? Hay?

    • Liz says:

      That is strange, are they a high gloss tile? My bunnies have really furry feet and have not had a problem standing on them, the tiles themselves have a matte finish. In the winter I put down a rug so it’s warmer but I haven’t had an issue with sliding with the bare tiles. Straw or hay would be good options though if they are having problems with your tiles

  6. Sandy says:

    My rabbits are in the home and wonderful pets. It’s a huge bummer to me that some people have them living in wire hutches in extreme climates. Ugh.

    • Liz says:

      I agree rabbits are wonderful pets, and we enjoy spending time with them. They come in our house often, but they have way more space to live a more natural life outdoors digging, running and jumping like they never could inside. They are safe & happy out there and that’s what matters to me. I’m glad you are enjoying your bunnies as well

      • cathy hogue says:

        my bunnies live outdoors as well. and they seem to be very happy! they have a wood floor with tiles covering as well,plenty of grassy areas to run and jump and dig. they love digging!!!! in the winter i put 2 heat lamps inside hutch and it stays a toasty 60 degrees. i have a thermometer gadget inside that reads the temp and runs it to a read out in my kitchen. very handy. at times i have to turn off 2nd lamp because it gets too hot. lol plese readers dont try to change your bunnies natural born tendencies.you can take the bunny out of nature ,but you cant take nature out of bunnies.

      • Kristen Jutzi Riley says:

        Do you keep them outdoors all winter? We’re in Chicago and I’m worried about our winter coming up… ours are outside right now

        • Liz says:

          This year we moved so our bunnies have a stall in a barn now – not heated, but more sheltered than our old set up. But yes, we did keep them for over 5 years outside pretty much all year. We are in southern New England, there were a few really cold snaps here and there when it would be in single digits for over a week and we would bring them inside to a little makeshift pen in our utility room. You can read about how we winterized our outdoor set up here: https://thecapecoop.com/getting-rabbits-ready-for-winter/

  7. Lisa says:

    Do you worry about predators getting through the coop? I bought the same hutch and I was planning on surrounding the whole area with a huge pen with wire mesh. Maybe I’m over complicating things though?! If a simple fence would work and then just close them in the hutch overnight maybe that would be better?

    • Liz says:

      I think the hutch is quite secure – I replaced the upper & lower door latches with spring loaded eye hooks because the ones it came with were flimsy. If you are going to let your rabbits out of the hutch unsupervised the wire mesh pen will be great for an exercise area. The hutch is a good secure place for them at night, but they will need more space to run and stretch out during the day. I’ve moved since I wrote this article and I currently have the hutch in a huge horse stall for them to run around in, but at the other house I had the picket fence surrounding the pen, and attached to the picket fence was hardware cloth wire. The wire was buried down 2 feet in the ground to prevent critters from digging in and to stop them from digging out. They were very secure and happy there!

  8. Annika says:

    I am redoing a bunny hutch for my new rabbits. It is wire right now. I am very glad i came across this it is a good idea. so I could just put down plywood or osb and than just put tiles down. would you also put it where they would have babies. I like the idea of the rug for them in winter. Thank you for your ideas. Will make my cages better….

    • Liz says:

      Rabbits don’t weigh a lot, but you don’t want it bowing over time so I would recommend you go with 3/4 inch thick to give them a nice stable ramp

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