Cat Proofing the Windows

Monday, July 30, 2012

You might be a van dweller if you have reclaimed lattice bungeed to your windows to keep your pets in.

Even before I moved into the van I knew I was going to have to find a way to screen the front windows so I could put them down for air flow.

I've looked at numerous products (they all cost too much) from screens, pillowcase screens, velcro screens, magnetic screens - the list is endless.

Today - after I decided to clean out the van- I realized it's too damned hot in there. There's a glorious southern wind and I can't take advantage of it because 2 of my windows have to stay up.

Then I got the idea to bungee lattice to the doors. It's working wonderfully.

How did you do this?

Get some old lattice
Get a big piece of cardboard
Trace your window from the inside on to the cardboard and add about a half inch.
Trace your template on to the lattice.
Cut & bungee.

Granted, I'm still going to clean the lattice up. It needs a good cleaning, regluing, and a nice coat of spray paint. I'll probably also staple some mesh on the inside to help control bugs as well. Until then it;s doing what I need it to do ...

5 out of 6 cats do not approve this DIY!
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Michelle said...

Oh thats cool, pun intended.

Tammy said...

Well that's a little red-neck-ish....but oh so useful. Great idea. It will look better painted. The cats probably love smelling the fresh breeze as it comes in the windows now!

Cherry Wanders said...

Yeah a little redneckish but I grew up in a redneck land. It will definitely look better when I sand it down to fit in the window frame more and add velcro straps to hold it in place. The problem is I used reclaimed lattice so it's old and in bad shape in spot. Needs a ton of glue to hold it all together before I start sanding and painting. I think I might put little planter spots on it to hold the herb garden I'm planning to grow. It'll hopefully look less redneck and more quaint when I'm finished.

Big Matt said...

That's a great way of keeping the cats in, but how do you keep the bugs out as they're not screened?

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