Free Rabbit Hutch Woodworking Plan

This free rabbit hutch woodworking plan is easy to build with just basic hand tools. If any of the joints are hard to make with the tools you have  then just change the joint to a different one that's easier.  You'll still end up with a sturdy hutch that'll last you for many years.

Here I'm calling it a rabbit hutch but it can be used for a variety of pets.  It can also be used indoors by putting a solid floor in the hutch or using a catch tray underneath.

Another variation would be to build your pets hutch with shorter legs.  Then it can come and go as it pleases.

Ready to start?   Here's a exploded view and a parts table.

Exploded view of 111-Rabbit Hutch

# Qty Description Size Material
1 4 Legs 2"x4"x30" Wood
2 3 Frame Side/Mid Supports 3/4"x 3"x 22-1/2" Wood
3 2 Frame Front/Back Supports 3/4"x 3"x 36" Wood
4 1 1/2"x 1/2" Screen 24" x 36" Wire Mesh
5 2 Side Panels 1/2"x 24"x 24" Plywood
6 4 Upper Frame Rails 3/4"x 1-1/2"x 36" Wood
7 2 Door Screen 15-1/2"x 14-1/2" Wire Mesh
8 1 Back Panel Mesh 36"x 18" Wire Mesh
9 6 Upper Frame Stiles 3/4"x 1-1/2"x 18" Wood
10 1 Large Roof Panel 21"x 41" Plywood
11 1 Small Roof Panel 8-5/8"x 41" Plywood
12 4 Door Rails 3/4"x 1-1/2"x 15-1/2" Wood
13 4 Door Stiles 3/4"x 1-1/2"x 14-3/4" Wood
14 4 Butt Hinges 2" Metal
15 1 Door Stop 3/4"x 1-1/2"x 4" Wood
16 4 Front/Back Corner Trim 3/8"x 1-1/2"x 21-1/2" Wood
17 2 Front Side Trim 3/8"x1-1/2"x22-1/8" Wood
18 2 Back Side Trim 3/8"x 1-1/2"x 21-5/8" Wood
19 1 Door Latch 3/4"x 3-1/2" Diameter Wood

1.  Build the  base frame and cover it with 1/2" x 1/2" wire mesh.   The wire mesh should fit all the way to the edges and be stapled down  all around the edges.

You can also use roofing nails instead of staples.  You can get these in galvanized and aluminum to control rust.  Just make sure there aren't any wire ends sticking up that could hurt your rabbits feet.

Exploded view of rabbit hutch frame.

2.  Cut the sides and attach them to the frame.  The side preference material would be exterior grade plywood.  This is not the same as treated plywood, which shouldn't be used.    

rabbit hutch side panels

3.  Build the Back Panel and attach to the frame.  The wire mesh (hardware cloth) should go all the way to the edges and be attached with staples.  

If you decide to use another type of joint instead  of the half lap then you may have to adjust the length of some of the pieces accordingly.  You just need to end up with the finish dimension shown below.

rabbit hutch back frame

4.  Construct the Front Frame and attach it in place.

rabbit hutch front frame

5.  Build the door frames, add the wire mesh, then install using the 2" hinges.  The wire mesh should extend all the way to the edges of the doors.  Make sure there aren't any end wires sticking up that your rabbit could get hurt on.

rabbit hutch doors

6.  Make and install the door latch and door stop.  If there's a possibility that the cage doors could be opened accidentally then I'd highly recommend using a hasp and lock instead of the gravity latch below.

rabbit hutch door stop
rabbit hutch door stop

7.  Make and install the Roof Panels.  The roof panels can be from the same exterior grade plywood that you used to make the sides.  To make the roof waterproof you can use shingles, roll roofing, or any other roof covering material.

My personal preference is a couple of coats of good exterior paint.  I like to use "Porch and Floor Enamel".  It's very durable, weatherproof, and affordable.

rabbit hutch roof

8.  Make and install the Corner Trim.  The corner trim is strictly for aesthetic appeal.  Highlighting the rabbit hutch with different colored corner trim just makes your project stand out.  You can also try highlighting the doors and legs to your taste.

9.  Time to decorate!

Here's a few things to remember. . .

  • Only paint the exterior of the rabbit hutch where the rabbits can't chew on the paint.
  • Don't overcrowd.  Now you can build another.. and another.. and...
  • Clean the cages on a regular basis.
  • Put something flat on the hutch floor for smaller rabbits to stand on.

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