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10 Free Rabbit Hutch Building Plans and Designs

Build a sturdy, secure and safe place for rabbits with these easy, affordable and durable rabbit hutch plans. Rabbits are the most kept pets at homes all around the world. There are different breeds of rabbits which have long and short hair; both are equally loved by the owners. Kids especially are usually fond of rabbits, they love it when they hop around in the garden and by the way they hold the carrots in their front paws and nibble on them. In the wild, rabbits live in a burrow; it is their hiding place and their place of comfort. In the wild, they usually breed in their burrows and give birth to their offspring there. In order to give that natural environment to the rabbits so that they can live a long life and breed successfully in captivity, it is very important to make a bunny hutch or a house.

Rabbits are fond of eating vegetables and fruits. You have to keep a fresh stock of the vegetables and fruits, which should be fed on a daily basis. Since they eat a lot, they have a fast digestion system and excrete a lot. You need to clean their captivity on a daily basis. When building a rabbit hutch you have to keep in mind a design which is easy to clean and feeding the rabbits is easier and they have a lot of space in the captivity. You can easily build a rabbit cage in their house all by themselves rather than going to the market and making a customized indoor or outdoor rabbit hutch. Build your own diy rabbit hutch at home, it will be made at a cheap price and doing it can actually be a great activity, first of all you should have a blueprint for making the hutch to know how to build a rabbit hutch. Here are 10 DIY rabbit hutch plans:

1) Small Rabbit Hutch (can accommodate 3 to 6 small rabbits)

For this rabbit hutch plan you need four pieces of wood and all four should have equal sizes of 150cm. This is for the long section of the cage. Take long wood pallets and then cut it in one meter pieces which will be the structural solid of the long wood, you may need eight of these pieces. Nail the long sections with the short ones to form the bottom of the rabbit barn. Make other structural part like that for the top of the rabbit hutch, now nail vertical wood in the four corners of the cage and nail it together  with the top structure. Now nail the wire sheet on the sides and the bottom of the cage. Make a small door like structure from wood and attach it to the top so that the rabbits can come out. Cover all over with the wire sheet.

Small Rabbit Hutch

2) A Wooden DIY Rabbit Hutch 

To make wooden rabbit hutch you need two 600mm x 581mm x 19 mm of wooden frame, three 581mm x 50mm x 19mm of wooden frame, one 1200mm x 600mm x 19mm of wooden frame, one 1200mm x 500mm x 19mm of wooden frame, one 70mm x 19mm x 1500mm of wooden frame, one 1200mm x 50mm x 19mm of wooden frame, one 400mm x 280mm x 19mm of wooden frame, one solid door of 575mm x 350mm x 19mm, one mesh door of 575mm x 655mm x 19mm, one metal over strips of 25mm x 3mm x 3740mm, two 70mm x 35mm x 1200mm wooden structure and one 1400mm x 900mm x 19mm wooden frame. Join these panels together and secure with a box and wire sheet to make a perfect house for a bunch of bunnies.

A wooden rabbit pen

3) The Top Latch Wooden Rabbit Hutch Plan 

For building this diy rabbit hutch you should start with 2” x 2” boars which should be cut in 24 inch, quantity needed is 2. The other two should be cut in three inches short of four feet, which will allow you to nail them together in a 2 x 4 foot rectangular structure. Make three structural frames like these. Nail wire sheet in two of the frames which will be the front door and the bottom. Nail two of the frames together, which will have a wire bottom and an open top which will in a 2 x 2 x4 foot rectangular frame. With the help of door hinges, attach a frame to the bottom frame so that when the cage opens it will swing open downwards. You should make an enclosed box in the corner of the hutch in order to provide a safe, warm and dry place for the rabbits in case the temperature is cold or its raining.

wooden rabbit hutch plans

4) The Perfect Rabbit Hutch Building Plan 

You can make a rabbit hutch and run area for their bunnies with this easy rabbit hutch plan. You need 24” x 96” of chicken wire, two door hinges, hook and eye latching devices for the security door, two sheets of plywood which should measure 24” x 72” x ¾”, eight pieces of 2” x 4”s, 8’ in length, two 1” x 2” boards which should be 6’ long and some staples. By using 2” x 4” construct the board and cut boards in 48” long pieces and 8 boards to 24” long which should be nailed together with 48” in the L shape. Nail the other boards like that together to construct a rectangular shape. Now enter the shorter plywood boards in the cage to make a box like structure which will provide warmth, shelter and dry area to the rabbits. Cover with mesh wire and the door should be attached in the front with the help of hinges.

rabbit hutch

5) Cheap Rabbit Hutch 

To build this outdoor rabbit hutch you will need two pieces of 2 x 2 lumber pieces which will be 32 ¾” long, two pieces of 28 ½”, one piece 48” and 2 pieces 45” which will be the frame. You will need three pieces of 2 x 2 lumber with 21” long and one piece 20 ½” which will be the frame. One piece of ½” plywood which will be 24” by 48” long flooring. One piece of ¼” plywood which will be 21”x22 ½” long for the interior wall. Twelve pieces of 1 x lumber which will be 24 ¾” long, 6 pieces of 13 ¾” and 6 pieces of 48” which will be the slats. Two pieces of 2 x 2 lumber with 17 ¼” long and two pieces of 29 ¾” long for the door. One piece of ½” plywood which will be 27 ¾” x 52 ½” long and asphalt shingles for the roofing. Make a frame by the 2 x 2 lumber and attach the plywood for the flooring, the fixture should be done with the nails. Install the interior wall in the frame, and then attach the slats in the outdoor rabbit hutch. There should be stand below, apple the corners a little upwards.

Cheap Rabbit hutch

6) 4 Stalls Rabbit Hutch (video tutorial) 

This is a rabbit hutch with a length of 8 ft which is 2 x 4 frames. The frame is made with a 2 x 4 wooden material and is nailed with mesh wire according to the size of the bottom frame. Once the bottom frame is done, you can add side panels or the divider to the hutch. This is a diy hutch which can have 4 stalls in it, meaning a couple of rabbit in each hutch which will make around a home for 8 rabbit and a lot of little bunnies in the future. You can use 2 x 2 pieces of plywood panels, which can be fixed with the bottom frame. Exactly like the bottom, frame you are supposed to make the top frame as well. Face you have to attach the side panels or the divider with the bottom frame. On the divider nail some mesh wire to make stalls for the hutch. Once done, you are supposed to attach 2 x 4 cross pieces in the front and then make a door which will be 2 x 2, the 2 x 2 doors should be nailed with the 2 x 4 panels and then the 3 inch hinges should be fixed in the one side and then the bolt on the other in order to open the easily. Next step is to nail together the top frame and then add 2 x 4 panels on the top, if you live in a country which experiences harsh weather conditions such as winters and rainfall, then you can attach screen to the 2 x 4 panels to keep the run and snow out of the hutch.

7) Rabbit House Pen (video tutorial)

This is a rabbit house video tutorial which can accommodate four to eight numbers of rabbits. The size of this diy hutch is 8 ft long and 5 ft tall. There is a support on the ground, or you can call it a stand which raises the pen 2 ½ ft of the ground. You can make portions in the hutch by adding panels inside. You can cover half the area with the mesh wire and the other half with the plywood so that the rabbits can select the place where they would like to sit. In the enclosure, especially in the bottom area, you can add 1 ½ inch spaces which can slide metallic tray inside. This option is highly recommended since the rabbits will be doing all their excrete on the tray, the excrete will fall on the tray through the mesh wire which means easy cleaning for you. You can also make small houses or slides with the wood which allow the rabbit to play, jump and run around in their enclosure.

8) How To Make A Rabbit Hutch With Pallets? 

This is one of the cheapest DIY rabbit hutch designs which can save a lot of money. With the wooden pallets, you can make equal sides of the top and the bottom. The size of the top and bottom frames should be decided upon the number of rabbits the hutch will accommodate. The bottom should be a frame secured with mesh wire so that it doesn’t litters much, however the top should be completely wooden to avoid sunlight, wind and rainfall. The front and back screen should be of equal and so should be the sides. You can either make all the walls with complete wooden and just the front can be made with mesh wire in order to keep an eye. On the front wall, a wooden frame should be fixed with the help of a couple door hinges and a lock. This cage should be kept outdoors.

rabbit hutch with pallets

9) Simple Rabbit Hutch Design 

In order to make a rabbit hutch, you need a good supply of plywood, hinges, mesh wire, lock and nails. You can first design the hutch according to the number of the rabbits. They can make it large or small according to the need. The flooring and the top of the hutch should be of the equal sides and also the two sides, you have to make a rectangular shape. The front wall will be a little different because you have to attach the door. You should make a rectangular enclosure inside as well to provide warmth and shelter for the rabbits.

Simple rabbit hutch design

10) Outdoor And Indoor Rabbit Hutch 

For the bottom, you need a length of wood from which should be 30” x 44”; the inner 28.5” should be for the mesh wire. The back wall should be of 38” x 44” which should be nailed to the bottom frame. The sides should be 38” x 30” and they should also be nailed to the frame. The front should be 44” x 38” in which the 34.5” should be for the door secured by hinges and mesh wire. Attach the front frame with the rest. The top frame should be similar to the bottom frame, but should be made of wood entirely.

outdoor rabbit hutch

22 Responses

  1. shadrack maiyo
    shadrack maiyo at |

    thnks for your teaching and keep it up.

  2. Carl
    Carl at |

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this information.! I just bought two rabbits that I am keeping indoors for now. My plan is to move them outdoors but I need cages built first. I’m an older semi-disabled man. I have wanted to raise rabbits for many years but when I was working I did not really have the time and energy. I worked for 35 years at the same job. With rabbits I’m hoping to lower my food bill, fertilize my garden, and maybe make a little money selling them. I am not counting on making money but it will be nice if that happens.

    I had the opportunity to raise rabbits when I was a kid. My Aunt Rosina had given us a nice well made hutch that had 4 living areas. I was never able to convince my parents to buy a couple of rabbits. We lived on a farm too. Dad was the farmer and he said rabbits were a waste of money and labor. Dad was also the gardener. Looking back I am surprised he did not get them just for fertilizing our garden.

    1. Athena
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      Carl, I was wondering, do you still have that hutch, or at least the design for it, I am curious to know what it looks like.

    2. mandy smith
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      i certainly agree, we have 7 adults and 5 babies which we are currently hand-rearing as they were orphaned at 2 weeks,,,and have never had such a healthy garden as we do now, deep green lush thick grass, and all down to natural bunny fertilizer.

  3. Ronni
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    Just remember that their pads are very delicate and you should always have a grip-able surface.. sooo NOT WIRE, the wire can damage their pads! So keeping them in the air in little tiny cages is not cool they need at least 4x their body hop to move around and be happy in. Treat your rabbits right folks!

    Some really great designs in here and some really iffy ones as well. Research before you build!

    1. Maryann Farrell
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      Hi, I agree. It’s very cruel not to give a rabbit or rabbits enough room to run and do their binky jumps every morning. I have two holland lops who live indoors. They have a 3 x6 area and when one is not in the pen the other is. I keep them separated because their bond broke. I always let them have their turns loose in the house. Every morning when It’s the one bunnies turn to come out, he hops in the air and runs back and forth for at least 20 minutes. He’s saying I’m so happy to get out of the pen and run and stretch. Rabbits natural habitat is lots if free run space. Please give your rabbit/rabbits at least a 2x5x 2 ft. high area to run, at least. And always let them out to stretch. You’ll notice the more they’re out the friendlier they are and happier. Please be nice to your buns, they’re smarter than most people realize.

  4. Lesley
    Lesley at |

    Rabbits need exercise and space so if they do spent a lot of time in their hutch it is vital they have space to move!!

    Like Ronni said the one with the wire flooring is completely wrong for rabbits! They need to be able to hop at least 3 times from one end to the other. They should also be able to stretch upwards.

    Please do not just leave your rabbit in their hutch. They need a run at least! They are intelligent and curious creatures. Please research before getting a rabbit they are not just a pet you leave in the hutch that people assume.

    1. Maryann farrell
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      Hi, please do your research folks . Rabbits are amazing intelligent animals if given the chance. People think their stupid, because they lock them in a tiny pen their entire life and never get to know them. I Afopted another rabbit last week. She spent 4 years in a 2x 3 pen indoors. When I brought her home she hid under my bed for hours. I finally got her out. When she realized I wasnt putting her back in her cage. She started to relax. It’s been one week since getting to know her. She circles me every time I enter the room. She thumps her feet when ever my dog comes in the room. She thumps to warmenof danger, because she sees my little Pomeranian as danger and she is protecting me. After one week she follows me all around and nudges me. She knows her name and comes running when I call her.

      My point is. Rabbits are wonderful and loving when given the chance. Keeping a rabbit in a 2×3 pen for their entire life. Is like you living in your bedroom for your entire life and never moving or experiencing anything new or different. You’ll only feel, see and know the people and things you can see from a tiny, limited view area. How happy would you be? How social would you be? You would go mad. Rabbits locked in small cages outside are even worse. Zero degrees and high winds while your sitting in front of a fireplace. I couldn’t live with myself if my rabbit were in those conditions.
      I hope our future holds more knowledge, love and care for animals. It would make this world a better place hands down.
      In my area alone. Their are 4,625 rabbits up for adoption in a 100 mile radius. The same reason is given for their surrender 90% of the time. The rabbit needs more care than I realized. Is the resin given so many times. Never get a pet unless you do your research. There no excuse in the age of technology and 100’s of rabbit care sites and rabbit rescues. Don’t make an impulse purchase. Rabbits are a TEN YEAR COMMITMENT.

      Thanks for letting me share my feelings.

      1. Lee
        Lee at |

        Just thot I’d say Rabbits DON’T survive on vegetables and fruits alone!
        Their diet is mostly hay with some pellets, depending on your rabbit’s weight.
        They are fed vegetables but it is not the main thing in the diet.
        Fruits are only to be given as a treat, because the high sugar content can led to problems for your rabbit.

  5. Heather Petersen
    Heather Petersen at |

    First of all, I like the good hutch plans. They are very cool. I do wish you would have added a run plan. Maybe you can do that in another article…?

    I keep bunnies and breed them. I do not eat them, as I see them as pets. I bought some really expensive cages for them, but I’m actually going to build underground cages! These are somewhat like the ones some rabbit breeders built in Egypt. They are very inexpensive and the bunnies will love them!

    I only noticed one incorrect part of your article. The first hutch that you showed us cannot hold six small rabbits. At the very most, it can hold two. I know this because I keep rabbits, but others may not. I encourage you to change this before you get hate mail from PETA affiliates.

    When it comes to flooring, rabbits do not need solid floors. As long as the owner places a tile or some hard cardboard in the cage as a place to rest, the rabbit will not contract sore hocks. Many people assume that wire-bottomed cages offer no respite from this disease, but when there is a resting place, the rabbit will be fine.

    Thanks for the cool article, loved all the great plans for cages!

  6. Kathi
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    #5 looks a lot like the hutch we had for our rabbit when I was a child. I’ve given up on rabbits now though; it’s too hard to keep them alive in an Oklahoma summer. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  7. Rhonda
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    It is very hard to find acceptable hutches for sale where we are and there are no carpenters in our family. We live in Alaska and our daughter has had two dwarf Holland lops, the current lop is an active, happy little guy named Oscar. The pen we have is quite old and we are nursing it along but we want to replace it. We live in Alaska and the feed stores we have carry very few and they are tiny and low to the ground. The old pen is 2’x4.5’x2′ and sits high so it is easy to get into. We want one at least the same size, or bigger as Oscar loves to run and jump. We do take him out as much as possible and let him play supervised in a fenced area of our garden. in the winter this is more difficult with the deep snow, hence we are searching hard for a good hutch replacement. No one makes them here and what I see people using are way too small as they are buying the inadequate ones that are available. I am now looking for a carpenter to build a hutch for us. That’s not easy either. We have lots of rabbits around and I find it odd that hutches are so difficult to find. Your article is helpful in providing information i will need in getting a hutch built when I find someone to build it! Thank you and thank you also for ‘listening’!

    1. Dick Catten
      Dick Catten at |

      Hi there. I can’t help you physically build the hutch but nearly everyone has the skill to build a simple hutch if they just take their time and pay attention to what they are doing. Aside from the materials(wood and chicken wire) you will need an inexpensive hand saw, a speed square, tape measure, drill and some screws.
      I know that the task may be daunting at first but I know that you can handle it if you tried.
      If you have any questions at all I would be glad to answer you directly if you just reply here. I would be glad to help!

  8. James Williams
    James Williams at |

    Thank you for the designs, I’m sitting on the fence right now trying to decide whether just to buy a prebuilt rabbit hutch or build one myself. Keep up the good work!

  9. Max
    Max at |

    any plans of hutches for heavy rain area?

  10. mandy smith
    mandy smith at |

    we have two indoor rabbits and five outdoor rabbits( not including five orphans we are currently hand-rearing), All our bunnies have access to an incredibly large back garden, the outdoor Buns primarily live in the shed that’s been given over to them for warmth and shelter, and the two indoor Buns have free run of our home, going outdoors via the cat flap whenever they feel the need. I’d like to think they were very happy, they’re certainly healthy with all the space they have to run about in, plus the added advantage as they fertilize the garden.

  11. Bernard Gilbert
    Bernard Gilbert at |

    Very very helpful.

  12. Whitney Abrams
    Whitney Abrams at |

    I breed hypoallergenic rabbits, in small quantities.

    Wire bottom cages are safe for rabbits IF they have a place to rest that is not wire bottomed. I have a smaller breed that, to many, does well in 24×24 cages. Mine are in 24×36, and the ones I am building are 18″ high so they can have a shelf. Wire bottom cages allow for more sanitary conditions, meaning a healthier rabbit.

    Toys are great for rabbits to keep them entertained while in their cage. We have wood kids stacking blocks and large mouth canning rings.

    The biggest thing you can do is make sure your bunny’s house (cage) is clean, they have plenty of food/hay for their needs, they have fresh liquid water 24/7, and daily love from you.

  13. Malachi
    Malachi at |

    Is the 3) The Top Latch Wooden Rabbit Hutch Plan free to get it


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