Rabbits are so cute. The domesticated ones live in these mini hutches that can be bought but you know what’s better than buying? Making one yourself. The one you will make will not only save money but will be sturdier than the hutches available in markets.
Just as cute as they are, rabbits love cozy and cute shelters. These furry rabbits are peculiar and have different needs to have a comfortable home. Ever heard the phrase breeding like rabbits? Yup that is true about them. In no time you will have more cute babies to take care of and you will be needing bigger rabbit hutches. So, how to build a rabbit hutch? Well, it’s easy if you know your way around some power tools.
Easy to follow rabbit hutch plans will enable you to create a suitable and safe home and enviroment for raising rabbits. These free DIY rabbit hutch plans range from simple, inexpensive functional hutches to elaborate and detailed hutches. Select from any one of these from our round up of 57 free building plans that will show you how to build a rabbit hutch within a weekend.
1- Cold Weather Rabbit Hutch Plan
Rabbits have to be kept through at least one winter to make it worthwhile to raise them as a meat source. Female rabbits have to be 6 months old before they can reproduce, so buying baby bunnies in the spring and to slaughter in the fall is not worth the investment.
Follow these easy plans to build a DIY cold weather rabbit hutch that will keep your bunnies warm, dry and happy, even in the coldest climates.
2- Upcycled Rabbit Hutch From Dresser
The next hutch I am sharing with you is an old dresser rabbit hutch. Use these rabbit hutch plans by Instructables to transform an old dresser into a new rabbit hutch. This idea will save you money, keep an item out of the landfill and provide rabbits with a secure home.
If you don’t have an old unused dresser that can be used for this project, one can be bought cheaply at a thrift shop or flea market.
Remove the drawers and replace them with doors that have wire fronts for easy access to the rabbits. The recycled dresser makes a nice piece of furniture so the hutch can be placed in the family room for family interaction and entertainment.
3- Free Rabbit Hutch Plans Made From Wood Pallet
As we all know how to get free pallet to recycle it in any DIY project. Transform discarded wooden pallets into a functional rabbit hutch for free with these building plans by Motherearthnews. Keep rabbits safe in these free rabbit hutches and recycle old wood at the same time.
4- DIY Rabbit Hutch With Automatic Poop Collector
The least favorite part of having animals is having to clean up their poop as we all know! These free building plans by Littlemissourihomestead will show you how to build a large outdoor bunny hutch that automatically collects the poop. No scoop poop is deposited in a bucket and ready for garden use.
5- Two Story Rabbit Hutch Plan
This two-story bunny hutch by Rogueengineer will provide attractive living quarters for one or two bunnies. The bottom story is for playing, the top story is for sleeping, eating and easy human access.
6- DIY Outdoor Rabbit Hutch
Learn how to build an outdoor structure that can be used as a rabbit hutch or chicken coop in this instructional Youtube video. The simple wood structure is a perfect size and shape for most backyards, plus it’s an easy DIY project that a novice builder can master.
Raising rabbits as a meat source is gaining popularity because it’s easy and affordable, this DIY hutch will enable you to keep rabbits secure. Consider building two – one for rabbits and one for chickens.
7- Three Units Rabbit Hutch Plans
Keeping rabbits is ideal for homesteaders or in the backyard with the chickens for several reasons. Rabbits are a sustainable and nutritious food source for humans and/or livestock and their droppings make an excellent plant or worm food. Rabbit fur can be used in many different ways and their carcasses can be used for bait.
But to raise rabbits, they need a safe, secure home or hutch that will keep them protected from predators. Follow these free instructional plans and build a rabbit hutch this weekend.
8- Cute barn DIY rabbit hutch
This is a smaller rabbit hutch on Youtube to move it wherever and whenever you want to give bunnies some fresh grass time to time. As bunnies can chew holes right through the wooden sides, these sides were lined with wire so it became impossible for them to chew it.
The doors are cute barn doors. The cracks and spacings were filled with caulking. This makes it look like one piece without any gaps once the whole hutch gets painted. The best thing about the design is the slidable plastic tray. When it gets filled with poop and shavings, you can slide it out and hose it down. Everything is clean. The terrific design of this hutch was also not a usual box design.
This Youtube video is also in parts for your convenience and you can see the part two on the channel.
9- DIY Rabbit Condo
Building a rabbit hutch like this one by Ikeahackers could not be easier than this and the finished result is an attractive indoor rabbit condo. Three stories of living space provide rabbit(s) with plenty of room and the mesh front provides you with uninhibited views of bunny.
10- Outdoor Rabbit Houses
11- A-Frame Rabbit Hutch Plan
These free rabbit hutch plans by Design.Medeek show you how to build an A-frame style home for bunnies. This homemade rabbit cage is inexpensive and has a low profile so it won’t obstruct outdoor views.
12- PVC Rabbit Hutch Plan
13- Rolling DIY Hutch
When portability is a priority, this easy DIY build by Buildeazy meets the need. Compact, lightweight and on wheels, these free rabbit hutch plans will have you rolling your rabbits around to fresh grass by the end of the weekend.
14- Rabbit House and Run
15- Slant Roof Rabbit Hutch
Attractive and built for outdoors, this slant roof rabbit hutch design by Construct101 keep rain and snow from pooling on the roof. Door and wire access provides easy front access to the hutch for maintenance. Rabbit Hutch Plan
16- Cheap Rabbit Hutch Plan
These Step by step instructions by Howtospecialist walk you through this inexpensive build in less than one weekend. Basic design is functional, inexpensive and will keep rabbits safe and happy. Rabbit Hutch Plan
17- DIY Rabbit Hotel
This easy to build rabbit hotel by Instructables is kid friendly and provides plenty of space for a growing rabbit family. Separate ‘rooms’ in the rabbit hotel help to keep the peace during times of family squabbles.
18- Large Rabbit Hutch Plans
Unlike the hutches that I have shown you above. These free rabbit hutch plans are perfect for those with several pet rabbits or for those in the rabbitry business. Large, roomy outdoor hutch like this one by Crossroadsrabbitry provide the living space and breathing room that healthy rabbits require.
19- Front Opening Hutch
These free rabbit hutch plans will show you how to build a front opening rabbit hutch like this one by Naturalrabbitfood The entire front of the hutch opens downward to provide easy access to rabbits and for interior cleaning.
20- DIY Rabbit Run
Rabbits need a place to hop around and get exercise, these free plans by Therabbithouse will enable you to build a safe run so your rabbits can move about freely. The wire enclosure keeps rabbits safe while they are outdoors.
21- Triangle Rabbit Hutch
These free building plans by Ana-White will show you how to build a lightweight triangle hutch that is portable. Move the hutch every couple of days to provide fresh grass for rabbits and so they can leave a ‘deposit’ on the soil for you.
22- 3-Section Rabbit Hutch Plans
Watch this YouTube video for detailed instructions for building a 3-section, off-ground rabbit hutch. Easy rabbit hutch plans provide both Youtube video and written instructions for building a durable rabbit hutch.
23- Above Ground Rabbit Hutch
24- DIY Rabbit Hutch With Suspended Wire Cage
25- Sectional DIY Rabbit Hutch
Separation is a good thing when rabbits are producing more little bunnies than you know what to do with, and this sectional design provides the needed separation. One DIY rabbit hutch, like this one by Instructables and several sections. Over-population stopped. Rabbit Hutch Plan
26- Weekend Homestead
Build it in a weekend, provide housing for rabbits for years. Wire door fronts provide easy access to rabbits and the above ground hutch by Organic-Gardening-Adventures keeps rabbits safe from predators. Rabbit Hutch Plan
27- Portable Homestead For Rabbits
This hutch and run provide a portable homestead for rabbits. Lightweight structure is easy to move so rabbits can always feast on fresh grass.
28- Small Rabbit Hutch Plan
Lightweight and portable, these free rabbit hutch plans by Instructables show you how to build a small rabbit hutch that will house 3-6 small bunnies. Move this DIY outdoor hutch every other day to a new grassy location and keep your rabbits well fed and thriving.
29- Small Space Hutch
These detailed instructions will show you how to build a rabbit hutch like this one by Taylorholmes for outside that won’t take up much space. The hutch uses vertical space, so it takes up very little horizontal space in your backyard.
The design makes it easy to clean out what rabbits leave behind so the hutch is a cinch to keep clean and manure for the garden is easy to harvest.
Rabbits need shelter from the heat and cold, protection from predators and you need the shelter to be easy to clean. This DIY rabbit hutch meets all of these needs and looks good too.
30- Indoor Rabbit Hutch Plans
31- Indoor Rabbit Hutch Plan
A few pre-made components make this build go quickly and the finished hutch is attractive enough to place in any room of your home. The slim, two-story design takes up very little space and the hutch is easy to clean.
The two-story design features a play and eating area on the bottom level and the sleeping area on the top level. Rabbit hutch plans don’t get much easier than this one.
32- Homemade Indoor Rabbit Hutch Plans
No one will know rabbits are living inside this recycled cupboard until they peek in through the front wire doors. The design fits in perfectly with farmhouse decor and the rabbits will love it.
If you have an old cupboard you don’t know what to do with, use these free rabbit hutch plans and create an attractive, functional home for your pet rabbits.
33- PVC Rabbit Cage Plan
This lightweight DIY rabbit cage by raising-rabbits is made with a PVC pipe frame and wire cages. It’s light enough to move around indoors or outdoors as needed, yet sturdy enough to secure housing for a few rabbits. The design also makes clean-up fast and easy with a pressure washer or water hose.
Use these free plans and learn how to make a rabbit cage in just a few minutes with PVC pipes and cages.
34- Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Plans
This outdoor rabbit hutch is quick to build and will protect your rabbit from the elements and predators. These detailed rabbit hutch plans by Myoutdoorplans provide a list of building materials you will need, plus steps by step instructions for wood cutting and assembly.
Ideal design for raising meat rabbits outdoors in any climate. The hutch is set up off the ground on legs to keep rabbits out of reach of predators and to provide storage underneath the hutch.
Lumber and shingles leftover from other DIY building projects can be used to create this outdoor hutch so the expense will be kept to a minimum.
35- Dresser Rabbit Hutch Plan
An old chest of drawers can be given new life as a rabbit hutch with these instructions. These rabbit hutch plans by craftsy show you how to transform an old, unsightly chest of drawers into an attractive and functional rabbit hutch that will fit perfectly into any room of your home.
The top drawers are removed and replaced with wire doors and the bottom drawer is left intact to hold a plastic bin to catch all the rabbit droppings. Easy to build and easy to maintain, and it will cost you almost nothing to build.
36- A-Frame Rabbit Cage Plan
This is a great design when you are raising several rabbits and they need their own spaces. Learn how to build these DIY rabbit cages by Instructables that are small, sturdy and portable with these free plans.
The A-frame design provides plenty of interior space for one or two rabbits, plus the design is sturdy enough to withstand most predators and most inclement weather conditions. Fold-down doors on each end of the A-frame cage make clean-up fast and easy.
37- Wooden Rabbit Hutch Plans
This basic design can be modified to fit your space and your needs. Step by step instructions provides you with wood cutting dimensions and how to put the cut pieces together to create this sturdy and versatile DIY rabbit hutch in pdf by Woodworkingsiteonline.
Modify the design for outdoor use by placing wire in the bottom of the hutch, and for indoor use replace the wire bottom with a plastic catch pan. The leg height of the structure can also be modified to suit your needs for raising rabbits, and the length can also be modified.
This wooden design is easy to work with and adjust and provides an ideal home for your rabbits.
38- Plywood and Wire Rabbit Hutch Plans
Simple and functional design made from plywood and wire. These free rabbit hutch plans by house-for-rabbit.blogspot.com will show you how to create a safe indoor and outdoor space for your rabbit using pre-cut plywood and wire.
The cost of this DIY project is minimal, and if you have leftover materials the cost could be almost nothing. Customize the design to fit a safe outdoor location and your rabbit will be kept happy with plenty of space to hop around in the sunshine and a safely enclosed hutch to hop into for a nap.
39- Rabbit Hutch Tractor
This is an ideal way to allow your rabbits to have some freedom while remaining within a secure space. Check out these plans that show you how to build a rabbit cage like this one by Self-reliance that is portable and sits directly on the ground.
This rabbit tractor is secure on top and side while having an open bottom that allows the rabbits to nibble on the vegetation and leave behind free fertilizer. A rabbit tractor can be used during the daytime as a rabbit play yard, then at night, they can be placed in an off-ground hutch for safety.
Move the DIY rabbit tractor to a new location in your yard every few days so fresh fertilizer can be added to the space and fresh vegetation will be available to rabbits.
40- Rabbit Hutch Remodel With KW Cages
The maker is being so precise with all of her angles. The roof has perfect 25° angle. Instead of painting the rabbit hutch like this one on Youtube after it’s been built, the DIYers painted the cut parts. This idea is great. Everything doesn’t get messy and the insides are also painted quite easily. They painted it with pretty teal color.
After the wooden structure was erected and screwed together, the cages were inserted. These cages are KW cages. They are an initial investment but they are worth it. The whole structure is pretty amazing with great airflow. This is a pretty big design which can house many rabbits.
Excellent Youtube video Tutorial! Great editing, wonderful filming, sound was clear with the quiet background music and a beautiful project. This rabbit hutch plan is 10/10.
41- Cube Cage
This is a semi DIY project by Therabbithouse that works well for people with little time and minimal tools. These cube cages are already constructed, you just put them together in the design and size that will suit your needs.
Stack them vertically, horizontally or stack them both ways to create a design that makes raising rabbits easiest for you. These free plans tell you where to obtain the cube cages and gives you ideas on how to arrange them.
Cube cages are great when keeping rabbits inside your home. They allow to for easy interaction between you and the rabbits, plus easy cleanup.
42- Indoor Bunny Cage
43- Multi-Level Rabbit Cage
Use this idea to create a DIY rabbit cage by bunnyblurbs that is multi-level and can fit into the corner of a room. Great use of space when rabbits are being kept indoor as pets, and the cages are easy to clean.
Watch everything the rabbits do in the multi-level cages and easily interact with them through the wire.
Rabbits make fun, entertaining and loving pets and this multi-level rabbit cage will provide them a secure living space that is large enough for them to get plenty of daily exercise.
44- Rabbit Condo
Create a rabbit condo like this one by Ikeahackers from pre-fab pieces of furniture that match your furniture. A bookshelf from Ikea can be easily used to create a rabbit condo with these free plans. With so many other pieces of pre-fab Ikea furniture to select from, an indoor rabbit condo can easily be created to blend in perfectly with interior decor.
The condo can double as a TV stand or plant shelf, so you can get two items for the price of one.
45- Flower Box Rabbit Hutch Plan
Bunny hutches don’t have to be ugly or plain, they can attractive, whimsical and add value to the landscape. This bunny hutch design by Gingersnapcrafts makes a lovely addition to a backyard and doubles as a flower planter that’s the feature I like the most.
A simple wire cage structure with a shingle roof and flower box creates an attractive home for bunnies and a place to grow flowers. There is a wire cage barrier between the bunnies and the flowers, so the plants can grow in peace right alongside the bunnies. Attractive enough to become the focal point of your backyard.
46- 9 Rabbit Hutch Plans
Use these free plans to create a rabbit hutch by renovation-headquarters that you can easily roll around to any part of your landscape. The portable hutch is a small cart style design that allows you to push it around to different areas of your landscape while the rabbits are securely inside.
Open the drop-down door so rabbits can come out and enjoy eating on fresh vegetation while leaving behind valuable droppings to feed plants. Combine this rabbit hutch on wheels with a portable fence food costs and clean up will be significantly reduced for you.
47- Double Rabbit Hutch Plan In Pdf
Top and bottom hutches have different compartments, each with easy access for tending to rabbits. The hutch keeps rabbits secure from the elements and predators, and the open cage design makes clean up easy with a pressure washer.
Follow the detailed instruction on this downloadable PDF file to build this large hutch that can house several rabbits at a time.
48- Easy Rabbit Hutch With Opening Roof
This bunny house by howtospecialist is very easy to make and any person that just knows basic woodworking skills can build it. With common materials and tools, you can build this project in one weeks. There are step by step instructions so you can easily adjust the dimensions in accordance with your need.
There are tips and it tells you to buy quality material so you don’t have problems on your hands. The DIY bunny cage has two stories and three compartments. It features large doors for easy access.
Materials are listed under material’s heading and so are tools and you know the making time? One day. Yup just a day and your bunnies have a sturdy nice home. There are pictorials with measurements written on them so you also have visuals.
49- Bunny Hutch With Opening Roofing
The DIY rabbit hutch in this Youtube video tutorial was made using plans from google. Also, if there were some details that were missing in the google plans or error, it was rectified in the video. The DIYer had her two little workers to help him along, daughters.
It has two openings. You can open the front door as well as the entire roofing. There are two compartments. The lower one doesn’t have a floor so your bunnies can eat grass and dandelions wherever you place the hutch and then they can climb the slope up to the upper compartment where they have a cute room to rest. This was one the best DIY rabbit hutch plans.
50- DIY Rabbit Hutch Under $200
The final look of the current rabbit hutch plan on Youtube is so complex and sophisticated but this was one of the easiest Rabbit hutches plans you can follow. Most of the rabbit hutches look so plain and boring but this one’s shape was like Chinese pagoda. It doesn’t look bland in the garden but will be adding an extra aesthetic touch.
The design has 6 compartments and each can house one or two rabbits. The galvanized top sheets are layered with wood so it doesn’t get too hot for rabbits in summer. This design was definitely way different than the common box ones.
51- Canadian Rabbit Hutch
You might have difficulty in finding the measurements down in the comments so here they are for your easiness:
“This is 2×4 construction – 8 foot long – will need 25 of them about 50 feet of 1×1 wire mesh 2 feet wide 1×12 rough cut pine – about 6-8of them all 8 foot long 2 sheets of 4×8 half inch plywood or chipboard 3 bundles of shingles your hinges -whatever works for you 1and 3/4 & 2- and 3/4-inch deck screws – 5-7 pounds total use 7/8 galvanized staples – note use your hammer”
The design is winter tested. You can make it with $200. This video is in parts and you can easily find the rest on their channel.
52- Best Rabbit Hutch Design
This is the video of making an easy cleaning rabbit hutch for indoor use on Youtube. It has large cages which provide room for more baby rabbits. Your rabbits are going to be very happy in this design.
The DIYer narrates all the measurements in this youtube video and is pretty skillful with tools. His child also loves to work alongside his dad.
Love the gutter idea. Excellent cage with built in toilet facilities. The final look was amazing. You can watch the video of this DIY rabbit hutch here.
53- Cheap Rabbit Hutch With Wood And Mesh
This DIY rabbit hutch plan on Youtube is very cheap to make. The design is great, and you don’t need many supplies to get started. Just wood, wire mesh and some nails. This is a small plan for just 3 to 4 rabbits. The basic idea was to build something without costing much.
The DIYer used wire for hutch flooring. It is a common misconception that wire flooring is bad for rabbits. Wire flooring (especially the thick gauge flooring I have) keeps rabbits out of urine and waste at all times, and also aids in adequate ventilation, which prevents disease.
Sore hocks or sore feet is typically a genetic problem or is caused by soiled living conditions. Rabbits have plush fur on the bottom of their feet and are quite comfortable on the wire. Still if you want, you can add a “footrest” for them. Basically, a small piece of plywood somewhere in the cage where the rabbits can get off the hard cage.
54- IBC Container Rabbit Hutch
You can easily find some cheap IBC containers for a few bucks. This is a plan of DIYing these containers into rabbit hutches. The plan itself is easy to comprehend and follow. The materials and tools required are listed. Pictorials are there to help you along the way.
This DIY rabbit hutch by Instructables has two compartments which can house two of your bunnies. There is a window on the side for aeration. It can’t be assured that these rabbit hutches would do best in winters but in summers, they are a perfect DIY for your cuties. You can put these under heavy shaded trees in summer.
I like this plan as it is one of the easiest DIY Rabbit hutch plans you’ll ever found.
55- $40 Rabbit Hutch
This is a great DIY rabbit hutch plan by Instructables that you can make under 40 dollars. It is elevated and you can also use it to cover your composters. The rabbit poop will fall right into your composters and you won’t have to worry much about cleaning. This is a great idea. You can also move the hutch periodically over areas to fertilize them.
It is made of wood and chicken wires with two compartments for two rabbits with as little cleaning as possible. The plan is comprehensive and detailed. Not only the plans are in pictorials, there are pictures of work being done too.
This rabbit hutch can also be used to house birds. Really neat hutch and a pretty simple design. Rabbit Hutch Plan
56- The Backyard Rabbit Coop
Now this is a beautiful looking plan. It’s so aesthetically pleasing to eyes and is self-designed so you will not find it elsewhere. If you are in need of a sturdy one, this is that one too.
You will be able to make this diy rabbit hutch by Instructables in a week or two all on your own or less if you have a partner. You just have to know your way around a few power tools and need not to be a professional carpenter. The supplies are listed, lumber dimensions are stated, hardware required is there and the plan is in steps with proper pictorials.
The wire is vinyl coated which repels heat and is softer on the rabbit feet. The metal roofing is not in direct contact with the wood below so that it doesn’t heat up in summer. You can hang floral baskets on the side hooks.
Another thing that needs mentioning is that you can also keep quails in this design.
57- Easy 6 Bay Rabbit Hutch
This is a plan for a double decker DIY rabbit cage on Youtube that can house 6 rabbits in 6 different sections, 3 on the bottom and 3 on the top. It is made specially for outdoors. The design is tough and definitely can withstand harsh climates.
It has a middle roof also made of metal roofing that catches poop and pee and for cleaning it, you can hose it down.
This youtube video is long and doesn’t skip or fast-forward any important parts unlike some of the above hutches videos that I have shared with. The DIYer clearly gives instructions and knows what he is doing.
So, these were our round up of Rabbit hutch plans that you can quickly and easily make in no mean time for the furry pets. Rabbits aren’t fussy. You just have to make sure that they stay airy in summer and warm in winter and in a year, you’ll have so many rabbits to take care of.
Based upon some of the most common questions asked I have prepared a questionnaire.
Is it cheaper to build a rabbit hutch or buy one?
Building a rabbit hutch yourself will save you a considerable amount of money. A DIY rabbit hutch will be more sturdy than a store bought one and you will also be able to customize it. When you build it yourself, you will be able to make it the exact size and style that you want. Remember, rabbits multiply rapidly and a larger hutch is better than a smaller one.
What veggies can rabbits eat daily?
Rabbits need leafy greens every day. Lettuce, cabbage, kale, herbs, and weeds should make up their daily diets. New veggies should be introduced to the rabbits slowly to help prevent stomach upset.
Carrots are typically the first veggie that comes to mind to feed rabbits, but carrots are high in carbohydrates and will give rabbits diarrhea. Potatoes are also high in carbohydrates and should not be fed to rabbits.
Do rabbits need a hutch?
Every animal needs to have a safe and secure place to live. Rabbits need a hutch so they will be able to sleep and rest peacefully. A rabbit hutch should have a soft floor so it won’t hurt their paw pads and a covered area where they can hide. This will mimic a home they would create for themselves in the wild and make them feel safe.
Which wood is best for building a rabbit hutch?
Any type of solid wood that is untreated will be ideal for building a rabbit hutch. Some wood is treated with chemicals to make it last longer when exposed to the weather but those chemicals can be toxic to rabbits.
Any type of fiberboard, like MDF or OSB, should not be used because the rabbits will be able to chew on it and ingest the loose particles. Use solid boards of pine, birch, or bamboo.
What is the best surface for rabbits?
The hutch floor needs to be solid to protect your rabbit’s feet. It should also be easy to clean, resist absorbing moisture, and be non-toxic. Solid wood is often the choice for floor surfaces as it meets all the criteria.
Linoleum can be used to place on top of the solid wood or wire to make the hutch floor easy to clean and to provide a soft surface for tiny rabbit paws. Make sure the linoleum is made from natural products and is non-toxic.
Solid plastic or ceramic tiles will also work well as a surface for the rabbit hutch. Both are affordable, easy to clean, and safe for rabbits.
Whichever flooring surface you use, make sure to keep it covered with plenty of grass, hay, or other bedding material.