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Simple Rectangular Rabbit Hutch Design


This is a very simple rectangular rabbit hutch design which features an open top, sides and front panel covered by wire mesh. With such an open or ventilated rabbit hutch design, it ensures that your pet always breath the fresh air around its surrounding providing the best comfort for your pet to relax.

Feeding or taking your pet out is done by pulling the bottom edge of the hutch front cover. If you want to the door to remain open, take a long rod then stuck it on either side of the door's one end corner.

Let's proceed on the step-by-step procedure on how to build this simple rectangular rabbit hutch:

1. Build the bottom frame


- It is important that you have to build the bottom frame first. And, you have to make sure that the materials that you are going to use are sturdy enough to provide support for the rabbit hutch that you are going to build because this is the main foundational support.

Improper way of building the bottom frame of the hutch causes it to wiggle.

2. Build the vertical support


- Without somebody to lend a hand, I usually build the vertical support after the bottom frame. There are 5 of these vertical supports wherein I find it best to nail them by flipping the bottom frame up.

3. Build the top frame


- The top frame do have exact similar size as the bottom frame. With the vertical support already in place, you can carefully put it on their top then nail it.

4. Top and both sides wire mesh


- You can now place the wire mesh on the top and both sizes. To prevent the edges of the wire mesh protruding out, I do usually frame them.


5. Front door

- Create a frame of wire mesh that will serve as the front of the nearly completed rectangular hutch.


And finally, attach the hinges and the locks.



Here's how the completed simple rectangular rabbit hutch should look-like:

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Build A Rabbit Hutch With PVC Support Frame


It is actually a lot much easier to build a rabbit hutch using PVCs as support frame as compared to woods. Though, it will cost you more but the output of your work will be of good quality and design. If you really want to build a sturdy rabbit hutch then I do suggest using metal pipes instead of PVCs.

What is a PVC pipe?

PVC stands of Poly Vinyl Chloride and it is commonly used for plumbing, electrical cable insulation and many other applications replacing the use of rubbers.

Green PVC Pipe

So let's start.

1. The Prepare All Tools And Materials Required

Materials:

- PVC pipes

- PVC fittings

- PVC cement

- Wire mesh

- Metal roofing

- Hinge (2)

- Screws

-Rivets

Tools:

- Pliers

- Cutter

- Hacksaw

- Rivet gun

- Power drill

2. Cut Your PVC Pipes

You can make some adjustment on the measurements that I used on this guide which depends on the size of the rabbit hutch that you intend to build.

This PVC rabbit hutch design offers your pet a size of 4 ft length x 2 ft width x 3 ft high.

The first step is to cut the following pieces and sizes of PVC pipes;

- Four pieces of 2 ft length PVC pipes.

- Four pieces of 30 inches PVC pipes.

- Four pieces of 4 ft length PVC pipes.

- Four pieces of 6 inches PVC pipes.

3. Assembling The Frames

Take the four pieces of the 2 ft and 30 inches PVC pipes that you cut and assemble two pairs square frame. Use three-way fittings on the two ends which will be the top and four-way fittings on the other two sides which will be the bottom (Make sure to apply PVC cements on the fittings before fitting them together). Refer on the figure below:

Rabbit Hutch Width Frame

These frames will serve as the two sides of the rabbit hutch.

Once you are done, cut a wire-mesh with the size of the frame above. You will need two for the two frames. I find it best to use rivets because it can tightly hold the wire-mesh.

When it's done, connect the four pieces of 6 inches pipes at the free socket of the four-way fittings. It should look like the figure below:

Rabbit Hutch Foot Support

Finally, take the four pieces of the remaining PVC pipes (4 ft length) and connect them horizontally to the remaining open-socket of the pipe-fittings. And just like what you did from the side-frames, cut and cover both the front and back sides of the rabbit hutch.

4. Flooring

It's actually best to use a board of wood for the flooring rather than a wire-mesh because this can hurt their feet. So cut a piece of wooden board that will perfectly fit on the floor.

5. Opening And The Roof Top

The rooftop will be the opening of the rabbit hutch. It's where you can grab your pet out or give them something to eat.

Cut two pieces of 4 ft length PVC pipes and another two pieces of 2 ft length PVC pipes.

Assemble a 4 ft by 2 ft rectangular frame by using an elbow type of coupling.

Take your metal-sheet roofing and cut the same size as the rectangular frame above. When it's done, place the metal-sheet on top of the PVC rectangular frame to be riveted. Use a power drill with an appropriate size of drill-bit for the rivets.

Assuming that you are done, install the two pieces of hinges at the back side of the hutch which are connected to the roof-top and you are done.

PVC Rabbit Hutch

Moreover, I know that there's a lot more improvement into this design so feel free to make the necessary changes.

Have you already built your own rabbit hutch with PVC frame support such as the design discussed on this post? Tell us about it on the Comment Form provided below.
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Rabbit Hutches For Sale On Amazon


When you do not have the time to build your own rabbit hutch then you only got two choices. First is to hire a skilled person to construct the hutch for you or buy it in the market.

Hiring a skilled carpenter would be nice because you can give instructions on what do they need to do. They can also make adjustments on the size depending on the place where you intend to situate the hutch. However, this might cost you too much money for their services as compared to just buying a readymade product.

If you have the money that you are willing to spend then you may want to check some of the products on Amazon that I do recommend. And here they are:

1. Extra Large Rabbit Hutch With Attic by TRIXIE Pet Products

- What makes this extra large rabbit hutch by TRIXIE Pet Products very interesting is the type of wood that they used. It is actually made of solid wood which ensures the durability of the hutch.

2. Rabbit Hutch with Sloped Roof

- The manufacturer of Sloped Roof Rabbit hutch is the same as the above, TRIXIE Pet Products. I am not actually endorsing the name of the company but I really do find their products to be the best out there in the market.

Just like the Extra Large Rabbit Hutch With Attic, this one has exactly the same features but it only come in different design.

3. Extra Large Living World Rabbit Hutch

- This is a product of Deluxe Pet Habitat. It's actually a cage perfect for small-sized pets. So beside from a rabbit, you can also keep other pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas and etc...

One of the features that I do like about this hutch is its ventilated design which offers your pet a safe and comfortable place to stay.

4. White Picket Fence Hutch

- A rabbit hutch product by Advantek wherein it is designed for housing at least two rabbit pets. One of its best feature is the hutch's resistant against insects and rot fir lumber.

5. Penthouse Rabbit Hutch

- Another Advantek Rabbit Hutch product with exactly the same feature as the White Picket Fence Hutch above. The only difference between them is their design.

6. Stilt House Rabbit Hutch

- What I like most about purchasing Advantek rabbit hutch products is that they do "free shipping". This Stilt House Rabbit Hutch is a product of Advantek with the same features as the other two products mentioned above.

There are actually more rabbit hutches that are for sale on Amazon. But from the time of this post, these 6 products are the best hutches (based on my opinion) that are available on the market today.
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How To Build A Rabbit Hutch For Outside Purposes


Most rabbit hutches are actually designed for outdoor purposes. Thus, if you want to build a rabbit hutch, it must be able to stand through various tough weather conditions.

So how do you build a rabbit hutch suitable for outside purposes?

If you are new or doesn't have any experience in constructing a rabbit hutch, you may want to start from the beginning by reading my post entitled "Introduction On How To Build A Rabbit Hutch". This post discusses a short overview of what materials you need, tools, working area, design, assembly and some add-ons.

The next step is to browse for a good rabbit hutch outdoor design. I do have several designs here that you can choose from. You can find them under the Rabbit Hutch category or simply use the search button above.

Considering that you have now chosen a rabbit hutch design, you need to collect all the necessary materials that you need such as lumbers, wire-mesh and etc... Take note that you have to choose the type of materials that offers the best quality in terms of durability since you are making an outdoor rabbit hutch.

Are you ready?

Before you proceed with the construction, you also need to prepare the tools that you will be using. This has been discussed on this post entitled "Tools Needed For Building A Rabbit Hutch".

Follow all the given instructions carefully especially the sizes from the written guide of the design. If in case that you are building one of the designs that I shared on this blog and there are some instructions that you cannot understand, feel free to contact me and I will explain it to you more clearly.

You may also want to consider making some slight revisions. Here's a topic that I recently posted discussing about the 4 Common Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Design.

predator

Finally, after you have completed your rabbit hutch. The final part that you need to consider is the "Cover". You have to know that the outside environment is full of dangers that can seriously harm your pet. Some of them are coldness, animal predators and everything that you can possibly think that can harm your rabbit.
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Rabbit Hutch Building Materials


One of the first basic step on building a rabbit hutch is to collect or purchase the materials that are needed for the construction. The materials that you need actually depends on what kind of rabbit hutch that you are going to build. On this post, we will discuss the building materials for a standard wooden rabbit hutch.

So what are these building materials?

1. Lumber

Lumber is used for constructing the frame of your rabbit hutch. It provides the main support fortifying the hutch to be more sturdy ensuring that it will stand through various extreme weather conditions.

When buying lumber, they do come in different sizes such as the 2 x 2 inches and the 2 x 4 inches. If you are building a large outdoor rabbit hutch, it is best recommended to use the 2 x 4 inches lumber size.

lumber

It is also important to buy hard type of lumber. I know that they can be hard to cut with a saw or embed nails but such kind of lumber is the best for constructing a rabbit hutch.

2. Plywood

plywood

A plywood is used for covering the back portion of the rabbit hutch which serves as the wall. It can also be used as a flooring (or roofing if the hutch you are going make is to be kept inside a certain shelter). I do recommend buying those plywood with thickness of around 2 to 3 inches.

3. Wire Mesh or Screen

You will be needing some wire mesh to be used as a covering for the front and sides of the hutch. Handle it carefully because the edges can be sharp enough to cut or penetrate through your skin.

wire mesh

Wire mesh comes in many different forms which can be made out of metal or plastic materials. I do not recommend using wire mesh made out of plastic because your rabbit can easily rip its way out with its sharp teeth. As for metallic wire meshes, they do rust through time but this can be prevented by applying the right coating-paint.

4. Roofing Material

Roofing is required for outdoor rabbit hutch but if you intend on keeping your hutch inside another shelter such as an empty garage then roofing will be just optional.

To make the hutch last longer, it is best to choose a roofing material made of metal.

5. Drop Tray

You can simply buy a ready-made drop tray. It is actually mandatory to have a drop tray beneath a rabbit hutch as it makes cleaning a lot much easier.

Are there any building materials that I had missed? If you think there are, then add it on the Comment Form provided below.
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