DIY Sugar Glider Cage

DIY Sugar Glider Cage

DIY Sugar Glider Cage

This easy step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know to make an awesome DIY sugar glider cage made out of pvc pipe. It’s cheap, easy, and awesome! Your sugar gliders will love it.

Supplies Needed for Sugar Glider Cage

  1. *36- 90-Degree Elbows(1/2″)
  2. *3 Cross Connectors(1/2″)
  3. *20 T Connectors(1/2″) (24 for cage w/ stand)
  4. *1,000 Small Zip-Ties(4″)
  5. *200 Large Zip-Ties(8″)
  6. *37- 2 1/2″x1/4″ Bolts(Stainless Steel) (49 for cage w/ stand)
  7. *37-  1/4″ Nuts (49 for cage w/ stand)
  8. *6- 1 1/2″ Bolts(Stainless Steel)
  9. *37- 1/4″ Washers(Stainless Steel) (49 for cage w/ stand)
  10. *13- 10′ PVC Pipes (14 for cage w/ stand)
  11. *2- 15′ Rolls of Hardware Net
  12. *1 Handle(4 if you want them for the doors as well)
  13. *3- 1 1/2″ Hook and Eye Latches

Choose the Cage Size You Want to Build

Choose the sugar glider cage you want to build. Once you start cutting, there isn’t going any back. So make sure you choose the appropriate size.

 

2’x3’x5′ Cage Instructions 2’x3’x6′ Cage Instructions
Sugar Glider Cage Instructions (2'x3'x5')

Sugar Glider Cage Instructions (2’x3’x5′)

Sugar Glider Cage Instructions (2'x3'x6')

Sugar Glider Cage Instructions (2’x3’x6′)

with stand with stand

Cut all the PVC into the Correctly Sized Pieces

It is very important that these pieces are the exact size the directions ask for. Different sized PVC pieces will mess up the entire cage.

 

For cage w/ stand: cut an additional 4 pieces of PVC no less then 2″ long. You can make them longer if you’d like a taller stand, but be sure to cut them all exactly the same length. These pieces will be the “legs” for the cage.

 

Cutting PVC Pipe

Cutting PVC Pipe

PVC Pieces

PVC Pieces

Put PVC Pieces Together Following the Instructions for Your Cage Size.

(For cage w/ stand: There will be an additional piece: the drop tray.)

 

Back of Sugar Glider Cage

Back of Sugar Glider Cage

Doors for Sugar Glider Cage

Doors for Sugar Glider Cage

Front of Sugar Glider Cage

Front of Sugar Glider Cage

Sides of Sugar Glider Cage

Sides of Sugar Glider Cage

PVC Cage Top & Bottom

PVC Cage Top & Bottom

Put Panels Together

Put all of the panels together to make sure that all of the pieces are put together correctly and fix any errors BEFORE putting on the hardware cloth. You can use some large zip-ties to hold the pieces together temporarily or simply have someone help you hold up the pieces to check the alignment. The center bars should line up on the front/back and side panels (you will need to lift up the front panel about an inch and a half to leave room to slide the bottom panel underneath). Also, the sides go in-between the front/back panel, NOT on the outside of them.

 

(For cage w/ stand: The front and back panel will be the same height. The bottom panel should fit perfectly inside the bottom of cage.)

Putting Panels Together

Putting Panels Together

 

After making sure all of the pieces are cut correctly, cut out all of the hardware net to fit each panel. Hardware net is what the walls are made up of.

 

Zip-tie the hardware net to each panel using the small zip-ties.* Place 1 zip-tie every 3rd or 4th square. Using pliers to tighten the zip-ties will help to save your fingers from blisters. Use the large zip-ties to secure the hardware net where the connectors are.

 

Which side you prefer to put the hardware cloth on is personal preference. I put mine on the inside so you won’t see the seems once the cage is complete.

 

You can be done here. Or… you can take things further.

Using Nuts and Bolts

You can use bolts to secure the pieces together to make it really sturdy. Using a drill, drill 1/4″ holes in each of the panels where the bolts will go. Be careful not to drill the holes too close to the side where the net is or the washer will not fit! Put the holes where each of the red dots are in the picture below (you can drill more/less holes as you see fit).

 

Regular Cage Cage with Stand
Holes for Regular Cage Holes for Cage with Stand

 

Insert bolts into the holes you’ve just drilled and secure them in place using the washers and nuts.

 

Washers, Dryers, Bolts

*The cage in the picture does not have hardware net on it yet.

Drill holes in the top and bottom corners of one side of each of the large doors, 1 1/4″ from the end of each corner. Drill similar holes in the food door, but drill the holes in the 2 top corners rather then the 2 side corners. Only drill through the outer layer of the PVS, NOT through both sides. The mark the front panel accordingly and dril holes all the way through the PVC so the bolts will go completely through the PVC on the front panel and halfway into the PVC on the doors.

 

Place bolts through the holes in the front panel, once through the PVC, place a nut on each bolt and then while twisting on the nut, line up the doors so that the end of the bolts(coming through the other side of the nut) will go into the holes on the doors. If there is more space on the top of the large doors then on the bottom, the use washers to even out the gaps.

Here is what the doors should look like once the bolts/nuts are in place:

Large Sugar Glider Cage Door

Large Sugar Glider Cage Door

Adding Washers to Even Gaps

Adding Washers to Even Gaps

Sugar Glider Food Door

Sugar Glider Food Door

 

Put handle on pull-out tray (line up the handle and drill holes accordingly).

Handle on Tray

Handle on Tray

*The cage in the pictures does not have hardware net on it yet.

 

Put on latches and eyes(line up the hooks/eyes and drill holes accordingly).

Latches for Sugar Glider Door

Latches for Sugar Glider Door

 

Pimp out your awesome new cage and watch your gliders have a fun time exploring their huge new home!

 

I recommend washing off your cage BEFORE letting your gliders in it for the first time, just to make sure there is no residue or anything on the PVC/net from being in the store.~

 

Enjoy your new diy sugar glider cage and be sure to post pics of it once your done!

13 comments to DIY Sugar Glider Cage

  • Brittany

    So about how much straight pvc pipe do I need for a 6ft?

    • Billy

      Hey Brittany,
      You would have to measure out the measurements and add up all the PVC together. It might be best to just get them cut to size by the home depot or lowes worker, rather than just buy a huge piece to cut yourself

  • Nikki

    Pvc conduit/pipe come in 10 foot lengths. The cut sheet says you need 13. I’m assuming that is 13 full size lengths then cut them to size as needed. It would be much cheaper to cut yourself. A hacksaw with a 32 tpi blade cuts through it like butter. They will probably charge you to cut that many at the store….

  • JoAnne

    Hi, are the gaps (especially at the corners) big enough for a sugar glider to squeeze through and escape the cage? If so, what would you recommend as a preventative? Thank you …

    • Billy

      Hey Joanne,
      The gaps should not be big enough if measured properly. I never really thought of a preventative as I am not really sure what would fit in between them. If you come up with any ideas, please let us know.

  • Mark Fenech

    Hi,
    Does the sharp sides of the net damage the feet of the gliders?

    • Billy

      Hey Mark,
      Never really had a problem with the sides of the net and my sugar glider. But every type of net is different. If you notice that they are sharp, I would avoid using that brand.

  • Josh

    What brand would you recommend for the net?

    • Billy

      Hey Josh,
      I don’t remember the exact brand at the top of my head, but make sure you get one that wont hurt the sugar gliders feet. Some are a bit sharper than others. Just make sure to check for that.

  • Cassidy

    What sort of latch do you have on the food door? Great DIY, definitely looking in to a slightly scaled down version!

  • Andria

    I thought you said this was cheap to make? I just added all supplies to my cart at Home Depot.com and I’m up to $208 before taxes!?!?! I can find a cage cheaper than that.

  • Ty t

    Adria it really is cheep u have to look for yhe right pices i bought my for 100

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