It’s important to read our basic mounting instructions before continuing on. They will help you determine what tools you will need and also about how to mount individual planks, sisal poles, ladders and Escape Hatches.
For this complex you will need four studs spaced out at 16″ from center to center. Start by marking the center of each of the four studs you’re using. Since this complex is rather tall, we suggestion marking multiple areas on each stud up the wall.
The Cat Mod – Roman Fort comes with a single piece of fabric 19 grommets long. It’s easiest to cut your fabric before mounting the planks. Below are the different fabric cuts you will need to create The Cat Mod Roman.
When cutting the fabric to size, you want to cut 3/4″ from the center of the grommets. This length allows for the fabric to hold tight in each plank.
Mount a separated plank centered on the second stud from the right. We suggest mounting the first step 14″-15″ from the floor to make for easy jumping.
Attach the six-grommet-long piece of fabric to the plank and use furniture screws to attach the wooden top to firmly hold the fabric in place.
Remove the plank bottoms from the Escape Hatch and attach the sixth set of grommets down the fabric to one of the planks. Stretch it up and to the left and mount into the left-most stud you’re using. Be sure to keep the fabric tight.
Mount the next plank, using the Escape Hatch to line it up. Attach a five-grommet-long section of fabric to the right plank of the shelf before mounting the shelf top into place. For step-by-step instructions on how to install the Escape Hatch, see our basic mounting section.
Attach ladder steps to the lower three sets of grommets between planks. For detailed instructions on mounting the ladder read our basic mounting section.
This next part is easiest to do with a helper. This complex has two different sisal poles included, one with the mounting section to the right and one facing to the left. This next step uses the sisal pole with mounting section to the left, so that it faces the fabric from the Escape Hatch.
Put the sisal pole together using the instructions here. Please keep in mind our instructions are for a larger pole, but it’s the same concept (attaching the ends and making sure the backs are lined up together.)
Remove the wooden tops from the planks at the top and bottom of the sisal pole. With your helper holding the pole against the wall, lay the grommets at the end of the section of fabric coming off of the Escape Hatch over the plank at the base of the pole, pull it taught to the right, and mount it in place in the stud there. Then mount the top plank of the pole. Use a level on the side of the pole to be sure it’s straight up and down.
Next, reattach the plank tops to both the top and bottom of the pole.
Now, with your helper, mount the other sisal pole directly above the left side of the Escape Hatch, in the same manner you mounted the first pole. There should be 27″ between the bottom of the pole and top of the Escape Hatch.
Attach the other five-grommet-long piece of fabric to the bottom plank of the pole and use furniture screws to attach the wooden top to firmly hold fabric in place. Attach the wooden top to the top plank of the pole.
Use a separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets down the strip of fabric. Stretch the fabric to the right until the plank is centered on second stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank and mount it.
Next, mount a plank in the second stud from the left, 27″ up from the hammock you just mounted. Attach the last strip of fabric so that it’s coming off the right side of the plank and replace the plank top.
Use a separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets down the strip of fabric. Stretch the fabric to the right until the plank is centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the plank and mount it.