About Krabhuis

Krabhuis – Dutch for “scratch house” – is a cardboard house for your cat. Designed by three architects from Rotterdam, Krabhuis combines the feline fascination for cardboard boxes with a cat’s need sharpen its claws. Krabhuis’ designers know first-hand that there is a complete lack of attractive furniture for cats out there, and they’ve found a solution.


In search of scratching posts for our own cats, we struggled to find anything that matched the style of our interiors. And we knew that whatever we buy, our cats will probably prefer the box it came in anyway.

So, combining kitty-cat love for cardboard boxes with our architectural skills, we came up with Krabhuis. Krabhuis is a cardboard house for your cat to hide in, sleep in, play with and scratch its nails on. Good for your cat, good for your sofa and good for your interior.

Happy Cats

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The people behind Krabhuis

Krabhuis was designed by Sander, Joost and Maarten, three friends from Rotterdam. They met at architecture school in Delft and established their company ‘drievrienden’ – Dutch for “three friends” – in March of 2013. They aim to design interior-objects with an architectural twist. ‘drievrienden’ manufactures its products in an environmentally and socially friendly way.

Photo by Vincent van Dordrecht for Metro Holland

Krabhuis the Movie

We made our own movie, starring five completely different cats, all looking for their own home in a cardboard world.

Check it out below:

Made in The Netherlands

Krabhuis is completely manufactured in The Netherlands: designed in Rotterdam, produced in Waddinxveen and assembled in Tilburg.

Assembly takes place at Parcours, a school for students with special needs. The assembly of Krabhuis is part of their arts and crafts program.


If you have any questions, or need more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.