Are you on a budget but in desperate need of a racking system to house your snakes?
Purpose built racks can be extremely expensive, especially for people with other financial commitments (children, health, debt… so on).
D.I.Y is the way most people go, but, without carpentry skills, it can easily become a mess and an eyesore.
Here’s how to make a rack for less than £110 without ever needing to lift a tool (well unless you wish to fasten it to the wall, which I recommend, especially if you have children).
This is just to make the frame, heating will need to be done by yourself to match the needs of your species.
As this is a wooden structure, this isn’t a lifetime lasting system. This is just something that can be built on a budget, until you can afford a purpose built rack.
Let’s get started.
- Measure the space you have available. Height - Width - Depth. Write this down!.
- Make sure there is a power source available nearby.
- Have a good breakfast, you will need the energy.
What to buy:
- Carcass - PLATSA FRAME - £45
These come in several sizes and colours, which makes it easy to blend into most rooms without causing too much stress on the eyes.
60x55x180 cm 9 levels
60x55x120 cm 6 levels
60x55x60 cm 3 levels
- Shelves - HJÄLPA SHELVES - £7 (each)
60x55x180 cm X 1
60x55 cm X 9
60x55x120 cm X 1
60x55 cm X 6
60x55 cm X 3
Each shelf can hold a number of tubs depending on the size and style. (if you use lid-less tubs, make sure to firmly place each upper shelf so that your animals don’t escape.
1 shelf can hold:
4 X FB-5-CV-G
2 X FB 10
1 X FB - 20
Rather than list a whole list of instructions on building it, here is a link to the downloadable instructions that you can follow.
There isn’t any screws or bolts needed to put the frame together, it is a simple ‘click and lock’ system.