Building a guinea pig habitat

Store-bought cages marketed for guinea pigs are generally not large enough for these active animals’ needs. In addition to being cramped homes for your pet, they also tend to be quite expensive.

Fortunately, enthusiasts have developed an easy-to-build alternative that will make your new pig, and your wallet, more comfortable.


  • Storage cubes (found at retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, or Bed Bath and Beyond and marketed with names like “Neat Idea Cubes” or “Organize It”)   
  • Solid base material (we suggest coroplast, linoleum, or plywood)
  • Plastic zip ties 


  1. Snap the cubes together to form the perimeter of the habitat. This can be done with the included connectors or with zip ties. Common configurations are 2x3, 2x4, or 2x5 rectangles.
  2. Measure the length and width of the inside of the enclosure.
  3. Add 12 inches to each dimension to allow for six-inch walls on all sides of the base, and mark the coroplast (or linoleum) for cutting.
  4. Cut to size with heavy-duty scissors or a box cutter.
  5. Measure and mark lines six inches from each edge, and score with a box cutter. Be sure not to cut all the way through — just make a dent for easy folding.
  6. Cut corner flaps from one edge.    
  7. Snap the edges away from the score to form a box.
  8. Tape the flaps with packing tape to secure them.                                   
  9. Place the box inside the connected grids, and you’re done!                          


Adapted from more detailed material at