9 Recommended Hamster Cages To Choose From (Both DIY and Purchased)

When considering hamster cages, you need to note that a hamster requires space to roam and play/exercise. Limited space will make it unhappy or snappy and it can bite.

Minimum cage dimensions for a Syrian Hamster and dwarf hamsters:

Different sources have given different dimensions. However, the minimum floor L x W should be 450sq inches.

  • (30” L by 16” W by 16”H) that is (76cm L by 40cm W by 40cm H)
  • (40” L by 16” W by 16”H) that is (100cm L by 40cm W by 40cm H)

Bigger is always better!!!

Tight Budget?

If you are working on a tight budget, the cheapest cages can be made of a plastic bottom and a wire canopy. An advantage of these kind of cages is that they are easy to keep clean and have a variety of sizes.

NB: Some cages come with accessories and some don’t. DO NOT get round cages, hamsters love corners. Also, make sure the cage floor is solid NOT wired.

Here are recommendations based on owners and experts.  It is up to you which one works for you (budget-wise, space-wise, appearance-wise etc.) as they are all good for your hamster.


IKEA DETOLFtip this on its side and take out the shelves. You will need to get a lid that must be meshed to prevent chances of hamster escape or some predator getting into the cage. The mesh also allows for proper ventilation.

See setting up videos. (You will get to see how this cage looks like in your home setting)

Assembling IKEA Detolf Hamster Cage

IKEA Detolf Hamster Cage View



40+ gallons LONG fish tanks (consider the length more than height)- You will need to get a lid that must be meshed. You can either make one yourself or buy the Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover. It is totally up to you. You can also place gift wrap on the back outside of the tank to get colorful cage backgrounds. The same case applies to the Detolf IKEA. See image. Image credits go to Melodie from the hamster hideout forum.

Gift wrap on the back outside of the tank

You can have a look at this cleaning clip, to see the aquarium in action.

Hamster Tank Cleaning (40 gallon Breeder Tank)


Where Do You Get This Aquarium?

1. Aqueon Aquarium Standard Glass Rectangle Breeder Black 40 Gallon


Where Do You Get The Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover?

U.S.  Zilla Reptile Terrarium Covers Fresh Air Screen, 36×18-inch

UK:  ZILLA Reptile Terrarium Covers Fresh Air Screen, 36×18-inch



Alexander Hamster Cage/ Alexander Small Pet Cage

Watch a review of the Alexander cage

Alexander Hamster Cage Review


Where Do You Get The Alexander Cage?

UK: 1. Alexander Small Pet Cage





Living World Green Moving Home Eco Habitat, Medium or the Large one (whichever you want)- as this has a wooden base make sure to line it with good solid plastic or glass to avoid it being ruined.

Watch this clip on setting it up.

Setting up the Living World Green Eco Habitat HAmster Cage

Where Can You Get This Cage?

1. Living World Green Moving Home Eco Habitat, Medium

2. Living World Green Eco Habitat





Joining 2 IKEA BILLY CAGES side by side.

See video on how to do this. In this video, only a hole has been made at the joining sides. It is recommended to pull down those walls completely instead of having a hole so as to have a continuous cage flow where your hamster can run continuously.

DIY Hamster Cage Double Billy Cage

DIY Hamster Cage Ikea Billy Cage

Where Do You Get The Billy Cages?

UK: Ikea BILLY – Height extension unit, white – 80x28x35 cm

U.S. IKEA ASIA Billy Height Extension Unit, White


Where Do You Get The Glass?

BILLY Extra shelf, glass or Get glass at a LOCAL GLASS SHOP (note the measurements)


#6. Alaska Hamster Cage This cage just meets the minimum requirements but has room for your dwarf hamster.

See the Alaska hamster cage in use

A Review of the Alaska cage

Where Do You Get This Cage?

1. Spacious Pet Cage – W/ A Slide, A Platform And An Igloo Den – Suitable For Small Hamsters And Gerbils – This Cage Is Perfect And Contains All The Equipment Your Pet Needs

2. Alaska Hamster Cage




DIY Ikea Linnmon Hamster Cage This is another option that meets the dimensions for your hamster (877 sq. ins)

See detailed videos of setting it up and making a lid.

DIY Ikea Linnmon Hamster Cage Without Lid

Hamster Linnmon DIY Cage Lid

Where Do You Get The White Side and Bottom Boards (THREE IKEA Table Top LINNMON)?


Where Do You Get The Glass?

ONE IKEA Hemnes Glass Top
Length: 108cm
Height: 50cm
Thickness: 0.5cm
(This might not be available, if it is not, just get glass from your local glass place)



DIY Hamster Cage or Homemade Hamster Cage

Your creativity will be needed here and make sure you abide by the hamster cage dimensions, bigger is always better. If you have to use wood anywhere, poplar or kiln-dried pine is recommended. To get ideas, you can Google images of homemade hamster cages. Before deciding to go this way, read through to see what else your pet hamster needs and see what size to build so as to fit all the required accessories.

See video of an example of a DIY cage.

Building A New DIY Hamster Cage



Bin Cages

Hamster Bin Cages

Most people do not recommend these claiming poor ventilation and the likelihood of your hamster chewing a hole and escaping. Some people also say that your hamster will not be visible through the plastic compared to glass. That being said, it is up to you.

If you go the Bin Cage way, make sure the bin cage is at least 30” length by 20” width by 16” height. This really matters for fitting accessories and offering enough space for your hamster. We know getting a large bin can be tasking. We found this one that is slightly lower than 450 sq. inches. It is 432 sq. inches and can work.


For ventilation, there are different options you can go with, which are, removing the lid and placing a tight-mesh wire shelving like the image above or making a mesh wire top and mesh wire window. Sometimes the window is not recommended. Also, see video below.

How to make a Bin Cage For Your Hamster


Where Do You Get A Good Bin?




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  1. Kaylie L. says:

    I would like to very kindly point out that the tank should be a 40 gallon breeder as it has more floorspace than a 40 gallon long. The 40 gallon long is actually just below minimum floor space. 🙂

    1. Srob says:

      Not true. 40L is about 576 square inches

      1. chase says:

        Actually, a 40 gallon breeder does have more space – 643 square inches.

  2. Emma Dickinson says:

    I would like to point out that the IKEA detolf is equivalent to a 90 gallon and is only 60$ in the US so it is actually more convenient than the 40 gallon breeder.Also my female short haired Syrian was in a 40 gallon breeder, and when I upgraded her she really enjoyed it.


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