6 Free Bat House Plans

Green bat house near top point of house

The Spruce / Adrienne Legault

Attract bats to your home by using one of these free bat house plans to build one. Why would you want to attract bats to your yard? Bats are great at getting rid of mosquitoes, they eat thousands of them a day! If that's not enough bats also pollinate plants when the bees are tucked in for the night.

You could just put up a bat house and hope for the best, but there are several things you can do to better attract them. Basically, you'll want to recreate the feeling of a cave. The inside of the bat box should be warm and dark and have an unfinished inside so they have a surface that they can hang onto when they're inside. If you already have bats, giving them a home of their own will discourage them from nesting on other areas of your house.

When deciding where to place the bat house, there are a few things to consider. You'll want to make sure that it's near a water source and in a location that doesn't get very much sun. Hang the bat house at least 10 feet off the ground so the bats can easily find it.

Building a bat house is a very easy DIY project that just about anyone can do. It's also a quick project taking just an hour or two.

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    $20 DIY Bat House

    A bat house hanging on a white house
    Yellow Brick Home

    This bat house looks so good, it's almost like placing a piece of modern art on your house. This single chamber bat house is built out of cedar and plywood and measures 18" wide and 24" high. The inside of the house is grooved so the bats have a nice place to hang and rest. All the supplies cost less than $20, making it a budget project that doesn't look like one.

    $20 DIY Bat House from Yellow Brick Home

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    Bat House Build

    A black bat house on a fence

    Dunn Lumber 

    This well thought out bat house plan has been designed after a lot of research on why bat houses fail or succeed. It's a three-chamber bat house so it can hold a ton of bats at one time, around 70 of them! This large bat house measures in at 26" x 18". The inside of the bat house is made textured by cutting a crosshatch pattern in the inside wood pieces before assembly.

    To finish, everything is painted black inside and out so the bats have a cozy place to live. This plan is a little more detailed so it will take about 2-3 hours to build.

    Bat House Build from Dunn Lumber

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    How to Build a DIY Bat House

    A bat house hanging on a tree

    Thrift Diving 

    Kids can get involved in building a bat house, and this free plan uses a Build Your Own Bat Cave learning activity so kids can learn to build while learning all about bats at the same time. Besides the building directions and photos, there's also a video that takes you through the whole process.

    Plywood, cedar fencing, and cedar boards are the materials used to build this bat house. It has a unique interior made out of mesh and painted black so it's extra cozy for the bats. It's all finished with a coat of stain to protect it from the elements and a stencil of a few bats just for fun.

    How to Build a DIY Bat House from Thrift Diving

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    How to Make a Bat House

    A bat box sitting on a table

    Sweet Tea Junkie 

    Just a few boards and a sheet of plywood are used to build this DIY bat house. This plan takes you through gathering your materials, cutting the wood, and assembling the bat house. It's an easy to follow plan, and you'll have a finished bat house of your own by the end of the afternoon.

    How to Make a Bat House from Sweet Tea Junkie

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    How to Build a Bat House

    A bat house on the side of a building


    You'll need just two cedar boards cut into a few different pieces to build this simple bat house. It has a nice sleek design that would look great on the side of your home. Along with the material list and building instructions, there's a great video that takes you through this simple project.

    How to Build a Bat House from WoodLogger

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    Build Your Own Bat Box

    Two bat boxes in a garage
    100 Things 2 Do

    This detailed tutorial will take you through each step of building a bat house. The inside is notched, giving the bats plenty of room to hang on and rest. It's also tightly sealed to protect them from predators. There are lots of other tips here that you won't want to miss.

    Build Your Own Bat Box from 100 Things 2 Do