Well, they also happen to have a number of toys that take floor space, so how we arrange the playroom is a bit of a puzzle. And to top it all off, we have vents for our air that are in the floor and we have to work around those.
|The bottomless pit toy abyss.|
Our most recent arrangement of the playroom ended up with WHM's workbench dangerously close to one of the vents, and I say, "dangerously" because the workbench had gazillions of little nuts and bolts that could and would go right down through the grates and into the HVAC system. I knew I needed to somehow cover the grate. (This hadn't been a problem in the past because Little People can't exactly fit down the vent. But tiny workbench parts and Barbie shoes and Little People accessories? Ohhhh, they can fit.)
I found the solution in my kitchen.
I took some cheesecloth and folded it over so that it was doubled up. I cut it to an inch or so bigger than size of the opening. Then I lifted up the grate, set the cheesecloth in, and then put the grate back in to hold the cheesecloth in place.
|Plenty of extra on the outside of the opening, to allow for the depth of the grate.|
The end result is that the cheesecloth is open enough to not affect airflow, but still acts as the perfect toy catcher.
Best of all, it cost me nothing to do and saved us who knows how much on "stuff in the vents" repairs!
|The final result!|