As a parent, you try to give your kids the things that they need and want, but sometimes, that can lead to a collection of toys that are outgrowing your kids' bedroom or playroom. Instead of getting rid of the stuff that your kids play with each day, find new ways to organize them. Here, you'll learn how wire mesh can help you get your kids' collection of toys organized and off of the floor.
Plush toys are easy to just toss in a box and be done with, but the kids would enjoy them so much more if they could actually see what they have. Instead of tossing them in a box, build a hanging rack and mount it to the ceiling.
You'll need a few supplies:
- Wire Mesh
- Furring Strips
- Tacking Nails
- Clothes Pins
First, you'll need to decide how large of a hanging rack you'll want to suspend from the ceiling. Do you want to create a border around the entire ceiling? Do you want to limit it to just over the bed or in the corner? Once you have the design, measure the ceiling and write down all of your measurements.
Measure and cut the furring strips – they'll be mounted to the ceiling to attach the wire mesh to. You need a small amount of space between the mesh and the ceiling so that there is space to feed the paperclip through to hang.
Now, find the studs in the ceiling and screw the furring strips to them. Cut and tack the wire mesh to the furring strips. Cover the first set of furring strips with another set – this will keep the wire mesh secure as you hang all of the plush toys from the mesh.
Feed a paperclip through the hanging string/hook on the plush toy. Toys that don't have hanging strings/hooks will need to be clipped with a clothespin. Then, use the paperclip to secure the plush toy to the mesh.
Wire mesh can be found in different grades, patterns, and metals. It can be used to build shelving units, display racks and so much more. You can get so creative in finding new ways to store and display your kids' toy collections.
Don't make your kids pick and choose what stays and what goes. With a little work and some wire mesh, your kids will be able to keep everything that they love so much without it taking over your home.