As some of you know, I've been recently working towards having an "open cage," slowly giving my rats more freedom as I let them progress to being free-roam. My other conflict, while doing this, was to give them a lot of space while at the same time being able to sit and work at the same desk on which they resided. Sooo, I finally figured out a way to do that. The rats are really enjoying the new setup thus far.
Evolution of the Open Cage:
At first...letting the rats get used to it used this very simple setup:
Next...I bought some cube organizers as intended and created a little jungle gym for them...but it was difficult doing work on the table at the same time since it took up so much space:
Aaand after much thinking, I decided on this as my final setup -- creating a makeshift hutch out of the cubes(yes, it's stable):
They are litter trained for the most part, so I'm not really worried about poop everywhere. Wouldn't really be too hard to clean anyways. And of course, while I'm gone, the laptop is placed on an adjacent table so they don't mess with it