Not possible to free-roam guinea pigs anymore. How big to make new cage?

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Hello! I was able to let my guinea gals free roam for a long time, and vacuuming. In June, I had a surgery. Before that surgery, I deep-cleaned the rug, found out how disgusting it was from that free roaming (i was vacuuming every time and spot cleaning when I could). I also found out I was allergic to carpet cleaner. Obviously I cannot let them free-roam anymore and since this was so close to my surgery, I couldn't build a new cage immediately to accommodate them.
Well, now I'm recovered almost entirely (cleared on Friday, thank god!) and I was wondering what amount of space to give them, considering this now. What would y'all recommend? I have a C+C cage and a ton of extra coroplast and grids to make into a new something and I really wanna make this the best version of their cage. Currently each pair of gals (I have 4 in total) has 10.5 ft of room to roam around (3 grids by 2.5 grids, each one is 14 inches) and I wanna make this at least a grid or two longer. I also can move furniture around to make it even bigger if possible but it's on a table so I'd have to modify said table. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
 

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Currently your girls are in the minimum recommended size cage so it is wonderful that you want to make them a bigger space.
It does sound like you will be limited by the size of your table tops though, so that is something o the into consideration.
How big at the tables that their cages are on?

I am not sure if you have an Ikea nearby, but they offer a great range of tabs top sizes.
Alternatively DIY stores like Lowes often have large work tables which can be a cheaper way to get a lot of space to work with.
 

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I actually built the table! Currently it's 6ft by 4ft but I can easily expand it to 8ft and definitely plan to do so. I don't know how to make it bigger than that or if I'd need to just build a new table and take apart the old one (willing to do it in a week!) and I'd need to do research to make sure that I'm able to build an extension or a new table next to it. Where they are, the max size that I can make it is about 13ft long if I move my dresser out of the way.
 

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SO. max space I can give them is an extra 4x4ft unless I can bend the grids to make corners. Currently in the process of building table extension! I can't really give them more room with the materials + space I have but this would be better than nothing, so yay?
 

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That's lovely for them!
8 Square feet is the minimum for a sow pair, 10 square feet is the recommended size. Anything you can give them beyond 10 square feet is fantastic.
 
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