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Organize Your Home with Style
We’ve all used tension rods, those extendable poles we use in our showers, keeping our curtains neatly in place.
But have you ever considered other uses for them? If your answer is ‘no,’ then buckle up! Today, we’ll check out several ingenious ways tension rods can be used outside of the bathroom!
Tension Rod Uses
Tension rods, if you don’t know, are versatile, spring-loaded bars most commonly used to hold up shower curtains. But, if you think that’s all they’re good for, you might be surprised at what we’ve found! Tension rods are great for organization, décor, and DIY projects.
They are so useful, and so easily installed allowing for different lengths that this makes them a perfect tool for countless and creative uses.
Whether you’re an interior design lover, a DIYer, or just someone looking for nifty organization hacks, there’s a tension rod idea waiting for you!
I have to say I have only mostly used them for shower curtains but after researching these – I feel like there are so many more things I could be doing with them! Now I see they come in different colors and they even have decorative ones, too.
Let’s get into it:
1. Kitchen Utensil Holder
By placing a tension rod under your kitchen cabinets or between two counters, you can utilize S-hooks to hang spatulas, whisks, ladles, and other culinary tools, keeping them within arm’s reach yet off the countertop.
Not only does this give you more space, especially in a smaller kitchen, but it also looks nice and can be fashioned to fit as many or as few things as you need. It’s easy to install and can be adjusted to fit any need, it makes a great kitchen storage solution.
2. Hanging Bed Skirts
Shifting mattresses can wreak havoc with a bed skirt – moving it all different ways, and constantly having to fix it back the way it’s supposed to be is annoying to say the least.
Place a tension rod on each side of the box spring, and then can hang your bed skirt like a curtain. This makes sure the skirt stays perfectly in place, it’s also easy to adjust, and makes cleaning underneath the bed super simple.
3. Organizing Cookie Sheets and Muffin Tins
While tension rods are commonly known for holding up curtains and shower liners, they have many uses in the kitchen for storage.
Put one horizontally inside a cabinet or cupboard and you’ll create an instant divider that stands up cookie sheets, muffin tins, and cutting boards upright. This will give you more space and also makes it a breeze to grab your baking pans without all the banging around.
4. Organizing Under the Sink
Place a tension rod near the top of the cabinet under the sink, then you can hang spray bottles by their triggers, making it easy to find your cleaners.
You can also add smaller hooks for brushes or sponges. This is a great way to make more room under your sink for bins and baskets and gives you a clear view of all your supplies at a glance.
5. Hide Wires Under Your Desk with Ease
Think about it: we invest in beautiful desks and cool looking gadgets, only to have a huge tangle of cables and wires.
But, you can strategically place one or two tension rods under your desk and use clips or ties to neatly bundle and hang those annoying wires. It also gets them out of sight, too.
6. Elevating Greenery
Using tension rods to hang plants is space-saving, especially in smaller areas.
Installing a rod between two walls or in a window frame (allowing for the sun the plant needs) allows plant lovers to house their plants vertically, making room for other things while still being able to enjoy greenery.
7. The Ultimate Scarf Rack
Ever thought of using a tension rod as storage for scarves or ties?
Simply install a tension rod wherever works – whether it be behind your bedroom door, inside your closet, or any narrow space, you can drape or knot your scarves and ties over it.
8. Hanging Wet Clothes
One awesome use for these adjustable rods is a drying rack for wet clothes. If you’re short on space or don’t have a traditional drying rack, a tension rod can do the trick.
Simply install it in a convenient location like your bathtub, laundry room, or even in a doorway, and voila! You have an instant, space-saving place to hang and dry wet garments.
9. Organize Your Jewelry
Forget the cluttered jewelry boxes or tangled messes on dressers. Using a tension rod in your closet, bedroom, or bathroom, you can hang your necklaces, bracelets, and even some earrings with ease.
If you want to get “fancy” you can add shower curtain rings a create a thing of beauty! lol This hanging hack will prevent tangles, and makes your pieces easy to get to.
10. Wrapping Paper Organizer
By installing a tension rod vertically or horizontally in a closet or unused corner, you can easily hang your rolls of wrapping paper, preventing them from getting torn, wrinkled, or lost in the chaos of a storage bin.
It’s also great for being able to see what designs you have and being able to find the right paper for the right occasion in a hurry!
11. Dividing Drawer Space
Place a tension rod horizontally or vertically in a drawer and you can adjust and create the perfect compartments for whatever you need to store.
Whether it’s kitchen utensils, office supplies, socks and underthings or makeup products, tension rods can make it all more organized and visually pleasing.
12. Heeled Shoes Organization
Using tension rods to organize heels is a great space-saving solution.
By setting up these adjustable rods in your closet or wherever you like, you can hang your heels by their straps or rest them on the rods, keeping them off the floor and preventing scuffs or damage.
13. Crafting the Perfect Coffee Bar
You can make your own makeshift coffee bar at home.
Use tension rods between your kitchen cabinets or walls, and you can hang coffee mugs, small baskets filled with sugar packets and creamer pods, or even your French press and espresso tools. Add hooks or S-hooks, and your favorite brew essentials are just an arm’s length away.
14. Bath Organizer Solution
Back to the bathroom. You can organize a cluttered bath with ease.
Install a tension rod in your shower or above your bathtub can to use for hanging baskets, pouches, or even shower curtains with pockets.
15. Room Dividers
If you have a large space that you need to break up a bit, tension rods are the way to go. No permanent changes and easy to move around and reconfigure, this is the best solution.
With the right fabric, you can create a temporary “wall” that can add privacy, break up space, and even introduce a fresh pop of color or texture to any room.
16. Organizing Pots and Pans
Tension rods can be a game-changer for organizing pots and pans. Install them vertically in a cabinet and create dividers to separate your pots and pans and lids.
This not only gives you more space but also makes sure you can get to what you needs without having to bang around looking for the right utensil.
20. Keeping Items Away from Kids
Child proofing can be much easier and less expensive when you use tension rods.
Use a tension rod to hang harmful items like scissors out of any child’s reach use a net, or basket to keep harmful items safely out of sight and mind.
Here are a few more ways to use tension rods around the house:
21. Hidden Charging Station: Hang a tension rod under a desk or table and hang power strips and charging cords. This keeps the cords organized and from getting tangled.
22. Reusable Bag Organizer: In your kitchen or pantry, hang tension rods vertically to store reusable shopping bags. This keeps them neat and ready for your next shopping trip.
23. Pantry Shelf Extension: Create more storage space in your pantry by placing tension rods between. Use them to store lighter items like chips or boxes.
24. Ribbon and Craft Supply Organizer: In a craft room or office, hang tension rods near your workspace to hold spools of ribbon, washi tape, or other craft supplies.
25. Kids’ Art Display: Hang artwork or drawings from tension rods in a playroom or kids’ bedroom. Easily them switch out and display their newest creations.
26. Garage Tool Organizer: Use tension rods to hang gardening tools, paintbrushes, or other smaller items in the garage. It keeps them off the floor and within reach.
27. Tablecloth Holder: For outdoor events, secure tablecloths in place by using tension rods under the table to keep them in place and make sure the wind doesn’t blow them off.
As you can see these inexpensive rods can do so much more than just hold a shower curtain.
Whether you’re living in a small apartment and need space-saving ideas or just want to change up an area of your home, there are some great options.
The tension rod’s ease of use, and affordability make it a handy accessory for anyone. The next time you need a quick and easy solution, think about how a tension rod might help.
How do you sue them? Have you got a great use or idea we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear about it, leave it in the comments below!