I use a LOT of tension rods around my house. A few for hanging clothes, but most of them are for organizing other things! Just today I added another tension rod to my laundry room to help me in the constant effort to keep the clothes in this house organized and in good shape. I also use the popular “under the kitchen sink” trick to hold spray bottles, and recently added one to the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to corral items that always seem to be falling out.
Tension rods are amazing tools! They come in lots of different lengths, making them perfect for roomy or tight spaces; they are very inexpensive; easy to install (no tools required;) and don’t leave a permanent mark on the walls. No wonder people find so many crazy creative uses for them!
After an afternoon spent researching these nifty organizing gems, I felt compelled to share what I found with all of you. Some of them I already use and many I plan on trying out!
If you’re trying to set up a closet for a nursery (or even just a younger child) this is such a brilliant idea! A standard IKEA shelf, bracketed by two levels of tension rods on both sides, offers all sorts of storage/organization options!
This is one of the ideas I’m definitely going to try. I love the snapshots, and other little mementos, hanging from clips on a tension rod above a desk. Great decorative appeal. If you look closely you’ll see they’ve used tension rods as vertical dividers as well.
Another idea I’m going to give a go. I love bookcases but sometimes I feel like they just encourage clutter. Hiding clutter behind these clever bookcase shades is such a smart idea, not to mention very appealing to look at!
How smart is this? Hang a valance from a tension rod to create a makeshift dust ruffle for your bed. Another way to hide clutter (under-the-bed clutter is the worst!) that is appealing to look at as well. I love the simple, clean lines of this.
This idea is bordering on pure genius! :-) A tension rod under the kitchen table (or a small art table) to hold a roll of art paper. When it’s time to paint or color, just roll a piece of paper out and over the table. Stays hidden when not is use. Love it.
This picture shows you don’t have to have really deep kitchen drawers to benefit from the organizational benefits of tension rods. Love how this keeps the plastic lids in place next to the plastic containers. I currently store mine in completely separate areas because I couldn’t figure out how to easily store them together! Must do this.
Another drawer divider example. It can be done!
A pretty touch for a sunny window! A super simple herb garden using a tension rod and some IKEA buckets and clips. Charming AND practical!
This is one of the cutest playroom ideas I’ve ever seen. The area between two standard IKEA shelf units is spanned with curtains on a tension rod to create a little “stage” for all those pint-sized productions! There’s even a round “spotlight” rug and a cute little toy microphone. Pure adorableness! :-)
DIY gift wrap organization for the price of a few tension rods! One tension rod high, one low for paper rolls. Another in front of the low one to hold tissue paper, cards, and gift bags. I personally think the ribbon could have been on tension rods too. Like the pictures below……..
This “project junkie” uses this table as her gift wrapping station as well as her sewing table. All of her ribbon needs are within arms reach for both! So versatile!
And this quilter also uses tension rods for gift wrapping and sewing purposes. Tension rods and rolls of ribbon are a match made in organizing heaven.
Another organizing match made in heaven….tension rods and wrapping paper. Stored vertically, wrapping paper rolls take up much less space. Stand them up and corral them in a closet corner with tension rods.
I love pretty tables as desks, but often the whole look is spoiled with the need for electrical cords, storage for files, etc. Answer? Add curtains to the table and hang them between the table legs using tension rods.
Another beautiful example of how curtains on tension rods can transform the look of a desk (and hide a multitude of storage sins.)
Whoever thought of this was really thinking outside the “litter box.” :-) A curtained cabinet hides the litter box. The door’s panel was removed and a tension rod installed in the cabinet. Genius!
Another idea I’m going to try because I can never seem to find enough room to store jewelry in my room. Great use of a space that would normally be completely wasted.
I just love Jen at I Heart Organizing. I have always been a huge fan and when I got to meet her last spring, it was a dream come true. ;-) She is as sweet as can be and she has some of the greatest ideas….including this one. Once again, in addition to being useful, these tension rods also help add beauty and functionality to a room!
Tension rods as inexpensive pet gates! Obviously it wouldn’t stop a tiny dog or a crafty kitty, but for a bigger dog….brilliant!
Here’s an idea I implemented a long time ago in my own kitchen! A tension rod “installed” in the back of my spice cupboard to elevate the small bottles and cans so I can actually see everything I have. I have LOVED this trick.
This idea really grabbed me as well. Turn your kitchen into a charming “outdoor cafe” by adding this simple “awning.” Simply drape your tired old valance over a second tension rod to give it a whole new look!
Do you get tired of the paper towel holder always taking up space on your countertop? Store it out of sight while keeping it easily accessible with a tension rod under the sink.
There are lot of ways to use tension rods to organize your pots, pans, baking dishes and cookies sheets, but this is probably my favorite and one I’ve been using for a long time. It has saved me hours and hours of frustration looking for the lids that match my pots!
If you have a considerable collection of shoes, you’re probably pretty proud of them — so why not hang them up as art!! I think this display is so pretty! It’s also perfect for renters who don’t want to put holes in the walls.
How sweet is this little bunk bed fort!?!? I would have felt like I’d died and gone to heaven if I’d had this as a little girl. :-) Recreate this in your own little girls (or boys) room using tension rods to hang curtain panels. The perfect little nook.
What place in your home could benefit from some tension rod organization?