Keeping a house organized can be difficult work! Everyone has a different home with different stuff in it, which means that one-size-fits-all solutions don’t really extend to the world of organization. Many times, getting organized requires some creative problem solving in order to figure out the best solution. But luckily for us, there are plenty of useful tools out there that can be used to solve organizational problems!
Today we’ll be focusing on one of those items, which happens to be one of my favorite organizational tools: the tension rod. These inexpensive rods are extremely versatile, easy to install, and can be used to store and organize nearly any area in your home! Today I’ll be sharing 17 of the most creative and useful things you can do with tension rods around the house. (And if you have any brilliant tension rod ideas that aren’t mentioned in this post, please share them with us in a comment at the end of this post!) :-)
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17 Useful Things You Can Do With A Tension Rod
1. Display Artwork
Thread several curtain clips onto a tension rod to create a quick and easy gallery display anywhere in your home! Clip up photos, momentos, or your kids’ artwork to put them on display, and change them out as often as you like!
2. Organize A Closet
Pairing curtain clips with tension rods can work wonders in your closet, too. Clip up hats, clutches, belts, shorts, and even boots! Add one or several more tension rods to quickly add storage space to your closet without making any permanent adjustments.
3. Organize A Bathroom
Tension rods can help add additional storage to a small bathroom. Hang headbands, brushes, necklaces, and hair ribbons, and more!
4. Tidy Up Your Shower
Doesn’t it always seem like there’s never enough space for everyone’s stuff in the shower? Add a tension rod across your shower to quickly increase your storage options! Clip up loofahs, washcloths, body brushes, and more. Not only will it give you more space in the shower, but hanging your shower things will help keep them dry and free of mildew.
5. Hang Wrapping Paper
Keep your gift wrapping supplies handy by hanging them from a tension rod with a few curtain clips. It makes it easy to see what kinds of wrapping paper you have on hand, and you can keep your scissors, tape, and ribbon at the ready too.
6. Organize Spices
Install a tension rod in your pantry as a place to hang packets of spices and other dry mixes. You can also hang bags of chips, pretzels, and other snacks to keep them up and out of the way.
7. Add Storage Under Your Sink
Put up an inexpensive tension rod near the top of the cupboard under your sink. It’s the perfect place to hang cleaning products, spray bottles, and scrub brushes! Plus, getting spray bottles up off the bottom of the cupboard will free up valuable storage space for other items.
If you have larger/heavier spray bottles to hang, be sure to choose a sturdy tension rod that can stand up to the extra weight.
8. Make A Valance
All you need is a tension rod and a fabric jelly roll to create a unique and beautiful window valance! It’s a quick and easy project that makes a great addition to any room. Get the full instructions at the blog post below!
9. Hang Kitchen Utensils
Use a tension rod and a few shower rings to hang kitchen utensils and dish towels in your kitchen. It’s a functional storage solution, and it looks great too!
10. Organize Jewelry
Make a useful jewelry organizer with a tension rod and a few shower rings. Clip the rings onto the tension rod and hang necklaces and bracelets from the rings. You’ll never have to contend with another tangled mess of jewelry!
11. Divide Drawer Space
Deep drawers can hold a lot of stuff, but they can quickly become a chaotic mess. Install a tension rod in the drawer to separate and organized the drawer to help keep the chaos at a minimum. :-)
12. Makeover A Desk
Inspiration from Home Remedies
Hate the way all those cords look hanging out from the back of your desk? Use tension rods to hang up a few simple curtains around the sides of the desk! They’ll keep the cords hidden away for a more organized look.
13. Create A Window Awning
Inspiration from Musings from a French Cottage
Want to bring the breezy feeling of an outdoor cafe into your home? All you need is a couple of tension rods and a bit of fabric to create this cute indoor awning!
14. Store High Heels
Inspiration from A Loyal Love
Struggling with storing your extensive shoe collection? (It happens to the best of us!) Tammy from A Loyal Love found a brilliant solution for storing her high heels by installing a few tension rods! Just hang the shoes by their heels to keep them organized and off the floor.
15. Hide Bookcase Clutter
Inspiration from Better Homes & Gardens
Modular shelving units are a versatile storage solution, but they can easily become a cluttered eyesore. But this idea from BHG is a brilliant way to hide the clutter for a more organized look! Just install a fabric “shade” using a tension rod to block the clutter from view.
16. Install Pantry Dividers
Inspiration from Martha Stewart
Pantry shelves looking a bit chaotic? Install a few short tension rods vertically along your shelves. They’ll help you store cutting boards, serving platters, and other items up on their sides to free up more of that valuable shelf space.
17. Make An Easy Bed Skirt
Inspiration from Seagrass Interiors
Hide the clutter under your bed by using tension rods to install a simple bed skirt. It’s an easy and affordable solution that can make a big difference in the look of your bedroom!
Do you use tension rods for storage or organization in your house?