20 + Awesome Tension Rod Hacks You Need to Know

Rarely has there been a more versatile gadget than the ever ready tension rod. They’re cheap, lightweight and can be moved from one home to another with ease. They’ll help you organize everything from jewelry and shoes to groceries and spices. So here’s some of my favorite tension rod hacks, some you may know others maybe completely new to you! Also referred to as a curtain rod they can be made of various materials including wood, metal and plastic. Tension rods come in a myriad of different styles and designs and whilst they are usually straight they can also be bought as curved and hinged poles allowing installation in bay windows and around curved walls and corners.

1. Use tension rods to organize jewelry

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Here’s a super way to store and display all your jewelry in a matter of minutes. No need for drilling, or any tools. Simply fit the tension rods and S-Hooks to hang necklaces, beads etc The tension rods used were medium sized 18-26″ rods – but you can get bigger ones depending on the size of the space you have. You can also but packs of S-Hooks online.

 

2. Create a vertical garden for herbs and flowers

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To create your very own vertical garden fit your tension rods and add lightweight metal or plastic containers. If you spread them out along the bar it distributes the weight better. If you want to grow more herbs then simply add more tension rods. Simple!

 

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3. Organize your shoes quickly – one of my fave tension rod hacks

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This is one of the biggest battles all us gals face, keeping our shoes under control. Well, fret no more. Tension rods will get your organized quickly and remember – no tools required!The tension rods used here are the longer version, the 27-42″ range. Each rod should hold about 4 pairs of shoes comfortably and if you need more shoe storage just add more rods. If you have a ceiling to floor space then you could easily fit about 6 rods which would give you about 24 pairs of shoes of storage. If you need more than that…well maybe you need to get down to the charity shop!

 

4. Pots and lids can be organized easily

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Keep your kitchen super organized by using tension rods as drawer dividers.Prevent your pots, pans and lids getting jumbled up by dividing them neatly with about a dozen rods. This is definitely one of my favorite tension rod hacks.

 

5. Organize pans and lids in a smaller drawer

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Ok this is pretty much the same idea just in a smaller drawer, showing how flexible your tension rods can be depending on the space you’re working with.

 

6. Organize spray bottles with tension rods

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Keep all your spray bottles neatly stored and easily accessible with this awesome tension rod hack.Under the sink is a bit of a nightmare to keep organized because it’s hard to access. But never fear, the tension rod is here! You can then use plastic containers to store all your cloths, sponges and polishes.

 

7. Sort your spices quickly with this awesome tension rod hack

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A couple of rods will prevent spices rolling around and help you keep the labels showing face up. Nobody wants cayenne pepper on their burgers do they? Except me that is. I love cayenne pepper! :)It will also mean all your spices are easy to grab and put back in their proper place. And if you dont have enough spices to fill the drawer then buy more spice. You can never have enough spice!

 

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8. Hang children’s clothes in closet

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Lightweight clothes can be organized quickly with tension rods. No drilling means its great for people who are renting. And when you’re moving you can remove the tension rods quickly and set them up in your new place in a matter of minutes! You could also hand sock organizers or underwear organizers from the tension rods, again just make sure to distribute the weight evenly.

 

9. Secure all your grocery bags in place

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Yes, even your car can be transformed by the magical tension rod. Just one tension rod will secure all your groceries and stop them flying all over the place on the way home.The 27-42″ tension rod should do the job here. Make sure to fit it nice and tight and you should be good to go.

 

10. Keep your fridge freezer organized with tension rods and clips

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Tension rods in a freezer, really? Yes and with some freezer bags and clips you have some grade A organization!This would be great for storing different types of juice and smoothie ingredients or frozen homemade stock cubes you use for soups.

 

11. Keep all your baseball caps neatly organized

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Add about a dozen or so and you have the ultimate baseball cap organizer. Seriously, what did people use before this? This is a great tension rod hack for people who own ten or more baseball caps. Not only are they neatly organized but they make a pretty cool looking display!

 

12. Organize baking trays with tension rods

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A couple of smaller rods will keep all your trays nicely organized and stop them taking up unnecessary space.

 

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13. Easily Store towels and washcloths

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Again this is a great tension rod hack for renters who cant put up permanent shelves. Once the tension rods are secured tightly they should be able to hold a sufficient amount. If you need more towels, just add more rods!

 

14. Store pots under sink with tension rods and S-Hooks

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If you’d prefer to store all your bulky pots under your sink then simply add shower hooks and you’re good to go! You could also store baking trays underneath to maximize your space.

 

15. Add plastic buckets to tension rods for bathroom storage

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One of the trickiest places to add more storage is the bathroom. Once again our trusty tension rod comes to the rescue. Just add shower rings and plastic caddies and hey presto you’re a storage hero!Again this is a great tension rod hack for renters as drilling in bathrooms to put up shelves is a big no-no. And as easy as you put them up, they can be taken back down and brought to your new place.

 

16. More ways to hang childrens clothing

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Maximize your space by utilizing tension rods in any empty spaces or nooks. This is a cool way to add extra storage at the end of an Ikea shelving unit.

 

17. Hang shower caddies from tension rods

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Its amazing how much stuff you need to keep in a shower: razors, shampoo, soaps, conditioners, sponges etc. So if you need to get more organized add a tension rod and hang some caddies. You’ll be set for life! 🙂

 

18. Combine wire baskets with tension rods for under sink storage

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You can seriously maximize your under sink storage by adding baskets to help keep all your bathroom accessories and utensils neatly tucked away.

 

19. Secure sliding doors with tension rod

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This is pure genius and again shows the endless uses for the tension rod. Sliding doors are notoriously used as entry for easy access to homes, so by adding a tension rod you’ll keep the door far more secure and less likely to be breached.

 

20. Organize spices in a cupboard

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This is another really cool way to organize your spices, this time in a cupboard. Because spice jars are so small they just need to be raised a few inches and separated from all your other food items. Genius.

 

21. More way to organize lids and pots with tension rods

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Another awesome way to organize your pots and lids. If you need any more that is 🙂

 

22. Organize shoes in a small closet

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You can also add tension rods in rows of two units in a small closet to create more shoe storage.

 

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