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Check out some of our favorite ways you can use curtain rods around the home for storage and organization.


Curtain rods, also referred to as tension rods, can be used around the home for storage and organization. Here are some of our favorite ways to give old curtain rods a new storage or organization purpose in your home.

Photo Display

Don’t have a mantelpiece for displaying your favorite photos? Secure a tension rod within a bookcase and attach photos to it by hanging clips. The photos should be small enough that you can place a few decorative items underneath, like a small potted plant, some ceramics, or an old fashioned desk clock.

Organize Your Cleaning Sprays

Between your surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, and stain remover, you’re bound to have a lot of cleaning sprays cluttered in a messy kitchen cabinet. Keep them organized by placing a tension rod near the top of the cabinet and hanging the spray bottles by their nozzles. The organization geniuses at Good Housekeeping show you how.

Grow Fresh Herbs with Curtain Rods

If you don’t have a garden, there’s a good chance you’ve been looking for a way to grow fresh herbs in your small space. This tension rod hack from JILLM allows you to create your own indoor garden with affordable materials from Ikea. Add a touch of green to your home while stepping up your kitchen game!

Window Herb Garden from Jill Kurtz

More Room for Hanging Clothes

We love this organization tip from Miss Jenn at iHeart Organizing. Tension rods can be used to create additional hanging space in your closet. You can simply add a tension rod below your current clothes rod for more hanging space. Or, you can take a page out of Miss Jenn’s book, and place a shelf in the middle of your closet and secure tension rods at each side to create four distinct sections in your closet. Reserve one section for shirts, one for pants, one for accessories, and one for special occasion items. With their little clothes and little closets, this is an especially good idea for kids.

Bookcase Shades

Bookshelves can be pretty, but they can also be cluttered. Showcase the pretty and hide the clutter by creating bookcase shades out of tension rods. All you need is a shelving unit, twill, scissors, tension rods, needle, thread, and this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.

Makeshift Bed Skirt 

If you have as much clutter as the average American, you’re likely storing some of it underneath the bed. Keep it hidden by creating an inexpensive bed skirt out of tension rods. With some linen and simple tinkering, you can create a smart looking bed skirt just like Melissa Bixby Anderson at Sea Grass Interiors.

Wrapping Paper Organizer

Secure your rolls of wrapping paper at the back of your closet by placing two tension rods about a foot from the ground. Display the wrapping paper vertically for easy access any time of year. See how pretty and convenient this solution can be on The Lovebugs Blog.

Organize Your Gift Wrap Using Curtain Rods

The Solution to Tupperware 

Just about everyone has an ugly cabinet stuffed with haphazard Tupperware. Bring some organization to your cabinet space by creating easy dividers with tension rods.

Tension rods are an affordable way to clean up your space. They come in just about every shape and size, so get creative (and have some fun!) with how and where you use them.

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