Along with the beloved pool noodle, the tension rod is one of those highly versatile items that make you feel like a true MacGyver every time you discover a new off-brand use for it. Parents can hack it to make their lives easier, more organised, and more fun. Here are five ways to do just that.
Make a Clothing Rack for Kids at Just the Right Height
It perfect for dress-up clothes. Mount it in a closet, below the main bar, or any spot you can find. Little kids can reach for the outfits at playtime, and then put them back.
Organise All Those Bath Toys
Those suction-cup containers never seem to last, so try something more sturdy. Andrea of The Inspired Home picked up these plastic baskets from the two dollar shop and some metal shower hooks to create a neat storage solution.
Create a Little Hideaway in a Corner or Under a Loft Bed
A longer lasting version of the classic chair fort. Kids can read and play in their own little space, giving them — and you — some downtime. Chrissann Gasparro of Ducklings in a Row transformed an awkward space in her son’s room into a play tent, where all his secret meetings can take place.
Put up a Baby Gate in a Hallway of Any Size
Extra-wide baby gates can run $100 or more. If you have a couple of tension rods on hand, you can make a gate using any type of fabric.
Make a Doorway or Hallway Theatre
Set up a stage for your little performer using a tension rod and some fun fabric. Allison Aars of We Have Aars made a no-sew puppet theatre using Fabri-Tac glue. You can even add a clear shoe hanger on the back so the puppeteers can be organised. Here’s another example from Delia Creates.