Utilize Your Apartment’s Old Tension Rods

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Utilize Your Apartment’s Old Tension Rods

Eva R. Marienchild · Mar 3, 2016

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Ah, tension rods! Those versatile plastic poles that come in all sizes…and are able to provide wall-to-wall fabric hanging without your having to drill holes in said walls! What a wonderful invention!

“Why, that’s how I’ve secured my shower curtain,” you might say. Or, “The gauze curtain in my picture window is held up by a tension rod.” Great. But did we hear: “You mean there are other uses for tension rods?”

Absolutely there are!

In addition to your being able to hang “stuff” without resorting to hardware, you can prettify your various rooms– as well as render them efficient. Nothing says “storage” as cleanly as tension rods.

Start by gathering your small rods and searching your apartment for a little nook where you might insert these small dividers.

For instance, are you serious about organizing your shoes (finally)?

Why not? Rather than flinging them off and letting them land in your hallway when you come home, or nudging them to the bottom of a hallway closet in your stocking-ed feet (“At least they’re out of the way”, you’re thinking), how about finding two nearby walls–a good two to four feet apart—and placing several tension rods between the two walls?

Use as many rods as you’ll need for your entire shoe and sneaker collection. (Yes, sneakers, too. Read on.)

Tame Your Shoes (and Kicks) – Here’s how. Position two rods in a row of three, four or five in a corner where you can hang your shoes by the heels. If you have sneakers, insert a pushpin in the rubber section, near the sneaker’s heel, and hang them that way.

Want a No-Hardware Curtain Rod? – Yes, you can hang curtains without drilling a hole in your wall, with tension rods. Here’s how. Open up the rod length (or close it, as the case may be) so it measures the proper width. When both rubber edges are inserted snugly against both sides, test that the rod is secure by tugging lightly. Viola!

You’re ready to either drape curtains by individually inserted hooks or, if you have a curtain with an open hem on top, just remove the rod once again, thread the curtain, and reinsert.

Hang Window Plants – Is your home-office desk situated by a sunny window? Even if the sun doesn’t shine on a regular basis—not all day, for instance—only a few hours of the sun’s rays would make the window a viable plant-hanging candidate.

Use two rods; place them at the lower part of the window. Whether your apartment window is a casement window, a jalousie window, or the type with a lever that you swing open—either way—you’ll give your plants that much needed breeze (they’ll think they’re outside!) AND you’ll allow the scent of the plants to invigorate your home.

See if you can find a fragrant, flowering plant…or a minty scented one, to waft into the room.

For minty smells with a little added kick, look for Mint Chocolate Peppermint Herb Plants (yes, that’s their real name of this perennial) or Mint Berries and Cream Herb Plants – another perennial.

And we can’t let you go without informing you that the Mint family also has a Mint Banana Herb Plant.

All three would make a fabulously, organically delicious addition to your apartment—and elicit quit a few appreciative comments from visitors, no doubt!

Too, lemon verbena or lemon balm will do the trick, if you want a lemony scent.

If your market or large chain household-goods store don’t carry these plants, you’ll stand a good chance of locating this unique greenery at a local nursery. Too, nurseries are apt to order “specialty” items, if they’re not yet in stock.

Create an Old-Fashioned “Skirt” for Your Bathroom or Kitchen Sink – Here’s a hand-dandy idea for those who need a place to cleverly camouflage either household cleansers and utensils or unwieldy containers and jugs underneath your sinks…wherever opposing walls exist.

Don’t have opposing walls? Locate an attractive crate or box—think HUGE Tupperware square container—and insert a rod, horizontally. Drape a square of fabric–-something colorful and elegant—or sew a short hem on top, and thread it through the rod.

Pretty cool, huh? Happy rod-crafting!

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