Using A Tension Rod For Privacy

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I have a bathroom in my home that sits right next to my bed and it has never had a door. I wanted to build some privacy that I could do myself that would be easy and inexpensive. I did this with just a tension rod, a curtain, and a command hook.

Here is the bathroom that sits right off our bed. If my husband or I get up first and turn the light on, it beams right into the other person who is still sleeping. It also just doesn't have any privacy blockage for anyone who might want some.
I measured my door and bought the appropriate size tension rod to fit, and I bought a single panel curtain. I wanted something pretty opaque that would block out the light and be solid for privacy. You could also opt for a shower curtain or a piece of fabric instead.
First I measured the tension rod to fit my doorway. I extended it just past the doorway for a tight fit. Next I slit the tension rod into my single panel curtain. If you opted for a shower curtain you could use the rings to attach it. If you opted for fabric you could either sew or hot glue a fold to slide onto the tension rod.
I slid the tension rod into my door way making sure it was nice and tight. Here is what it looks like with the curtain closed.
I knew I wouldn't always want the curtain down, so I purchased this Command Cord Bundler and attached it mid way on my wall. You could also use a curtain hook if you wish.
When not in use we slide the curtain open and wrap the Command Cord Bundler around it.
Here is what the door looks like open. It has worked out great and is exactly what we needed.

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  • Glenna Glenna on Mar 12, 2019

    Where can I buy one of those Command Cord Bundlers? Lowe's didn't have it. Thanks in advance.

  • Tish Tish on Apr 26, 2020

    How very odd the architect that drew up the plans for your home didn’t include a door for your en suite bathroom... 🧐... I’m a retired remodeling and renovation contractor and this is a first for me. I give you major kudos for the innovative way you handled this! 🥰

    Question for the future... is it possible to add a sliding “barn door” type like one often sees on these TV shows that rides a track hung above the opening? It could be in whatever style you choose, and in whatever size as well... you only need the size of the door on either side of the opening for it to fit. 😉 If could conceivably be thin enough to slide behind a dresser or chest if need be... 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Babette Babette on Apr 26, 2020

    I use this technique also. I don't understand why they leave it open? My husband keeps a different work schedule than me and there is nothing worse than a blaring light to bring you out of a nice sleep!

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  • J J on Apr 25, 2023

    A great solution to a bad design. I think that the builders should question this design with the architect or the owners to be before they are out of the framing stage.

  • Cindy Cindy on May 30, 2023

    When my mom came to live with us we realized it was difficult for her to get into the bathroom with her walker. We took the door/frame out, refinished/painted it and installed a shower curtain rod, and cloth shower curtain that matched. Much safer and provided privacy for her. 😊