Things to Do With Tension Rods

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$10
15 Minutes
Easy
I love those little tension rods that are available for five dollars and less at most stores that sell curtain rods. I keep a few to use at different times, and here's two of the things I do with them.
Here is one of my kitchen windows. It's a little hard to see, but, I put a tension rod between the cabinets that are on either side of the window. This is really handy for hanging things from. You can use S hooks to hang utensils, mitts, etc. from the rod.
One problem I have, is when my daughter's dogs (or my cats) knock the damp dish towel off of the handle on the stove. So, just hang it over the tension rod and presto - it dries quickly and doesn't end up on the floor! This towel is a thick velour, but, a thinner material makes a cute cafe curtain, too.
I have insulated cellular shades on my windows, and for the most part I don't put curtains on them. They make the kitchen warmer, filter light and give some privacy. However, give us a few really cold few days here in North Eastern Pennsylvania and voila, hang a panel of fabric over the tension rod when placed at the upper part of window - an extra layer to keep things warm! I often buy those little fleece throw blankets on clearance, for projects, and they are perfect for hanging over a window on those rare subzero days when nothing feels warm!
It's also a great way to display vintage or fun textiles. This dishtowel was under three dollars and made of a feed sack type material. I am currently in love with flamingos, also known as a flamboyance when there is one name for a flock of them. Plus, they make me think that summer is coming!
Suggested materials:
  • Tension curtain rod   (Walmart)
  • Dish towels   (Walmart)
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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 29, 2018

    Thanks Wendy!

  • JPG JPG on Jun 10, 2019

    I USE TENSION RODS TO LIFT UP SHEERS WHEN AC IS IN THE WINDOW ABOVE THE UNIT & JUST USE THE EXCESS FABRIC INTO A PUFFY VALANCE AT ANY LENGTH I WANT, PUT CURTAIN BEHIND THE ROD & PULL THE FABRIC OVER THE TOP TO FORM THE VALANCE. I PUT MY ROD ON THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOW FRAME, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO NAIL ON TOP OF THE FRAME.

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