Tension Rods: Multi-purpose Problem Solvers

Tension Rods: Multi-purpose Problem Solvers

Sarah Coffey
Jan 20, 2010

Tension rods are an old standby for apartment dwellers. They're inexpensive, simple, and they get the job done when you need to hang a shower curtain without damaging your tile. Although they might not be the most attractive hardware, they can come in handy in other parts of the home as well…

  • We've used them many times on a small window to hang a sheer, sleeve-top curtain. Since the rod is mostly hidden, you can use a cheap tension rod without worrying too much about its looks.
  • If you rent your apartment and the landlord bars you from drilling holes, you can also try the Umbra Mission Double Tension Rod, which mounts outside the window frame for a more formal look.
  • Indoors or outside, a tension rod is an easy way to hang a curtain room divider. Used in a passageway between a patio or deck, it can create an instant outdoor room.
  • Although a tension rod won't hold as much weight as a normal closet rod, you can use one in a wardrobe to add extra hanging room for lightweight objects, like ties or jewelry.
  • Another clever idea comes from Real Simple: use a tension rod in a cabinet or drawer to create a makeshift divider/rack for pot lids.


For good-looking tension rods profiled on Apartment Therapy, check out the Bamboo Tension Rod from Umbra and the Polder Duo Shower Rod.

Photo: Sarah Coffey

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