Home organization products constitute an $8.8 billion industry in the United States, according to the Freedonia Group market research firm.
But for every newfangled contraption marketed as the latest organizational must-have, there is often a simpler — and cheaper — solution.
The tension rod, available from a variety of retailers and online for as little as $5, is one such solution. It lacks the novelty of the latest organizational product, but makes up for it with multi-functionality.
Here are eight ways to convert tension rods into anything from a filing cabinet to a spice rack.
1. Filing ‘cabinet’
Photo: The House on Hillbrook / thehouseonhillbrook.com
After Stephanie Adams of the blog The House on Hillbrook found that even file cabinets at thrift stores were too expensive, she got creative with a chest she already owned.
She used tension rods to create a built-in filing system that still left plenty of storage space in the chest — all for $13, including the hanging file folders.