You know what’s more annoying than doing the dishes? Doing the dishes when you’re facing the window and trying not to go blind from the sun attacking your retinas. You’d be happy to know you can avoid it by using just two rods and a piece of fabric.
Mount the rods over your window with one hanging higher and closer to the wall than the other. Then drape the fabric over them. Now you have a french coffee-shop window in the middle of your inner-city apartment and no sunbeams in your eyeballs.
Pots and Pans Rack
Pots and pans are such a pain to storage. Especially pans — they don't fit in with the bowls because of their long handles, and they don't fit in with the silverware because of their round part, and this whole thing makes you think twice about how badly you really want this omelet. But no more!
By putting up a tension rod in one of your kitchen cabinets you can have a simple rack for your cooking utensils. Just string a few S-shaped hooks on the rod and hang your pots and pans on them. Now you can make all the omelets you like.
We know what you're thinking — A bedskirt? What am I, an 18th-century noblewoman prepping her daughters for a debutante ball? But these are actually more functional than you might think, and you don't have to break your piggy bank to have one.
You can get some fabric and drape it over tension rods mounted in the inside bedframe. The new skirt will keep the dust from building up under your bed and turn the space there into storage space where you can put all those Amazon purchases you regret making.
DIY Mug Stand
Ah, coffee. Elixir of life, the nectar of gods. If coffee was a religion, we would be the first converts pledging our allegiance to those heavenly brown beans. For now, the closest thing to a coffee shrine we can have is this DIY coffee mug station.
You'll need a wooden box, some rods, and several S-hooks. After securing the box to the wall, mount the rods inside, hang the hooks, and then hang the mugs. Feel free to decorate and show your appreciation for the one thing you can't live without.
DIY Room Divider
Lofts or studio apartments could use a nice dividing wall for when you feel like having some privacy. And the good news is that you don't need to get a contractor and mortgage your kidneys to set up a divider.
What you need is a tension rod (duh) and a top-to-bottom curtain. This could also work for other spaces — large or small — that need some sort of division. After all, we all need a break from other people's faces sometimes.