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.
Revamp Your Kitchen Window
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.
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.
Gift Wrapping Organizer
Holidays. Birthdays. Baby showers. It's like all you do in life is get presents for other people. And they all expect them to be nicely wrapped and accompanied by a heartfelt note. And all you really want to do is be left alone and take a nap, but you can't because social conventions are too much of a pain in your tired backside. This is how you end up with too many rolls of wrapping paper you have nowhere to store.
Well, if you pick up some curtain rods, you can at least set up a station for those roll and have one last thing to complain about. Empty closet space in your bedroom or kitchen is a good start. String your paper rolls on the rods and mount them at the desired height.
Hide That Mess
No person is ever as neat as they presume to be. Even Monica from "Friends" had a closet for her mess, and if Monica could have a messy closet, you can have all the messy corners you like as long as you know how to hide them well enough. You know, just like you did with emotions when you were in middle school.
The way to do it would be to create little hiding spots using a tension rod and pieces of fabric you drape over it to create improvised curtains. Do it under your washing machine, your bed, or your coffee table.