Aha! Hack: Tension Rod as Paper Towel Holder

I have a paper towel holder that hangs inside the cabinet door under my kitchen sink. I like it well enough because it keeps the paper towels off the counter and out of sight, and that compels me to reach for my kitchen linens more often to clean up. It’s a win-win situation: less waste, more space. What I don’t like about it is that it hangs over the top of the cabinet door and, with use, it tends to slide along the top edge. I worry that it will eventually chip the paint.

This hack, which we featured in Remodelista: The Organized Home, solves that issue. Instead of hanging a paper towel holder over the door or screwing one into your cabinetry, simply use a tension rod (the kind made for window curtains) for the job. It is so easy (no tools required) and so inexpensive (less than $10) that there’s really no reason not to give it a try.

Photography by Matthew Williams; styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista: The Organized Home.

Inside a Drawer

Tension Rod Paper Towel Holder in Drawer by Matthew Williams
Above: A typical roll of paper towels is 11 inches wide, so for best results, choose a drawer or cabinet that’s not too much wider than that.

Inside a Cabinet

Tension Rod Paper Towel Holder in Cabinet 2 by Matthew Williams
Above: The Graber 7/16-Inch Round Spring Tension Rod works for spaces that are 11 to 18 inches wide; $9.80 for two rods.
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