It’s that time of year when I start cleaning out underneath the cabinets and organizing. Why? Because after all the kids have spent the summer in the house things never seem to be the same. No matter the age of the kids nothing is ever put back where it came from.
For those that want inspiration and some ideas to organize under their kitchen sink, read my latest article on 7 Smart Ways To Organize Under the Kitchen Sink. The organization is key to finding everything you have in seconds, not hours. Plus, when you are organized you don’t overbuy or buy what you already had and could not find!
While I was busy cleaning and organizing, I met with the challenges of crappy tension rods. After purchasing at least 3 that were broken before ever used, I stopped. There has to be an easier way. In fact, there is and it’s also sturdier than those flimsy tension rods.
Now I want to share a quick DIY tutorial with you on how to make an under sink dowel rod hanger. You can use these under any sink in your home, providing you have 2 walls of some sort under there! Let’s go make this!
How To Make an Under Sink Dowel Rod Hanger
I tend to refer to this as my prize dowel rod hanger. Why? Before I started the project, I headed to a popular home improvement center. The one MAN employee told me that he would help me find what I needed but….. he totally disagreed with the items I would be used to mount.
Additionally, he had severe doubts that 3m hanging strips would be the necessary tool. He “hate to guide you and tell you what to do, so I will just offer you my disapproval and hope you will change your mind and use a drill and screws!” He wished me good luck and sent me on my way!
Ha! Ha! I win and my plan was not only easy but removable if I got sick of it! Unlike a tension rod, I am mounting it o sit and stay, not sit and slide. Nor am I will I make 3 trips back to a big box retailer to return their ‘broken’ tension rods. Ain’t no one got time for that right?
The Best Way To Understand What A Difference an Under Sink Dowel Rod Hanger Makes
Underneath the sink was a mess. I can’t stand it. Changing it had to happen and fast. Fickle with change, I decided to install something that was not permanent, since I like to change things up a lot. Once I get sick of this, I might do something different, like move, lol!
What is the Purpose of the an Under Sink Dowel Rod Hangerhanger?
Quite simply, I have a few different sprays and cleaners that I use very frequently, but they are taking up precious storage below. Therefore, rather than letting them sit on the ground, I hung them across the dowel tod.
It’s not more than a few pounds, and it never will bear more weight than the. The simple intent was to keep them at bending reach, off the ground, and ready to access.
Additionally, I wanted to hang my rubber gloves there so I can let them dry.
Items You Will Need
3m velcro picture hanging strips – 12-pound holders (2 strips = 8 pounds)
‘V’ Brackets (not using the screws unless you want it mounted forever)
Dowel Rod 3/4″ Wide
Figure out the height you want to hang the brackets at, and mark it off. On the back of the brackets, add the velcro strips. *NOTE: before you Hang the Brackets, do make sure you are hanging at the appropriate height.
Check for clearance of mounting spray bottles (nozzles) and make certain you are not too close to your sink bowls. Also, make certain it is high enough that it does not interfere with items stowed below.
Next, measure the space you have and take the bracket width into consideration. Now, cut the Dowel Rod To Size. After the rod is cut, snug it into the brackets.
What I did was not rest the rod in the newly set velcro strips, instead, put it to a midpoint to allow it to pressure and set the mounting strips.
Rather than load it in a few hours, I waited until the next morning and slid it down into the V. However, you can load and use it after an hour. I am so happy I did this, and if it ever needs to go away, I can literally just take the dowel rod off and use the underneath differently. Simple. Easy. Done!
Remember, you have already seen the before, but I will happily show it again because I think it makes the best statement of what a difference this can make.
Now that the rod is installed it is much more organized and my spray bottles are hanging as are my rubber gloves. I can see the things I need without sifting through a pile of crap!
If something gets mislaid under there, I can easily adjust it because I can now see everything. Whereas before, even if someone tossed things that did not belong there, I needed to really rummage to find it. That’s just a time suck.
The new underneath my sink is definitely organized and I can get to everything. IN fact, I hardly have to bend to get the spray bottles which is kind of nice! There’s nothing permanent about the hanger and since I made one if I ever need another (because I put too much on it and it snaps, I can so easily make another for much less than a tension rod!
My whole spend on the project was under $3.75 including the hardware, so that is pretty much nothing. However, the return is organization. It does not get better than that!
Let me know how yours turns out! ~ DANA XO