Using A Tension Rod For Doorway Privacy, Easy DIY with Awesome Results

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Are you wanting to use a tension rod for doorway privacy? Here is an easy DIY that has amazing results, and the best part is it won’t break the bank.

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I have a bathroom in my home that sits right next to my bed and it has never had a door. I wanted to build some privacy that I could do myself that would be easy and inexpensive. I did this with just a tension rod, a curtain, and a command hook.

Here is the bathroom that sits right off our bed. If my husband or I get up first and turn the light on, it beams right into the other person who is still sleeping. It also just doesn't have any privacy blockage for anyone who might want some.

Here is the bathroom that sits right off our bed. If my husband or I get up first and turn the light on, it beams right into the other person who is still sleeping. It also just doesn’t have any privacy blockage for anyone who might want some.

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I measured my door and bought the appropriate size tension rod to fit, and I bought a single panel curtain. I wanted something pretty opaque that would block out the light and be solid for privacy. You could also opt for a shower curtain or a piece of fabric instead.

Doorway Privacy Materials needed:

I measured my door and bought the appropriate size tension rod to fit, and I bought a single-panel curtain. I wanted something pretty opaque that would block out the light and be solid for privacy. You could also opt for a shower curtain or a piece of fabric instead.

First I measured the tension rod to fit my doorway. I extended it just past the doorway for a tight fit. Next I slit the tension rod into my single panel curtain. If you opted for a shower curtain you could use the rings to attach it. If you opted for fabric you could either sew or hot glue a fold to slide onto the tension rod.

Tension Rod For Doorway Instructions

First I measured the tension rod to fit my doorway. I extended it just past the doorway for a tight fit. Next, I slit the tension rod into my single-panel curtain. If you opted for a shower curtain you could use the rings to attach it. If you opted for the fabric you could either sew or hot glue a fold to slide onto the tension rod.

I slid the tension rod into my door way making sure it was nice and tight. Here is what it looks like with the curtain closed.

I slid the tension rod into my doorway making sure it was nice and tight. Here is what it looks like with the curtain closed.

I knew I wouldn't always want the curtain down, so I purchased this Command Cord Bundler and attached it mid way on my wall. You could also use a curtain hook if you wish.

I knew I wouldn’t always want the curtain down, so I purchased this Command Cord Bundler and attached it mid-way on my wall. You could also use a curtain hook if you wish.

When not in use we slide the curtain open and wrap the Command Cord Bundler around it.

When not in use we slide the curtain open and wrap the Command Cord Bundler around it.

Here is what the door looks like open. It has worked out great and is exactly what we needed

Here is what the door looks like open. It has worked out great and is exactly what we needed

Here are some other tips:

  • You can use curtain rods, spring rods, small tension rods, shower curtain rods, spring tension rods, magnetic rods, etc. These are all very similar and great options. You just need to know how much the tension rod hold is for weight.
  • You can use this concept in a door frame, on a french door, or in a window frame, to give any of these spaces privacy.
  • For curtains, you can pick heavier curtains or cafe curtains. It just matters on the type of rod you choose to make sure it can hold the weight.
  • Don’t forget to do the measuring process so you get the correct curtain length.
  • There are some creative uses for this concept too like making room dividers, making a decorative entryway with ribbons, or using a sheer curtain.
  • This is an easy installation, and one of the easiest ways to gain privacy in your home.
  • If you choose something that doesn’t have tension like a dowel, or you need the curtain to hang on a door like french doors, you can hang command hooks up and then put the rod on them.

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13 Comments

  1. Great way to solve a doorless room problem! Love how you think! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Linda – it’s gotta be easy to do, inexpensive to make, and functional right? πŸ™‚

  2. That is a great ideal. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Chas, what a great solution! Whenever I see a doorless bathroom, I wonder what in the world the builder was thinking! Why would anyone NOT want a bathroom door?

    1. Hi Jean, I am so in agreement with you. I know there maybe wasn’t room for a door, but maybe one of those sliding doors could have easily been put in. So strange. Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. What a great idea. I’ve never seen a command hook like that one. We have a similar situation. The commode has a door, but the sink area does not so we have the same problem with light. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Donna – those command hooks were really meant for hanging extension cords and such and it’s working out great for this. I’m sorry you have to deal with that too, such a bummer. At least we have a working solution πŸ™‚

  5. I would like to have seen what it looked like had you just opened that (I assume storage / linen closet) door in the bathroom. Guessing that was the intent when they placed it there… Did it block out any light? I’d open that door AND use the curtain!! I like my privacy!

    1. Great question Layla, so it is a linen closet and because it’s inset a bit it does leave a gap. It won’t block enough light that way. I really would have liked the builder to have used one of those doors that slide in and out of the wall.

  6. Those are called pocket doors. I love them, have had them, but there are also downsides: Big light crack under the door, breeze (if showering, as no closed door), no sound insulation at all. Also, it goes off track? a serious problem. Ppl are all doing the sliding track above the door now, calling them Sliding Barn Doors. Same principle, but they make it look ok. I did one years ago before they were a thing. Mount a nicely painted 2×4′ above the door, sliding closet door tracks on the underside of it. But I did not allow it to flop around, I installed a floor track to one side & made sure a couple of inches of the door STAYED in the track. had a latch & a lock… good luck!

  7. Now that’s something our home builder would have done…..did you know that door knobs only turn one way? LOL Great curtain idea! Good thinking with the Command hook too!
    You’re so clever Chas! You amaze me β™₯

    1. Thank you so much Deb, you’re so very sweet. I didn’t know that about the door knobs, thanks for sharing that.

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