Introduction: Stairway Overhead Shower Rod Sleeping Bag Storage

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If you are into camping, you probably have a sleeping bag. If you are really into camping and have a family that is into camping, you probably have a few sleeping bags. You can store sleeping bags in a stuff sack, but the best way to store a sleeping bag is to hang it. Hanging a sleeping bag helps to dry it and to keep its loft.

I had my sleeping bags hanging from coat hangers, hanging from hooks in the garage. But I use my garage as a workshop, so they were sometimes in the way. I was thinking of a better place to store them. I had looked at closet rods, but found that shower curtain rods were stronger. In this Instructable, I will show you the simple solution that I found to store my sleeping bags.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

My stairway walls were 48 inches wide so I used a shower curtain rod like this one:

I used some heavy duty plastic coat hangers like these:

Since the shower curtain rods are tool free, the only tool I used was a folding adjustable ladder that would set up safely on my stairs.

Step 2: Easy Installation

I am not against having a complicated project to reach a solution, but sometimes the simplest solution is the best. The tool free shower curtain rods work by sliding the ends onto the opposite walls and then twisting them clockwise (as viewed from the end) to wedge them tightly into place. There are rubber feet on the ends of the shower curtain rods that keep them from slipping but do not damage the walls. If you don't like the position it is easy to loosen the shower curtain rods (by twisting counter-clockwise) and reposition them.

Step 3: Why Over the Stairs?

I chose the stairs leading to a bonus room because the stairs have a lot of overhead space, are out of the way, and are not used often. The ceiling height is enough that the sleeping bags are not hanging in the way, if you are going up and down the stairs. You can not reach the coat hangers from directly under the shower curtain rods, but you climb up a few steps, hold the handrail with one hand, and use the other hand to hook and unhook the coathanger.

Step 4: Not Just Sleeping Bags.

If you have two shower curtain rods, you can also store sleeping pads on top.

Step 5: Video

As usual, I made a video.

Thank you for watching.

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