Use Ordinary Curtain Rods to Create a Behind-The-Door Wrapping Paper Station

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Take advantage of the vertical space along the interior of a closet or craft room door to create an organized gift wrapping station. Even in small spaces, you can still keep everything from wrapping paper rolls and ribbon to gift bags, scissors and tape neatly organized and at arm’s reach. With the busy holiday season ahead, scrambling to wrap gifts will be one less thing to worry about.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Wooden dowels, 3/4-inch diameter, 3
  • Wooden dowels, 5/8-inch diameter, 3
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Double curtain rod brackets, 6
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • #8 1/2-inch wood screws, 8
  • Screwdriver
  • Standard wall hook
  • Metal caddy & open S-hooks

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Most standard interior doors have widths ranging from 28 to 32 inches, and many wrapping paper rolls are 30 inches in length, so you’ll want to work with a door at least 31 inches in width to easily accommodate the rolls.

We created this system using double-rod curtain brackets and wooden dowels for a customized door fit. Curtain rod brackets work well for this type of storage because they are simple to install and extend out from the door. A double-rod bracket is typically used to suspend curtain sheers along the back of a window, allowing the regular curtains to hang in front. We used these brackets to suspend double the amount of wrapping paper and supplies along the back of a closet door to maximize storage space.

Tip: Curtain-rod brackets come in all sorts of designs and finishes. Choose a style to match your taste, and select wooden dowels that match the diameter of the rod openings.

Using a handsaw, cut dowels to 31 ½ inches in length. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper, and then apply a color finish with spray paint in a well ventilated area.

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We wanted the dowels to blend in with the door where they’d be installed, so we opted for a black spray finish.

Spray_Painting_Dowels_eHowWhile paint is drying, install hardware along the interior face of the door. We decided on three rows of brackets, which allows for a mix of up to five wrapping paper rolls as well as one rod for ribbon storage. Adjust the number of bracket rows to accommodate more or less storage, as needed.

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For a 32-inch door, install curtain rod brackets 30 inches apart. Use a level and scrap piece of dowel to ensure a level suspension.

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Tip: Curtain rod brackets usually come in a pack with mounting screws, which can be much longer than necessary for a door installation. Use #8 1/2-inch wood screws in place of the package versions to avoid screwing straight through the door.  If installing brackets onto a hollow door, use wood screws for a secure hold.

Install a standard wall hook (or more if desired) along the center of the door, which will act as hanging storage for gift bags and bagged bows.

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To complete the storage system, slide a dowel through a wrapping paper roll, and then insert each end through the curtain rod brackets. Tighten the bracket screws to keep the dowel securely in place.

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For added storage, slide two open-ended S-hooks with a hanging caddy onto free space along the ribbon dowel. This caddy will neatly store wrapping essentials such as scissors, tape, permanent markers and gift labels.

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Completed, the dowels will act as anchors, allowing for easy pulling and cutting lengths of paper and ribbon — all the while keeping everything in place.

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Closing the door easily conceals your new wrapping station. Just think: No more wasted time digging through piles to find the right ribbons, labels or gift bag. No more buying more paper than you need for a particular holiday because you can’t remember what you have stored in the attic. It’s all right there.

Looking for more organizing ideas? See how we transformed empty spice tins into magnetic kitchen organizers, learn how to recycle a wooden wine crate into a concealed gadget charging station and take a look at how rails and metal baskets can upgrade an empty wall into a hard-working storage system for tools and supplies.

Cheers,
Mary & Tim

Keep up with Mary and Tim’s adventures in DIY, home and gardening on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart. Find them on Instagram (@17Apart) and page through delicious recipes on Tim’s food blog, E.A.T.

Photo credits: Mary & Tim Vidra

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