25 Pool Noodle Hacks That Will Improve Your Life
Those colorful foam pool toys are useful all around the house and with a few tweaks they can be even MORE fun in the water. Check out these tips for using your noodles at home, in the garage, around the yard, and at the pool!
Keep your wrists from getting fatigued during a long day at the computer by making this pool noodle wrist rest. First mark where you want to cut the noodle. For the wrist rest shown, we made the height slightly less than half of the full noodle diameter. (You could cut the noodle exactly in half and make two equally sized wrist rests.)
Try these other DIY furniture hacks that you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Stay-put drawer organizer
I have always hated the way drawer organizers move around when you open and close a drawer. I solved the problem at my house with a pool noodle!
I measured the distance from the back of the drawer organizer to the back of the drawer and used a utility knife to cut the noodle to size. The pool noodle fits snuggly in place, so the drawer organizer doesn’t move around anymore. You could also cut the pool noodle in half lengthwise to reduce the amount of space that it takes up. — Roy Allison
Now that you’ve concurred the drawers, try these methods to organize your closet.
Floating beverage barge
Luggage rack protector
I needed to pick up a ladder from a friend. To keep the luggage rack on my new SUV from getting scratched, I covered the bars with pool noodles. I just slit the pool noodles down the side with a utility knife and taped them on. The cushion of foam also kept the ladder from rattling. Don’t forget to strap down your cargo before you go! – Gerald Ruppert
See ya, door dings!
I noticed several dings on my car door from opening and banging it against the garage wall. My grandkids had outgrown their pool noodles and I was about to throw the pool noodles away, but then I thought, “Whoa, this could be the solution!”
I cut the pool noodle in half, the long way, with a utility knife and fit it onto the studs in my garage. The pool noodle should stay put on its own, but for a more permanent solution, you can adhere the pool noodle to the studs with construction cement or a couple of nails. — John Greene.
If the problem isn’t shutting the door so much as the door flying back open again, try these tips to help shut it for good.
Fishing rod organizer
I got sick and tired of my fishing rods getting tangled, so I came up with this easy fishing rod organizer. All you need is a length of 3-inch-diameter PVC pipe and a foam swimming pool noodle. Drill 1-inch holes spaced every 4 inches in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the foam noodle, spacing them 4 inches apart. Line up the pool noodle on the wall so that at least two of the slits sit over studs. Pull those slits apart, slide in a fender washer, and screw the noodle to the wall with 2-inch screws. Then screw the PVC pipe to the wall beneath it at a comfortable height and insert your fishing rods. Look Ma, no more tangles!
Pool noodle cutting guide
Lift gate protection
Crafty water raft
High-visibility boundary marker
Simple pool noodle storage
Keep your boots at attention
Floating flower tea lights
I recently installed new gutters. When it came time to clean them out, I didn’t want my metal ladder to dent or scratch them, so I made ladder protectors out of an old swim noodle (foam pipe insulation would work too). I cut 2-ft. sections of the foam noodle, slit them with a razor knife and stuck them on the sides of the ladder. They were the perfect cushions! If the foam doesn’t stay put, tape it on. – David Gugliuzza
Make a wreath
No-roll mini work light
No more creases!
More comfortable mowing
I don’t mind mowing my lawn, but the vibration from my lawnmower handle was aggravating the arthritis in my hands. Then I taped a piece of a swim noodle over the handle. Mowing the grass is much more comfortable, and my hands don’t ache when I’m done. – Phillip E. Oinonen