Anyone who has ever thought that pool noodles are supposed to stay in the pool are wrong. While that may have been their original purpose, people across the world are constantly finding new and creative ways to use the classic water toys. From sheer genius to puzzling and head-scratching, here are some of the best DIY pool noodle hacks on the Internet.
1. A Pool Noodle For When Kids Fall Out of Bed
Almost everyone knows that pool noodles are classic aquatic toys. They are pretty helpful when it comes to keeping small children afloat, especially the ones who are not particularly great swimmers. But not everyone knows that they can also be particularly useful when it comes to keeping children away from another potentially dangerous situation.
A quick-thinking parent posted this hack to Reddit, which she uses to keep her child from rolling out of bed at night. She wrote that she has started to put pool noodles between her child’s mattress and fitted sheet to keep the pool noodle, and her child, in place overnight.
2. A Pool Noodle For Some Extra Seating Comfort
There are two types of outdoor furniture. There is the kind of outdoor furniture that is comfortable and comes with seat and back pads, but also comes with the annoying task of having to make sure all of those cushions are safely indoors every time it rains. Then there are the plastic chairs that are safe from rain, but also terribly uncomfortable.
This pool noodle hack is here for both comfort and practicality. Slice a pool noodle in a spiral or just right down the center on one side, then wrap the foam strip around the arms of your everyday plastic outdoor chair. Think of it as a custom outdoor set — without the insanely high price tag.
3. A Pool Noodle To Protect Bunk-Bed Bumps
There are “rude awakenings,” and then there is this truly rude awakening. We are talking about that feeling that comes when anyone forgets for a second that they are on the bottom half of a bunk bed and hits their head on the sharp, hard metal of the bed above.
But those mornings just got a little bit less, well, tough. Instead, this pool noodle hack adds a little bit of extra protection and cushioning. A college-aged Reddit user posted this dorm room photo online to show what a little creativity and one long pool noodle can do for someone’s morning routine.
4. A Pool Noodle To Create A Convenient Cooler
Floating beverage coolers are usually surprisingly expensive. And it seems simply ridiculous to expect someone to get all the way out of the pool in order to grab themselves an ice cold soda or water. So what is a parched person supposed to do? They can either sprint between the pool and the cooler, or they can try a…cooler idea.
Those who do not want to interrupt their swimming with the race for refreshments just need a pool noodle and a plastic box. Cut the pool noodle into four parts, attach them to each side of the box, and watch the cooler magically float. Okay, it’s not magic, but it will feel just as exciting.
5. A Pool Noodle For The Veterinarian
Sometimes we’re not sure who’s feeling more pain after a veterinarian appointment: our beloved pets, or their owners who have to watch their pseudo-child navigate life with that dreaded plastic cone around their heads. But who knew that a pool noodle can make that stressful feeling a little better for both parties involved?
A clever Reddit user solved his heartache using nothing but a pool noodle and a rope. He cut the pool noodle into small segments, strung all of the pieces onto a rope, and then loosely tied the contraption around his dog’s head. This way, his dog was comfortable and safe from munching on himself and causing post-op disaster.
6. A Pool Noodle For Bike Safety
Let’s be honest here, most towns and cities do not have the right infrastructure for bikers. There sometimes is just not enough space on the road for bikers to ride comfortably with a safe distance between them and other vehicles.
The average pool noodle is about 63 inches long, or just over 5 feet. So some bikers have been creating their own “bike lane” by attaching a pool noodle to the back of their bikes. This way, cars avoid both them and the pool noodle, and bikers get to avoid disasters and the threat of cars passing a little too closely to their bicycles for comfort. Would you try it?
7. A Pool Noodle For Those Long Road Trips
Clearly someone on the road had a little too much time on their hands, too many road trips to embark on, and too many pool noodles lying around the house. But for anyone else who has to spend a considerable amount of time on the road and enjoys the feeling of having the wind blow through their hair, this is the hack they have been waiting for.
This Reddit user took a pool noodle, cut one side lengthwise, and just placed it on top of their window to cushion the uncomfortable edge of the glass pane. That way, a pool toy can become an on-the-road luxury. Who needs an arm rest when they have a perfectly good pool noodle?
8. A Pool Noodle For Organizing
Keeping a garage organized can sometimes feel like a pretty impossible task. There are just so many items that need to be stored, and so little storage solutions. Is there any way to bring some sort of method to this madness? Well, one just needs to grab a pool noodle and get the sorting started.
On a DIY YouTube channel, a savvy video maker showed that by cutting a pool noodle into a spiral, it can help even the most organized get their things in order. For example, anyone can take the loose rods they have lying around at home and wrap their noodle around them.
9. A Pool Noodle For Music Lovers
Music lovers, podcasters, film makers, radio hosts, and just about anyone who uses microphones knows about the importance of microphone isolation. These essential tools are particularly good at keeping recordings free of any extra, unnecessary background noises. But good microphone isolation tools can be more than a bit expensive.
And for times when a musician is struggling to pay for equipment, or during an expected jam session where there is no time to go buy mic isolation shields, try looking by the poolside to create a DIY version. Just cut up a pool noodle, put it on the microphone, record, and take a listen. It actually works just as well as many of the isolation tools out there.
10. A Pool Noodle For Times Of Change
Changing a baby’s diaper can be quite the challenge. And considering how many times a baby needs to have their diaper changed every single day, the struggle is truly real. With all of that focus on trying to get a squirming baby into their diaper, focus might be taken off of making sure that the baby does not hit his or her head on the changing table.
Try checking the backyard pool for some of the baby-proofing needs. All you need to do is take a pool noodle and attach it to the sides of a changing table and, poof, we have ourselves a child proof changing table. Who said people can’t be diaper genies too?
11. A Pool Noodle For Happy Hopping
Having a trampoline can make someone’s yard the place where every single kid in the neighborhood wants to be, but it can also make a backyard one of the most dangerous places in the neighborhood. While fun, trampolines definitely pose a lot of risks. But here’s a hack that will make any concerned parent jump for joy.
The springs on a trampoline are one of the most tricky parts of the contraption. So to ease anyone’s worries, cut up a pool noodle horizontally and cut a slit into one side vertically. That way, the pool noodles can slip right over the trampoline’s springs and help prevent any injuries.
12. A Pool Noodle For Out-Of-Water Playtime
It is not hard to find a child that wishes that they could have their very own lightsaber straight out of the Star Wars franchise. But we are going to go ahead and guess that it would be pretty hard to find a child that actually owns a lightsaber. So how can parents bring this intergalactic fantasy to life?
Once again, a pool noodle can solve this issue. This creative parent took different colored pool noodles, cut them in half, and wrapped the base in black and silver duct tape. The result is a quick, easy toy that can bring a child’s imagination to life, all the while keeping playtime safe.
13. A Pool Noodle For Pumping Iron
Fat grips or fat bars have becoming an increasingly popular trend in weight training. Some bodybuilders and personal trainers say that fat grips are their secret weapon for gaining muscle. Experts say that adding a larger grip to a barbell requires more energy from a person’s hands and arms, and leads to a better workout.
But anyone working out at home might not have a fat grip on hand. Thankfully, it can be easily replicated. Take a pool noodle, cut it into segments, and then cut a slit onto one side. The pool noodle can then slip right over a barbell and function as an at-home fat grip.
14. A Pool Noodle To Boot
Pool noodles and winter boots do not usually go well together, and are usually used in opposite seasons. But sometimes, opposites attract. And in this case, opposites can lead to some pretty attractive leather boots. Anyone who owns a good pair of leather boots knows the struggles that come with the off-season.
During the warmer months where boots are no longer needed, tall leather boots tend to flop to the side or wrinkle. To keep boots looking pristine during the summer months, stick a sliced pool noodle into them. This way, they will keep their shape and the leather will not be harmed.
15. A Pool Noodle To Save Shins
Almost everyone has that one treacherous spot in their home. They know it is there, and they know they need to avoid it, but just when they stop thinking about it, bam, they hit their shin or stub their toe on that one protruding hazard. For one Reddit user, that hazard was a metal piece sticking out of his bed frame.
In a move of sheer genius, this Reddit user cut a piece of a pool noodle and made sure he’d never have to feel the pain again. He secured the pool noodle onto the spot where he always had his run-ins and eliminated this bedroom-based threat.
16. A Pool Noodle Becomes A Door Noodle
Is there any feeling worse than catching a finger in a closed door? While we wait for an answer, we will just go ahead and explain this incredible life hack. For anyone with kids who are in the process of childproofing their home, or even for anyone who needs a little adultproofing, a pool noodle can once again save the day.
For this hack, cut a segment of a pool noodle and put it on the edge of a door. That way, there will be no more finger-crushing or door-slamming. And a bonus life hack: attaching a pool noodle to the bottom of a doorway can help insulate a room during those colder months.
17. A Pool Noodle To Keep Things Cool
Hanging out inside of a pool is one of of the best ways to stay cool during those hot summer months. But anyone who wants a poolside soda will notice pretty quickly that they are the only ones staying cool as that soda sits out languishing in the hot sun.
But anyone that is not a fan of hot soda (we would hope that is most people), try out this nifty trick. You can take a pool noodle and use scissors to slightly expand the hole in the middle. After a little customization, a pool noodle can become the best beverage koozie.
18. A Pool Noodle For Some Unexpected Bumps
What is more anxiety-inducing than a baby learning to walk? The answer is: a baby on wheels as it learns to walk. Baby walkers can be a child’s favorite accessory, but for parents, they can sometimes be an accident just waiting to happen. But not anymore!
Ease the anxieties around the baby walkers by merging it with a different toy: a pool noodle. This parent who was concerned about her daughter’s safety decided to use pool noodles to pad the baby’s walker. This way, this baby was free to roam and this mother was free from worries knowing her child had a bit of extra safety padding.
19. A Pool Noodle To Protect From Side Swipes
Now here’s a driver that won’t let anyone take a swipe at them. It appears that this roadster has seen one too many scratches on his or her car doors, and has decided to use a pretty smart DIY hack to leave their vehicle protected from any side swipes that might occur in a parking lot.
By attaching these pool noodles to the side doors of a car, any driver can rest assured that their car will be safer in a tight parking space. Reddit users who saw this post even recommended using pool noodles on the walls of garages, so that drivers do not have to worry about hitting their car door on their way in or out of their cars.
20. A Pool Noodle To Gather All The Cords
Installing a bunch of electronics inside a home can turn a house into the place to be for entertaining friends. But all of those cables out for everyone to see can turn an entertainment center into the center of attention, as everyone’s eyes are inevitably drawn to this eyesore.
One Reddit user tried to solve this aesthetic issue by using a pool noodle. Instead of letting all those cables tangle into a giant mess, he strung each through the hole in the center of a pool noodle. This way, the cables were out of sight and out of mind. But we will warn that people may start to question why there’s a pool noodle lying in the living room.
21. A Pool Noodle As Home Decor
Pool noodles are easily synonymous with summer. They can pair perfectly with a day spent at the pool, lounging, and relaxing under the sun. But one does not need to be by the pool to let a little sunlight into their lives. And a pool noodle can help with that, too.
A man on YouTube who posts his own DIY at-home hacks posted this one using a pool noodle. It seems that he had nothing around the house to tie up his curtains, so he just cut a piece of foam from his pool noodle and used it to gather them.
22. A Pool Noodle For That Precious Cargo
Though sometimes grueling, road trips are usually fun. That being said, a road trip all alone without the companionship of our furry friends can feel even more difficult. This helpful pool noodle life hack might mean that it just got even more practical to bring a dog in the car without worries.
One crafty Reddit user posted a photograph of their home hack. It seems that their dog likes traveling in an open box. The user explained that she loaded the box with comfortable pillows and blankets, and then made her dog’s trip even more cushy and soft by padding the sides with some pool noodle foam.
23. A Pool Noodle To Weather The Storm
Usually a bit of bad weather means packing up all the pool toys and placing them safely in the shed. But for one creative pool noodle owner, bad weather instead meant taking out all of the toys and putting them to good use.
One Reddit user posted on the online forum about how hailstorms in his area have ruined his car on a few occasions. Some of the hail storms got so bad that they cracked the windshield. So to keep his car safe, he tied dozens of noodles together to create the perfect level of foam protection. Now that’s what we call using your noodle.
24. A Pool Noodle To Iron Out
Once someone has a child, they are quick to learn that their home is basically one accident waiting to happen after another. Take, for example, one Reddit user, who found that the iron rods on her staircase might have looked beautiful when she bought her home, but that they were not exactly child-friendly.
Getting rid of those iron rods would have cost a lot of money, and would have turned the home into a construction site. Instead, this user saved money on renovations and on some possible doctors bills by simply using pool noodles. The user just slipped them over the iron rods on the staircase and created a more colorful, more secure home.
25. A Pool Noodle For Plumbing Jobs
Is anyone loathing having to fix their leaky sink? Sink repairs usually require a lot of time spent kneeling on a hard tile floor as one tries to get to the bottom of what is causing their issues. One Reddit user posted a helpful tip so that a crack in the sink do not have to crack one’s knees.
By cutting a pool noodle and placing it at the bottom of the sink, people no longer have to be so uncomfortable while performing home repairs. The noodle also helps keep the cabinet open, making an inconvenient situation just a bit more manageable.
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