Ideal for any kind of sports mat, bungee cords can be used to wrap around the mat and hook together, creating a handy strap. Carry your mats with ease to and from the car, gym, and house with a sports mat that won’t unravel.
If you’re an active sportsperson, why not also check out our guide to bungee running? This new, exciting home workout can be done with only a bungee cord and is great for stamina training.
2. DIY baby gate
Did you know, you can make your own baby gate with only some fabric and bungee cords? A DIY baby gate is one of the most practical yet creative ways to use bungee cords around the home. Follow the steps outlined in our baby proofing guide to craft the perfect baby gate that will keep your little ones safe.
3. Bungee cord dog leash
Why not have your furry friend tag along on your next bike ride? With this DIY bungee cord dog leash, you and your dog can safely hit the roads together.
When you’re cycling, it’s impractical and dangerous to hold a dog leash whilst also being aware of your surroundings. Instead, attach a bungee cord to the back of your back seat, ensuring that it’s long enough to keep your dog at a safe distance from the bike, but not long enough to allow your dog to wander into the road. The bungee cord will absorb lots of the tension and pulling during your ride, meaning you can safely cycle with your best friend beside you.
It’s important to note that you should take caution taking your dog out with you – do not try this in busy areas with inexperienced dogs. Always make sure to ride at a pace your dog is comfortable with, and check on them regularly.
This bungee cord dog leash also works for day to day use too. Simply attach the hooked end of your bungee cord to your dog’s collar for a DIY dog lead.
4. DIY accessory holder
Purchase a few small planks of wood, or recycle any extra wood you have lying around, and polish them up. You could even paint or stain them to match your décor. Attach them to a wall, and then stretch across some bungee cords to hang up headphones, scarfs, shades, accessories etc. This is a great and inexpensive way to tidy up your home.
5. Car shopping bag holder
Bungee cords also come in handy when you’re on the road. When you’ve just finished a big shop, the last thing you want is for the bags to fall over, sending your items flying. This hack is so ingenious that you won’t believe you’ve never tried it before!
Take your bungee cords and thread them through the handles of your shopping bags. You can also wrap the cords around the bags for some extra security. Then, simply wrap and hook the cords around the car seat to keep them upright and in place.
6. Camping hacks
Whether you’re off on a long-haul road trip, or pitching up in your backyard, bungee cords are the perfect accessory for any camper. They can be a huge help when packing a camping backpack, and their uses dont stop here. Whilst you’re out in the sticks, bungee cords can be used to help you build shelter, dry your clothes, and even catch fish! Learn about these bungee cord survival hacks – and more – in our guide.
7. Keep books in place
If you have children or pets that just can’t keep their hands (or paws) off the contents of your bookshelves, listen up. By stretching bungee cords across the front of the shelf, you can create a DIY shelf brace that’ll stop books from falling down and injuring someone.
All you need is somewhere to hook each end of the bungee cord – this can be a screw or hole on the shelf. Alternatively, you could drill holes into the sides of the shelf, threading the bungee cord through each end and tying in knots. Learn the best knots to use for bungee cords in this article, perfect for any DIY fanatic.
8. Wrap up messy extension cords
Sort out your messy extension cords with this simple bungee cord hack. Simply use your preferred bungee assemblies to wrap the cords up into neat coils. To wrap up lots of wires and cords, a larger luggage elastic will do the trick. But if you want to wrap individual cords, opt for mini hook loops or ball loops to keep wires neatly wrapped.
9. DIY car mobile
Before you embark on your next road trip with the family, give this hack a try and keep young children entertained. Simply stretch bungee cords across the back of your car, attaching them to the side holders in your car. Hang your children’s toys to create a fun DIY car mobile that will keep them entertained during the drive.
10. Repair tent poles
Do you have elastic tent poles that have been through the wars? Don’t worry – this easy hack means you don’t need to splash out on a new tent. Simply take some thin 2mm bungee cord and thread through your tent poles where the original elastic was. Voila!