Welcome to the world of beaded door curtains: the products that add color and texture to a room, but without having to take you through the hassle of installing a new door. Sure, there are drawbacks to choosing beaded curtains over actual doors, but the advantages they provide are surprising and could even make you reconsider your purchase.
That being said, let’s take a look into what beaded door curtains are, how easy they are to install, and take a look at some of the products we fell in love with.
Top 3 Picks
Best with Wood: FlavorThings Natural Wood and Bamboo Beaded Curtain
Granted, this is a beaded curtain with a spicier price, but the gorgeous wood and bamboo construction provides a lot of different applications and makes the curtain easily blend in with a variety of interior decor styles.
Budget Pick: AIZESI String Door Curtain
Don’t let the Christmassy description of this product fool you; we’d hang this beaded door curtain in our homes in the middle of July without hesitation!
Customer’s Choice: Duosuny Door Curtain
“I love the color, the size, the length, perfect for my dining area.” (Customer review)
What Is a Beaded Door Curtain?
A beaded door curtain is basically a more stylish and less insulating version of a regular interior door. A beaded curtain is a great way to add a bit of texture to a room. These are made to fit most door frames or ceiling hardware. They are pre-hung on a bar to allow for easy access. They are also very easy to clean. They are available in a wide range of different styles and, when all the strands come together, form shapes and images that add color to the room.
Before exploring some truly beautiful, beaded door curtains, we’re going to take a deeper look at their functionality, advantages, and drawbacks, and determine whether or not they’re easy to install.
How to Install a Beaded Door Curtain
Installing a beaded door curtain is way easier compared to what it takes to install a new door. What you need to do is to:
- Place the beaded curtain rod over the entryway where you want to hang it. Install the rod directly on a wooden door frame or about 1 inch above the frame. Because most door frames are encircled by metal flashing beneath the paint, you can only place mounting hardware 1 inch above the flashing.
- Apply a small piece of masking tape to the frame or wall where the rod’s hanging hooks will be. Using a pencil, mark the screw holes for the rod on the tape. Remove the curtain rod and set it aside.
- Using a drill bit one size smaller than the cup hook screw, drill a starting hole through the marking on the tape. Paint and plaster do not crack as a result of the tape.
- Remove the masking tape. Using your hand, insert a cup hook into each beginning hole. Twist the hook until it is securely fastened to the wall and the hook’s opening faces upward.
- Overlap the cup hooks with the hanging hooks on the beaded curtain rod.
How to Make a Beaded Door Curtain
Even though there are low odds of that happening, let’s assume that you can’t find a beaded door curtain in the style of your choice or that you have a bunch of beads lying around and you’re thinking about turning them into a curtain. While it may seem like hard work, making your own beaded door curtain can be a really fun project and could give you something interesting to do on the weekend. If you’re tackling the idea of making your own beaded curtain, here are the steps to follow:
- For the rod, measure the doorway where you’re thinking of installing the curtain and add six to 12 more inches to that measurement to allow the rod to extend past the sides of the doorway. If you don’t want the curtain rod to be longer, measure the inside of the door frame and don’t add those extra inches.
- Cut a wooden rod with a ¾-inch diameter at the length calculated in the above step. You want the choice of wood to be sturdy, as beaded curtains can be heavy and there might be a little pulling of the strands here and there. Tension rods are to be avoided because they are not sturdy as they should be.
- The next step is attaching the hooks by placing them against the wall and inserting the screen. Make sure the holes are drilled into the wooden support beams rather than the sheetrock. The weight of the curtains will pull the rod right off the wall if the holes are drilled into sheetrock. You’ll need between two and three hooks, depending on the width of your window or doorway.
- Place the curtain rod over the hooks. Before you begin beading, hang the rod to decide the length of your curtains. It’ll also keep the strands from tangling while you’re working on them.
- For the next step, you are going to need some fishing line because it’s good enough to support a strand of beads. Use tape to measure the finishing line and cut it down to size. Start at the top of the curtain rod and measure how long you want your curtains to be. Add 12 inches to your measurement by doubling it. Make the necessary adjustments to your fishing line. Because you’ll be folding your fishing line in half and inserting two strands inside each bead, you’ll need to cut it twice as long. You’ll be able to finish the curtains with the extra 12 inches.
- Tie a split ring on the fishing line. Locate the middle of your fishing line and thread it through the split ring. To keep the fishing line secure, tie 2 to 3 knots beneath the slip ring. Make sure the fishing line is in the middle and both strands are the same length.
- This is where the actual beads come into action. The tricky thing here is to have enough beads because you’ll likely need more than you think you do. They don’t have to be expensive glass beads; they can be made of plastic, wood, or even by your own hands. You could also disassemble costume jewelry and repurpose the beads. The more unusual the beads, the better! Because colored glass beads are translucent and catch the light nicely, they are ideal for this craft.
- Begin threading your beads together. Start by threading your first bead onto the fishing line. Assemble the bead by threading it through both strands of fishing line. Add the next bead after pulling the previous one all the way down to the split ring. Continue doing so until the string is about 12 inches long.
- Finish with a 2-hole bead. Put one strand of fishing line through each hole this time. If you don’t have any 2-hole beads, you can substitute a larger bead. Instead of pointing up and down, turn the bead so that the holes point to the side. Pull one strand of fishing line through the hole on the left. Pull the other strand of fishing line through the appropriate hole.
- Tie the ends together. Bring the ends of the fishing line back through the holes after tying roughly three knots under the bead. Trim the strands after threading them back through the first few beads (approximately 2 inches). Tie the knots above the bead if you’re using a conventional bead instead of a 2-hole bead. Apply a drop of superglue to the knot to secure it.
- Start on the next strand after hanging the first one on the curtain. Constantly getting up and sliding the split ring onto your curtain rod may sound like a lot of labor, but it will keep your work from becoming tangled.
- Continue cutting and beading your strands on your curtain rod until you have as many as you want. They don’t have to be the same length but remember to add 12 inches to each strand to ensure a suitable finish. Hang the curtain rod in the door frame and you’re good to go.
Pros & Cons of a Beaded Door Curtain
Investing and installing beaded door curtains is something that comes with advantages and drawbacks, and you need to know what this product has to offer and what are its limitations. Some of the advantages include:
- The fact that you can turn one single room into two rooms to create privacy. This could be particularly useful if you have two children sharing a bedroom and they always fight over space and privacy.
- They are also efficient in covering storage area doorways to hide visual access to cluttered spaces that nobody really wants to see. It’s also a common option for closet doors.
- It’s very easy to install when you compare it to a door. Doors require a lot more work and, in some cases, you might be required to call in a professional. With a beaded curtain door, you should be able to easily install this by yourself.
- If you compare the installation process, hanging a beaded door curtain doesn’t require any prerequisites. Doors require frames or rails (if they are sliding models) but with beaded curtains, it’s simpler than that.
- They save space. Opening a door usually means compromising a little bit of space inside the room and, while this might not be important for some people, it matters to those with small rooms.
- You don’t need to use your hands to open these. Just walk into the beaded curtain and the flexible strands will make room for passage.
Certainly, there are also a few drawbacks when it comes to using beaded door curtains, such as the fact that:
- They don’t completely block sound. So, if someone is listening to music in the other room, you will be able to hear almost everything.
- Cats will naturally be attracted to it. In fact, beaded curtains might just prove to be your cat’s favorite new toy, and they will start playing with the strands, biting them, and even pulling them. Some dogs might be afraid of beaded door curtains.
- It might be a danger to babies. Considering the fact that babies love to crawl around and, whilst exploring the world, end up putting everything in their mouth, the tiny beads could end up torn from the strands, in which case they are a choking hazard and are best avoided.
Best Beaded Door Curtains
This lovely hand-beaded door curtain is constructed of 90 bamboo strands and contains around 4000 beads; each stick is totally painted so the image can be seen from both sides and from any angle. The design of this water lilies trio, which is truly a piece of hand-painted artwork, will bring wonderful floral décor to your home.
With this lovely beaded door curtain, you can give a twist to an everyday area. It’s such an easy and economical way to add color, character, and flair to your space. You can use your bamboo door beads curtain as a window curtain, closet curtain, room divider, or wall decoration, or you can hang it over a door panel to hide clutter. It measures 35.5” W x 78.8” L per panel, has semi-sheer light filtration, and requires hand-washing to clean.
The second Evideco curtain for today shares a lot of technical similarities with the previous model, so we aren’t going to repeat all the specifications, but rather focus on the differences instead. This one differs in design because it depicts a beautiful image of bamboo sticks lying on top of river stones, combining green and gray so that it can easily blend in with multiple house decorations.
This is the last Evideco curtain panel for the day, I promise! We’ve added this one to the list because it’s such an easy and economical way to add color, character, and flair to your space. Each door curtain has 65 strands linked to a wooden hanging bar and is 78.8″H x 35.5″W. The curtain’s width can be reduced by reducing the hanging bar or by simply hanging it on the inside or outside of the doorway. You can modify the height of the curtain by hanging it higher or lower on your door frame.
The Duosunny door curtain is here to add a little bit of glam to any space, offering a glittering-style effect that’s bound to attract looks, making this particularly suitable for added privacy at a special event. It’s made from polyester and comes with glistering silver ribbons for an added effect. You have about 19 different color choices, so making this blend in with the decor should be very simple.
If you love glittering curtains, then you have to take a look at this one. It’s available in 11 different color options and is made entirely out of polyester, hence its relatively low price. Much like the Duosuny, this model is also made with glistening silver ribbon, which makes it look so delicate and visually appealing.
There’s something about macramé curtains that makes them perfect for a Boho-style inspired room, so here is a product that could serve that specific purpose. Made from cotton, this is clearly a delicate curtain that, thanks to its design, could also be used as a wall tapestry. The neutral color makes it a product that’s easy to fit in a variety of chromatic schemes.
When you want to add that pop teen retro disco rainbow vibe (a lot of words, I know, but you can’t tell me this curtain doesn’t inspire all that), then you’ve probably found the perfect product. Made from polyester, this is advertised as a Christmas beaded door curtain, but we really see no problem in using this all year-round. The vibrating colors are more reminiscent of summer days rather than giving out that winter holiday vibe.
Made from real bamboo tubes, this beaded curtain has drawn our attention because of the delicate dreamcatcher design. Handmade and delicate, this beaded curtain is yet another product that could easily fit in a variety of different room decorations, also making the perfect gift for someone you love (especially if you consider the symbolism and the protective meaning behind the dreamcatcher). It has a total of 90 strands and measures 35.5 x 78 inches.
The YaoYue beaded string door curtain is made from eco-friendly polyester fiber, which is definitely a plus considering how many of these products are made with synthetic and non-biodegradable materials. Another thing that you’re going to love about this curtain is that the strands are easy to cut so you can give this curtain the shape of your choice, creating wall art or simply adjusting it to cover a smaller window.
With 52 strands and measuring 79 x 36 x 0.5 inches, this is a delicate beaded curtain that brings forth a wood and bamboo construction. The product is delivered together with two hooks and the hanging rod, to make the installation process easier because there’s no need to make any extra purchases. It is a handmade product that could also serve as wall art.
Beaded doorway curtains may add a casual, sophisticated, or thematic touch to any room. Colors and materials for the beads might be drawn from the room’s surroundings. For instance, a curtain made of wooden beads could compliment a home with a lot of woodwork. Accent colors can also be found in throw rugs and cushions, so use your surroundings as inspiration. A beaded curtain can be used in any room of the house to add a personal and creative touch.