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Bead Curtains For Doors

Updated on August 14, 2014

Beautiful Beaded Door Curtains For The Home

I remember fondly the bead curtains for doors (also called door beads) that my grandma used in her own home back in the days. They're really cool to decorate your rooms with, as they give a very different look to your home with all the many interesting designs, from guitars, to palm trees, to excellent reproductions of well known paintings or simply retro beads. They're also great as hanging beads for closets, for example.

Beaded door curtains can greatly enhance the look of a home with these gorgeous and elegant designs. Whether made of wood, bamboo or plastic, there is something for everyone. I love these curtains because now you no longer have to open and close your door - all you need is walk right through it!

You will also find videos on how to make your own, including a cute curtain made of paper beads - now that's something you don't see everyday!

You can use them not only for your doorways but also for your windows, and a few other ways that I will show below. All you need is choose the right size for your project. Decorating your home has never been easier. Even children love these curtains for their rooms and if you long for the 60's, 70's and the disco times of the 80's, you'll feel right home here!

Image Credit: Natural Bamboo Beaded Curtain at Amazon.

Natural Bamboo Bead Curtain 125 Strands

Natural Bamboo Beaded Curtain 125 Strands
Natural Bamboo Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

If you like the pure natural look of the bamboo on your door as décor, then you will love this design! It has 125 strands and it comes with all hardware that you need to install it properly and easily.

Easy to use as your door between two rooms, as a backdoor leading to your patio or garden, or as your window curtain. It's extremely detailed work and very pleasing when passing through.

Handpainted Fire ~ Bamboo Beaded Door Curtain Gateways

Fire Design 100% Bamboo Door Curtain
Fire Design 100% Bamboo Door Curtain

Bamboo beaded curtain with a fire design. Measures 36 inches wide X 71-1/2 inches. Use it as bead curtain for doors, separator or rooms/wall divider, window treatment or even as an adorable wall decoration. Made of 100% bamboo of 90 strands.

bamboo curtain in Jenin
bamboo curtain in Jenin

Why Bamboo Curtains Are So Popular

Beaded curtains have gained in popularity over the last few years, but bamboo door beads have really seen a rapid increase and I think the reasons for it are quite varied.

First of all bamboo is a natural material that can be easily found in various parts of the world - especially in Asia in abundance. It is strong, yet extremely light. Have you ever held in your hands a bamboo stick? It's like holding plastic - maybe even lighter than that.

Using bamboo materials to make curtains In the Western world is a relatively recent tradition, however it has been used for centuries already throughout Asia, particularly in Japan and China. In fact it was China where bamboo has been first used, based on archaeological discoveries. It was popular in making various tools, bows and arrows as weapons, even shoes and rafts.

At some point it started to be used for making from it jewelry beads, and from there on the leap to use them as curtain material was no leap at all.

Image credit: a bamboo curtain in Jenin - Creative Commons

How to Trim Width From Bamboo & Wood Curtains

So you got a beaded curtain made of bamboo, but it's too wide and it won't fit well for your doors - then what do you do? Here is a useful video that shows how to trim it in a way that the curtain won't get destroyed.

Fun With Bottle Tops - Now That's A Creative Way To Make A Curtain!

Fun With Bottle Tops - Now That's A Creative Way To Make A Curtain!
Fun With Bottle Tops - Now That's A Creative Way To Make A Curtain!

to make this beaded door curtain, simply use plastic bottle tops with a thread, mix them in all sorts of random color and make this lovely retro looking curtain of beads. I find it way too cool and I wish there were more people coming up with such creative ideas for their door decorations.

Image Credit: Creative Commons

Wooden Door Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Wooden Door Beaded Curtain
Wooden Door Beaded Curtain

Want the perfect door look even though it's not solid? Check out this wooden door beaded curtain, it's awesome. Also it comes with hanging hardware so you can go right ahead and install it as soon as it arrives.

It fits pretty much all doorways and windows, and it's perfect if you like handmade pieces - it's actually handpainted as well.

A great decoration for every self-respecting home!

Different Ways To Use Beaded Room Dividers

* as door beads (their original use in history)

* as a divider in a larger room to create a personal space

* as window dressing

* as dividers in restaurants

* as fringe at the end of a regular curtain

* as decorative accents on throw pillows (cut small pieces of curtains for this project)

How Do You Feel About Curtains Made Of Beads?

How Do You Feel About Curtains Made Of Beads?

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Sunset Palm Bead Style Curtain 125 Strands

Sunset Palm Beaded Curtain 125 Strands
Sunset Palm Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Yet another beautiful piece by ABeadedCurtain, this will be again attractive to you if you like palms on the beach, and especially if you enjoy watching sunsets. If you have it as a patio door curtain, when it gently sways under the wind, the palm leaves move around - it's and awesome effect.

Handmade and hand painted, it has 125 strands which make for a great and sharp design. 100% bamboo material that does not disappoint.

How About This Fun Idea With Glass Beads As Room Divider?

How About This Fun Idea With Glass Beads As Room Divider?
How About This Fun Idea With Glass Beads As Room Divider?

This is a great idea for a room divider. Simply take any types and sizes of glass beads, string them o the read in random fashion and end stringing when it almost reaches the bottom, but not quite. A very fun, chick and playful effect in the room.

Image credits: Flickr Creative Commons

Happiness Prosperity Longevity Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Happiness Prosperity Longevity Beaded Curtain 125 Strands (+hanging hardware)
Happiness Prosperity Longevity Beaded Curtain 125 Strands (+hanging hardware)

Do you believe in Feng Shui? If yes, then you absolutely must have this bead curtain for doors and windows. It is made of 100% bamboo, hand painted and it looks awesome from both sides. Perfect as doorway from one room to another, or even as your garden door curtain.

Very strong details that are enhanced by the 125 strands which make for a much stronger design.


Did You Know...

In Feng Shui teachings, passing through beaded curtains for doorways has a soothing effect through the gentle whoosh noise caused by the beads lightly touching each other. Also it should cut the airflow and spread positive energy in the room.

Squares & Rings - Kandinsky Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Squares & Rings - Kandinsky Beaded Curtain 125 Strands
Squares & Rings - Kandinsky Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

This is such a fun and happy piece to have in your home. It brightens up any place and makes it a comfy room to be in. It has 125 strands which help greatly have the designs sharp, crisp and really detailed. Actually it has a funny effect that the design looks even more awesome when the light is not shining at it, like during the evening or night.

100% bamboo, hand painted and absolutely easy to install.

Old Guitarist - Picasso Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Old Guitarist - Picasso Beaded Curtain 125 Strands
Old Guitarist - Picasso Beaded Curtain 125 Strands

Are you a true art lover? Then you can't pass up on this gorgeous art décor for your home. Beaded curtains for doors with guitarists? Now that's an interesting idea, and very well executed, I might add.

It is a perfect reproduction of a famous art piece by Picasso, and it looks gorgeous on any door (or window). Easy to install, it comes with all related hardware. The perfect gift for anyone who loves to be surrounded by elegant things at home.

Picasso - The old guitarist
Picasso - The old guitarist

How Many Strands Do You Want?

When you're looking to buy some bead curtains for your doors, you will find them with several strands, down from 30+, up to 125 and even more. Which ones you choose will depend on what you want from your curtain.

Do you want them for decorative purposes or you want to add a touch of privacy to the place? Do you just want a bit of jingle when you move between rooms and partitions, or you do care a lot about the curtain design?

Some of the curtains shown on this page have lots of strands so that the effect is strong - a gorgeous palm tree, the illusion of a real door, or the beautiful reproductions of Kandinsky's squares and rings, or The Old Guitarist by Picasso - these are all heavily detailed designs that need a high density of beaded strands to really capture the elements depicted within. I do like the curtains dense, so I always go for a higher number of strands. Sometimes the illusion is a real piece of art, as the curtains here show - just check out the Picasso imitation above and see that I'm right.

Image Credit: Image in public domain

In Contrast - Polka Dot Beaded Door Curtains

Polka Dot Beaded Curtains For Doors
Polka Dot Beaded Curtains For Doors

Here is a bead door curtain with only 10 strands. See the difference? Here the décor element is quite different and the resulting visual has an airy and light effect. You can definitely see through this curtain and it offers no privacy at all. This is for purely decorative purposes, especially if you like the flashy neon 70's style.

It features neon colors, black light reactive Polka Dots that will illuminate when exposed to UV light. Really cool if you like this type of thing.

Popular materials used are wood, glass, plastic, bamboo, acrylic, gemstones and crystals

Light And Airy Curtains With Less Beaded Strands

Beaded Curtains - Mirror Disco Ball Door Beads #61060
Beaded Curtains - Mirror Disco Ball Door Beads #61060

If you like the 70's and 80's, this beaded curtain with a mirror disco ball design will fit right in with your style. Cute, easy to hang and reminiscent of fun times gone by.

3 ft x 6 ft Ball Chain Beaded Curtain - Room Divider - Ivory
3 ft x 6 ft Ball Chain Beaded Curtain - Room Divider - Ivory

A beautiful ivory color ball chain curtain for the door, it actually comes in 3 colors: ivory (the one shown here), a white and a clear bead one as well. Perfect for dividing two rooms, or a hallway and a room, or even to create a small unique space within a larger room.

3 ft x 6 ft Bubble Beaded Curtain - Room Divider -Pink Iridescent
3 ft x 6 ft Bubble Beaded Curtain - Room Divider -Pink Iridescent

Perfect for a teen who loves pink and lightly tangled bubbles. It's adorable, but some people found that it indeed gets tangled rather easily when passing through.


Did You Have Bead Curtains In Your Home As A Child?

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Instructional Videos And Resources

Learn how to make your own curtains and hang them the right way

How to Make Beaded Curtains

Did you know that you can actually make your own curtains from beads and it's not that difficult to do either? If you're a creative person and enjoy DIY stuff, you'll have fun with this project.

Learn How To Make Fun Door Curtains Made Of Paper Beads - Now this is something you don't see every day!

I know paper beads from jewelry, but to make curtains with them - that is new to me as well. A very creative idea, one that jewelry lovers will enjoy - and why not also make a bracelet or a necklace while you're at it?

How To Hang a Beaded Curtain

There is a way to hang these types of curtains and this video will show you how. It's not exactly like you hang your regular window treatments, so if you've never had one before, worth watching for a few good tips.

Want To Give A Try To Making Your Own Beaded Curtains?

Here are a few online tutorials that will help you make your own curtain of glass or other material beads. You don't even have to be extremely crafty or anything, but you do have to be willing to have fun!

If You Have a Bead Curtain At Home, How Are You Using It? - As room divider, summer doorway, decoration, in your closet, etc?

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      The curtains look beautiful and I'm very tempted to make my own!

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      AskElizabeth 4 years ago

      love that bottle top curtain. Great idea for sure

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      manicnymph 4 years ago

      I really love the wooden door curtain!

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I have two favorites from the ones shown here :) I love them made of natural materials but that one with bottle tops is a fantastic idea!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      I like Bamboo Beaded Door Curtain. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A great way to decorate the rooms! Nice ideas!

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 years ago

      Beautiful and uniquely patterned curtains, cane stop getting one for my house! Amazing lens!

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      The beaded curtains look great.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      the ones with the images on them really rock! Great lens!!! :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      A nearby restaurant has a beaded Mona Lisa curtain in the window. I didn't realise there were so many different ones.

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      HardyGirl 4 years ago

      And here I thought beaded curtains were too retro for this century. I stand corrected! I actually do hang a beaded curtain in my outside doorway in the summer instead of a screen - it keeps the bugs out just fine. Nice selection on this lens.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I love bead curtains! You have a great selection here :)

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      pyngthyngs 4 years ago

      I have always loved the feel a beaded door curtain adds to a room. Cool lens ;)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      You brought back a lot of memories here! I had lime green beads in my bedroom for years! I loved them! :)

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      TheInnerChild 4 years ago

      Nice collection of bead curtains for doors.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      What a fabulous collection - I've never seen painted bead curtains like these!

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      Julie Johnson 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      My daughter really wants beaded curtains for her closet door. I really love the polka dot beaded curtains. Nice Lens.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      LOVE these beaded curtains for doors!

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      Niagara Ghosts 5 years ago

      Great stuff! We used to have a read bead curtain door on our guest bathroom, right near the entrance to the pool. It was there when we moved in (early 70's). I loved it but just didn't like the fact it was on the bathroom. Eventually, my mom took it down. I wish she would have kept it!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Wow! This collection of beaded curtains is awesome

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      SecondSally 5 years ago

      Wow. I haven't seen these in ages. I like more privacy though.

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      oztoo lm 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic collection of bead curtains for doors. I have one in a divider between two rooms.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This had brought a childhood memory back. Mom had one of these on what was the pantry sadly it broke but put a smile on my face to bring it back :D

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      What a beautiful collection. Some of them are so exotic. I'm going to get one of those colored ones for my daughter when she becomes a teen. They are great as room dividers too!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These have come a long way since the beaded curtains of the black light 70's.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      oh these bead curtains for doors are absolutely stunning! Love the tropical scenes the most, but find all a unique & classy look.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Cool ideas. I think teens will love this.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      We had beaded doors when I was a teen - haven't even thought about them since then but your lens has some fantastic ideas. Love the wood door one.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I really like the Picasso one.

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      RomanticMe 5 years ago

      I never knew there were such interesting bead doors that actually look like pictures! Thanks