How to Make Door Beads

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The '60s and '70s eras introduced the concept of beaded doors; this concept is still practiced today. Beaded doors provide an innovative way to separate rooms, provide privacy, hide storage areas and replace a traditional door. Feng shui, the relationship between humans and their environment, uses a beaded door to keep the energy flowing in the room. Wood, acrylic and bamboo are three popular bead materials used to make a beaded door. Designs range from elaborate to very simple, depending on the need or ability of the creator.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • Curtain Rod
  • Ruler
  • Eye Hooks
  • Curtain Rod Brackets
  • Thread Or String

Measure the width of the door to ensure the curtain rod is the right length. Using the ruler and a pencil, divide the rod into equal sections, and screw the eye hooks in the points made by the pencil markings. Cut the thread or string a few inches longer than the length needed so you can tie off the ends.

Using a paper and pencil, sketch a repeated pattern for the beaded door. To avoid making the door too busy, use no more than five to six different colors or shapes of beads in the pattern.

Slide a bead to the bottom of the string, leaving about 2 inches at the bottom. Fold the extra string up so it is next to the strand and tie a secure knot. A crimping bead is also a great way to secure the bead.

Continue adding beads until there are 2 to 4 inches of string left at the top. Make a loop with the extra string and tie a secure knot next to the last bead, or use a crimping bead to finish the strand.

Attach the finished strands to the eye hooks in the curtain rod. Test the length of the first strand and adjust the length if needed before completing more strands. Repeat this process until the desired amount of strands are completed.

Securely attach the curtain rod brackets above the doorway. Place the curtain rod on the brackets.


  • Since knots may come untied, using crimping beads is recommended.

    Graph paper can be used to plan and create a picture design for the beaded door. Ready-made needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns also can be used to plan a picture for the beaded door.