Cup hooks or nails hold beaded curtain rods in place.

How to Hang a Bead Doorway Curtain

by Kathy Adams

A beaded curtain in a doorway offers just enough structure to set one room apart from the next while adding a splash of decor or color. Whether the curtains are inexpensive or sophisticated, or made from bamboo, plastic or metal, the top rod holding the strands of beads in place has its own loops designed to hold it on or above a door frame. Nails or cup hooks can be used to hold the curtain in place above a door frame. Install the curtain to the door frame itself, or a couple of inches above it, if you prefer.

Hold the beaded curtain up in the desired position inside the doorway, visually centering it. Press the hanging loops on the curtain rod up against the underside of the top piece of the door frame.

Push one of the cup hooks through each loop and turn it slightly into the wood to make a mark for a pilot hole. If hanging the curtain above the doorway instead, hold the curtain in the desired location, place a small piece of masking tape on the wall behind each hanging loop, then make a small pencil mark through each of the hanging loops to note pilot hole location. The tape helps prevent plaster or drywall damage during drilling.

Drill pilot holes where you've made marks in or above the door frame using a bit that's narrower than the cup hooks or finish nails. Remove the masking tape if you've drilled into the wall rather than the door frame.

Twist one cup hook into each pilot hole until the open ends of the cup hooks are aligned facing you. If using nails in the wall instead of cup hooks, hammer one nail into each pilot hole, angling the nails so the heads are pointed slightly upward; this prevents the curtain from falling.

Set the bead curtain rod's loops over the hooks or nails so the curtain hangs on its own.

Items you will need

  • Cup hooks or finish nails (2 or 3, one per loop on the curtain rod)
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill with narrow bit
  • Hammer (optional)


  • Cup hooks are less likely to result in a falling curtain, since they provide a more enclosed means of support.
  • If the curtains are too wide for the doorway, either hang them above the door frame, or cut them to fit inside the frame. If the bead pattern is the same all the way across, you may be able to cut from just one end of the rod to still have a visually balanced curtain; otherwise, remove one strand at a time from each side (as well as the respective area of rod above each strand) until the curtain fits to your liking.


  • Wear eye protection when drilling above your head to avoid getting debris in your eyes.

About the Author

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.

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