How to Hand Make a Metal Chain Curtain or Divider

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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Finding interesting ways to adorn your doorways can be difficult. Attractive beaded curtains can be purchased for a hefty price, while stringing your own can take days. If you're looking for something a little more "rock 'n' roll" and less like a time warp back to the 1960s, a hanging chain curtain might be the choice for you. A great look for motorcycle and car shops, homes with edgy interior design and heavy metal music enthusiasts, a hanging chain curtain in your doorway will give your space just the right amount of "rock 'n' roll."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1-inch square dowel rod
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Screw hooks
  • Silver spray paint
  • 2.0 or 2.5mm chain
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill bit
  • Screws

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    Hanging the Rod

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the door. Make sure you are measuring end-to-end inside of the door frame. Choose a sturdy, hardwood dowel rod. Cut the rod so that it will fit across the width of the door, inside the door frame.

  2. 2

    Spray the dowel rod with silver spray paint and let dry. The silver spray paint will give the dowel rod a metallic look, which will flow better once the chain is attached.

  3. 3

    Make a mark every two inches along the dowel rod with a pencil. If you want a thicker-looking curtain, mark every one inch along the rod. Then, screw in the screw hooks, by hand, into each mark. The easiest way to attach a screw hook is by maintaining pressure the entire time while twisting.

  4. 4

    Measure the height of the door, then subtract about three inches to include the width of the dowel rod and the space between the bottom of the chain and the floor. You do not want the chain to drag on the floor.

  5. 5

    Count the number of screw hooks. This number will coincide with the amount of chain pieces you will need. Not all doors are standard size; this is why creating the hanging rod before purchasing the chain is important. You may need more or less chain depending on the width of the door.

  6. 6

    Purchase a lightweight 2.0 or 2.5mm bulk chain from a hardware store. Most stores will cut the chain for you at no additional cost. Have the number of chain pieces you counted cut to the height of the door.

    Hanging the Curtain

  1. 1

    Loop each piece of chain onto the screw hooks, then use the pliers to close the hooks. This will keep the chain from falling off when people walk through the door.

  2. 2

    Hold the curtain up against the top inside of the door frame. Use a level to make sure the curtain is centred along the inside of the frame.

  3. 3

    Have a friend hold the curtain in place while you pre-drill two to three holes along the hanging rod into the frame of the door. Screw the curtain into place.

Tips and warnings

  • This method can also be used to create window curtains. However, use a rounded dowel rod and simply hang the curtain from a standard curtain rod.

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