“ Brand: Barnitts / Type: Curtain „
My home is all open plan downstairs and we are lucky enough to have 2 glass doors that open straight out into our garden, and both Mark and myself really like the light these doors let into our house and also its lovely to have them open when its warm enough either in the daytime, or in the evenings, however I have an irrational fear of flying insects particularly flies. It stems from when I was little, my mum had sprayed the room with fly spray and I went in there and got dive bombed by an extremely angry bluebottle, ever since then I hate anything like flies, wasps or moths and this presented us with a problem having the doors open. In the daytime flies, wasps and other flying insects got in the house and in the evenings it was always moths that flew in. I didn't want a solid curtain at the door and I didn't want a bead curtain, I had a little look around and found these string curtains on Amazon, they were very reasonably priced at just £6.00 each and looked just what we wanted.
The curtains arrived with very little packaging, just a strong polythene bag with a zip top to open it and a card inside the bag which was wrapped around the curtain. The card shows a picture of the string curtain and informs the customer that this is a Door Curtain called Retro Chic by Urban Life, its 100% polyester and can be hand washed, although to be honest I wouldn't really want to tackle that job too often! The picture on the card shows the curtain in brown but I bought my 2 in black so they fitted in with my colour scheme.
Inside the bag the curtains are folded and tied so that when you untie them they just open out easily without getting tangled.
The String Curtain
The curtain is basically a modern take on the plastic striped streamer type curtain that used to be popular, I can remember my Nana always had these up at her kitchen door in the summer, my mum always had a bead one.
The curtain measures 90 x 200cm's, this is an ideal length for us as the strings just sit fractionally above the floor, there's no gap. Across the top of the curtain there's an opening to slot a curtain rod or pole through, this is 7.5cm's deep.
Price and Availability
I bought my curtains from Amazon however they are available from several on line stores such as www. barnitts.co.uk, the string curtain is priced at approximately £6.00 give or take a little depending on where you buy from but I didn't find a lot of difference when I was looking online.
I've had my string curtains up for approximately a month now and I love them. They were really easy to put up I simply got a curtain pole and threaded it through the slot along the top of the curtain. I like the fact that they hang almost to the floor and not 3/4 of the way down. The strings are nice and close together preventing any flying insects from getting in the house, on the other hand though its easy to see through the curtain and out into the garden, the curtains don't block the light out but they do let any breeze through.
If we are busy and are in and out of the door I just tie the curtains back for a while, this causes no problems with the strings getting tangled I just run my fingers through them and they are back to normal.
My only concern when I hung my curtains was with my 2 cats, I wondered if they would play with them but surprisingly they haven't bothered with them at all.
If you are looking for something like this either as a fly screen or room divider then I would recommend taking a look at the String Curtain by Urban Chic, they are available in several colours including white, black, brown, green and pink, the price is reasonable and there's no problem hanging them up. They look modern and stylish yet functional too.