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Bead curtains
I need a bead curtain to hang across a doorway to keep out flies during the summer. I would prefer it to be in glass, ceramic or wood rather than metal.
RA, Thame, Oxfordshire.

Threaded with wooden beads and bamboo tubes, the Beaded Door Curtain 120/8894 (right) from Argos (0845 640 1010;, costs £14.99 and measures 90cm wide by 190cm long. One Village offers two versions, including the chunky Bamboo curtain made from short sections threaded horizontally, from £40 for the 90cm wide by 180cm long size. Contact One Village (0845 4584 7070;, or visit its outlet store in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. For glass or ceramic, Anita Morar (07939 518520;, makes bespoke bead curtains and quotes around £30 a strand, with one strand per centimetre of width. Prices vary according to beads and design.

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