A screen door pulls double duty; it allows fresh air and light into your home while keeping out bugs and other pesky critters that you don’t want to deal with inside. A screen door allows you to keep your home closed in while permitting a breeze to blow through, whether during hot weather to reduce the temperature of your interior, or any time of the year that you want to let the fresh air into your home. You can buy readymade screen doors for your home at any home improvement store, or you can elect to make your own fairly easily. Don’t let the thoughts of this simple DIY project scare you off, many homeowners find that they can save a bundle by building their own screen doors!
Supplies and Tools Required To construct a screen door, you will need the following tools and supplies, many of which you probably already have lying around your home:
- ¼ inch to ¾ inch screen molding
- glue brushes
- hardware frame
- one-inch nails
- paint brushes
- screen mesh
- staple gun
- tape measure
- thin wood to use for the door frame
Designs and Cuts You will need thin wood stock to build your screen door, typically around 5/8th inches thick. When selecting wood stock for your screen door project, go for a well-dried variety of wood in order to avoid shrinkage, swelling, and warping. Measure the area where the screen door will be hung, and cut the vertical and horizontal pieces that are needed for the fit. When constructing your door, it may help to clamp the pieces of the door to a work surface, like a table. To make the center horizontal piece, as well as the corner joins, take off half the thickness of one piece of wood where they will intersect with a saw in order that the overall thickness of the joint will be equal to that of just a single piece of wood stock. Brush on polyurethane glue to attach the pieces together, and then clamp them tightly until they have thoroughly dried. Once dry, you can then sand the door, apply a varnish or stain and a finish, and then paint the door, or leave it simply stained. The unfinished look is a great complement to many decor themes, including rustic and country.
Attaching the Screen Next, lay the door onto the working table or work surface, and measure the opening. Cut the screening material to the appropriate size, making certain to leave several inches around the perimeter. This will make installation simpler, and you can just trim it away later. Lay the screen material over the frame, and staple it to the top of the frame. Pull the screen tightly towards the door’s bottom, making certain to pull tightly both horizontally and vertically. Staple the screen to the door securely, trim the screen overlap, and cover the screen edging with molding.
Finally, stand back and admire your handiwork! Simple DIY projects like building a screen door for your home can save you big money over the life of homeownership, and give you the pride of accomplishment that you made something with your own two hands!
Finishing Steps Install the door frame next, and then attach the newly built screen door to the frame. Add a door handle and fasten the door to the frame using spring hinges that will allow it to close automatically.
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