How to Make a Screen Door

Have you ever been to that restaurant in Portland called Screen Door? You can get so much fried chicken there! That’s not the kind of screen door I’m talking about right now though. The one I’m talking about just made my apartment feel more like home, and my cat less likely to escape when I want to leave the door open.

Here is a quick picture tutorial on how to make one yourself. You will definitely need at least two people to do it.

Here is what you need:

5 pieces of wood (like around .75″ x 3.5″)
A drill and drill bits
Measuring tape
A Ruler
A razor blade
Long screws, depending on how thick your wood is (I think our screws were around 3″)
Other regular screws
A hand saw
Screen material
at least 2 hinges
an eyelet latch
a handle
a friend

The very first thing you need to do is measure your door frame where your screen will go. Ours measured something like 80.5″ x 36″.

Then you will need to measure the wood pieces.

Measure two long pieces and two short pieces. This will be your door frame. Later you will add 1 more piece somewhere in the middle as a support. We’ll get to that in a minute!

Clamp down your wood somewhere and use a razor blade to mark where you want to cut it.

Annnnd SAW!! When sawing it is best to “let the saw do the work.” Just rock the saw back and forth gently and it will cut through the wood super easy. Be sure to have a vacuum handy because there will be sawdust!

Drill two holes (for extra support) where you want your screws to go. This depends on the width of your wood. Our width was pretty thick so we had to drill through the wood as much as possible so that the screw would actually attach to the smaller piece (bottom and top of the
door frame). Make sure the drill bit that you use to drill holes in the wood is slightly larger than the head of the screw that you are using.

Clamp the two pieces together and get ready to screw them together!

Screw all sides together and you’re almost done!

Just add the support piece in the middle by drilling it in from the sides, like shown above, and add the screen material to “the back side of the door”. Use a staple gun to fix it to the wood. I stood on the wood while Brian pulled it SUPER taut. The long side took about 10 staples, while the short side took about 5. We didn’t staple gun the support piece.

When we were done staple gunning the screen material, we used a ruler and the razor blade to cut off the excess material. Ow on your knees if you have a hard wood floor! Oh well.

Finally you add the hinges, about 10-12 inches down from the top and bottom of the door. The short side of the hinge is affixed to the wood, while the long side is affixed to the door frame outside. Make sure you know which way you want your door to open!!

Then there are finishing touches, like an inside eyelet hook lock, and a door handle, and you are done! Time to eat fried chicken and celebrate!

Portland PT. 2-30