Making a Screen Door

When your door is open and the bugs start flying, it is nice to keep them out of your home. This guide is about making a screen door.

June 8, 2010 Flag

We don't have a screen on our door because the doggies ruin it. My German Shepherd jumped through our glass storm door when it was a juvenile, and we haven't had a screen since. We leave our front door open all the time but we need a screen because I hate flies. I put up a small pressure rod for a curtain at the top of our front door opening then I put one sheer white panel on the rod. This works wonders for keeping flies and other bugs out and it lets air in and the dogs and cats just push it out of the way to get in and out.


I was going to order a velcro screen from mail order but thought I would try this first. I am glad I did. The sheer see through panel moves in the breeze and the flies don't like to see movement.

By Robyn Fed from Hampton TN

June 8, 20100 found this helpful

Hey, that is a GREAT idea! Thank you for the tip!

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June 8, 20100 found this helpful

What a great idea! Here in southwest Washington we don't need screen doors year round so this is something I will definitely do, especially since I live in a rental and couldn't attach a screen door. Really like the lace curtain idea, too. One can see out well but people would have a difficult time seeing in! You all are a bunch of super ladies! Thank you!

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

I will probably have the entire website jumping down my throat for criticizing this homemade screen door tip. How can anyone not afford to have a screen repaired, yet hang a curtain in an open doorway to the outside? I can not even picture this without cringing and, to be perfectly honest, a bit of disgust.

Who reading this Feedback would even think of fixing a "screen" to a door problem in this fashion, and I can see most of you rolling your eyes as you read the original post.

There is Frugal and then there is Thrifty. In my world, the 2 do not intermingle and let me explain why. Being frugal is a mind set that could be most accurately described as a Puritanical lifestyle, a way of life that almost takes the joy out of living; the deprivation of the simplest of pleasures [do to either cost or the negative feeling an impetuous purchase would bring] even though most of your readers would have creative ideas to replace one with another. To buy oneself an off-the cuff gift or even a few flowers at a local store brings a spontaneity to life and a lift to the heart.

From the postings I read [and I read pages of them], the thrifty-based ideas say to me, "gee, why didn't I think of that?" The frugal posts, make me ask myself, "why would anyone go to such effort and trouble?" I keep going back to the absolute prime example of frugality I have come across; not having screen on a door repaired, but rather hang a curtain in its place for the outside world to see.

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

I don't mind being criticized. Feel free, but rather than taking joy out of my life it brings me lots of joy and happiness to find simple things that through research have worked, and I am a very joyful person.

My dogs would simply tear up a screen door, and glass is not safe with a dog like mine, plus I have found out that in my situation, I have the sheer panel in front of the kitchen, and in the front door, and it has kept those two areas much cooler and dong ask me how, it just has. I am going to put some weights at the bottom later of the sheer curtains, and I am so amused at how the flys wont even fly under the panel or at the sides when the wind blows, I guess they don't think of it or don't like how it moves.


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June 12, 2006 Flag
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I moved into a small apartment last summer. The problem is they do not have any screen doors. I only have 2 small windows in the apartment which provide no ventilation. The flies come in when I leave the doors open for ventilation and light (the apartment is dark and dreary and I have to have lights on during daylight hours).

I need help with making a temporary screen door or something to keep the flies out and not damage the doorway. The idiots that built this place put door bells on the back doors where there are no apartment numbers. I think they built this on a friday.

Thank you in advance,
kathleen48 from So. Portland, ME

June 12, 20060 found this helpful
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I would go to the hardware store and buy a piece of fiberglass screening big enough to cover the doorway, plus about 6 inches in length. Then I would go to the fabric store and buy enough extra-wide, double-fold bias tape to go around the perimeter, and fabric glue (if you cannot sew).

Depending on how you want to attach it to the doorway, you will also need either: some sew-on and some sticky back velcro; OR some strong thread (or string), a few finishing nails (they're thin and not long) AND some curtain weights.

Sew (or glue) the bias tape around the perimeter of the screen. Then stitch a length of sew-on velcro to the top edge of the screen, and apply some sticky-back to the top of the doorway. You might also want to apply some on each side of the lower edge to get a better "seal". Do a test-piece first; but the velcro should come off the doorway if you heat it up with a hair dryer to soften the glue first.

If you can't apply the velcro, fold up the bottom edge of the screening and stitch it in place to make a "pocket" for the weights. (You can hand or machine sew.) Then with strong thread or string, make some loops at the top--one at each corner, and a few in between. Holding the screen up to the doorway, hammer the finishing nails (brads) into the top of the frame for the loops of thread. When you move, you can remove the nails, and fill the holes with a bit of waterproof putty or caulk--if you put them in the top, they won't show.

When you're at the hardware store, price the replacement screens for a sliding glass door. I have no idea how much framed screens are; if they're not much, you might just go that route, and set it in place. You could also ask someone who does remodelling if you might get one when they replace a slider.

Have you asked the landlord about it? If you had the work done, you might be able to deduct all or part of the cost ofhaving a real one put in place from your rent.

Good luck; no ventilation isn't fun!

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June 12, 20060 found this helpful
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Check out the catalogs put out by Lillian Vernon or Walter Drake ( In their "search" blank type in "door screen". They both have some and they're not terribly expensive....around $10.00 I think. They are for temporary use. I've seen some held in place with magnets and others use self-stick tabs. Good Luck!

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful
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I use a lace panel that I string across the opened door from a nail on the left inside doorjamb to a peg holder (originally for cups?) on the inside of the door where we hang hats. (you can unhook it to go through the door. But I saw a WWII movie where they tacked up mosquito netting over doors in the tropics - & next time I find an abandoned bed net (now usually decorative) I will buy it & try to cut it down & use that. We like to keep the door open, as there is an updraft in our apartment hall - & the lacy covering also indicates that we want privacy.

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P.S. When I lived for a while in a dark apartment, I put up a LOT of small mirrors to reflect whatever light did come into the apartment!

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This isn't really home Improvement, but store improvement. I work at a thrift store where 100% of our proceeds go to the shelter and we have shelter animals right at the store who are up for adoption (11 cats running around, never a dull moment).

Now we would like to keep our donation door open to let in the spring air, but yet we don't want our cats running out of the store. I saw some door products such as this one. However our door is too wide. Our door measurements are 3 feet 9 inches wide and 7 feet and 1 inches tall, and we have a metal frame.

Any ideas on making a screen door "with a latch" so the cats can't just push it way out. Any input would be great.

By Bill from Holland, MI

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March 19, 20100 found this helpful

Making a simple wooden frame to fit inside your metal frame wouldn't be that hard, surely you have someone who could help with the project. With one that large make sure to put good cross bracing on it. Also with the cats running around I would suggest using hail screen at the bottom to keep them from scratching holes in it. I wish you all the luck in the world in your wonderful work, if I were closer I would sure help you out.

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