How do I make a screen door cheaply?
Richard from Snowflake, AZ
For a home? Standard screen doors aren't too expensive, I understand. However, if for another area, remember that you can use patio door screens and drill hinge holes and reinforce the screen with punched aluminum sheeting or wire fencing over the existing screening if not too large. Shade cloth makes a better screen door for sunny exposures if
I find folks tossing curbside old useable, but lightweight screen/storm doors as they improve their properties cosmetically. The frame can be spray painted a medium dark bronze or white to freshen it up.
If for a balcony patio door, remember you can weight patio shade cloth/screening, hem the edges by hand and have a draped screen door by adding magnets to the edges so it will catch on the frame of the patio door.
These used patio screens can also be used for drop-down screen doors on a garage door for summer
God bless you.
Do you just want some ventilation and not much cost? If so, you can just buy a tension rod (two if you want one for the top and bottom) and hang a drapery panel (sheer or lace). You'll get ventilation, and if you move, can take it with you and use it someplace else later. These little curtain tension rods are really cheap and you could probably find cheap panels at a thrift store or yard sale. (03/29/2007)
Here in the Dayton, Ohio area you can buy them at Lowe's for 19.95. I don't think you could make one any cheaper than that and it's a lot easier. (03/29/2007)
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