There’s something comforting about the sound of a screen door opening and closing. Plus it keeps the bugs out. I love feeling a cool breeze in the evening. We are enjoying our covered porch so much, I want to keep the door to the house open onto the porch but the flies keep coming in. So I decided to install a screen door. I love the look of a wood screen door.
So I headed over to Lowes. They have the cutest unfinished screen doors. I used one when I made the entryway organizers a couple of years ago. The one I used is called the Creekside Screen Door. And for under $35 I think it’s a great price. You will also want to pick up a Screen Door Hinge Kit – it will have hinges, screws and a pull.
So if you have ever wondered how to install a screen door, I am going to walk you through the steps!
I painted my door black because the interior door was black and I wanted them to match.
- Measure your door. I assumed mine was 36 inches only to get it home to discover that my opening is only 32 inches. Make sure to measure.
- Get your tools together. You will need a screwdriver or drill, a measuring tape, pen or pencil.
- Look at the existing door, which way does the door open? You will probably want your screen door to open the same way.
- Measure where your hinges will lay on the door. I put mine 5 inches from the top of the door and 10 inches up from the bottom of the door.
- Make a mark at those points on the door and then lay the hinges on the marks and mark where the holes will go with a pencil or pen.
- Drill pilot holes where you marked the hinge holes.
- Lay the hinges on the door and screw in the screws into the pilot holes.
- For this step you need another person. Take the screen door over to the door frame and line it up. You want at least 1/8 of an inch at the sides of the door and 1/4 inch space at the top and bottom of the door. If you need to trim down the sides do this before you hang it up.
- Have someone hold the door in the correct position, mark where the hinge holes are with a pen or pencil. Then drill pilot holes. Screw the screws into the door frame.
- Install your door pull. I put a pretty pull on my door. But if you buy the screen door hardware kit it comes with a basic pull.
- Enjoy your new door!
I also added a little saying on my door. It’s a glittered HOME embellishment from my Pebbles Home+Made collection.
The screen door is so homey. Some people dropped by my house the night after I installed the screen door and they loved the screen door. Yay!
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