How to Make Window Screens How to Make Window Screens

What You'll Need
Table saw
Screening material
Staple gun
Wood strips
Wood boards
Miter saw

Window screens are a great way of screening the view of certain windows. If you have a strange shaped window in your room then you might be interested in a window screen. Window screens can also be used to prevent people from being able to look inside your house.

Window shades are something which can be purchased from a shop, however it's actually very easy to make your own. You don't need any specialist tools or materials to complete this project. If you manage to prepare properly then this project should only take a day at most.

Step 1 - Measurements

Measure the dimensions of your window. Measure the width and height of your window. Don't simply assume that both the width at the top and bottom of the window are the same. Make sure you actually take both measurements to make sure. This will ensure that you create a window screen which fits even if your window isn't perfectly square. You will be using the biggest dimension to make your window screen. Measure the dimensions a couple of times to ensure that they are completely accurate.

Step 2 - Cutting a Frame

Now you need to construct a basic frame by cutting pieces of wood. Cut strips of wood which are to the right dimensions required to cover the window. If any of these strips of wood have knots in them then consider getting rid of them first. Cut all of the pieces of frame at a 45 degree angle so that they will fit snugly together.

Step 3 - Assembling the Frame

Now you need to assemble all of the pieces of frame together to make the complete finished unit. This can then be offered up against the window to check that it's the right size.

Step 4 - Hinges

You can either screw the window screen directly onto the window frame, or alternatively you can use hinges for a much more professional result. These can be fixed to the wall and fixed to the finished frame.

Step 5 - Screening

Cut the screening material to the right size by using a pair of scissors. If you're not sure about the size you can draw round the frame. Make sure that you leave plenty of excess fabric to staple it around the frame.

Step 6 - Fixing the Screening

Hold the screening material taut and then use a staple gun to fix it securely into the frame. Make sure that the screening material cannot move.

Step 7 - Fixing the Screen

The finished screen can now be installed against your window. It's possible to either use screws and screw the screen directly into the frame, or alternatively you can use hinges for a better result. If screwing directly into the frame you will need to use the right screws which are long enough to pass through the screen and the window frame.

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