Weekend Makeover: Install a New Screen Door

Pump up the appeal of your front door by adding a vintage-minded screen door.

Illustrations: Jon Lavalley

The right screen door can bolster your entry’s curb appeal while letting the breezes flow. Today, wooden screen doors are available in a variety of styles, from decked-out Victorian to straightforward Arts & Crafts. Select one that matches the style of your house.

Step 1

To find the size you’ll need, start by measuring your opening. Measure in three places—the top, bottom, and middle—along both the width and the height. Take the smallest measurement from each and subtract 1/8″ to allow for clearance.

Step 2

Place the door in the casing and shim on all sides. This checks for fit and ensures that you have the proper clearance. If your frame is out of square, you may need to adjust the door a bit (by planing and sanding) to achieve the 1/8″ clearance.

Step 3

Measure and mark for the placement of hinges. Two of the hinges should sit 5″ from the top and bottom of the door, with the third placed exactly in the center. After measuring, drill pilot holes and install the screws. Test to make sure the door opens and closes properly. Now your door just needs a knob (or a pull, on more casual houses) to finish it off.

Tags: curb appeal Jon Lavalley OHJ June 2014 OHJ Staff Old-House Journal screen door

By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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