Build this easy DIY window screen with wood for tricky windows!

Wish you had a window screen for a tricky window? Here's how to make a DIY window screen built with a wood frame that's easy, beautiful, and works fantastic!

Wish you had a window screen for a tricky window? Here’s how to make a DIY window screen built with a wood frame that’s easy, beautiful, and works fantastic!

.I’ve wanted a window screen on this goofy two-handled problem window for over 10 years. TEN YEARS.

How to DIY a wood frame window screen for a two-handled window.

The problem:

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This big, massive picture window is in my photo studio. It’s a room filled with lots of floor to ceiling windows giving it excellent lighting. However in the summer, it can get hot due to no window screens on the windows or door.

The reason for no window screen is due to the two-handled window. A window screen made from a kit was a consideration, but couldn’t find all the right parts for this type of window.

I really wasn’t even certain a screen could even be added to this type of plastic window frame. It’s really weird with no obvious visible framework to hold a screen in place.

Then I tried a screen door kit for the door, however it didn’t fit, so back it went. Sigh.

My last attempt was to hire a window company to see if they could create a custom window and door screen, but when they didn’t show up, forget it! I was done. 

But everything changed once I made my first screen door for the front of the house. With my now larger arsenal of having a Kreg Jig on hand (here’s how to build with one), and added window screen tools, the possibility of building my own window screen suddenly became a thing!

I had no idea if my little DIY window screen brainstorm would work, but here was my thought process…

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A possible solution:

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A window screen that was easy to make for any diyer (me) was desired for this two-handled window.

Since the entire window framing is plastic, I didn’t want to drill into that.

So what if I:

  • added a strip of wood along the left side
  • attach it to the window frame via pocket holes
  • then create a wood frame window screen and hinge it to the board
  • then paint it all out white?

I honestly thought it was worth a shot!

Giddy, I started within minutes!

As for the outcome? I’m writing this post for a reason! Not only did this quirky DIY wood window screen idea work, I love the look and functionality of it WAY better than the purchased-type!

So first, I’m going to share how I made the DIY window screen out of wood, then show how it functions in a video! Also included is a video on how to use a Kreg Jig.

Have a tricky window you’d like to screen? Perhaps these step-by-step instructions can help you!

Here’s how I did it:

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DIY window screen with a wood frame

 

Supplies I used:

 

1 x 2 lumber cut to fit – for support board and window screen frame

Window screen fabric

Electric staple gun

Kreg Jig (I have the K4 model)

2 spring hinges hardware

Miter saw

Cordless drill , pre-drill bit and screws

Trim paint of choice

Metal ruler and utility knife

Scissors


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Adding a support board:

 

1. Create a support board by cutting a 1″ x 2″ to the desired length. (to at least the height of your screen frame).

I decided to treat my support board as part of the window moulding, so I cut mine the entire height of the overall picture window, measuring 81″ long.

2. Add a few pocket holes using a Kreg Jig pocket hole maker along one side of the support board.

Pocket hole placement tip:

You have the ability to hide some pocket holes with the wood window screen hinges if you pre-measure where you will be installing the hinges.


 

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Have a tricky window to screen? Learn how to build this DIY wood frame window screen, door-style for a 2-handled window! Click for full tutorial plus video! #windowscreen #windowtreatment #windows #screens

Window screen frame how-to:

 

3. Measure the size window screen desired, ensuring the top and bottom boards overlap the sides.

Strength tip:

Screwing into the sides of wood grain will create much stronger joins than if you screw into the front of wood grain.

Size tip:

Decide if you wish the screen frame to bypass any window handles or lay on top of them when closed. I chose to have the frame lay on top of the handles.

4. Cut 1″ x 2″s to desired lengths.

My screen frame measured:

  • Top / bottom boards – 21.5″
  • Sideboards – 35″

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5. Add two pocket holes to each top and bottom of the 2 side boards. Insert screws.

I started by adding one pocket hole, but found adding two pocket holes made the frame much more sturdy..


Video – how to use a Kreg Jig

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Click above to learn how to use a Kreg K4 pocket hole jig. It’s really easy!

Visit how I used a Kreg Jig to make a screen door HERE


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Paint the boards

 

6. Paint (or stain) the support board and wood window screen frame as desired, including inside the pocket holes if you think you’ll will leave them open.

I wanted these boards to seamlessly disappear against the rest of the window, so I used my fav semi-gloss white trim paint.

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How to use a Kreg Jig to create a wood frame window screen for a tricky 2-handled window! #windows #windowtreatments #screens #windowscreens #kregjig

Installing the support board

 

7. Position the support board into the window frame, then attach with screws through the pocket holes.

8. Fill pocket holes if desired, then paint over them. 

I personally left my pocket holes open so I can easily remove this frame at a later date if desired.

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How to use a Kreg Jig to create a wood frame window screen for a tricky 2-handled window! #windows #windowtreatments #screens #windowscreens #kregjig

Adding screen mesh to the frame

 

9. Position the wood window screen frame on a flat surface with back-side facing up.

10. Cut standard or pet window screen to desired size, ensuring there’s overlap on all 4 sides.

I chose standard screen, however if my cats take a huge interest in climbing it, I’ll be changing it out to pet screen that I used in my screen door post HERE

11. Use an electric staple gun to attach screen to the frame.

Find various window screens on Amazon HERE

How to DIY a wood frame window screen: trim excess screen with a metal straight edge and exacto knife. Click for full tutorial. #kregjig #screens #windowscreen #windowtreatments

How to DIY a wood frame window screen: trim excess screen with a metal straight edge and exacto knife. Click for full tutorial. #kregjig #screens #windowscreen #windowtreatments

12. Trim excess screen material by running a utility knife along a metal ruler.

Cover the staples (along with the pocket holes) with some kind of trim work if desired. I left mine as shown above.

How to install spring hinges to a DIY wood window screen, made with a Kreg Jig. Great solution for problematic windows! #windowscreens #screens #kregjig #windowtreatments

Installing the hardware hinges

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13. Hold the window screen frame into place, then dry-fit 2 spring hinges, one at a time, penciling-in the screw placements.

The hinges were positioned over 2 of the pocket holes to hide them.

Find the spring hinges I used on Amazon HERE

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14. Pre-drill pilot holes into the screw markings.

Pre-drilling holes makes inserting the screws easier, plus removes the possibility of the wood splitting on the finer screen frame.

Use a smaller drill bit than the size of the screw, to ensure of a tight hold.

15. Attach hinges with screws, and you are done!

Why spring hinges are a great choice to add to a DIY wood window screen or a screen door! Self-closing is the best! #hinges #windowscreens #screendoors

Why I chose spring hinges

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If you can make it work, I personally think spring hinges are a great choice!

They help keep a window screen closed without doing any further drilling into the original window frame nor leading to possible glass damage.

There are two types of spring hinges… you can also get adjusting ones so you have the ability to tighten the springs up over time.

Find the hinges on Amazon I used on this project on HERE

Learn how to use adjusting spring hinges in this French Door Screen Door post HERE

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The finished DIY window screen!

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And there you have it! A wooden-framed DIY window screen that fits perfectly, works and looks super slick, and does the job of letting in that fresh air flawlessly!

One thing I love about this style of window screen is that it stays indoors! So it stays cleaner and will last longer.

Above is how the window screen looks with the window closed…

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And above is with the window open.

Isn’t it pretty? It’s so fresh and seamless with the rest of the window!

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With window closed, here’s how the screen frame lays on top of the handles. This does leave a small gap along the side, which I don’t mind. The window is closed at this point anyway, requiring no hook or additional hardware to keep it closed.

You could of course build your frame to bypass the handles if desired.

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And when the screen is open, the frame rests on the metal handle plates. I think it’s perfect!

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Thanks to the spring hinges, it works as slick as can be, opening with ease and stays closed all on its own!

Plus…. that squeaky screen door sound is absolutely EPIC.


Video – how the window screen operates

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Click above to view a short video on how the screen operates!

Music: Journey to the Dream by TakeTones.com

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The photo studio is NOW officially ready for summer!

Have a tricky window to screen? Learn how to build this DIY wood frame window screen, door-style for a 2-handled window with a Kreg Jig! Click for full tutorial plus video! #windowscreen #windowtreatment #windows #screens #kregjig

Oh! And HERE is how I upgraded the sheet curtains to work even better than the curtains you see in this post.

And next up? That sliding door to the left needs a fabulous new look too… you just wait…

Pretty neat trick, huh?! Do you have a problematic window this new window screen idea may work on?

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Learn how I made pipe curtain rods with sheet curtain and mop ties

Learn how to build a rustic screen door from stock lumber from scratch! Click for full tutorial including video! #kregjig #screendoor #build #woodworking #curbappeal

How to make a screen door from scratch

Learn how to replace screens yourself! Click to full tutorial. #screens #windowtreatments

Learn how to replace window screens yourself

Learn how to add screen doors to french doors, cheaply and easily! Click to full tutorial.

How to install screen doors for french doors… cheap!

new sheet curtains on pipe rods in photo studio

Make light and airy easy sheet curtains for any room!

Learn how to DIY farmhouse window molding with stock lumber and no fancy miter cuts! Click to full tutorial. #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #windowtrim #windowtreatments

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5 thoughts on “Build this easy DIY window screen with wood for tricky windows!

  1. Hi! I think this is so cool! ???. Will one window be enough? Ok my question …how tough will it be to withstand curious cats from trying to paw open the screen? If they can do cabinet doors…they’re pretty smart to paw open this..so how is it firmly closed,or did I miss something? And they are going to love it! Good job!

    • Thanks Bernice! This is the only window that opens so 1 will have to be enough! haha But I also plan to screen the sliding door which will help. More on that soon!

      My cats can’t reach the window as it’s too high but that’s a valid thought if there’s a table pushed up under the window… I suppose if it’s an issue I’ll figure out how to latch it shut. Currently the spring hinges close the screen, much like a screen door. If you watch the video, you’ll see how it works.

  2. Wow Donna! It looks amazing. So happy you found a solution, and can’t help but point out that your persistence with your DIY screen door, sure paid off. Giving you the confidence to tackle this project.
    Oh! And your view and yard is beautiful!

  3. I was browsing favorite blogs with screens in the back of my mind.
    I have finished installing the last of 32 Andersen casement windows, and 4 French doors. Since every single one of these came from Craig’s list, reuse and architectural salvage centers, and other 2nd hand places, most didn’t come with screens.

    I haven’t dealt with ventilation on my now-glassed in sunporch, so screens have become more of a priority. A 24×72′ window screen from Andersen is $100s. Let alone 32 or so, PLUS the fact I want screen doors on my French doors, too!

    Thanks for this tutorial. It’s encouraging. I have all the tools, and even the screen to do it with. Now I have a winter project. Ironically, I expect this porch to be hot enough to work in even during the winter.

    Since I have doors to strip and refinish, this could be a bonus.
    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for the care and time you put into it.

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