Build this easy DIY wood window screen for tricky windows!

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

Build this easy DIY wood window screen for tricky windows!

.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 window is in my photo studio. It’s a room filled with lots of windows and little temperature control. So as you can imagine, I suffocate in the summer due to no window nor door screens, and have to leave everything closed to keep the indoor cats inside.

A window screen made from a kit was a consideration, but couldn’t find all the right parts for the two-handled 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 way to hold a screen in place.

Then I picked up a rolling door screen from a big box hardware store, but it didn’t fit right and was made so poorly, I returned it.

My last attempt was to hire a window company see if they could make 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. The added tools and new know-how suddenly opened up the possibility of building my own version of a wood window screen, door-style!

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

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

The possible solution:

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A window screen 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 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 wood frame window screen, then show how it functions in a video! Also included is a video on how to use a Kreg Jig.

If you also have a problematic window to screen, perhaps this idea will work for you too!

Here’s how I did it:

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Learn how to build a DIY wood window screen with a Kreg Jig! Click for full tutorial plus video! #kregjig #windowscreen #windowtreatments

DIY wood frame window screen, door-style

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Supplies I used:

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

Window screen material

Electric staple gun

Kreg Jig (I have the K4 model)

2 spring hinges

Miter saw

Cordless drill , pre-drill bit and screws

Trim paint of choice

Metal ruler and exacto knife


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Building the support board:

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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 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.


 

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

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:

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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″
  • Side boards – 35″

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

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 Jig. It’s really easy!

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


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

Paint the boards

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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.

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

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

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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.

But I will create a ‘how to fill pocket holes’ post as soon as I eventually do it! 🙂

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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 to the frame

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9. Position the wood window screen frame 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 by running an exacto knife along a metal ruler.

Option:

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 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

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

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

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

The finished window screen!

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

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

Here is how it looks with the window closed…

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

And here it is with the window open.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music: Journey to the Dream by TakeTones.com

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

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

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 idea may work on?

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  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!