DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00

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DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00

Remember when we built our front door?

Well, we finally finished our screen door!


The weekend we built our front door, we had some amazing weather….and then winter returned.  But the last 2 weeks have been awesome!  Highs in the 60’s, which meant we could get back out there and complete the screen door.

We have 4 kiddos, and 2 are very active boys.  This door will be slammed several times a day during the summer, and will also have a pretty darn beefy dog jumping on it when she wants to come inside.  This door HAS to be sturdy.

Our current screen door is a cheapo 120.00 screen door kit, you know, the generic white doors, with the screen window built into it.  It hasn’t survived 2 boys and a dog.  the screen was ripping out of it, and I was afraid the dog (or the boys) were going to pop a window out of it.  Not to mention the old door doesn’t exactly scream “farmhouse” to me.  Yes, you can get a wooden screen door from the home improvement store, but we had already gone through one of those before we installed the cheapo door.  The poor wooden door didn’t even last a whole summer before it started to break at the joints.

So I knew I wanted this custom door to be extra sturdy, and pretty.  Sturdiness was the whole idea behind this design.

This door is built from the scraps of the exterior door.  However, if you want to purchase the materials, here is the list:


1 sheet of 23/32″ plywood (commonly referred to as 3/4″)

1 box of 1 1/4″ screws

1 roll of nylon screen fabric

We reused the piston, handle, and hinges from our old door.  However, those items can be purchased at your local home improvement store, such as Lowes or Home Depot.

**Our door frame is 36″ X 80″, and that is what the measurements below are based upon.**

Cut List:

With a table saw, rip your plywood into the following strips:

5 @ 6″ X 8′ strips

1 @ 4″ X 8′ strip

2 @ 1 1/4″ X 8′ strip

With a miter saw, cut those strips into the following pieces:

2 @ 6″ X 80″ (Side rails)

3 @ 6″ X 24″ (Top, middle and bottom rails)

4 @ 6″ X 34″ (Filler for the bottom, also gives the door strength)

2 @ 4″ X 34 (Middle fill pieces for the bottom)

1 @ 4″ X 34 (Top reinforcement piece)

2 @ 1 1/4 X 38″ (Screen frame sides)

2@ 1 1/4″ X 26.5″ (Screen frame top and bottom)

On a level surface, lay out the side and top, middle and bottom pieces:

DIY screen door for under 50.00

Next, attach the top support piece.  Leave a 1″ space on the top and sides, to allow for the door to fit inside the door frame:DIY screen door for under 50.00

Next, attach the bottom “filler” pieces, in this order:  6″, 6″, 4″, 4″, 6″, 6″.  Leave a 1″ space on the sides and bottom to allow for the door to nest inside the frame.    Leave a 1 1/4″ space on the middle rail, to attach the screen:DIY screen door for under 50.00

Next, attach the screen by stapling it to the door, and stretching to ensure that it’s pulled tight.

Finally, screw the screen support frame onto the door:

DIY Screen door for under 50.00

The inside should look like this:

DIY Screen door for under 50.00

We will stain the outside of the door a dark color.  I haven’t decided if I’m staining the inside of the door as well, or just painting it white.  But here is the finished product:

Next up is fixing the trim around the door, and painting!  So exciting!

DIY screen door for under 50.00

We have the same screen door on the front of our house:


DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00

31 thoughts on “DIY Screen Door For Under $50.00

  1. My husband and I are fixing up our house ourselves. The other day we took off the screen door to our basement because it just wasn’t nice to look at. I’m going to have to run this post by him because your screen door is stunning! I really love how rustic it looks!

    1. Thank you! I will update the post this weekend with a pic of the view from the inside after it’s been stained. It’s been chilly out, so I haven’t been able to stain the inside. We have this door on both our front and back doors. Super simple. Be sure to save your hardware to use on the new one. 🙂

  2. Great tutorial! I’ve been begging my husband to build one for our front door to get more light in the house – this is just what I needed

  3. Looks beautiful! I love the stain that you chose! Awesome job! If I needed a screen door I’d use your tutorial. I pinned it to share with others. Love it!

  4. The screen door turned out so great, I can’t wait to see the final product with the new trim! Such a good DIY project with a huge impact.

  5. This is very unique! It’s awesome to bond over doing a project together and being creative. I have never seen a wooden screen door . It’s looks sturdy and gives great curb appeal.

    1. These doors are on almost every house in our area. I love how the mister and I work as a team on these projects. It’s almost better than dinner and a movie. 🙂

  6. Wow. This is a creative way of creating your own screen door! You did an awesome job, My father would love this idea! 🙂

    1. Thanks! There is nothing like the squeak of a screen door in the summer. This one doesn’t squeak (that would drive me insane with as much as it gets used).

    1. ANY one can do this. Back 10 years ago, I didn’t know the difference between tools, and the only ones I owned were screwdrivers and a hammer. It’s through reading blogs, and books that I finally got the courage to try a project…and now, I can build pretty much anything.
      You can do this, I promise 🙂

    1. Yes! I am constantly saving items to reuse in future projects. It has saved us SO much money in the long run.

    1. Thank you! I love the contrast of the dark with the blue on the house. And my boys have REALLY tested it out this week. If it can hold up to them, I’m confident it will last years longer than the storebought doors.

  7. We so need a screen on the front door this year. This will be our third summer in this home, we open the front door to let air flow thru but don’t have a screen, it would be super to keep out the bugs and this is such a cost saving alternative.

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