How to Build a Screen Door
A screen door made from wood is the most elegant choice for keeping out unwelcome guests.
Soon warm evening breezes will fill the air, crickets will chirp, and sweet-scented flowers will bloom. And that'll mean it's time to fling open the door and enjoy summer's delights. Just be sure there's a screen in place or you'll have critters under the sofa.
A wooden screen door is the most elegant choice for keeping out unwelcome guests. However, lumberyards carry only a limited number of designs, and having one custom made is prohibitively expensive. Your best bet is to buy a door kit and assemble it yourself. Millwork companies make the parts from your measurements, and have designs for every house style. You just need to provide the glue, screening, and a little time. When finished, you'll get to hear the best summer sound of all: the squeal of a hinge spring followed by the distinctive slap of a wood door hitting its stop.
Screen Door Overview
Wood screen door kits aren't difficult to assemble, will save you a few bucks over buying a completed door, and provide a very practical, period complement to your home. The kit contains everything you need for the door itself: mortised-and-tenoned rails and stiles, screen-frame inserts and trim, and decorative brackets. The kit does not include glue, screening, spline, hinges, and latchsets—some of which may be available from the same company that sells the kit.