How to Install a Wooden Screen Door

A simple wooden screen door is a nice addition to any home.

It allows fresh air to circulate into your home during mild temperatures and still keeps unwanted pests and insects outside. A very cost effective way to install a screen door is to buy a basic yet stylized premade wooden door, as well as the hardware needed to hang it. With very little time and effort you will be able to install the door and enjoy the breeze in about an hour.

Measure your door frame. The average size for an exterior door is 80 by 36 inches, but can be 80 by 30 or 32 inches. Don't guess; know the size of your door frame before you buy the screen door you want to use.

If not pressure treated, take time to treat your door by adding exterior wood stain or paint. When the door is not mounted, it is the opportune time to stain because you don't have to work around any hardware.

Mark the points for your three hinges. Along the side of the door, measure six inches down from the top and mark. Next mark the center point, 40 inches from the top. Finish by marking six inches from the bottom for the last hinge.

Screw your hinges to the door first, one at each of the marked points. Most hinges set the screws at three inches apart, but you can just hold the hinge to the door and mark the points through the screw holes.

Mount the door to the frame by having a friend hold the door while you attach the hinges at the appropriate points. Attach a simple door pull at a comfortable level, usually halfway up the door is suitable. Finish installation by adding your latch where desired. These are secured by simply screwing into the door and the frame. Mount the latch portion first to determine where to screw the eye portion.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screen door
  • Wood stain or paint (optional)
  • 3 hinges
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Door pull handle
  • Adjustable screw hook and eye latch

Tip

  • Your latch may need to be high up to keep children from being able to unlock the door, but you may want the latch to be lower if you are worried small pets may push open the bottom corner of the door.