How can I temporarily screen in a porch area?

Paige Parker
by Paige Parker
I live in Boston MA, I have of course the basement apartment and find it tedious that I constantly have all the leaves at my front door even though I do have a overhang . Those leaves still find my doorway and end up being brought into the house. We clean up at least 3 times a week and would just like to find a temporary solution to screen in the porch area since we are renting. Anyone who knows Boston we have all seasons sometimes all in the same week! So it would need to be sturdy enough to weather winds, rain, snow, sun. Any ideas are appreciated!
Our entrance is between these trees under the upper balcony
  7 answers
  • Nora McPike Nora McPike on Jun 08, 2017

    Without seeing the actual entrance to your door, it's hard to give any advice. Do you have to walk down so many steps to get to your door? If so, maybe at the top you could put some big flower pots to block some of the leaves.

  • Shiela Cushenbery Shiela Cushenbery on Jun 08, 2017

    Unable to see actual entrance, so having to guess at a solution. If you have porch 'posts', you could possibly use lattice panels with or without screen mesh (screen would keep out more debris) stapled to one side of panels and attach panels to sides of 'porch' with front panel hinged to post to act as a screen door. Basically creating a screened box surrounding your door. Hope that makes sense.

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Jun 08, 2017

    If you are renting, maybe you need to ask your landlord before you do anything...then they may just help you with this problem too!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 09, 2017

    How about getting a small electrical blower (quieter) and just give it a blow each morning.

  • Lori Hudson Lori Hudson on Jun 09, 2017

    Buy some of the As Seen on TV, Door Screens they attach with velcro and hooks I believe. You could use PVC pipes to make a form, if that makes sense. For example you would lay four pieces down on the ground forming the shape of a square or rectangle with PVC you have pre measured to fit your area and connect them with corner fittings. This would be the "Floor" then from each elbow fitting, place the pre measured and cut PVC vertical, then repeat the same steps on top as you had on the floor, connecting them all to have a "cube". The As Seen On TV screen doors have dropped in price since they are several years old. You can find them for under $10 for 2 sets at your local $ stores. You could paint the PVC pipes to blend in with your bushes or branches.

  • Paige Parker Paige Parker on Jun 10, 2017

    That's a great idea I did see them at a local store for just 5.99. i was concerned they would just blow around I had never thought of the pvc! I think you have given me a great solution Thank You!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Nov 27, 2018

    Harbor Freight sells double-wide garage door screens that are weighted curtains for $20-$25 and use their 25% coupon.