How I retrofit a wooden screen door. The opening width is 33 1/2 “.

by Wco32857767
  6 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 18, 2018

    What do you mean retrofit? are you trying to cut it down to a smaller doorway?

    • Wco32857767 Wco32857767 on Jun 19, 2018

      I’m trying to make a 32” screen door fit in a 33.5 opening. I can’t cut down a 36 because most wooden screen doors don’t have much wood on them to begin with. Thank You!

  • Heje Heje on Jun 18, 2018

    Most doors into a house are 36 inches. Therefore to make door fit you will need to add 2.5 inches somewhere. A thought would be to add 1.25 inches to each side of the door, glue well and screw on, then put a flat trim on both sides to cover the seams of the added material - glue on and nail.

    • Wco32857767 Wco32857767 on Jun 19, 2018

      I agree. The opening is 33.5 inches so I would need a 32 inch door and would have to add 1.25 inches. I need to find the correct width and depth to fit he door. Thank you very much.

  • Heje Heje on Jun 18, 2018

    If the door is too big for the opening, remove some of each side to balance the look, then sand the sides, put on a protective finish, reattach the hardwear.

    • Wco32857767 Wco32857767 on Jun 19, 2018

      Thanks for the idea. I though of this, but am concerned that cutting 1.25 inches from both sides will make the door weaker, as each wood side width isn’t more than about 3 inches to begin with.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 19, 2018

    I would add a 3/4" thick 1" or 2" wood trim strip to each side of the doorway jam. If door is too short also, you could add one to the top of the door jam. Glue and screw it in place, and paint to match door jam.

    This will make your doorway narrower by 1 1/2" so wheelchairs or really large furniture may not fit through the doorway.

  • Wco32857767 Wco32857767 on Jun 19, 2018

    Thanks so much Sharon! I have another 36 “ entrance so it won’t Matter if the door jamb is smaller.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 05, 2023

    Hello, you can add some wood trim and weather stripping to the sides.