How To Add a Velcro Screen Door to Keep Bugs Out

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
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Are insects keeping you from enjoying the natural breeze through your back door? If so, I have a simple and effective solution for you. I’m going to walk you through the process of adding a velcro screen door over your existing one.

It’s a quick and easy project that will allow you to enjoy the fresh air without the uninvited swarm of bugs.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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Measure your door

1. Measure and Cut the Screen

Start by measuring your existing door.

Creating a bug-free entrance

For the standard 36-inch door, cut the 80-inch window screen right down the middle at the 18-inch mark.

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Use a razor blade or scissors and cut along a straight edge.

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2. Prepare Velcro Strips

Velcro will be the hero of this DIY.

Stick your velcro pieces together

Take a 24-inch Velcro strip and stick the two sides together.

Measure and cut the velcro

Measure and cut eight 3-inch strips.

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3. Attach Velcro to Screen

Place the strips along one half of the screen, approximately every foot, ensuring they are evenly distributed.

Fresh air without insects

Once all eight strips are in place, peel off the remaining backing.

Fold the screen

4. Attach the Second Screen Half

Fold the second screen upwards, in half (folding the screen makes it easier to work with).

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Align it with the Velcro strips on the first half.

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You want there to be a bit of an overlap.

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Press down firmly to secure the two halves together.

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Continue down the screen.

Upholstery pins for securing screen

5. Secure Screen to the Door

To secure the screen to the door we will use pins with sturdy heads.

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Attach the screen in the middle of the door first. Use a hammer to knock the pins into the door frame.

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Continue the process around the door.

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Place enough pins to ensure a secure fit, providing stability without overcrowding.

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6. Finishing Touches

If there's excess screen on the sides, you can fold it in.

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Test the door by opening and closing it to ensure it functions smoothly.

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Crafting a bug barrier

How to Make a Screen Door and Keep Insects Out

Your velcro screen door is now ready to face the bug invasion and let the fresh air flow freely. I hope this guide has made the process simple and enjoyable for you.

Share your thoughts, experiences, or any additional tips in the comments section below.

Frequently asked questions
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  • MISSMAC IN TX MISSMAC IN TX on Feb 15, 2024
    Very nice. I just wanted to inquire about choosing to use velcro instead of strip magnet material?
  • Lori Curtright Lori Curtright on Feb 15, 2024
    I loved this idea right up to the point that I would have to put holes in my door frame to keep it on, is there a way without putting holes in my door frame?
  • Lorraine Dillon Lorraine Dillon on Feb 16, 2024
    Why don’t they just put a screen door on?
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  • Sheros Sheros on Feb 17, 2024
    For a door that isn't used much the dollar tree sells those magic mesh ones. Unfortunately when I want the cool air the most is at night and these types of screens are useless if you don't want your pets getting in and out after dark. A few hinges, some wood strips, screen and a latch and you can make a pretty simple screen door. :)
  • Sheilah Perry-rosales Sheilah Perry-rosales on Feb 18, 2024
    Nice until your dog runs through it and lets the cats out