How to Replace a Screen in a Wooden Frame

1-2 hours

Keep your windows secure by installing new screens

How to Replace a Screen in a Wooden Frame

Wood shrinks, warps and moves, causing joints to come loose, and screens can be easily torn or bent over time. You may have to replace the screens in wooden frames to keep them secure. This guide will teach you how to replace the screens.

Tip: Reinforce loose joints on wooden frames with fasteners, angle plates or screws.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Pry up the screen moulding
Pry up screen moulding - Replace Screen Wooden Frame

• Pry up the screen moulding with a screwdriver.
• If the molding is sealed with paint, use a utility knife to cut the paint film and free the molding.

2
Stretch new screen fabric
Stretch new screen fabric - Replace Screen Wooden Frame

• Stretch the new screen fabric tightly across the frame, and hold it in place with staples or thumbtacks.
• It usually works well to leave extra screen overhanging the frame so you can pull it tightly before stapling.
• Trim the overhang once it is secured.

3
Nail screen moulding in place
Nail screen moulding in place - Replace Screen Wooden Frame

• Nail the screen molding back in place with wire brads.
• Cut away the excess screen fabric with a utility knife.