Learning how to make arch window screens will end up saving you a lot of money compared to ordering one from a company. Arch window screens can be custom made into solar screens, which block the sun's harmful rays from damaging your furniture or flooring. A nice screen can be made in less than a day, and it will continue to benefit you for the entire life of the window.
To make a screen for an arch window, you will need:
- 1/4" sheet of plywood
- Large sheet of paper
- Exacto knife
- Screen material
- 1/2" nails
- First, make a template. Take the large piece of paper and hold it over the entire arch. Take the Exacto knife, and carefully cut out the outline of the window. The outline will be the outer edge of the window frame, which holds the individual glass pieces.
- Place the template over the plywood, and outline the template. This will tell you the exact shape and size of the window.
- Locate the bottom center of the arch. Measure and mark 1/2" towards the center of the template. Use the straight edge to make the 1/2" line above the bottom of the arch.
- Measure 1/2" in from the very top of the arch. Set your compass to these two points, and create an arch outline 1/2" smaller on each side than the large outline.
- Repeat steps 2-4 one additional time on the plywood. This will create the outline needed for each side of the screen.
- Cut the outlines from the plywood. Begin by cutting the interior 1/2" less arch first. This will prevent the screen frame from breaking when you cut the smaller section. Continue to cut the outside lines.
- Once both frame sides are cut out, begin assembly. Lay one of the sides on a flat surface, and stretch the screen material over the frame. Lay the back side of the frame over the screen.
- Line up both frame sides, and nail together. You will want to use half inch nails so they do not protrude through the back side of the screen. Make sure to pull the screen occasionally to hold a nice tight fit. Nail every 4".
- Cut the remainder of the screen from around the frame. You now have the window screen, and are ready to install. Place the window screen tightly against the arch window, and gently tape nails in on both sides and the top. Make sure they are close enough to support the frame and hold it in place.