A DIY screened in porch extends the living space of your home, provides a bug-free outdoor area for entertaining and adds value to your home. Screening in an existing porch or constructing one from start to finish is not as difficult as you might think when you have detailed screened in porch plans at your fingertips. Consider some of these 27 DIY screened in porch ideas and then get busy building one for your own enjoyment with the easy to follow instructions.
DIY Screened In Porch Plans And Tutorials
1- DIY Screening In A Back Porch
Use these plans to screen in an existing back porch so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the insects. Follow these step by step instructions to build this back porch.
- Install a top and bottom plate (wood rail).
- Install wall studs to create vertical supports to attach the screen wire.
- Install top rail and balusters.
- Create a door frame.
- Prime and paint the wood.
- Attach the screen wire around the porch perimeter.
- Hang the screen door.
2- Small Screened In Porch
Many homes have small front landings instead of a large front porch, but the front landing can still be screened in with this idea. This will create a small screened in porch that provides a bug-free zone for a couple of chairs and plants. It will also prevent flying bugs from entering your home every time the front door is opened.
3- DIY Enclosed Porch
Increase home value and living space with these free screened in porch plans that will take you through the process of porch construction. Follow these screened in porch plans and build this large, inviting outdoor living space onto your home.
4- Re-Screening An Old Porch
If your old screened in porch needs an update, these free screened in porch plans will help you accomplish the DIY project. Here are brief instructions to build a diy screened in porch.
- Remove the old battens and screen
- Pound old staples flat
- Install vertical base strips and trim off excess
- Install new screen and trim off excess
- Install trim caps and base trim strip
- Install screen door
5- Velcro DIY Porch Screen
This easy idea will enable you to enclose an existing porch with velcro and screen to keep the bugs out. Minimal carpentry skills are needed for this screened in porch idea that is detailed on a YouTube video. Below are simple steps to build this velcro porch screen.
- Measure and cut screen wire to fit from post to post along the interior of the porch
- Attach one side of velcro to screen wire by sewing it on, attach the other side of velcro to the porch posts with staples and/or glue
- Velcro the sections together. Screen can be removed as desired
6- Screen Tight
Let the summer breeze in while keeping the bugs out with this screening system that shows you how to screen in a porch or patio the easy way. This screen tight system is inexpensive, easy to install and will provide your family with years of carefree, bug-free outdoor living.
7- Enjoy The View
Use these simple plans to screen in your back porch without cumbersome support posts that impede the view. Enjoy the view without the bugs and without spending a lot of money.
8- Deck Turned Screened In Porch
Building a screened in porch from an existing deck is simple with these step by step plans. The deck can be used as the floor for the new porch, and the DIY build uses the deck flooring as the starting point for an entire new outdoor living space. If the deck is unusable and must be demolished, don’t remove the concrete footings in the ground, use them as the support footings for the new porch.
9- Remove Railings
An existing porch can typically be easily transformed into a diy screened in porch by first removing the old railings. After the railings are removed, the support posts can be used to secure new screen wire with staples. Minimal style railings can be added to increase decorative beauty without hindering the view.
10- DIY Screened In Porch Makeover
Apply a fresh coat of paint to an existing porch, then install a porch screening system like the one used in these plans. Easy to install, inexpensive and when completed, it will provide years of bug-free, maintenance free beauty to a front or back porch.
11- Curtained Privacy
Add an extra layer of decor and privacy with this idea that includes hanging sheer curtains on a diy screened in porch or patio. The sheer curtains still allow the summer breeze to blow across the porch while providing a little privacy to the people sitting on the porch. This is also a great decorating idea for farmhouse style decor.
12- DIY Screened In Porch Video Tutorial
Follow this instructional YouTube video that will show you how to transform an ordinary back porch into an elegant enclosure that will increase your home’s living space. This is also a great way to make a ‘cookie cutter’ style subdivision house stand out from the crowd and be unique.
13- Metal Roof Addition
These free plans show you how to build a screened in porch that perfectly matches the style of the existing home. This DIY build used metal roofing material on the new screened in porch so it would match the roof of the home.
14- Half and Half
If you have a large porch, you may only want to screen in half of it so your family can enjoy the best of indoor and outdoor living. These free screened in porch plans will show you how to screen in half of an existing porch with stylish results that give you a traditional porch and a diy screened in porch.
15- Off-Grid Porch Build
Those who live off-grid want to enjoy all the amenities and luxuries of other home owners, they just want to achieve the comfortable lifestyle in an eco-friendly, sustainable way. This diy screened in porch was built onto an off-grid cabin and you can build it too with this detailed YouTube video.
16- Screening An Existing Porch
An existing porch that you may have on the front or back of your home can be screened in and will save you the expense of building a screened in porch from the ground up.
An existing porch with a roof is simple to enclose with screen wire so that you can enjoy the outdoor with bugs swarming around your head. Build a few stud walls along the open side of the porch to attach the screen and a header for the exterior door.
Attach the screen, add comfortable furniture and shades if needed and the DIY screened in porch will be complete. Follow these free plans to show you how to screen in a porch.
17- Insect-Free Porch
If the insects are taking away your enjoyment of sitting outside on the porch or patio, it’s time to build a DIY porch enclosure. Screen wire is the ideal way to keep the insects out, let the fresh air in, and keep the view clear.
This YouTube video will show you how to build a screened in porch so you sit outdoors year-round and be protected from flying and crawling insects. Everyone knows the screen wire will keep the flying insects out but rarely consider that by enclosing the porch, the crawling, creeping, and slithering pests will also be kept out.
18- DIY Screen Tight Porch
Add value to your home and enjoyment to your summer evenings with a DIY screened in porch. This YouTube video will show you the proper way to screen in a porch so it will look great and be tight enough to keep all the bugs out.
You will be able to enjoy meals and family get-togethers outdoors without swatting pests or burning stinking citronella candles if you have a screened in porch. Your investment of time and money will be worth it when you add outdoor living space to your home.
19- DIY Screen Patio
An uncovered patio is a good outdoor space and provides a level surface for children to play, relaxing, and grilling. But an uncovered patio can only be used on days when no rain or snow is falling. The outdoor space can also be uncomfortable to use during the summer when the heat is high and insects are flying.
Follow these detailed instructions and discover how to create a DIY screen patio that will give you an outdoor living space that can be used year-round. The roof will keep the elements off, the ceiling provides space for a cooling ceiling fan and lighting, and the screen will keep all the pests outdoors where they belong.
20- DIY Screening In A Small Porch or Deck
A small porch or covered patio is easy to screen in when you follow the instructions of this YouTube video.
Transform a small porch that is rarely used into an outdoor space that the whole family can enjoy with this idea and plans. Create a great space to have your morning coffee by enclosing a small porch with screen wire. Add a couple of new outdoor chairs and a table, maybe even a hammock for napping, and it will be the living space you never want to leave.
21- Budget Screened In Porch
Watch this YouTube to learn how to build a cheap screened in porch that will increase the curb appeal of your home plus add value to it.
Transform an old tired front porch that no one uses and does nothing to improve the appearance of your home into a usable, attractive, and valuable space with the idea on this YouTube video.
The DIY project is done on a budget so the DIY screened in porch is be built cheaply, but no one will ever know except you.
22- DIY Screen Porch
This YouTube video shows you how to build a screened porch that will last as long as the house does. This DIY screen in porch plan adds more living space onto the house and encloses it with a durable screen so the space can be enjoyed year-round.
Build once and enjoy it for years to come with this free video tutorial. Ideal for new home construction or an upgrade on an older home.
23- DIY Privacy Screen
Building a DIY screened in porch will keep the bugs out and provide a little extra privacy for you. Use dark black screen wire to enclose the porch or patio and it will offer a little protection from the rays of the sun and the prying eyes of neighbors.
The frame of a DIY screened in porch will also provide a sturdy frame for installing blinds or hanging curtains made from water-proof canvas material. Add a few tall potted plants around the perimeter of the screened in porch and it will become like a private room with fresh air.
24- Breezy Outdoor Living
When the weather is nice you want to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air but not the bugs. This step by step tutorial will inspire you to build this breezy outdoor room that can be used for year-round outdoor living.
Use beach themed décor, white paint, and distress outdoor furniture to give this outdoor living space a beach vibe. Install a ceiling fan and feel the breeze blowing through your hair even on a hot, muggy summer day.
Add value and fun to your home by building this breezy outdoor living space.
25- Screened In Large Porch
Some homes are built with a large porch that has a half roof and the other half of the porch uncovered and used as a deck space. If your home has one of these it’s very easy to screen in the covered half of the porch and leaves the uncovered half as-is. A little extra framing and roofing will allow you to create a large DIY screened in porch if desired.
Follow these detailed instructions and screen in half of your porch and leave the other half open for fun in the sun.
26- Re-Screen The Porch
Years of use and/or misuse can cause screen wire to deteriorate and need to be replaced. These detailed instructions will show you how to re-screen a porch so you can update the appearance of your home without spending much money.
Screen wire can be bought in rolls from a local building supply store so any size porch is easy to re-screen. Buy a roll of screen wire and follow these instructions for a simple re-screening project that will add value to your home and enjoyment to your time spent outdoors.
27- Cheap Screen In Porch
This YouTube video will show you how to take an inexpensive screen product and use it to create a DIY screen in porch that will keep the bugs out.
Have a bug free summer without breaking the budget with this cheap DIY screened in porch idea. For under $100 you can transform an existing porch into a bug free outdoor living space in just a couple of hours.
The readymade screen product used on this instructional YouTube video is designed for use on sliding doors or garage doors. It is already pre-cut, has magnets, and is very easy to install. No measuring or cutting and the installation is simple. Ideal for use to enclose the outdoor awning space of a camper or RV.