How to Frame an Awning Over a Door

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A door awning improves the outside appearance of a house. The awning protects people from dripping rain during storms as they go in and out the door. An awning also offers some protection from the sun. Homemade awnings allow a builder to control the building materials as well as the colors used in the finished product. Each awning is customized to the entryway covered.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2-by-4 wooden boards
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Plywood
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint
  • Measure the width of the door frame with a tape measure and add 12 inches to the measurement. This will be the length of the frame. The frame of the awning needs to extend beyond the edges of the door frame to offer the optimal amount of protection.

  • Cut four 2-by-4 wooden boards the same length as the measurement, using a saw. Cut four more 2-by-4 boards 3 feet in length. Sand any rough edges with sandpaper.

  • Draw a half-circle on a 1-inch-thick sheet of plywood. The length of the flat side of the half-circle measures 6 feet and the top of the arch measures 3 feet from the center of the half-circle. Cut this piece out with a reciprocal saw. Cut the half-circle in half to form two identical quarter-circles with 3-foot flat sides.

  • Build two identical rectangle frame pieces using the 2-by-4 boards. Fasten the boards together using wood screws and an electric screwdriver. The end pieces of the rectangles need to measure 3 feet. Attach the quarter-circles to the 3-foot ends of the rectangles. Both rectangle frames will form an L-shape when connected to the rectangles.

  • Paint or stain the framework to protect it from the outside elements. Cover the framework with canvas fabric or wooden slates. When mounting the awning, place one rectangle against the wall above the doorway and point the arch of the quarter-circles upward.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use heavy-duty fabric if you're covering the awning with material. One choice is marine fabric, which is used to build sails for sailboats. This fabric is waterproof and resists wind damage.
  • Always wear safety glasses when using power tools to cut wood. This prevents sawdust and wood chips from flying into your eyes.

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