Budget Friendly Mosquito Screens

“There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child”

N.K. Jemisin

Moms are very keen on protecting the family especially their children. Unfortunately, most moms are not financially equipped. They exhaust the budget in food, education and utility bills. Other important matters like the family’s health and safety are on the end list in most Filipino families. One of the health and safety issues of the family is acquiring dengue from mosquito bites. To prevent dengue and other mosquito acquired sickness, window and door screen installation in the house is needed.

Since it is expensive to buy aluminum and screen materials plus the installation cost, I opted to make a budget-friendly window and door screens. These screens offer the same protection for my kids and also have a better benefit because it is easy to clean and washable. You can also personalize your screens and make them fashionable and colorful.

To make the screens, you only need basic sewing tools. Check the materials below.

Materials

  • Velcro
  • Tulle
  • Needle / Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Small Hammer and Shoe tax (for wood frames) or Rugby (for concrete)
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Scissors
Figure 1. Velcro

Steps in Making Door and Window Screens

  1. Measure the frames of windows or doors. For doors, make sure that the length does not touch the ground but is not too short to leave a space for mosquitoes’ entry.
  2. Cut the Velcro according to the height and width of the window or door frames.
  3. Detach the two Velcro, the hook and the loop. See Figure 1. The rough and edgy is the hook while the smooth side is the loop.
  4. Attach the hook on the window frames and door frames using nails and hammer for wood frames ((Figure 2 and Figure 3) and rugby for concrete.
  5. Join the two velcros by reattaching the loop on the hook and pin the tulle only on the loop side. Make sure that the pins are secured.
  6. Detach the loop. You now have the actual size and fit of your door or window. Provide three inches allowance in every corner of the frame and cut.
  7. Sew the loop and tulle and attach your finished screen to your door or window

Costs

The basic raw materials are listed below. Price may vary depending on the city you are in. Other materials listed above are excluded since most households already have it.

1 rim of velcro =  Php 150.00

Tulle per meter = Php 35.00

Making your own mosquito screen is fun and fulfilling. It is like hanging your personalized curtains that provide better airflow and protection from mosquitos. Cleaning your screens is also easy. Simply rinse the dirt off then soak with detergent for an hour and rinse again.

Below pictures are my work in progress and finished window and door screens. You can also add magnetic sheets to keep the screens closed.

Cherry P. Ibanez

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