Learn How to Quickly Repair a Torn Window Screen

Learn how to patch the screen so that you can open your window without worrying about insects flying into your kitchen. A simple patch job will also improve the way that the screen looks so that the damage is no longer visible.

Use The Following Items

  • sewing thread
  • piece of mesh screen
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • masking tape
  • embroidery needle
  • plastic sheeting
  • scrub brush
  • soapy water
  • water hose

Prepare the Screen for Repair

Remove the window screen and take it outside to clean off the surface. Use a soft-bristled scrub brush and soapy water to remove surface dirt. Lay the screen on a piece of plastic sheeting and rinse it off with a water hose. Once the screen has dried, bring it back inside and set it on a flat surface. Measure the length and width of the area that is damaged. Cut a piece of mesh screen that is the same size. 

Attach the Replacement Piece

Line up the replacement piece of mesh screen with the original screen. Make sure that the holes in both pieces of screen are even. Temporarily attach the two pieces by adding a couple strips of masking tape around the perimeter of the replacement piece. Thread an embroidery needle with sewing thread that matches the color of the screen. Knot the end of the thread so that it doesn't slip out of any of the holes while you are stitching the two pieces of mesh screen together.

Begin by placing the needle underneath the original screen. Pull the needle up through both pieces of screen and pull the thread so that it is taut. Insert the needle, downwards through both pieces of screen. Continue alternating with pulling the needle up through the bottom and pushing it down through the top until the piece of replacement screen is attached. Remove the pieces of masking tape as you stitch around the screen.

Knot & Trim the Thread

Knot the end of the thread as close to the screen as you can. Trim the end of it off with scissors. Open your window when you feel like it without having to worry about any pests getting inside. Continue to care for your screen as you normally would. The repair will hold up as long as no sharp objects come into contact with it again. 

If you need further tips, information, or assistance, contact window installation professionals; they can either patch the screen or help you replace the whole thing.