How to Make Removable Window Grilles

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Removal window grille kit
Tape measure
Hammer (optional)

Making your own window grilles is an advantage than buying ready-made grilles at a home store. Removable window grilles are very versatile since it provides you the security you need yet at the same time, if you think you need to replace them, it wouldn’t be hard to remove the grilles compared to its fixed counterpart. The only thing you need to be aware of, since it is detachable, it can be removed. This is the reason why it’s better if you make your own removable grilles.

Step 1 - Prepare

Before you purchase a removal window grille kit, you need to get the dimensions of your window. You need to get the width, the height, the square and the level. It is important to get the 4 measurements for you to fit the window. To get the dimensions, start at the farthest tip of one side until you reached the other tip.

On measuring the height, you will need to get the measurement of the window’s middle, left and right sides. Repeat the same process when measuring the width of the window. You will use these measurements as a basis in selecting removal window grille kits.

One of the important things you need to decide on is whether to go for divided lites or not. The divided lites are the cross shaped bars you see on windows. Most contemporary houses go for sliding or awning models. But since you are using a removal type, the best option is to install lites for added security.

Although it’s a plus on your part if you have the windows custom-made, even if it’s a removal type, you know how the window will function. You need to bring the measurements to the manufacturer.

Step 2 – Unscrew the Casement of the Old Window

Get your screwdriver and unscrew the casement of the old window. Start first at the bottom to make it easier for you. Unscrew until the casement is loose and pull it off the base. Once you are done, get the grille, pulling it slowly off the slot.

Step 3 – Install the Window Casement

Install the window casement first before putting the grilles. Check the kit if it has fasteners, connectors and the grille profile.

Once you have placed the casement and attached it by using screws, get the rest of the parts and attach it onto the window. The connectors are the one that will connect the grilles. This is the middle part, the intersecting point of the grilles.

Step 4 – Connect the Grilles to the Windows

Use the fasteners to connect the grilles onto the windows. Some grilles are fabricated already so there is no need to cut them, but if you need to cut them, cut it from one side sloping downwards. To illustrate, look at a frame and notice the sides. This type of cut will make the casement stable.

Always remember, since the windows are removable, place the security locks inside.