Placing a door awning at your front door is a good way to protect your entrance from the elements. It can also provide shade and help reduce energy bills. Your home's value may very well increase by adding an awning as well. An awning is something that can generally be done by yourself and won’t take more than a day to complete if you work through it. Here’s how you can create a shaded entrance for your home.
Step 1 - Measure Your Door
Measure your door and determine what size awning you would like. The awning should be at least six inches longer than the measurement of the door opening. With your fabric pen measure out this number on the fabric and mark it out, adding six extra inches to allow for overhang on the front.
Step 2 - Cut Fabric
Cut along the markings you’ve created on the fabric. Turn the first piece you cut upside down and place it on top of the second piece. The printed sides should be facing one another. Take your heavy thread and large sewing needle and sew a large pocket with an opening on the side.
Step 3 - Hide the Pocket Seam
Flip the pocket inside out so the seam is hidden. Use your fabric pen to mark another line on the front of the fabric. The mark needs to be six inches from the edge. Once you’ve made that mark make another one 2 ½ inches from the first line and 2 ½ inches from each side. These marks will serve as a guide for the frame the awning will be inserted on to.
Step 4 - Work with the Lumber
Measure out 2x2 inch lumber into lengths that will easily fit the marks you made for the awning. Connect the front piece with wood screws to the side. Use glue where the corners are joined and slip the wood frame into the fabric pocket.
Step 5 - Close the Pocket
Close the pocket by sewing the opening shut. Use your wood screws to secure a piece of 2x4 inch lumber to the front of your home. This should be about six inches above the door. The awning can be attached to this with your wood screws.
Step 6 - Brace the Awning
Now you need to brace the awning on the outside ends. Use your dowels or the aluminum rods you purchased to do this. Secure a dowel or aluminum piece to the edge of the frame with a screw. Secure the opposite end to the front of your home using either a waterproof adhesive or a screw. Repeat this process on both sides to create the supports.
An awning can add more than beauty to your home. You will come to appreciate it if you have to drag groceries in the house on a rainy day. It will also create a comfortable entry way into your home, and can help to slightly lessen your utility bills. They are fairly easy to construct, and you may consider adding awnings to your windows after you see how great your door awning looks.