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DIY window frames: how to make a simple window frame

Who knew a DIY window frame was so easy to achieve? Try our easy steps.


Open window with curtain

Key steps

Clean your DIY window frame by following these steps:

  1. Use a soft, dry brush to get rid of loose dirt.
  2. Wash the frame down with a mild detergent like Skip, water, and a soft cloth.
  3. Don’t use too much water - soaking your wood will cause it to rot.
  4. Use a toothbrush for any hard to reach areas.
  5. Read our article on cleaning windows for tips on cleaning the glass too!

Vintage window frames come in all shapes and sizes and have a lot of character – it’s why they’re so great for DIY projects! Whether you’re looking to make your own or upcycle the frames you already have, we’ve put together a guide on everything from how to paint window frames to the styles that you can find.

A DIY window frame only looks as good as the glass inside it so be sure to keep Handy Andy surface cleaner close by to make your glass sparkle!

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Types of window frames

Before you begin, it’s important to understand the different types of window frame:

  • Sash windows: these are made up of two panes with one that slides vertically over the other, making a large area for airflow. These are very common in vintage homes.
  • Casement windows: these are more modern frames that use hinges to allow windows to open out.
  • Pivot windows: for easy window cleaning with Handy Andy, pivot windows are the best option. The sash can pivot due to a hinge on either side, letting both sides of the window be cleaned from inside the home.

It’s important that if you’re installing new windows you make sure you choose the right size for your home. Measure carefully or consult a professional to avoid mistakes.

How to make a window frame

If you want to learn how to make a wooden window frame, follow these easy steps:

  1. Measure four planks of wood to create your frame, along with any extra planks you need to separate the inner panes of glass.
  2. Cut each edge of your four planks at a 45° angle and sand them down, so they fit together smoothly.
  3. Glue the pieces together with wood glue and leave them to dry. You may need to use clamps to hold the pieces together while they dry.
  4. To make it more secure, hammer nails into the corners to keep the pieces together.

Painting window frames

To finish your project, here’s how to paint an old window frame for decoration:

  • Sand down the wood and prime it.
  • Use a small brush to paint your window. It’ll be much easier for getting all the small details!
  • Wait for the paint to dry on your DIY window frame before going over it with a weather-proof top coat.

Once you know how to make a simple window frame and decorate it, not only will you be saving a lot of money, you’ll also help the environment if you can upcycle old wood into new frames. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference!

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