How to build a door awning

Written by renae de leon
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A door awning is a protective covering that can be extended or retracted over an exterior door. The purpose of this device is to provide customers and other visitors to a business with protection from the sun and weather. However, a door awning can also be used as a decorative element on a building or storefront. While these items can be purchased pre-made, you can make your own door awning with relatively little effort and cost.

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Things you need

  • Canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Binding
  • Aluminium poles
  • Mounting brackets
  • Impact driver
  • Welder

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    Design your door awning. There are many different designs that you can create from a basic rectangle door awning to a decorative door awning that has scallops and added frills. The design that you select will need to reflect the architectural style of your building, as well as the aesthetics of the interior of your store. To get you started, a basic rectangle will work as the foundation for just about any door awning that you want to make.

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    Measure the width of the doorway that you want to protect with your awning. You will want to extend the ends of the door awning about six inches to either side of the door frame. Next determine how far out the awning needs to go to protect people from rain and sun. This distance will need to work with the amount of space you have between your storefront and the street. For a basic door awning you will want it to be between three and four feet long. The final dimensions of your door awning will be for the flap that hangs down off the main panel. It will be the measurement of the width of your panel by about six inches.

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    Cut out your canvas pieces for your door awning, there will be two. The first will be the main panel, which will be the width of the doorway plus 12 inches by the length you want your awning to be plus two inches. The second piece will be the flap that goes on the front of the door awning. This piece will be the width of your main panel minus four inches.

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    Create pockets for your aluminium frame to fit. To do this fold under one inch of the canvas and sew down the inside edge to create an open pocket that runs the length of the main rectangular panel. Repeat on the other side.

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    Sew on binding around the two short ends and the front long end of the front flap panel. Then sew the remaining unfinished edge of the front flap panel. Place the front panel on top of the main panel so that the right sides are facing each other. Then use your sewing machine to attach the front panel to the main panel. Flip the panel over so that the wrong sides are facing each other and then press it with an iron so that the front flap will hang down.

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    Build your aluminium frame. This will be created by cutting two aluminium poles to the length of the main panel and one that is the width of the main panel. Weld the pieces together to create a U shape. You then will weld, at a 90-degree angle, one 12-inch aluminium pole to the end of each of the long legs from the door awning's frame. (If you want your awning to hang at a different angle, then mark the aluminium poles for that angle, cut the poles with a hacksaw and weld on the frame.) These will be used to support your door awning. Once it has cooled you will insert the frame into the pockets with the crossbar facing out toward the front of the awning.

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    Install your door awning. You will need a strip of industrial Velcro, an impact drill and concrete anchors or screws. Center the door awning above your door and mark where the supports will be secured to the wall. Then use your compression drill to drill holes into the building and to screw the support bars to the outside wall.

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