DIY: How To Make Awning Frames The Easy Way (Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

Are you thinking about installing an awning over a door or window in your home?

Are you interested in figuring out if there’s a way you can make this into a fun and exciting DIY project?

Would you like to learn more about how to make awnings for windows in your own home?

If so, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to make awning frames. You’ll learn which materials you want to stock up on and you can even figure out whether or not this project is going to save you any money in the long run, too.

In most situations, you should be able to save some money by making this into a DIY project, as long as you’re careful and pay attention to what you’re doing. This project can end up costing quite a bit depending on the types of materials you use, so make sure you consider all your options before you get started.

For our purposes, we’ll be showing you how to make an awning frame out of PVC piping, which is one of the most affordable and easy to work with options out there. There are tons of other types of piping you might want to go with, so it pays to consider these other possibilities before settling on PVC piping. However, this how-to guide will help you put together a frame you can afford to make on almost any budget.

This can be an easy DIY project to accomplish and should only require a basic understanding of how to use a power drill and a sewing machine. If you prefer, you can always take the sewing portion to an alterations store where you live, but remember that this will increase the price of this project.

If you’re ready to get started, read on!

Materials

  • PVC piping pieces
  • These pieces should be cut to the appropriate lengths so that you can make a rectangle to fit the space you want your awning to cover. You should also have a center piece for added support.
  • Three PVC elbow joints
  • These will be used for securing some of the edges of the frame.
  • Four PVC T-joints
  • These will be used for the other frame edges as well as for connecting the frame to the house.
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Be sure to choose stainless steel whenever possible so you don’t run the risk of rusting and damage in a short amount of time.
  • Four conduit clamps
  • These can be found in just about any hardware store. Choose them in the same diameter as your PVC piping so the two can slide together easily but securely.
  • Canvas drop cloth cut to fit the size of your awning plus one foot (for overhang)
  • Note: You may prefer to use some other type of fabric for the canvas cover on your canopy. If you do, be sure you choose something that is resistant to mildew and can withstand exposure to the elements.
  • Sewing machine
  • Power drill
  • Rubber cement

Directions

  • 1
    First decide where the awning should be on your house. This is important in determining the size of materials you’ll need to work with.
  • 2
    For a frame that is six feet in length, begin by laying out the PVC piping pieces to form your frame. You should create a rectangle with a center support beam. Use your elbow joints at the corners of the frame and your T-joints at the center where the middle bar is connected. Use T-joints on the corners that will be connecting to the house as well.
  • 3
    Attach your PVC piping together but do not seal it yet.
  • 4
    Use a sewing machine to sew your fabric over into a pocket that can slide over the frame.
  • 5
    Pull the canvas pocket over the frame and adjust the PVC pipe fittings as needed to make sure the fabric is stretched tight.
  • 6
    When you are sure about the fit, remove the canvas pocket again and use your rubber cement to secure and seal the PVC pipe frame completely.
  • 7
    When this is dry, put the canvas pocket back on the frame.
  • 8
    Screw your conduit clamps into place on the side of your house.
  • 9
    Slide the side portion of the upper T-joints on your PVC frame into the conduit clamps. At this point, your awning should be hanging straight down the side of the house.
  • 10
    Attach another piece of PVC piping to an elbow joint and position at the angle you want the awning to sit.
  • 11
    Use another conduit clamp to secure this support beam to the side of the house, some distance lower than the ones you already installed (this distance will change depending on the angle you want).
  • 12
    Congratulations! Your awning is put in place and ready to use.

Conclusion

So what do you think? Do you feel like this is a project you can easily accomplish? This may sound like a challenging DIY project to complete, but in the long run, it’s a pretty simple one as long as you know a little bit about power tools and measurements. Make sure to read through the directions carefully and ensure that you understand all of the process before you get started. This can help you save a lot of time and effort later on down the line, especially since you’ll be less likely to make mistakes this way.

If you’re looking for some suggestions on how to have a successful DIY project when you make your own awning frame, check out our tips:

  • Be sure you measure properly. Measure the space you’re going to want to cover with your awning frame and add a foot on all sides. This will give you a little more shade than you’re looking for and help you be sure the whole window or door is covered appropriately for your needs.
  • Be sure you install the frame securely. Use rubber cement to secure any joints you’re unsure about, and always firmly tighten your screws with a power drill for best results.
  • Choose high-quality materials whenever possible. If you prefer, you can even upgrade your PVC piping to something even more durable and long-lasting, such as aluminum piping.
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If you keep these tips in mind and carefully follow the directions listed above, you’ll be well on your way to putting together a great awning frame that will be an important part of your home for a long time to come. You’re sure to enjoy completing this DIY project on your own or getting someone else in the family involved in helping out, too. Pick up the materials you need and get started building right away to enjoy all the benefits of a DIY awning frame in your home!

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