How to Make a Roll Up Canvas Door

by Bronwyn White

Roll up canvas doors provide an easy way to either enclose a space or open it up. Canvas doors are often installed in porches and gazebos in order to give the area more privacy and shield it from the elements. Alternatively, when you desire to invite the outdoors into the space, canvas doors slip up out of the way. Roll up canvas doors can be created using some of the same materials as those used for roller shades on windows.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Heavy-weight roller bar
  • Roller bar installation brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Canvas
  • Fabric shears
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Double sided tape
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Step 1

Measure the width of the top of the door frame. Make sure to measure from the interior of one side to the interior of the other. Buy a heavy-weight roller bar with a length that matches this measurement.

Step 2

Mount the roller bar brackets on either side of the interior of the door frame. Place the brackets an inch from the top of the door frame. Inserts screws into the holes in the bracket and attach them to the wall with a screwdriver.

Step 3

Measure the length of the roller bar. Add 1 inch to this measurement and cut the width of your canvas to the new measurement. Use fabric shears to cut through the canvas. It may also be helpful to use a ruler as a straightedge. Measure the distance from the roller bar to the floor. Add 9 inches to this measurement and cut the length of the canvas to the new measurement. Hem the canvas narrowly on all sides so that it has a finished look. It is important to use a sewing machine for this, as most hand-needles are not strong enough to go through two layers of canvas.

Step 4

Remove the shade from the roller bar. Attach double-sided tape across the length of the roller bar. Include at least five rows of tape. Place the canvas front-side-up on a table. Place the roller bar on top of it at the very top of the canvas, making sure that the top of the roller bar lines up perfectly with the top of the canvas. Roll the canvas on to the roller bar.

Step 5

Install the roller bar. Slide it into place on both brackets.

About the Author

Bronwyn White resides in New York and has been writing since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in vocal performance and opera studies from the State University of New York-Purchase.

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