**Please Note: This post is a work in progress!
There have been a lot of questions recently about our Magnetic Screen Door / Bug Net. We actually made this custom magnetic screen door for our Ford Transit Van rather than purchasing one. Reasoning being twofold: 1) the nets we found online were EXPENSIVE; 2) we didn't know what the quality would be for the price.
From our first trip in our converted Ford Transit Van, we knew we needed a solution to the constant opening/closing of the sliding door. There's always something we forgot inside or needed to quickly grab. Not only is the sliding door loud, but it let ALL the bugs inside! To avoid both of these things, we decided to design a magnetic screen door.
We chose to make it detachable, so we could remove the entire screen when needed. We also added zippers on both sides so if we didn't want to fully remove it, we could roll it up and secure it overhead. The middle magnets are strong and hold closed with the exception of very strong wind directed at the door (however, this has never been an issue).
We are still in the process of writing out the specs and details on how to make one yourself. In the meantime, here is the list of items used and a very short description of each:
72"x80" Magnetic Screen Door - amazon.com
#10 Zipper Coil Chain and Sliders - amazon.com
Heavy Duty Nylon Thread - amazon.com
Black 500d Nylon Cordura fabric - ebay.com (1 60"x36" piece)
Sewing Machine (we use the Brother XR6060) -amazon.com
90/14 or 110/18 Sewing Needles (we used 90/14 and it worked great with our machine)
Before we get to the design, here are some details:
- We chose the above Magnetic Screen Door on amazon.com because it was super heavy duty: anti-tear, stronger magnets, smaller mesh holes
- The Zipper Coil is amazing and easy to put together. It is definitely big and beefy- so be aware that this isn't your basic jacket zipper pull! We wanted it to be large and heavy duty to ensure it didn't easily break over time
- This Nylon Thread is great, but you may be able to find a smaller roll of thread at a local art supply store (unless you'll plan to use it for future projects too)
- There are various types of black fabric out there; we chose Cordura as it is water resistant and super durable
That's all for now. Check back again soon for the full how-to details! (We'll have images and specs for the back door soon too!)