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How to Frame a Window

Framing windows is a simple process. Learn how to frame windows with these easy step-by-step directions.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Cut New Studs and Attach Them

Cut new support studs with a miter saw (Image A).

To connect the new stud to the old one, use a right-angle drill with 2-1/2 screws (Image B).

Step 2: Measure for Frame

Determine height of window (Image 1).

Then run a laser line 1-1/2” lower (Image 2), to account for the width of the framing board and mark.

Step 3: Remove Old Studs

Cut through the existing studs at the mark with a reciprocating saw and pull them out.

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Step 4: Install the Frame

Drop framing board into place and make sure it’s level and square (Image 1).

Drill the frame into place (Image 2).

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