How Do You Frame a New Window?

How Do You Frame a New Window?

To build a frame for a new window, first remove the existing window, and then cut the space to accommodate the new window, install the frame boards, install the new window and perform finishing work. Consult a professional with any questions regarding the installation process.

To make the frame for a new window:

  1. Remove the existing window
  2. Remove the existing window by first removing the interior and exterior trim and sill. Cut away the existing caulking and carefully pull the old window out of the frame.

  3. Measure
  4. Measure the size of the new window and cut the existing space to fit the new window plus an extra 3/4 inches on each side. The extra space allows enough room to adjust the window until it is level.

  5. Create the new sill
  6. Nail down a new 2-inch-by-2-inch board against the old sill to create a new interior window sill.

  7. Create the new frame
  8. Use 2-inch-by-4-inch boards along the top, bottom and sides of the opening to create the frame for the window.

  9. Install the new window
  10. Place the new window into the framed opening. Nail it into place with just one or two nails, and use shims to adjust the placement of the window until it is level. Screw the window into place.

  11. Perform finish work
  12. Fill the gaps around the frame with caulk or expanding foam. Install new trim around the window and caulk and paint to finish the job.