What about room for my door handle?

We get asked some questions quite a bit. One of the most common is this one that we received via a contact us request from the website just yesterday:

On Apr 17, 2011, at 6:10 PM, I*** Morris wrote:

From: I*** Morris <**********@cox.net>
Subject: width of mounting area

Message Body:
How wide does the area between the door casing and door jamb need to be in order to mount the screen?  Our door handle protrudes slightly into that space, leaving approximately 3/4 inch clearance for the screen to slide by.

This mail is sent via contact form on Screen Solutions Inc https://www.plissescreen.com

Sometimes customers have an unusual reason that the door handle might be operating in the same space as the Plisse retractable screen.  Perhaps they have French style double doors that they may sometimes only open one of but will have a double Plisse retractable screen covering the entire opening.  In this kind of situation you might need to have clearance in your jamb for the Plisse as well as the existing door’s handle.

But, most of the time it’s simply a matter of thinking about the way you will use your new Plisse screen, as I said to this customer:

Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:51 PM
To: Isla Morris
Subject: Re: width of mounting area


This is an excellent and common question. It is important first to keep in mind that your door will be open when the screen is in use and so therefore the handle will not be in the way of the screen. If you are still concerned about the width of the jamb for mounting the screen in I’ve attached a simple dimensional drawing showing the dimensions of the basic components to the screen.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me again with any other questions.

Screen Solutions Inc
6705 Hwy 290 W. Ste 502
Austin, TX 78735

Visit us online at PlisseScreen.com

And most of the time, we get this sort of response:

OMG! I can’t believe that didn’t dawn on me. My husband is going to be doing the measurements, and I expect to be placing an order shortly. I’m really looking forward to getting the summer breeze through our back door. Thanks so much for responding to all of our questions.

I*** 🙂

Not to worry, any question about a retractable screen for your home is a good question. We appreciate the need to think the investment through and prepare properly for the purchase.  We just hope that maybe this will answer a few more questions – maybe from some of you who thought about it but didn’t take the initiative to write us.

Happy Spring Screening Everyone!

Doug, the Screen Guy


4 Responses on “What about room for my door handle?

  1. Ray says:

    I have french patio doors-white alum- 60″w x 79 1/2″h- How much for retractable screen.

    1. Hi Ray,

      For a double Plisse retractable screen less to fit your opening the price would be $359, this includes UPS ground shipping to the lower 48 states and there is only applicable sales tax if shipped to Texas. Thank you for considering our Plisse retractable screens for your screening needs!

      Doug, the Screen Guy

  2. Margo Schembre says:

    I, too, have the question about door handle clearance. I realize that the doors will be open when using the screen, but I have a child who could easily forget and shut the door with the screen open. If this happens, I would want to make sure the screen would not be damaged. you mention a simple dimensional drawing showing the dimensions of the basic components to the screen — is that drawing available on the site somewhere? I would really love to get a retractable screen for my large, double-door front entryway.


    Margo Schembre

    1. Hi Margo,

      Thanks for contacting us with your question about our Plisse retractable screen and how it might work in your home. I understand your concern and am including the Dimensioned Drawing here. But please note that based on where in the frame you measure and plan to install the Plisse screen you can make up for door handle clearance if necessary. It’s also possible to surface mount the Plisse retractable screen (with the use of our optional surface mount adapters) if necessary to clear your door handle. I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

      Thanks very much for considering the Plisse retractable screen for your retractable screen needs!

      Doug, the Screen Guy

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