Improve your Door Security with 3 Easy DIY Updates

Improve your Door Security with 3 Easy DIY Updates

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Today, I’ve got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon.

Hi guys! Who wants a safer home??? I know I do. Today I’ve got 3 Cheap, Quick, and Easy DIY Door Security Tips that’ll make your home safe, in just an afternoon. And you only need a screwdriver and a drill to do these. Yay!

I wanted to share these tips with you after I took a quick break from finishing up my Master Bathroom Remodel to finally add a Swing Bar Lock to our front door. So glad I got that easy project off my to-do list. Now I can quit worrying that my 3-year will open the door for someone when I’m not around. Yikes!

But that swing arm lock also adds an extra level of protection against a break in. In fact, all 3 of these DIY Door Security Tips will help protect you from someone busting down your exterior doors. Be sure to check out my video for a better explanation for all these tips, too. πŸ™‚

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
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3 Easy DIY Door Security Tips: Pictures

The video might help explain anything that isn’t clear just from pictures. But, hopefully, I can explain myself pretty well. πŸ™‚

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
The arrows mark where to use 3″ screws.
DIY Tip One

First, one of the first things I did after moving into this home was to go around to each exterior door (front, back, and garage entry) and replace the old 3/4″ or 1″ long strike plate screws with 3″ long screws. 3″ long screws make it much, much harder to force down a door.

Have you ever seen a crime drama where a person easily shoulders or kicks down a door and the wood trim around the door just splits about an 1″ deep along the door? Welp, that’s because the short screws just aren’t deep enough to prevent that soft pine (typically) frame from cracking.

Using 3″ long screws on the wall and door strike plates will add the extra strength that can stop most door break downs.

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
The arrows mark where you should use 3″ long screws.
DIY Tip Two

The latest deadbolt safety standards recommend that a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Deadbolt that sticks out at least 1″ must be used on all exterior doors. If your deadbolt is loose or doesn’t meet the latest standards, most people can replace these themselves.

Sometimes, you may have to drill a new hole. Which can make the job more complicated. But, usually, in newer homes, you can just use the old holes. The Family Handyman has a great Install Guide for Deadbolt’s if you need help.

I've got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon. With 3 small DIY Exterior Door Updates you can make your home safer. And, 1 of them will stop those toddlers and little kids from opening the door to strangers. Yay! #AbbottsAtHome #DIYProject #HomeSafety #Childproof #HomeSecurity #Homemaintenance
DIY Tip Three

Install a Swing Bar Lock on the front door, and maybe other doors, if needed. This lock is great for adding extra strength to the door while still allowing you to talk to people outside. I’m all about caution. πŸ™‚

These looks are also great for stopping those toddlers and little kids from opening the door for strangers or just going outside without you. I can imagine this would be great for back doors that lead to pools without fences. You don’t want those little ones near the pool while you’re in the shower.

Just make sure to install them high enough to be out of their reach. And, use those 3″ long screws on the wall side of this lock too.

3 Easy DIY Door Security Tips: Video

Check out the video below to see my Swing Arm Lock in action and the other 2 DIY Door Security Tips. πŸ™‚


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You can restore that grout color without scrubbing. It's really quick and easy. You can even switch to a new grout color, with Grout Renew. My how-to video will show you how easy it is to update your grout color.

Or, my trick for making removable screens for your AC, boat, or under a deck.

DIY this easily removable 'outdoor air conditioner screen fence thingy'. It will hide those air conditioners, allow proper air flow for the condenser, and make the AC guy happy when he sees how easy it is to remove. You can easily have this project done in a weekend. Lets get started. Here's how to hide an air conditioner unit outside...the easy way.

Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen my 3 DIY Door Security Tips , you can get started. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

13 thoughts on “Improve your Door Security with 3 Easy DIY Updates”

  1. OMG I never thought about longer screws in the door hardware but it makes so much sense and I’ll be discussing this with my husband to do just that. I also like the idea of the swing bar which lets you open the door a little ways when you’re not sure who’s there. Much better than a chain and better than peeking through a window.

  2. Your tips are really good to keep your 3 year old from letting anyone in or going out. Especially if there is a pool. Three inch screws are something you can do if you live in a rental, that a landlord wouldn’t ever no about. And it won’t affect your security deposit.

    Most burglaries are crimes of opportunities. Meaning they canvas an area first and watch for people to go to work leaving their homes empty. A burglar would simply break the glass in your door and let themselves in. Rarely will a burglar want to be seen if the front door is in the open. They’ll go around to an alley, through a gate, or over a wall to gain entrance through a window.

    If home invasion is more of concern then a steel front door, with a simple peep hole, without a window, a steel jamb, and a dead bolt. Will keep most robbers looking for some place else. Cameras around the parameter of the house and an alarm are all great additions. Criminals look for the least secure target.

  3. These are some easy tips to check and maintain door safety. My husband and I have recently been discussing updating our doors and ways to make our home a little more secure.

  4. All good tips! In these days and times we can’t be too careful! Pinned β™₯ I’d like to invite you to bring this post and more over to my new UNLIMITED Monthly Link Party!

  5. Stephanie, this couldn’t be more timely! My daughter recently purchased her first home and they are moving in next week. I’m definitely sharing your post with her. Thank you πŸ™‚

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