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Today I am showing you how a DIY lattice privacy screen is easy to make, decorative and can be used on a patio, deck or anywhere outdoors. We used lattice fence panels to create a privacy screen to hide our ugly ac units on the patio which created a decorative backdrop for flowers and our patio furniture. A lattice privacy screen can also be used to hide trash cans or even a neighbors yard!
Lattice privacy screens can vary from free standing, lattice trellis for climbing plants or a full patio privacy wall.
How to build a lattice privacy screen
A wood lattice fence is an option if you don’t mind keeping up with painting it but for me, I prefer vinyl lattice as it’s maintenance free.
FAQs Lattice Privacy Screens
Lattice is a very popular product and if you search Google, you will find several lattice fence ideas as well as smaller scaled projects like this one creating a lattice screen to hide small outdoor objects like trash cans, AC units or even lattice on a deck can provide benefits for privacy.
Lattice Privacy Screen Ideas
The patio at our previous house had an older cement patio where the air condition units which were an eye sore.
Better Homes and Gardens
I love how this lattice privacy fence above was a nice backdrop for flowers and planters. This option below also would be perfect for deck as lattice on a deck provides a spot for flowers, outdoor decoration and of course, privacy from neighbors.
Better Home and Gardens
Let’s get started with the tutorial of how you can make your own DIY backyard privacy screen and how to make a frame for the lattice.
DIY Outdoor Lattice Privacy Screen Installation
Step 1. Build & Paint your Frame
First, paint your “frame” before assembling the lattice. We used 1×4 pine as our frame that I painted white prior to starting the project. We needed to make 3 lattice vinyl fence privacy screens so we started with the 8′ section first.
We purchased plastic/PVC lattice from Home Depot (you can now order online!) You will need to use stainless steel screws so they do not rust.
We used 8 x 1 – 5/8″ screws to create the lattice patio screen and used 10 x 3″ screws to attach the privacy screen to the existing post on the patio.
Next, I painted the 1×4’s before we assembled the privacy screen
Step 2. Creating a Lattice Panel
For this part of the project, you are going to make framed lattice panels. You are essentially going to sandwich the lattice fence panel between your frame (the wood) creating a lattice panel. Layout your frame (1×4 pine pieces cut to size), place your lattice on top and then add 1×4’s again on top of your lattice.
You will basically be cutting 2 pieces of 1×4’s for each side. Use your stainless steel 1 5/8″ (or whatever size you choose) to attach the pine to the lattice. Remember, screw from the “inside” out.
You want the side that you will see to be pretty, you do not want to be looking at screws! Look at my cute dad, he thinks I’m crazy :). Don’t be shy with your screws either and be sure to stagger them to prevent them from warping.
Note how we staggered the screws, this is very important according to my daddio!
My dad said in the middle of this project, “why do I want to share all my secrets with these people? I don’t even know them!”ha.. Isn’t he is funny?
Lattice Panel Recap
We ended up making 3 free standing lattice privacy screens to hide the air conditioner units so the next one, required cutting.
If you have a deck or patio that faces a grumpy neighbor, you could definitely make one of these DIY privacy screens and just cut your frame and lattice to the size you need.
Adding a lattice privacy screen to existing deck railing is a great idea to hide a neighbors yard and provide privacy on your own deck. This is an inexpensive way to get privacy easily and quickly!
We used the same steps to create the other two lattice privacy panels.
Step 3: Fasten lattice panels together
We attached the end pieces to the large 8′ piece using the 3″ screws. We also attached the small part (see below) to the existing post on the patio for stability.
Lattice Privacy Fence Installation Tips
Note that the screws are facing inward. Much better, don’t you think? Finally, a beautiful patio with hidden air conditioner units!
This lattice privacy fence project was such a great addition to our back patio. Patios with lattice also add to the visual appeal as well. Whether it be a trellis or lattice screen, it adds nice texture to the outdoor space. Building a lattice privacy screen to a porch or deck is also a simple weekend project.
How much does it cost to build a diy lattice privacy fence?
Our outdoor lattice privacy screen total cost was under $40 (cost of vinyl lattice, pine for frame & screws). Hopefully after this project tutorial you feel a confident and motivated to build your own lattice privacy screen. I found may comments on forums with people asking how to build a backyard lattice privacy screen and it’s really not that hard especially if you have someone to help you.
Feel free to print this tutorial and fence materials needed for future reference.
- 1. 1x4 pine as our frame - paint your frame prior (we used white paint)
- 2. PVC plastic lattice - purchase the size you need or larger and cut to fit
- 3. 8 x 1 - 5/8" screws to create the lattice patio screen and used 10 x 3" screws to attach the privacy screen to the existing post on the patio.
- 4. 3" screws
- saw, hammer, power screwdriver, drill, measuring tape
Our DIY Lattice Fence Installation Process:
- First, paint your "frame" before assembling the lattice. We used 1x4 pine as our frame that I painted white prior to starting the project. We needed to make 3 lattice vinyl fence privacy screens so we started with the 8' section first.
- We purchased plastic/PVC lattice from Home Depot (you can now order online!) OR you can get this Stylish vinyl brand from Lowes (order online!) You will need to use stainless steel screws so they do not rust.
- We used 8 x 1 - 5/8" screws to create the lattice patio screen and used 10 x 3" screws to attach the privacy screen to the existing post on the patio. Next step, I painted the 1x4's before we assembled the privacy screen
- You are essentially going to sandwich the lattice screen between your frame creating a lattice panel. Layout your frame (1x4 pine pieces cut to size), place your lattice on top and then add 1x4's again on top of your lattice.
- You will basically be cutting 2 pieces of 1x4's for each side. Use your stainless steel 1 5/8" (or whatever size you choose) to attach the pine to the lattice. Remember, screw from the "inside" out. We used the same steps to create the other two lattice privacy panels.
- Next, we attached the end pieces to the large 8' piece using the 3" screws. We also attached the small part (see below) to the existing post on the patio for stability.
This tutorial is for 3 side lattice privacy screen . You can use these same steps to create any size privacy screen based on your needs.
Inexpensive Privacy Fence Ideas
Can you use lattice for a privacy fence? Yes! Lattice can be used for any outdoor project to create privacy. A full fence project may be on a larger scale but following these same steps will accomplish the goal of privacy or even an enclosure for a pet.
1. Free Standing Privacy Screen
Our free standing privacy fence to hide our trash can is a very simple and quick diy project that we built in an afternoon.
2. Deck Lattice
Here is an example of how to use lattice attached to the lower part of a porch deck to hide the dirt and unfinished part of a stairway.
Decks with privacy lattice are also popular if you have homes or apartments very close together. A lattice screen attached to the top of the deck rail is a great way to create privacy between spaces.
3. Lattice Fence
Depending on what you are trying to contain or block, you could use this same privacy screen tutorial to make a lattice fence. Consider pressure treated wood as it will not rot. Simply dig post holes, install fence posts and attach your lattice privacy screens to the posts.
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