How to Build a Trellis Over a Garage Door

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Installing a garage trellis will transform the garage into a focal point while creating a medium for growing your favorite creeping vines. Install a small or large trellis, depending upon your design preference. Paint the trellis a color that contrasts with your home, or if the trellis is wood, consider staining it your favorite shade. A deep mahogany stain provides a distinct design and ideal backdrop for colorful flowers like creeping roses or jasmine.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpenter's level
  • Marker
  • Knee braces
  • Electric drill
  • Steel bolts
  • Wood
  • Deck Screws
  • Containers
  • Creeping plants
  • Choose the area where your trellis will be mounted above the garage. Use a carpenter's level to make sure the space is level. Mark the area where you will mount the supporting brackets.

  • Attach three knee braces over the garage to support the trellis beams. Drill holes into the knee brace and insert a long steel bolt to hold the brace on the garage--one bolt on the top and bottom per brace. Knee braces are extremely strong and support heavy loads.

  • Mount two pieces of 2-by-3 inch wood on the knee brace using an electric drill and 4-inch deck screws. Space the 2-by-2s 8 inches apart and mount them along the 2-by-3s to create rungs for your trellis. Use 2 1/2-to-3 inch deck screws to mount the 2-by-2s.

  • Plant creeping vines in containers at the base of the trellis. Make sure the containers don't hinder the vehicles going in and out of the garage. Train the creeping plants to grow up and over the garage trellis.

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