DIY Privacy Screen for Decks


A deck is an ideal place to entertain guests. However, if you have neighbors close by, you may have concerns about privacy. You can make a privacy screen for your deck as a weekend project. Latticework is ideal for making a privacy screen and is attractive enough that it will not detract from your outdoor space. You can mount the screen anywhere on your existing deck with surface-mounted deck post holders.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 deck post mounts, with screws
  • Tape measure
  • Screw gun
  • 2 posts, 4-by-4-inch, 96 inches long
  • Latticework panel, 48 by 96 inches
  • 2 latticework edge covers, 96 inches long
  • Box, coated flush trim wood screws
  • 2 post caps
  • Wood finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Place a deck post mount on one end of where you would like to locate the privacy screen. Measure over 96 inches from the outside edge of the deck post mount and place the outside edge of a second deck post mount at the 96-inch mark. You will now have two parallel deck post mounts spaced 96 inches apart from outside edge to outside edge.

  • Drive the provided screws through the holes in the mounts into the decking boards with a screw gun.

  • Slide one end of a 4-by-4-by-96-inch post into each deck post mount opening. Drive the provided screws through the holes in the sides of the mounts.

  • Align the slots in the sides of two latticework edge covers over the 96-inch sides of a latticework panel and push them into place. The covers provide support for the latticework and create a finished edge.

  • Hold the latticework panel with the 96-inch edges horizontal and 24 inches above the deck surface, with the help of a friend. Align the panel so that its 48-inch ends are flush with the outside edges of the posts.

  • Fasten the 48-inch ends of the panel to the posts by using a screw gun to drive flush trim wood screws through the panel into the posts at every latticework joint. Drive a screw through the latticework edge covers and into the post at each corner.

  • Screw a deck post cap onto the top of each post.

  • Using a paintbrush, apply a finish to the completed privacy screen to match the deck finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Modify the dimensions of the screen to suit your needs, based on the size of your deck and the desired amount of privacy.
  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

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