How to Build a Lattice Privacy Wall

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If you're trying to add a little privacy around your pool or backyard, you can build a lattice privacy wall to keep prying eyes out. Lattice privacy walls are created using thin slats of board to create a lattice or criss-cross pattern. You can construct the lattice yourself or buy lattice pre-made, depending on how much time you have. Once your lattice privacy panels or wall is installed, you can leave the lattice bare or you can grow climbing plants at the bottom. Train the vines to climb your wall for a bit of additional privacy.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Lattice fence panels
  • 12-foot square fence posts
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • 2-by-4-inch boards
  • Screws or nails
  • Measure the length of the area where you want to place you wall and calculate the height of the fence. Remember, lattice wall or fence panels typically come in 4-by-8-foot sheets. Divide the entire length of the fence by 4 feet (48 inches) to figure out how many lattice fence panels you need.

  • Set 12-foot square fence posts every 4 feet in the area where you want to place your privacy fence. Dig a hole approximately 3 feet to 4 feet deep and 18 inches wide using a shovel. Tamp down the soil at the bottom of the hole using a 2-by-4-inch board. Center your post in the middle of the hole. Use a level to make sure the post is straight and plumb. Fill the hole with approximately 6 inches to 8 inches of soil. Tamp the soil down with your 2-by-4-inch board. Repeat the process until the dirt in the hole is flush with the original soil.

  • Measure 4 feet from the center of your first post to where you want the second post to go. Use a string or a long level to make sure the post is straight and aligned correctly with the first post. Repeat the process for the first post to set the second post. Place a piece of lattice paneling between the posts. The frame of the panel should overlap with the post completely on each side. If it doesn't, you'll need to move your second post so it does. Continue setting your posts until you've reached the end of the length where you want to place your wall.

  • Use a measuring tape to measure the width of the post. Draw a line down the center of each post on the side where you intend to attach the panels.

  • Place the first lattice privacy panel against the first post. Use a level to make sure the edge of the panel is flush and plumb with the center of the post. Have a second person hold the other edge of the panel to the second post. Make sure the panel is flush and plumb with the post on the other end. Attach the panel to the post through the frame with nails or screws every 2 inches. If you use screws, pre-drill holes into the frame of your panels before attaching the panel to the post. Repeat the process with the rest of the panels to span the length of the wall. Each panel should sit flush against the one before it.

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