How to Make a Semi-Permanent Shade Structure With a Lattice


You can create a charming outdoor area, similar to a pergola, with lattice panels and a few tools and materials from your local hardware store. The semi-permanent shade structure features a simple frame secured to your deck or patio and a lattice panel roof to provide shade during the summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 4' x 8' lattice panels
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Post anchors
  • 4" x 4" posts
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Nail gun
  • 2" x 6" boards
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Using a tape measure, measure the width and length of your desk or patio. Make a note of the measurements on a piece of paper.

  • Multiply the width by the length to determine the square footage of the deck or patio. Divide the square footage of the deck or patio by 32. This is the number of lattice panels that you will need to completely cover the deck or patio.

  • Place post anchors at each corner of the deck or patio and drill a pilot hole with the power drill. Secure the post anchors to the deck or patio with screws using the power drill.

  • Measure eight feet in height on your 4" x 4" posts with a tape measure. Make a cut mark on the posts with the pencil and cut them to eight feet with a circular saw.

  • Insert the 4" x 4" posts into the post anchors. Secure the anchors to the post with nails using your nail gun or a hammer.

  • Measure the distance between each post and transfer the measurements to the 2" x 6" boards. Make cut marks on the 2" x 6" boards and cut them with the circular saw.

  • Attach the 2" x 6" boards to the tops of the corner posts around the perimeter of the structure using the nail gun. These will support the lattice. If you need additional support for the lattice, you can attach additional 2" x 6" boards to the inside of the perimeter boards.

  • Set the lattice panels on the frame. Secure the lattice to the 2" x 6" boards at the top of the frame with your staple gun.

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