Adding Lattice Privacy Screening to a Deck

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2 Days

We wanted to add a bit more privacy to our deck, and after thinking about different options, decided that lattice windows would work best. You can customize this look with as much or as little lattice as you want. In our situation, the openness of this design works great. It offers just the right amount of privacy screening, yet we can still enjoy the scenery. Another bonus is you can add some hooks and have plenty of room for hanging plants!

It took us a weekend to complete the project. Here's how we did it, and I've included a short video if you'd rather watch that instead. Full disclosure, this was one of the first videos I ever did, so it wasn't the best, LOL.

Step 1: Construct The Box Frame

Start out by constructing a box frame using pressure treated 2' x 4' wood.

Step 2: Construct the Reveal for Attaching Lattice

Next, attach 2' x 2' pieces of wood within the frame. This is what you'll attach the lattice to.

Step 3: Add Posts to the Existing Deck

Toe nail or toe screw new 4' x 4' posts to the existing deck.

Step 4: Squaring and Nailing

Square the frames. Then, nail the frames to the posts and the existing rail.

Step 5: Add the Top Plate

Nail top plate 2' x 4' to the posts and the lattice frame.

Step 6: Attach The Lattice

Using a brad nailer, attach the lattice to the backing 2' x 2's. Then attach a 2' x 2' face frame to give a finished look.

Step 7: That's it! Enjoy the extra privacy of your deck!

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Jun 14, 2021

    It looks like it would cut down on your view and restrict any breeze you may get to help keep you cool on hot days.Also makes one wonder what you are doing that requires so much privacy,ha.

    • Leslie Leslie on Jun 18, 2021

      Hello Mary, If you look at the screen it isn't totally closed off so a breeze will no be hindered. I live in an old suburban neighborhood where the houses are very close to each other and having a deck similar to Steve's this is a GREAT idea and execution for mine. In today's society where everyone has this crazy need to show and tell a bit more privacy is truly warranted, and yes, I know you were joking :)

  • Carolyn Ronis Carolyn Ronis on Jun 15, 2021

    When we did a similar upgrade we had to install more under deck supports because the deck wasn’t built to withstand the additional weight. If you are adding this to an older deck, code was different then, and you should especially be cautious about weight...supports were allowed farther apart. Depending upon where you live, this simple update may require a permit...but well worth it to find out if your deck will fall apart under the added weight.