Adding Lattice Privacy Screening to a Deck

Steve and Rita
by Steve and Rita
4 Materials
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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  • Lynn Lynn on Jun 10, 2023

    I envy the privacy you already had. Were people climbing all those trees to spy on you?

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  • Terri Terri on Jun 16, 2022

    This is a lovely, sophisticated way to augment a deck. Not all of us have acreage to provide us quiet and solitude. I live in a development where the lot lines are minimal, so this would be a perfect way to display your favorite flowers while enjoying a bit of privacy during the day or evening.

    I appreciate your sharing your vision that you made a reality.

  • Eva Eva on Jun 28, 2022

    Congratulations 👏

    This is a very nice & well-done project 🔨 🔫 🔩

    I really like it ❤️ especially if you have nosy neighbors 😎😎

    Thank you for sharing your great idea 💡