Build a Privacy Screen with Bamboo Fencing

What You'll Need
Choice of rolled bamboo fencing
Lengths of wooden posts for frame
Wood glue
Tape measure
Wire cutters
Notepad and pen

Making use of bamboo fencing in the home is a great way to section off any area where you require added privacy or want to hide some unavoidable clutter. You can create a design to your own taste by following a few steps.

Step 1 – Determine Size and Style

The first step of building a privacy screen out of bamboo fencing is to determine the dimensions and create a design. If you already have an idea of where you want to position the screen, consider this area to help you figure out what the measurements should be. For example, if you want a privacy screen to change behind, make sure it is tall enough to cover the length of your body.

Step 2 – Gather Equipment

Don’t forget that your bamboo fencing screen will require a frame. You should be able to purchase wood for this when you purchase the bamboo. The side posts can be thicker in diameter than those at the top and bottom, and the former should be at least 2” x 2”. Buy a little more of the wood than you intend to use for the frame so you have backup wood in case you make any mistakes. Make sure you have all the tools that you require to do the job.

Step 3 – Cut Components

In accordance with the measurements you decided on, use a saw to cut the bamboo to size if necessary after marking the length with a marker. Keep it secured in the original wire whilst you do this. Turn your attention to the frame and cut the side posts to the same length as that of the bamboo. When cutting the top and bottom posts, remember that the length must include the bamboo as well as the ends of the side posts. Tidy any jagged edges with sandpaper.

Step 4 – Final Check

Once you have cut all the required components, lay them all out together to ensure that they are the correct size and fit together as they should.

Step 5 – Dig Trough

When everything has been cut correctly, chisel out troughs in the top and bottom posts to house the bamboo. Measure the diameter of the bamboo and chisel the wood in accordance with this size.

Step 6 – Begin Assembly

Once the troughs have been dug out, set the top part of the frame aside. Apply a little wood glue to both ends of the base post and attach the side posts. Leave this to dry as you unfurl the bamboo and cut the wire that holds it together. Slot the loose bamboo fencing into the frame and position the ends into the trough you’ve made.

Step 7 – Complete

Secure the bottom corners of the frame further by hammering nails into the ends of the wood. Attach the top post, slotting it into place so that the bamboo slides into the trough. Hammer nails into the corners to secure. For a folding screen, repeat this process and attach two hinges between the two panels.