How To Build A Lattice Privacy Fence

What You'll Need
Planks of wood (2 to 3 inches wide, 6 to 7 feet long)
Shovel (optional)
Lumber (2 x 4 inch x 6.5 foot, optional)
Galvanized nails
Rubber mallet
Tape measure
Basic construction tools

Having a lattice privacy fence is not only great for privacy, but also adds a quaint style to your home. They are especially useful around items such as a porch, deck or hot tub. Buying a fancy one can get on the expensive side, but building one for yourself is cheap and easy.

Step 1: Buried Posts Or Stakes?

There are two ways of setting your lattice privacy fence in the ground, depending on what it is being used for and how secure you want it to be. The simpler method is to use slim, vertical posts (about the same size as your planks of wood) that have been sharpened to points on the end, which can be “staked” into the ground. The other is to use 2x4s and dig holes for the ends, making your lattice fence more secure. The choice is yours, and either work fine.

Step 2: Measure Your Planks

Lay your posts for the first wall on the ground, spaced exactly 2 feet apart and perfectly parallel to each other. Once you are sure they are all lined up, begin laying your planks diagonally across the posts, making a pencil marking on each where they will hang over and need to be cut down. They should be spaced about 2 inches apart. If you are using 2-inch wide planks, you can simply lay a spare plank between two others to space them out properly.
If you are not happy with the degree of the angle, be sure to repeat this step until you get it just right before moving on.

Step 4: Cutting Your Planks

Removing only one at a time, take your planks off the posts and saw off where you marked it. Save the excess, as it can be used on the other walls. Replace the plank and pick up the next one to saw.

Step 5: Nailing Your Planks

At every point that a plank crosses a post, place a nail right in the center of both. If you like, you can do this step as you're doing Step 4, nailing one plank in before removing the next to be cut. If you do though, be sure that your hammering doesn’t move the other planks or you’ll have to re-measure the distance between them.

Step 6: Standing Up Your Lattice Fence

Once all the planks are nailed in place, it's time to put your fence in the ground. If you used posts with the ends sharpened to stakes, simply place it in the desired location, and carefully use a rubber mallet on top of each post to pound it into place. If the heavier posts were used, dig out your post holes, place your fence, and fill the holes back in.

Step 7: Painting

If you are going to paint your lattice fence, you can do it either before or after nailing it all together. If done before hand, you’re likely to use more paint covering areas that will be concealed. If you paint after the lattice has been assebled, you will spend more time to paint around all the nooks and crannies of the boards nailed together. Either way is fine.

There you have it, 7 easy steps to building a simple, quaint privacy fence.