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How to Install a Lattice Privacy Screen – Method 2 Using Stops

Updated on July 4, 2013
A fine example of a lattice screen.
A fine example of a lattice screen. | Source
Fig 1.  Erected posts
Fig 1. Erected posts | Source
Fig 2.  Toenailing stringers to post
Fig 2. Toenailing stringers to post | Source
Fig 3. An example of posts with all the stringers attached.
Fig 3. An example of posts with all the stringers attached. | Source
Fig 4.  Attaching support stops by nails
Fig 4. Attaching support stops by nails | Source


A lattice screen adds privacy and beauty your yard and even your home. There are many ways to implement them. The first method describes how to mount the lattice panel directly. This method shows you how to mount with stops.

The instructions are moderately easy. A beginner would need basic carpentry skills to be successful in completing this project.

The things you will need are:

  • Lattice screens
  • Screws or nails rated for outdoor use
  • Power saw
  • Tie wraps

You must have posts or similar supports already erected (see Fig 1). You can get the lattice, lumber, screws, and nails in a hardware or lumber store. Lattice screens can be purchased in 4 x 4 or 4 x 8 feet panels. Other lattice designs can be special ordered from the store or ordered through the internet.

Add stringers to the posts. Use the toenailing method or screw at an angle to attach the stringers (see Fig 2). Ensure that the stringers are level (see Fig 3).

Add support stops to the stringers and posts (see Fig 4). The stops can be 1 x 1 inch, 1 x 2 inches, or any size that is not greater than 3 inches. The object is to have space to screw or nail the lattice into the stop while having a stop that is not too big to screw to the stringer or post.

Drill pilot holes and use nails or screws to secure the stops. You can position the stops so that the lattice will be in the center around the frame (see Fig 5).

Measure the lattice to make sure it fits around the frame you just built. Cut the lattice screen with a power saw to size but make sure that a 1/4 inch gap is left around the edges.

Position the lattice screen so that you can screw it in the stop. A tie wrap can be used to hold the lattice to the frame temporarily.

Drill pilot holes on the tops of the screen so you don’t split the wood. For the top side of the lattice, screw into the stop every 6 to 12 inches so the lattice can just hang. Do not make it tight as the wood can expand and contract. For the bottom and sides, the screws only need to hold the lattice in place.See Fig 6.

For more stability and better looks, add stops on the other side of the lattice with screws. Shown is a representative of a completed project in Fig 7.

Stain or paint the screen and post to your heart's desire. You can also have a two color scheme shown in Fig 7.


Fig 5.  Where to locate the stops.
Fig 5. Where to locate the stops. | Source
Fig 6.  Securing the lattice to the stops.
Fig 6. Securing the lattice to the stops. | Source
Fig 7.  Completed project.
Fig 7. Completed project. | Source

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      docbruin 6 years ago from USA

      Good hub, Romian1 and again very good use of images. Your instructions are easy to follow. Thanks!

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