How To Build A Decorative Lattice Screen

Project Overview

You may have something in your driveway or garden that you'd like to hide, such as a recycling bin, pool equipment or an air conditioning unit. An attractive solution to this is a decorative lattice screen.


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3 posts (100mm x 100mm x 2400mm)
Pine lattice (1800mm x 1800mm) (900mm x 180mm)
Pine (kickboards) 2 x (70mm x 35mm x 1900mm) 2 x (70mm x 35mm x 1000m)
Lattice flat head nails 30mm x 2.0mm gal
Sandpaper (fine)
Paint (optional)
Gravel / rock / concrete mix


Electric hand saw
Drill and bits
Spirit level Hammer

Step by Step Instructions

1 Determine your area
2 Create a base
3 Set posts
4 Building the frame
5 Add the Lattice
6 Finishing options
  • Step 1. Determine your area

    Start by measuring the area you want hidden. It is a good idea to clear the surrounding area to allow enough room for an easy and clear entrance to your bins or other items. Now hammer in stakes marking the perimeter of the area.
  • Step 2. Create a base

    If the area is reasonably level and has good grass coverage then you may decide on leaving it. If not, make a simple frame against your pegged perimeter and excavate 5cms below the top of the frame. Pour decomposed granite into the framed area to 5cms thick and rake it out smooth and level. Wet the surface to set the granite and use a hand tamper to pack it down.
  • Step 3. Set posts

    Use three 100mm x 100mm x 2400mm posts. Mark where the posts will go. For this exercise, our screen measurements are 1800mm x 900mm. Mark the two outer posts 900mm out from the fence and 1800mm apart. The third post is set up against the fence or wall, behind one outer post and at the opposite end of where the screen opening will be. Dig holes for the posts, about 600mm deep and 150mm wide. Place a shovel full of gravel or rock into each hole, then place in the post squarely, add pre-mixed cement and add water and mix following directions. Using a spirit level on both front and side faces, check that the post is vertical. Set the remaining poles and allow curing overnight. Once the poles are set, level the heights using a spirit level and electric saw.
  • Step 4. Building the frame

    Measure, cut and screw the kickboards for the frame. The lower level kickboard should slide between the posts near the ground whilst the higher kickboards will have joining mitred ends (45°) and sit centred on top of the posts.
  • Step 5. Add the Lattice

    Lattice come in many sizes and designs so choose one that you like. Use a circular saw to cut the lattice to fit between the posts and the top and bottom rails. If the lattice is too large, cut and then start connecting with nails from the top (Fig 2). If your lattice doesn't sit behind the bottom kickboard you can always add a piece of timber to conceal the gap.
  • Step 6. Finishing options

    Sand and paint the screen with acrylic paint to blend into your environment. You can also purchase and attach flower boxes to sit on the top kickboard.

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