How to Connect Lattice Sections to Other Lattice Sections

Some garden fences are made up of a decorative lattice pattern.
Lattice fencing provides privacy while not blocking breezes.Lattice fencing provides privacy while not blocking breezes.
A lattice comprises thin strips of wood or polyvinyl chloride arranged in a crisscross pattern. Metal isn’t advisable for lattices because it may rust and has sharp edges upon which people could cut themselves. You could build your own lattice fencing, or you could buy sections of ready-made lattice fencing from your local hardware store.

Step 1

Prime the cedar post, then paint it.

Step 2

Drill two rows of pilot holes every 18 inches down the back of the cedar post and equidistant from each edge of the post. A pilot hole is a small hole that you drill before you widen the hole to fit a larger item like a screw.

Step 3

Attach one section of lattice to the side of the cedar post, using the 1-inch screws, which you should screw into the pilot holes. Lattice sections can be quite flimsy and must be anchored to stronger pieces of wood to keep them secure, so it is better if two pieces of lattice are connected with a sturdy piece of wood.

Step 4

Attach the second section of lattice onto the back of the post in the same way you did in step 2, but use the second row of holes.

Step 5

Paint any wood surface that you might have damaged while you were joining the lattice pieces. Also paint the screw heads on the back of the post for a uniform look.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 sections of prefabricated plastic lattice panels, 4 feet by 8 feet
  • 1 cedar or treated wood board, 1 foot by 4 feet by 8 feet
  • 1 quart exterior primer
  • 1 quart exterior white paint
  • 1 box galvanized screws, 1 inch
  • Tape measure
  • Electric drill with 1/16-inch bit and screwdriver bit

Warning

  • If you attach the lattice to an existing wall, use battens that are at least 1 3/4 inches; otherwise, the lattice is unlikely to hold securely to the wall.

About the Author

Lesley McArthur has been covering arts and music since 2003. Her health-related articles have appeared on the U.K. Department of Health website. McArthur holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Leeds.