How to Install Lattice

Lattice adds a finishing touch to fences, patios, decks, screens or barriers. Made from 3/8-by-1 1/2-inch strips of cedar, lattice is somewhat fragile. It's typically installed in a framework or panel before it's used. Surrounded by wood, the lattice panels are then integrated into the project. Commonly manufactured in 48-by-96-inch sheets, lattice is typically cut in half to make two panels out of each sheet.

Lattice makes a great privacy screen.

Step 1

Set the blade on a circular saw to cut 3/4-inch deep. Place the 48-by-96-inch sheet of lattice on a flat surface. Place a straightedge perpendicular across the length of the lattice. Draw a line to make two equal halves. Cut the sheet of lattice in half with a circular saw. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Step 2

Place two of the 1 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-51-inch pieces of redwood parallel to each other, on edge, on a flat surface. Place the two 1 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-48-inch pieces of redwood between them flush at the ends.

Step 3

Drill two pilot holes through the 51-inch pieces with a 3/16-inch bit and drill/driver, evenly spaced at each corner.

Step 4

Insert 3-inch screws in the holes. Drive in the screws to build a redwood frame measuring 48 by 48 inches on the inside.

Step 5

Drill pilot holes through the 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch redwood pieces. Drill the holes centered, 6 inches apart. Place them inside the frame, flush with one side. Insert 2-inch screws in the holes. Screw the 48-inch pieces on first, followed by the 45-inch pieces. This is the inside frame or attachment for the lattice.

Step 6

Drop the 48-by-48-inch piece of lattice into the frame. Shoot two, 1-inch staples through each piece of lattice to penetrate into the inner frame.

Step 7

Repeat Steps 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to build two identical lattice panels.

Step 8

Drill four holes, evenly spaced and centered, through the inside, vertical sides of the panel with a drill/driver and 3/16-inch bit.

Step 9

Place the panel between two deck or fence posts. Position it at the level you wish to install it. Clamp the panel to the posts on each side. Insert 3-inch screws in the holes. Drive in the screws to secure the lattice panels to the posts.


  • Handle lattice with care. It's full of staples that can come loose or puncture fingers. Wear eye protection when working with lattice.