How to Build Vinyl Lattice Screens

Vinyl lattice screens are an ideal way to camouflage unsightly areas, provide privacy or add interest to a garden.

Assembling the Frame

Today's vinyl lattice comes in a variety of colors and patterns.Today's vinyl lattice comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
They are also ideal for climbing plants. Imagine your favorite roses intertwined with lattice. Vinyl screens don't rust, are easy to cut and nail, and won't rot like wood screens do. Although they come in a number of colors, they can easily be painted. Vinyl screens can increase the value of a property when used as part of a landscaping program.

Step 1

Make sure the saw blade is in good shape.

Cut the lattice into a 4-by-6-foot rectangle if it is not already 4 by 6 feet. Use the Skil saw or the circular saw. Have someone hold the lattice down so that it is stable. Wear goggles or glasses while cutting. Save any leftover lattice for another project.

Step 2

Use 1-inch galvinized screws.

Cut two 1-by-4 boards each 4 feet long. Next, cut two 1-by- 4 boards each 5 feet 9 inches long.

Step 3

There are a variety of helpful clamps available.

Use the clamps to attach a 4-foot strip along the top 4-foot side of the lattice. Use the screwdriver to screw the wood to the lattice every 12 inches . Then use the clamps to attach a 5-foot-9-inch strip along each side of the lattice. Use the screwdriver to screw the wood to the lattice every 12 inches. The frame is now complete.

Finishing the Project

Step 1

Use the level to make sure the 4-by-4 posts are straight.

Decide where you are going to install the screen. Dig two holes approximately 18 inches deep and 4 feet apart. Put a 4-by-4 board in the first hole. Have a helper hold the board upright. Use the level to be certain the board is straight. Pack the dirt back in the hole firmly, making sure the board is straight. Do the second board the same way.

Step 2

Don't forget the goggles.

Line up the top of the lattice frame with the top of the 4-by-4 posts. Make sure the "prettiest" side of the frame is where people will see it. If your clamps are big enough, clamp on the lattice. If not, your helper will have to hold the lattice frame.

Step 3

Insert the screws approximately 12 inches apart. Place screws down each side of the 4-by-4 post, attaching the lattice frame to the posts.

Things You Will Need

  • 4-by-6-foot or 4-by-8-foot sheet of lattice
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • 4 boards, 1-by-2; 2 must be 6 inches or more
  • 2 boards, 4-by-4 and 8 feet long
  • Screwdriver or electric screwdriver
  • 1-inch galvanized screws
  • Skil saw or circular saw
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Clamps

About the Author

Carol Starr has been writing since 1985. Her articles have appeared in the "Air Force Times," "Belleville News Democrat" and "Montgomery Herald." She specializes in ghostwriting but is currently working on a book to be published under her own name. Starr is pursuing her education in criminal justice at West Virginia University.