DIY: Build your own wooden privacy screen

Wooden privacy screen
Wooden privacy screen

Who wants to protect his garden from prying eyes, usually can not avoid a privacy screen. With a bit of craftsmanship, you can build one yourself from wood. Of course, you can also buy ready-made screens in specialized stores. However, these are on the one hand very expensive, and on the other hand, the finished elements are only available in certain sizes and lengths, which do not always exactly match the desired length in the garden. So if you prefer a custom-made wooden privacy screen, you often have to do it yourself. In order to make your project a success, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

This is what you need for this wooden privacy screen:

  • Squared timber (9 cm / 3-4 in), 1-cm / 0.4 in battens as spacers and larch wood boards as cross battens.
  • Adjustable post support bracket made of galvanized iron
  • Machine screws (M10 x 120 mm) including washers
  • Torx screws (5 x 60 mm) made of stainless steel with countersunk head
  • frontage tape
  • Open-end wrench
  • Mortar
  • Spirit level
  • Escape cord
  • Screw clamps
  • Drilling machine
  • Cordless screwdriver

Measuring the privacy screen and setting the post support brackets

A sectional framework between the two edge posts helps to erect the other posts in the exact alignment. Adjustable post support brackets made of galvanized iron are set in earth-moist mortar for all posts. These not only ensure that the wood has a distance from the damp soil and is protected from splashing water, but also provide enough stability so that the wall can not be knocked over by a strong gust of wind.

Insert and fix the posts

The squared timber are clamped exactly vertically with clamps according to the alignment and with the spirit level and drilled through twice with a long drill. Then fix the squared lumber with the machine screws including washers. It is best to use two open-end wrenches for this purpose.

Building the basic structure of the screen wall

Once all the posts are well fixed, you can start assembling the larch wood slats. The top wooden batten is mounted on the support posts. It should have just about 1.5 centimeters (0.6 in) overhang, so that the posts are not visible.

Assemble battens

When assembling the other battens, screw clamps help to work accurately. A 1 cm (0.4 in) batten serves as a spacer between the battens and the posts.

Attaching the crossbars with the cordless screwdriver

The remaining crossbars are attached with the cordless screwdriver and the stainless steel Torx screws in the size 5 x 60 millimeters with countersunk head. After completion of the wooden privacy screen, a gravel strip is laid in front of it and planted with ornamental grasses.

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