How to Build a Herringbone Privacy Screen

Use basic home improvement store materials to add designer-grade privacy and graphic impact to an outdoor space.

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Create stylish and affordable outdoor privacy screens by arranging boards in a herringbone pattern (also known as a chevron pattern.) The secret to the design is laying the boards out at a 22-1/2 degree angle.

Materials Needed:

  • 1X6 pressure-treated pine slats
  • drill or nail gun
  • 3-inch exterior screws or nails
  • 2X4 pressure-treated lumber
  • outdoor stain
  • outdoor sealer
  • paint brush or stain pad
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • circular saw
  • miter saw
  • 4 L-brackets
  • galvanized metal C-hooks
  • exterior chain
  • speed square

Cut Wood for Frame

Using miter saw, cut two pieces of pressure-treated 2X4 at 37 inches, two pieces at 72 inches and one piece at 69 inches. The finished screen will be 72 inches by 40 inches.

Assemble Frame

Lay the five pieces out on a flat, level surface. Next, line pieces up using a speed square with the two 37 inch pieces on the top and bottom and the 72 inch pieces on the sides. Fasten two top corners together to ensure frame pieces have been properly cut to size.

Using 3-inch exterior screws or nails, fasten all outside frame pieces together with drill or nail gun.

Attach Center Support

Using tape measure and pencil, mark the center point of the top and bottom 2X4s. Next, place the remaining 69 inch 2X4 on the pencil marks, then with drill or nail gun.

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