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.
Patio With Privacy Screen

Patio Privacy Screen

A wood screen hangs on two chains on this patio, providing a modicum of privacy in this open-air space. A couch with orange throw is behind the screen and in front of a small wood table on which is a pitcher of lemon water and two glasses.

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.

Cut Wood

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.

Attach Center Support

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 attach with drill or nail gun.

Mark Center Line

Using tape measure and pencil, make a line directly down the middle of the center 2X4. This line will be your guide for the proper placement needed to create the herringbone pattern.

Mark Center Line

Mark Center Line

Using tape measure and pencil, make a line directly down the middle of the center 2X4. This line will be your guide for the proper placement needed to create the herringbone pattern.

Attach L-Brackets

Using drill and exterior screws, attach L-brackets to each corners of the frame for added stability.

Attach L-Brackets

Attach L-Brackets

Using drill and exterior screws, attach metal L-brackets to each corners of the frame for added stability and rigidity.

Cut Herringbone Pieces

Using a circular saw, cut a pilot piece of the 1x6 pressure-treated pine that runs from the outside edge of the frame to the center of the middle 2X4; this should come to exactly 30 inches. Next, cut one edge off at a 22-1/2 degree angle using miter saw. After placing the cut piece onto the frame to ensure it is cut correctly, mark then cut the opposite end with miter saw at a 22-1/2 degree angle.

Repeat the same marking and cutting process for all boards on the front and back sides of the partition.

Attach Boards

Using drill and exterior screws or nail gun and nails, attach each of the mitered planks to the frame. Attach each pine plank so that one end of the board completely covers the side post and the other end covers half of the center post. The herringbone pattern will be created when the two planks meet in the middle.

Attach Boards

Attach Slanted Boards

Using a drill and exterior screws or nail gun and nails, attach each of the mitered planks to the frame. Attach each pine plank so that one end of the board completely covers the side post and the other end covers half of the center post. The herringbone pattern will be created when the two planks meet in the middle.

Cut Edges

On the very top and bottom corners of your screen, use a tape measure and pencil to mark where the edges will be cut. Next, cut with circular saw.

Cut Edges

Cut Hanging Edges

On the very top and bottom corners of your screen, use a tape measure and pencil to mark where the edges will be cut. Next, cut with circular saw.

Attach Trimmed Corner Pieces

Attach the trimmed top and bottom corner pieces using nail gun or drill.

Attach Corner Pieces

Attach Trimmed Corner Pieces

Attach the trimmed top and bottom corner pieces to the frame using a nail gun or drill to complete the building of your privacy frame.

Stain and Seal Wood

Using a stain pad or a paint brush, add stain to planks and frame. Let dry, then apply outdoor sealant. Let dry completely before hanging.

Stain and Seal Wood

Stain and Seal Wood

Using a stain pad or a paint brush, add stain to planks and frame. Let dry, then apply outdoor sealant. Let dry completely before hanging.

Hang the Privacy Screen

Drill two holes into the top of each frame for attaching C-hooks, spaced approximately 6 inches in from the outside edge. Next, screw C-hooks into holes in top of frame, add corresponding C-hooks to the ceiling and attach to one another with pre-cut chain.

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