How to Build a Patio Privacy Screen

This wooden privacy screen works as a fence-like barrier between your patio or deck and your neighbors.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Bucket
  • Cold chisel
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Hearing protection
  • Posthole digger
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Speed square

Quick-set concrete (60-lb. bags) 8
Gravel (40-lb. bags) 4
2x6 x 12' treated (below-grade posts) 2
2x4 x 12' treated (below-grade posts) 4
2x6 x 8' cedar (outer posts) 8
2x4 x 12' cedar (horizontal rails) 4
2x2 x 10' cedar (pickets, top caps)* 13
1x8 x 12' cedar (top cap) 1
1x6 x 12' cedar (top cap) 1
1x4 x 12' cedar (top cap) 1
5-lb. box of 3" deck screws 1
1-lb. box of 2" deck screws 1

*Most lumberyards only carry 8-ft. or 4-ft. long 2x2s, which will leave a lot of waste. If you have a table saw, consider buying fourteen 10-ft. long 2x4s and ripping your own pickets to save money.

You can print out the Materials List in the Addendum

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