Deck lattice hangs on the support posts around a deck's perimeter, creating a partially hidden storage area underneath the deck. Manufacturers make lattice -- which are panels of crisscrossed slats -- out of wood, vinyl and composite materials. Most lattice panels come in 4-foot-by-8-foot sections. Lattice uses U-shaped channels around its edge to stiffen the panel. Some homeowners choose to use deck lattice as a support structure for vines and other types of vegetation, but lattice does not provide structural support for a deck.
Measure the distance between the deck's posts and the height of the deck off the ground with a tape measure. Transfer these measurements to a 2-by-2 wood board, placing a pencil mark at the appropriate spots. Transfer the same measurements to a lattice panel and a piece of lattice U-channel.
Lay out the lattice panel's cuts using the pencil marks as a placement guide. Hold a framing square on a pencil mark and draw the cut's layout lines across the lattice's slats. Repeat this for each lattice cut.
Cut the lattice panels along the layout lines.
Lay out the lattice U-channel's miter cuts using the pencil marks as placement guides. Hold the 45-degree edge of a carpenter's square on the pencil marks and draw the miter cuts on the channel's side.
Cut the U-channels using the pencil marks as a guide.
Frame the opening between the deck posts with the cut pieces of 2-by-2 wood boards. Secure the boards to the deck with 3-inch deck screws using an electric drill fitted with a screwdriver tip
Push the U-channel pieces onto the lattice panel sides.
Hold the lattice panels against the 2-by-2 wood frame under the deck.
Drill pilot holes through the U-channel and into the 2-by-2 framing with an electric drill fitted with a 1/8-inch drill bit. Drill at least two holes in each side of the lattice panel.
Secure the lattice panels to the 2-by-2 framing with the deck screws. Place a deck screw in each pilot holes.
Things You'll Need:
- Tape measure
- 2-by-2 wood board
- Lattice panel
- Lattice U-channel
- Handheld rotary tool
- Wood-cutting bit
- Framing square
- Carpenter's square
- 3-inch deck screws
- Electric drill
- Drill bit, 1/8-inch
- Screwdriver bit
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