How to give your yard a little seclusion with this stylish slatted screen
Relaxing in the garden is pure pleasure – as long as you have your privacy! Giving your backyard a sense of enclosure creates the feeling of sanctuary that transforms your space into a special retreat. Of course, a growing hedge is a wonderful natural option – but you’ll have to wait a while for it to be effective! So while the plants take their sweet time to grow, here’s a stylish solution to give your outdoor area instant privacy – and provide a fantastic looking feature all at once.
Gather your supplies
90 x 90 x 3000mm treated pine posts (6)
90 x 22 x 4000mm treated pine decking (14)
70 x 22 x 4000mm treated pine decking (8)
1200 x 2440mm blueboard (fibre cement sheeting) (3)
1800 x 1200mm galvanised mesh sheet (100 x 100mm squares)
Drown out the noise: This screen may prevent neighbours or passers-by from looking into your yard, but you might still be able to hear what they’re up to – or maybe they’re listening in on your convos! Consider installing a fountain to mask the noise with the tranquil sound of running water. You can buy one straight off the shelf and position it on a table or wall. Too easy!
- Step 1: Mark out position for central screen, using set-out paint (our screen measured 3.6m wide x 2.4m high).
- Step 2: Mark positions for 4 of the posts, placing 1 at each end, and 2 evenly spaced between. Dig holes for posts, at least 600mm deep.
- Step 3: Place posts in holes, check they’re level, then pour in quick-set concrete and water, following pack instructions. Before concrete sets (about 15 minutes), re-check posts with a spirit level and adjust if necessary.
- Step 4: Secure blueboard panels to rear of posts using Selleys Liquid Nails and galvanised stitching screws.
- Step 5: Undercoat boards and posts. When dry, apply 2 coats of exterior acrylic in lime green, allowing to dry between coats.
- Step 6: Using a circular saw with a guide fitted, cut 4 of the 70mm and 7 of the 90mm decking boards in half lengthways to create 4 different slat sizes. This will give the finished screen extra interest and texture.
- Step 7: Paint all slats, including top and bottom edges, with 2 coats of exterior acrylic paint, in dark blue, allowing to dry between coats.
- Step 8: Using a nail gun, attach slats to front of posts in random order (you may have slats remaining; use for another project). To keep spaces between slats uniform, use an offcut of slat as a spacer.
- Step 9: To tie timber screen into rest of garden, extend sides with galvanised mesh panels, for climbing plants. Position remaining 2 posts on either side of timber screen, at a distance to suit width of mesh panels. Place posts slightly forward of timber screen, so mesh will be angled.
- Step 10: Cut mesh panels to suit space. Secure mesh to posts using galvanised nail staples.
Tip: To save your fingers, hold the staples in place with pliers, then hammer them into position.
You’ll also need
Quick-set concrete (about 9 bags); Selleys Liquid Nails; 25mm button-head galvanised stitching screws; 25 x 3.15mm galvanised nail staples; Dulux Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat; Dulux Weathershield Semi Gloss Acrylic in Aerobic Fix (lime green) and Sapphire Stone (dark blue); paint rollers and brushes; set-out paint; post-hole digger; spirit level; circular saw; nail gun (this can be hired); pliers; hammer