How to Build a Lattice Trellis


Dress up your outdoor spot with a functional yet decorative lattice trellis. This essential gardening structure supports heavy vines by lifting them off the ground, thus freeing up gardening space and allowing gardeners to grow more plants, vegetables or herbs of their choice. Depending on the space available, use one or several 4-by-8-foot-wide prefabricated lattice sheets, or cut them down to size. Build your own lattice trellis using inexpensive material from a hardware store as opposed to spending money on a ready-made one.

Step 1

Lay the 8-foot-tall and 4-foot-wide prefabricated lattice sheet on the ground. Decide the appropriate height and width of the trellis depending on the space available. Ideally, it should be 5 to 6 feet high and as wide as the space allows. Measure and mark a height of 6 feet on the lattice sheet. Extend the mark to the other end and join the two points with a pencil. Cut over the line with a handsaw.

Step 2

Place miter-cut lattice molding strips over the edges of the lattice sheet and hammer them in place with 1-inch wire brads, spaced 4 to 5 inches apart. If an edging strip falls short on any side, simply place another one flush against it and secure it in place by hammering a wire brad.

Step 3

Measure a 4-foot space over the spot you want to install the lattice trellis and mark the corners with spray paint. Dig a 2-foot-deep hole over each mark with a post-hole digger or narrow-mouthed shovel. Level the base with a hand trowel.

Step 4

Install a 8-foot-long two-by-four vertically in a hole--2 feet will be buried in the hole to support the trellis, allowing 6 feet above ground level. Repeat the process to lower the second identical wooden post in the other hole. Ask someone to help you with the heavy posts.

Step 5

Measure and mark positions for three fence brackets on the inner edge of each wooden post. Keep them towards the center of the post and in a straight line. Space them evenly apart so the top, middle and lower brackets are equidistant from one another. Drill them into place with accompanying hardware.

Step 6

Slide the prefabricated lattice sheet carefully between the brackets of both the posts, until it rests over the lower brackets securely. Ask someone to hold the other end of the lattice sheet and slide it simultaneously.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-by-8-foot prefabricated wooden lattice sheet
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Handsaw
  • Lattice molding strips
  • 1-inch wire brads
  • Hammer
  • Spray paint
  • Posthole digger
  • Hand trowel
  • 2 two-by-fours, 8-foot tall
  • 6 fence brackets
  • Drilling machine
  • Galvanized nails


  • Black&Decker: How to Build a Trellis Using Lattice Panels
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