How to Build a Portable Privacy Trellis


Lounging in your backyard, patio or garden on a bright sunny day with a good read in hand is one of the simplest and cheapest pleasures. However, sometimes it can be jeopardized when neighbors or curious gazers on the street stop to have a look. A portable privacy trellis tackles this problem by screening out an area from curious gazers, allowing you to relax and unwind without the tension of knowing someone is watching.

Step 1

Place a 48-by-18-inch board on a level surface. Place one of the 14-inch long 1-by-1-inch panels on top of the 18-inch side of the board, but flush against the 48-inch edge. Attach it into the board with the electric drill and galvanized wood screws. Repeat the procedure with the other 18-inch side of the board. Repeat the same procedure with the other 48-by-18-inch board and two 14-inch long 1-by-1-inch panels.

Step 2

Assemble the box by attaching one of the 18-by-18-inch boards to the 1-by-1-inch support panels in the 48-by-18-inch board with wood screws. Repeat the procedure with the other 18-by-18-inch board. Attach both structures together so they form a box without a lid or base. Turn the box upside down.

Step 3

Lower the last 48-by-14-inch board into the box so it rests on the 1-by-1-inch support pieces. Place the last two 14-inch long 1-by-1-inch panels over the 18-inch edge, but flush against the 48-inch edge, and screw into place. Place the two 46-inch long 1-by-1-inch pieces over the long sides of the base of the box and screw into place.

Step 4

Drill ½-inch drainage holes in the base of the box, spaced 4 inches apart. Attach casters into the horizontal base supports, two on each side with the hardware that came with them. Place your planter box on a side.

Step 5

Place two 5-foot long 2-by-2 support panels four feet apart on a level surface. Measure your prefabricated 4-by-8-foot lattice sheet to fit the support panels and trim the excess off with a circular saw.

Step 6

Place the lattice sheet on the support panels, ensuring their tops are the same level. Attach the sheet into place with galvanized wood screws.

Step 7

Place the planter box on the ground and hold the trellis just behind it. Lift the trellis off the ground until 4 to 5 inches of its lower edge are hidden behind the planter box. Drill wood screws into the planter box through to the trellis to attach. Use sandpaper to remove any sharp edges or splinters. Push the trellis around to test how well the casters work on the planter box work.

Step 8

Apply a coat or two of weather-proof exterior paint to the trellis so it can withstand the elements and last a long time. Fill the box with good quality potting soil and plant vines and creepers that will grow and spread over your portable trellis, providing privacy and a lush green color.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 3, 48-by-18-inch plywood boards, ¾-inches thick
  • 6, 14-inch long, 1-by-1-inch panels
  • Electric drill
  • Galvanized wood screws
  • 2, 18-by-18-inch plywood boards, ¾-inches thick
  • 2, 46-inch long, 1-by-1-inch panels
  • 4 casters and hardware
  • 2, 5-foot long 2-by-2 lumber
  • Prefabricated 4-by-8-foot trellis sheet
  • Circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Potting soil
  • Plants


  • Planter Boxes
  • A Multifaceted Trellis
  • Lattice Solutions
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