DIY Deck Privacy Wall
Build this eye-catching privacy wall for your deck to enjoy peace and quiet. It can block unsightly views, reduce outdoor noise and add aesthetic appeal to your backyard. Incorporate this gorgeous patio furniture and a fire pit to complete the look of your outdoor oasis.
Made from hardy cedar, this privacy wall will stand the test of time. Follow our step-by-step instructions below for the full deck privacy wall project.
Before starting this project, check your local ordinances to see if you need a construction permit for this privacy wall.
- (5) 4 x 4 in. x 8 ft. #2 Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Posts
- (11) 2 x 4 in. x 12 ft. #2 Prime Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Lumber
- (78) 1 x 4 in. x 8 ft. Cedar Lumber
- (5) Galvanized Adjustable Post Base
- (5) 50 lb. Fast-Setting Concrete Mix
- #10 x 3 in. Exterior Screw
- #8 x 1⅝ in. Exterior Screw
- Wood Glue
- ½ in. – 13 tpi x 5 in. Galvanized Bolt
- ½ in. Galvanized Cut Washer
- ½ in.-13 tpi Galvanized Hex Nut
- 2 in. x 16 Galvanized Steel Finish Nails
- Chop Saw
- Tape measure
- Drill or rent a drill from The Home Depot
- Nail Gun or rent a nail gun from The Home Depot
- Post hole digger
Building the Privacy Wall
Step 1: Dig Post Holes
First, dig five holes for the posts 4 ft. apart in a straight line. Each hole should be 12 in. deep with a 10 in. diameter. The entire length should be 16 ft.
Step 2: Pour the Concrete
Next, pour the concrete to the specified depth in each hole. The instructions on our fast-set concrete bag called for 1 gal. of water for each hole. Place the bracket on top of the wet concrete and let dry for 24 hours.
Step 3: Attach the Posts
Attach the 4 x 4 in. posts to each brackets. This will create your 8 x 16 ft. stud wall.
Step 4: Attach the Horizontal Studs
Cut the 2 x 4 in. x 12 ft. boards to (16) 2 x 4 in. x 4 ft pieces. Attach the 2 x 4 in. x 4 ft. boards at 2 ft. increments on your stud wall using the nail gun. This will add stability while also adding to the aesthetic appeal of the design.
Step 5: Glue the Boards to the Stud Wall
Using exterior wood glue, attach the smooth ¾ x 4 in. x 8 ft. cedar boards where they meet the stud wall.
Step 6: Nail the Boards to the Stud Wall
Next, reinforce each smooth cedar board with 1 x 4 in. galvanized finish nails. Completely cover the stud wall with the cedar boards.
Step 7: Design the Focal Points
After completing the two-dimensional wall, you can add three-dimensional elements to it, making your privacy wall stand out.
Make a diagram like the plan shown above. The shaded pieces in the plan are additional pieces of cedar cut at various lengths that are attached to the flat wall. This creates eye-catching texture. You can light the wall from below for dramatic shadows.
Step 8: Cut the Additional Boards
Cut the cedar boards for your design.
Step 9: Attach the Boards
Attach the various cut boards to the wall using the same nailing pattern and wood glue for strength.
Step 10: Stain Your Wall
Stain the wall the color of your choice.
Completed Deck Privacy Wall