How To Build A Deck Screen
Make your decking area a more inviting space by increasing privacy while blocking unsightly views.
Time spent relaxing or entertaining on the deck is always enjoyable but if it’s exposed to the neighbours or the street, it may feel like someone is constantly looking over your shoulder.
A solution is to replace part of the balustrade with a timber screen that will provide privacy as well as shelter from the wind and sun.
Made from H3 treated pine with 100mm wide palings, the screen is constructed as a series of panels measuring 375mm wide, bounded by 90 x 35mm upright posts.
This screen was built to replace one entire side of the deck balustrade, plus a 1500mm wide section of the front balustrade.
The screen steps down from 1665 to 1365mm high at the front, creating a smooth transition to the existing 1065mm high balustrade and helping the screen blend into the deck design.
Customise the screen
No two decks are the same, so you will need to adapt this design to suit the dimensions of your structure.
The first step is to determine how the screen will be secured to the existing handrail. On this deck, we simply cut the handrail and attached it to the side of the last post.
To make room for the screen, dismantle the existing balustrade, taking care not to damage the deck and making sure all exposed nails or screws are removed.
Calculate how many full-size panels you will need to complete the side, then cut the panel closest to the house narrower as needed.
Our panels measured 375mm from the centre of one post to the centre of the next.
For the most consistent look, use the same type of timber for the screen as was used for the original balustrade. The palings will be visible from both sides, so hand-pick the best boards you can find.
TIP Stain the balustrade to match the screen if needed, as it’s less work than staining the screen.
Secure the posts to the outer joists and the blocks between the deck joists, using 90mm x 14g treated pine screws.
Attach the corner, base, upper and top rails to the posts with 75mm x 10g treated pine screws.
Use 50mm x 8g treated pine screws to secure the cleats under the top rails, and 50 x 2.8mm galvanised twist nails to secure the palings and horizontal trim in position.