Build a beautiful wall on your patio or deck for privacy and decor

Time: 5Days Cost: $0.00 Difficulty: Medium

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 new 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.

Note: Before starting this project, check your local ordinances to see if you need a construction permit for this privacy wall.


What You Need

Galvanized steel finish nails


dig post holes
Build a deck privacy wall

• Dig five holes for the posts four feet apart in a straight line. 
• Each hole should be 12 inches deep with a 10-inch diameter. 
• The entire length should be 16 feet.

pour the concrete
Build a deck privacy wall

• Pour the concrete to the depth specified in the manufacturer's instructions in each hole. 
• The instructions on our fast-set concrete bag called for one gallon of water for each hole. 
• Place the post brackets on top of the wet concrete and let dry for 24 hours.

attach the posts
Build a deck privacy wall

• Attach the 4- x 4-inch post to each bracket. 
• This will create your 8- x 16-foot stud wall.

attach the horizontal studs
Build a deck privacy wall

• Cut the 2- x 4-inch x 12-foot boards into sixteen 2- x 4-inch x 4-foot pieces.
• Attach the 2- x 4-inch x 4-foot boards at two feet increments on your stud wall using the nail gun. This will add stability while also adding to the aesthetic appeal of the design.

glue the boards to the stud wall
Build a deck privacy wall

Using exterior wood glue, attach the smooth ¾- x 4-inch x 8-foot cedar boards where they meet the stud wall.

nail the boards to the stud wall
Build a deck privacy wall

• Reinforce each smooth cedar board with 1- x 4-inch galvanized finish nails. 
• Completely cover the stud wall with the cedar boards.

design the focal points
Build a deck privacy wall

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.

cut the additional boards
Build a deck privacy wall

Cut the cedar boards for your design.

attach the boards
Build a deck privacy wall

Attach the various cut boards to the wall using the same nailing pattern and wood glue for strength.

stain your wall
Build a deck privacy wall

Stain the wall the color of your choice.

Material I used for this project:

  • Chop saw   ()
  • Measuring tape   ()
  • Pencil   ()
  • Level   ()
  • Drill and drill bit   ()
  • Nail gun   ()
  • Post hole digger   ()
  • Shovel   ()