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How To Install Lattice Under Deck

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Learning how to install lattice under your deck or porch can give your home a much-needed refresh. To achieve a finished look, it’s best to build a frame for each lattice section before securing it to your home. Here’s how to install lattice under a deck or porch, no matter the height of your space.

Why Install Lattice Under Your Deck or Porch?

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While most homeowners are interested in adding lattice under their porch or deck for aesthetic reasons, it can serve a useful purpose, too. Installing lattice skirting under your deck or porch offers these benefits:

  • Provides a fresh, unified look

  • Conceals the framing of your house, such as floor joists and posts

  • Keeps debris out

  • Creates hidden under-deck storage

  • Allows for proper air ventilation, keeping your framing dry and rot-free

  • Prevents animals from living underneath it

How to Prep for Lattice Installation

Amping up your outdoor space with lattice makes for a great weekend project. Tackle a few preparation steps for a smooth DIY: plan your design, buy your lattice, and get your tools ready.

Plan Your Design

For your lattice to look polished, it’s best to frame the sides of each lattice section with 1×4 boards. The framing hides rough edges and forms an intentional design. Study photos of aspirational homes with lattice to create a vision for your own home. Similar to building deck stairs, it’s helpful to draw a rough sketch on a piece of paper to create a design plan.

Choose Your Lattice

Select the type of lattice you want: pressure-treated wood, composite, or synthetic lattice made of vinyl or plastic. Pressure-treated lumber offers a classic look, while composite and synthetic lattice is lower maintenance and more durable.

Lattice comes in a traditional diamond pattern or decorative styles with botanical and leaf designs. You can stain or paint your wood lattice or choose a colored lattice that complements your home’s exterior. Lattice is usually 2 or 4 feet in width and 4 or 8 feet long. Opt for the lattice size that requires the fewest number of cuts for your space.

Determine Your Access Spot

Most local building codes require one access spot under your deck or porch. An access panel also allows you to get under your porch or deck for repairs, cleaning, and storage without detaching a permanent section.

You can create a fully removable section or attach your access panel with a hinge. Decide where your access spot will be—perhaps a more hidden location or one with higher height clearance.

Remove Old Lattice

If you have an existing lattice structure under your deck or porch that’s rotting, outdated, or broken beyond repair, remove each piece with a flat pry bar. Use gentle force so you don’t damage the porch fascia, support columns, or wood surface. You can cut the lattice into pieces with a reciprocating saw and pry off small nails with a carpenter cat’s paw. Then, you can prepare to start fresh with a brand-new lattice.

Check for Animals

Before installing lattice, ensure no animals, rodents, bees, or wasps are living underneath your porch or deck. Animals tend to like dry, dark places to nest, so you can humanely get rid of rodents under your deck by running your hose next to the deck and allowing light to enter the space. That should encourage them to leave.

If you’re having difficulty relocating animals, contact your local animal control office. Gentle approaches to relocating animals and bees is best, as traps and poison can harm other wildlife.

Protect Yourself and Gather Your Gear

Since you’ll be working with a circular saw to cut your lattice, ensure you wear eye protection, ear plugs, and work gloves. You should also check to see if installing lattice requires a building permit in your city or county. Review any building and construction guidelines. Get your tools ready, including a power screwdriver, circular saw, and tape measure.

You’ll also need supplies such as:

  • Pressure-treated 2×4 boards

  • Lattice

  • 3½ inch flat corner braces

  • 6-inch mending plates

  • 4-inch T-plates

  • 1 inch panhead galvanized screws

  • Washers

  • Gate hardware kit

How to Install Lattice Under Deck

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Create a beautiful lattice design you can be proud to show off. From measuring and cutting your lattice to securing the pieces, here’s how to install lattice skirting under your deck or porch.  

1. Frame Beneath Your Deck or Porch

Start by constructing solid framing between your deck posts to give your lattice a sturdy structure to adhere to. 4-foot lattice pieces should fit nicely into the framing structures. 

Measure the horizontal distance from one deck post to another. Your bottom 2×4 framing member should sit 3 to 4 inches off of the ground to reduce the risk of rot and termites. Cut your 2×4 board, then screw each side in place. If you’re attaching your framing to a concrete foundation or post, use a masonry bit.

Measure the vertical distance from the bottom 2×4 framing member to the underside of the deck. Cut 2×4 framing pieces that will run vertically every 4 feet. Screw the vertical pieces in place, 48 inches on center. Be aware that the height of each vertical 2×4 might differ slightly due to sloping in the ground or deck.

2. Build Your Lattice Frames

For each section of lattice, build a decorative frame with 1×4 boards first. After you build your frames, you’ll attach your lattice to the back. Building your frames is easiest when done on a flat surface.

Measure the four sides of your first opening and write it down. You want the lattice to be flush with or tucked behind your deck fascia (the horizontal skirt board) and be flush with the 2×4 framing at the bottom. 

Due to ground sloping, the frame might be a rectangle, trapezoid, or other shape. Cut your 1x4s to match the opening (the structural framing can be your guide). If you have two open sections next to each other, create a larger frame that encompasses the whole area (with two or more panels of lattice connected). Cut a 1×4 to be a center stile and attach it in the centerpoint of your frame with 4-inch T-plates. Then, secure the corners of your frame with flat corner braces and mending braces.

3. Attach the Lattice

With a circular saw, cut your lattice piece to fit the frame you built. Your lattice should overlap the backside of the frame by approximately three and a half inches on all sides.

On a flat surface, pre-drill clearance holes in the lattice every 12 inches. The holes should be slightly larger than the screw shanks so the lattice can expand and contract with the weather. Secure the lattice to the back of the frame with galvanized screws driven through washers.

If using a center stile and more than one piece of lattice, secure your lattice to the center stile seam with screws and washers. Your lattice pieces should line up in the middle of the stile on center. 

4. Secure the Framed Lattice Panels in Place

Use galvanized screws to attach your finished panels to the framing under your deck or porch. Ask a neighbor or friend to hold the piece while you screw the lattice frame to your structural framing.

5. Create Your Access Spot

The important final step: Making an access spot. For the access panel, use outdoor gate hardware or hinges. Screw the hinges to the frames first, then attach the panel to the deck. A gate hardware kit should include all of the screws and washers needed. Check to make sure the panel swings up and down without issue. You may need to remove some dirt in front of the panel.

Tips for Installing Lattice Under a Deck or Porch

Creating a lattice skirt involves proper measurement and planning. Here are a few tips to make the job easier. 

  • Build your frames first on a flat surface, then attach your lattice to the backside. 

  • Work one section at a time to ensure the lattice panel matches the unique shape and size of that opening. 

  • Double check your measurements before cutting your lumber and lattice to avoid waste.

  • Consider attaching composite or vinyl lattice pieces first, then adding molding to create a clean finish. 

DIY Lattice Installation vs. Hire a Pro

While adding a lattice skirt isn’t as extensive as building a deck, the project could take you a half day or longer, depending on the size of the space, your building experience, and the intricacy of your design. With careful attention to detail, the right tools, and patience, you can install lattice under your deck and get a beautiful, polished result.

But if you’d rather not give up a free weekend or don’t have a circular saw, hire a local deck builder to construct a lattice skirt for you. They can ensure a seamless, sturdy design and likely complete the project faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

Putting lattice under a deck will create a polished look that allows for air ventilation. You can also store items underneath as the lattice provides privacy and protection from the weather. You can also put lattice under a porch to create a polished look in the front of your house.

You secure the bottom of the lattice to a 2×4 framing member, usually 3 to 4 inches from the ground. The lattice is also secured on the side of an existing post or newly framed post. The gap at the bottom of your lattice ensures proper airflow and prevents rot and termites.

Lattice should not touch the ground, as it creates a possibility for rot and a termite infestation. It’s best to leave a gap of 3 or 4 inches at the bottom for airflow and to keep the wood dry. You can add stones, bricks, or other decorative pieces to conceal the bottom of the lattice if desired.

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Lattice under skirting around a wood deck foundation.

Premade pressure treated wood lattice comes in 4’ x 8’ panels. Here’s how to cut and attach lattice panels around a wood deck.

How to cut and attach lattice to a deck:
    1. Rip the lattice panels to size using a circular saw. Be careful not to cut through the staples holding the lattice together.
    1. Cut the lattice panels to length so the ends meet over the deck foundation posts.
    1. Use deck screws to attach scraps of 2×4 to the back of the band joists running around the deck foundation.
    1. Attach the lattice to the 2×4 scraps with deck screws.
  1. Cover the seams between the panels by screwing vertical pieces of 1×4 lumber over the joints.

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Further Information

  • How to Trim Lattice Around a Deck Foundation (video)
  • Building a Storage Area Under a Deck (video)

Danny Lipford: Installing lattice under skirting to mask off the area under a deck is a great way to improve its overall appearance.

Lattice typically comes in four-foot by eight-foot sheets, so you’ll need vertical supports for the lattice at least every eight feet if it’s four feet or less above ground. In this case the deck is two feet off the ground and the four-by-four foundation posts are spaced at eight-foot intervals so they will provide that support.

You’ll also want horizontal support for the lattice along the lower edge of the deck. Here we’re creating that by screwing pieces of two-by-fours to the back side of the band joists. Three of these 16-inch pieces per eight-foot span provides plenty of support for the lattice.

Because the bottom of the deck joists are only 24 inches off the ground, we are simply marking the lattice panels with a chalk line and cutting them in half along their length. A circular saw is the best tool for this, just be careful to avoid cutting the staples holding the lattice together.

Now, getting a smooth fit may require a little excavation of the soil beneath the deck. And it’s easier to move a little dirt with a shovel than to custom cut the lattice for every little bump in the ground.

Before driving the deck screws to secure the lattice, be sure to drill pilot holes. The individual lattice strips are thin and will split very easily.

Finally, camouflage the seams between panels by overlaying a piece of one-by-four, and securing it with deck screws, which works really well because our posts are four-by-fours.

The result is a deck that looks as good as it functions.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny’s expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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