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Metal Mesh Hanging Privacy Screens

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Add privacy and style with hanging screens perfect for open porches, under-deck areas — and hiding nearby neighbors.

Metal Mesh Hanging Privacy Screens

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw or handsaw and miter box
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • 1/8-in drill bit
  • Wire cutters or hacksaw
  • Exterior wood glue

Materials

  • See Cutting Diagram for lumber quantities
  • Exterior wood glue
  • 1-1/4-in deck screws
  • #8 x 1/2-in panhead sheet-metal screws
  • 24-in x 36-in Steelworks aluminum decorative panel, #103626
  • Olympic Elite semi-solid exterior stain, 7.5 fl oz: Jatoba
  • 4 - #12 x 1-3/16-in eye screws
  • 4 - .120 x 1-in S-hooks
  • Weldless steel chain, 15 ft, #348441

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Instructions

Make the Frame

Step 1

Cut the rails (A), stiles (B), back stiles (C), and back rails (D) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram).

Step 2

Arrange the rails (A) and stiles (B) on your work surface with the rough faces down (Project Diagram).

Step 3

Apply exterior wood glue to the smooth face of a back stile (C) and place it so the outside edge of the back stile is even with the outside edge of the stile (B) and the ends of the rails (A). Drill pilot holes through the back stile and drive 1-1/4-inch deck screws through the back stile and into the stile and rails. Repeat for the other back stile.

Good to Know

The back stiles (C) overlap the joints between the rails (A) and stiles (B). To secure each joint, be sure to drive screws into both frame parts.

Step 4

Assemble the screen frame.

Apply glue to the smooth face of the back rails (D) and position them between the back stiles (C) with the outside edges of the back rails (D) and rails (A) flush (Project Diagram).

Add the Perforated Sheet and Hang the Screen

Step 1

secure the metal screen with screws.

Center the perforated metal sheet in the recess formed by the back stiles (C) and back rails (D). Drive panhead sheet-metal screws through the metal sheet and into the rails (A) and stiles (B).

Step 2

Drill pilot holes and thread eye screws into the upper stile (A). Thread eye screws into the overhead structure in corresponding positions. Cut two pieces of chain to hang the screen at the desired height, allowing for the length of the S-hooks. Temporarily hang the screen with the chain and S-hooks.

Finishing Up

Step 1

When you are satisfied with the placement of your screen, remove it from the chains and S-hooks. Remove the perforated metal sheet and stain the frame with a semi-transparent or solid-color stain (Jatoba shown).

Step 2

Metal-mesh privacy screens block the neighbors’ view of your porch, not the breeze. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

After the stain dries, replace the perforated metal sheet and re-hang the screen.

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