Project Guide

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Wall

1
Dig Post Holes
A post hole digger digging into the ground
  • Dig five holes for the posts 4 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.
2
Pour the Concrete
Someone pouring concrete into a hole in the ground
  • 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.
3
Attach the Posts
Someone attaching posts to a hole in the ground
  • Attach the 4- x 4-inch post to each bracket. 
  • This will create your 8- x 16-foot stud wall.
4
Attach the Horizontal Studs
Someone using a nailer to attach studs to a wooden post
  • 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 2-foot increments on your stud wall using the nail gun. This will add stability while also adding to the aesthetic appeal of the design.
5
Glue the Boards to the Stud Wall
Someone gluing boards together

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

6
Nail the Boards to the Stud Wall
Someone nailing boards to the studs in a wooden post
  • Reinforce each smooth cedar board with 1- x 4-inch galvanized finish nails. 
  • Completely cover the stud wall with the cedar boards.
7
Design the Focal Points
A person's hands drawing marks on a piece of paper
  • 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.
8
Cut the Additional Boards
A circular saw cutting into a piece of lumber

Cut the cedar boards for your design.

9
Attach the Boards
A person attaching wooden boards with a nail gun

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

10
Stain Your Wall
A person applying stain to a privacy wall

Stain the wall the color of your choice.