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How To Cover A Lattice For Privacy In Your Yard [9 Ideas To Inspire You]

Using lattice to create a sense of privacy between you and your neighbors allows you to decoratively enforce this natural boundary. How, though, can you further cover your lattice for additional privacy? For your convenience, we brought you some ideas.

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You can cover a lattice for privacy in your yard by using:

  1. Hanging baskets
  2. Curated ivy
  3. Edible greenery
  4. Children's crafts
  5. Draped fabric
  6. Fairy lights
  7. Decorative art
  8. Bird feeders
  9. Storage units

Decorating the lattice in your backyard allows you to further personalize a private space. These decorations can also serve as additional privacy barriers should you find yourself concerned about the gaps in your lattice. For more information on covering a privacy lattice, keep reading!

Hanging baskets with flowers on lattice style fence, How To Cover A Lattice For Privacy In Your Yard [9 Ideas To Inspire You]

How To Cover A Lattice For Privacy In Your Yard

There are ways you can make the lattice protecting your backyard do more than serve as a privacy screen. When you get creative, you can use this material to beautify your land and two, in many ways, increase the privacy it already offers you. More specifically, you can cover the lattice in your backyard with:

1. Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets of flowers on lattice style fence

Whether you're redoing your landscaping in the spring or want to add a pop of color to your current arrangements, hanging baskets connected to your lattice allows you to diversify the traveling of the eyes through your yard.

Specifically, hanging baskets allow you to make more use of your lawn. The lattice lends you the opportunity to grow your garden vertically.

When hanging baskets off your lattice, make sure that the baskets are safely secured. You don't want a brisk wind or creative critters to upend your hard work. You can secure these baskets using means like zip ties or with the help of more decorative elements secured from your local hardware store. 

2. Curated Ivy

Green ivy on a wood fence

If you want to connect hanging baskets to your lattice, you'll need hardware. If you're the type to take a more natural approach, you could curate an ivy plant instead.

Climbing plants love to make the most of lattice-like structures throughout your yard. When you plant such a plant beneath your lattice, you have the opportunity to create a natural border between yourself and your neighbors. 

3. Edible Greenery

Wooden lattice overgrown with greenery

Ivy and other climbing plants look beautiful in your backyard, but they tend to be solely decorative. If you want to take a more practical approach to the beautification of your lattice, you can do so with edible greenery. 

Cucumbers, for example, are climbing plants that need additional support as they begin to produce vegetables. Tomatoes may not grow on the same kind of vines as cucumbers, but the additional support offered by your lattice can ensure that your crop is healthy.

You can learn more about your ecological zone and determine what vegetables you may want to grow alongside your border lattice. 

4. Children's Crafts

Children's cute boat with man made of natural materials

If you, a sibling, or a loved one have children, you are in luck. You can work with children to personalize your lattice or create art to place on it.

You may need to waterproof some of this art to prevent it from taking on wear over time. With simple tools like Mod Podge, though, you can preserve personalized paintings, 3D art, and plaster casts created by your loved ones. 

5. Draped Fabric

Flying white silk

You can make your backyard all the more elegant by artfully draping weatherproof fabric over and through your latticing. This link can both lend a sense of refinement to your backyard while increasing the privacy you benefit from.

That said, you have to be careful when choosing what fabric you want to drape over your lattice. If you do not choose waterproof or weatherproof fabric, the fabric can begin to wear rather quickly. Similarly, small animals that you do not want to host may take up space in the fabric if it is improperly draped.

If you choose to drape fabric over your lattice, prepare to engage in regular outdoor maintenance. You'll want to see these materials cleaned on a regular basis to preserve their overall appearance. 

6. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights as an abstract background

Are you looking for ways to add additional light to your backyard? Fairy lights and similar decorations have risen in popularity over the past several years. As long as you purchase lights that can stand up to rapid changes in the weather, you can decorate your lattice with fixtures that are both practical and beautiful. 

Make sure, when setting up your fairy lights, that they have the support they need to create patterns you like. You should also take care to protect the wire connecting your lights to an electrical source from animals or other forms of harm. 

7. Decorative Art

Beautiful colorful ceramic plate

There are a variety of forms of line art that you can attach to the lattice in your backyard. Whether you are looking for a statement piece like a wagon wheel or smaller decorations like fairy doors, your local hardware store has ample supplies.

You can mix and match the decorations available at these locations to create an atmosphere that suits your use of the space.

You can find decorative lattice art that suits your interests on Amazon.

8. Bird Feeders

Red glass square humming bird feeder

There's no hobby so sneaky as bird watching. Even if you have a single bird feeder outside a window, it's all too easy to find yourself learning more about the critters visiting your yard. If you have lattice fencing surrounding your yard, you can use that structure to encourage new bird visitors throughout the year.

Specifically, you can use your lattice to support additional bird feeders throughout your yard. In some cases, you may even be able to use this lattice to stabilize birdhouses. Investigate what birds live in your area and see what feed and/or feeder structure you need to invest in to get them to visit your lawn. 

The more options you have available to your local birds, the more diverse your visitors will be.

You can find a wide variety of bird feeders on Amazon.

9. Storage Units

DIY project model backyard tool shed

Thanks to the increased interest in aesthetically pleasing storage units, the average homeowner can find a wide variety of furniture that can double as a container as well as a usable surface.

What, though, does this have to do with your lattice fencing? If you find yourself wanting to cover gaps in your lattice, you can use this furniture to better interact with your fencing.

More specifically, you can rely on a married color scheme or widespread foliage to disguise your efforts to improve your backyard’s privacy. What's more, these storage units can serve as efficient pieces as well as decorative ones.

Do You Need to Cover Your Lattice?

It's up to you whether or not you feel the need to add additional coverage to your lattice. In general, lattice allows light and weather into your backyard without undoing any of your efforts to increase your privacy. That said, it's up to you to determine how large you want the holes in your lattice to be.

If you find that the holes in a recent lattice installation are larger than you anticipated, your efforts to cover them can both improve the look of your backyard and increase your privacy. Alternatively, you can work with your installation team to find an alternative material that better suits your interests.

What Kind Of Lattice Fencing Should You Invest In?

There are several types of lattice fencing available to the average homeowner today. Everything from natural materials to synthetic materials can lend its own sense of aesthetic to your backyard. That said, the most common materials used to create lattice fencing include wood, metal, and vinyl.

Read more: Is Wood Or Vinyl Lattice Better?

Before you cover your lattice fencing, you need to know what manner of decoration might work best with certain materials.

For example, plants paired with wood lattice tend to create a homey or cottage-like feeling in your backyard. However, if the wood isn't protected, exposure to natural growth may result in the wood's rapid decay.

Similarly, unprotected metals or vinyl may begin to show signs of damage if exposed to significant rain or forms of precipitation.

You can work with representatives at your local hardware store to determine what manner of lattice might best suit your locality. From there, you can further determine if you want to invest in diamond or square lattice and to what degree you want to experiment with lattice decorations. 

In Closing

Uncovered lattice adds a natural sense of beauty to your backyard. These materials also have the benefit of increasing the degree of privacy you enjoy while living your life. That said, there are ways to decorate your lattice that both improve the appearance of your yard and increase your natural privacy.

If you want to change the way you interact with your lattice or alter its general appearance, you can find the tools to do so at your local hardware store.

Should you have questions about what degree of design might best suit your lattice, you can work with a local stylist or explore vision boards on platforms like Pinterest. 

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