How to Build a Simple Corner Trellis

Simple Corner Trellis

This simple corner trellis does double duty as both a sturdy support for your plants and a beautiful edible landscaping element in your yard. Use it to grow cucumbers, melons, peas, beans, or virtually any other vining plant.

Cut the lumber and lattice yourself, or have them pre-cut at your local home improvement store. Scroll down for our slideshow with instructions, watch our how-to video, or download our printable PDF guide.

Simple Corner Trellis: closeup

The tendrils of vining plants like cucumbers encircle the lattice for support as they grow.

Estimated Time: 3 hours* (including site preparation)
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Difficulty: Easy

Approximate Cost: $135

List of Materials:

  • 2 – 1’ x 2’ x 8’ boards
  • 5 – 2’ x 2’ x 8’ boards
  • 4 – 2’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
  • 1 – 4’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
  • 2 – ½” x 4’ x 8’ lattice panels
  • 1 – deck post finial/cap
  • 1 box ¾” lath screws
  • 1 box 1¼” deck screws
  • 1 box 2½” deck screws
  • 1 box 3” deck screws
  • 1 gallon water-based solid exterior stain

List of Tools:

  • miter saw or circular saw*
  • jigsaw
  • drill/driver with #10 countersink bit
  • clamps
  • square
  • measuring tape

* or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List

Parts List (see Cutting Diagrams in slide show below):

Part Quantity Size
Post cleats 2 1½ x 1½ x 72
Post 1 3½ x 3½ x 78
Long stiles (aka side rails) 2 1½ x 3½ x 78
Short stiles (aka side rails) 2 1½ x 3½ x 51
Upper rail cleats 2 1½ x 1½ x 5
Lower rail cleats 2 1½ x 1½ x 5
Bottom rail trim 2 ¾ x 1½ x 50⅜
Bottom rails 2 1½ x 1½ x 44⅜
Top rails 2 1½ x 1½ x 52⅛
Lattice panels 2 ½ x 48 x 66**

** to long point on one side (see Cutting Diagram for full dimensions)

Directions for Building a Corner Trellis (Slide Show)

Finished Dimensions:
Height: 78” (72” when installed in ground)
Width: 55”

Design by Chris Hill