There are several ways to install a bamboo fence. One of the possibilities is to place bamboo screens or bamboo mats in a wooden frame. A wooden frame around your bamboo fence not only looks great, it also provides extra strength and protection against sun, rain and wind.
Wooden mounting sets are available for bamboo screens of 180 or 90 cm width. You have the choice between a pine or hardwood version. Please note that our wooden mounting set is only suitable for bamboo screens with a maximum thickness of 5 cm, such as Trendline or our bamboo mats. Giant screens made from thick bamboo canes are best installed with special stainless steel brackets.
Before installing a bamboo fence, first calculate how many bamboo screens and wooden poles you will need. We have bamboo screens with a standard width of 90 cm and 180 cm available.
To calculate which materials you will need, and how much residual space, if any, it is best to make a simple sketch.
You always start and end with a wooden post. Between the two wooden posts you mount the bamboo screen of 90 or 180 cm width with the help of a wooden assembly kit. Keep in mind that an extra space of 5 mm must be left between the wooden posts and the screen.
The calculation is then as follows:
You start with a (hard) wooden pole (in this example we choose a pine pole): 9 cm
Then you get the space between the garden pole and the bamboo screen: 0.5 cm
The screen of 90 or 180 cm wide (in this example we choose the 180 cm version): 180 cm
Then you get the space between the garden pole and the bamboo screen again: 0.5 cm
And you end up with a wooden pole again: 9 cm
This gives a total width of: 199 cm
If you place 1 bamboo screen between 2 wooden posts, you will need 199 cm of space. For each extra screen you can repeat steps 2 to 5, so you need to calculate 199 cm for the first screen and 190 cm for each next screen including one extra wooden post.
To work out how many screens you need, take the total length and subtract 199 cm. Then divide the remainder by 190 cm. The result is rounded up and you add the first screen to know how many screens you need in total. The number of hardwood posts you need is the number of screens +1.
For example, if you need to bridge 10 metres, the calculation is as follows:
10.00 - 1,99 = 8,01.
8.01/ 1.90 = 4.21 rounded up to 4.5 screens.
In this case, you need 1 + 4 = 5 screens of 180 cm width and 1 screen of 90 cm width.
For the 6 screens, you need 7 garden posts (number of screens +1) and 6 wooden mounting sets (1 x per screen).
Make sure the area where you are going to install the fence is free and level. Start with the first and last wooden posts. Between these posts draw a (rope) line where the fence should be. Then measure where all intermediate wooden posts should be. Dig out the holes for these posts with an auger, so you know whether you can place all the posts in the desired location.
Step 2: Placing the wooden posts
The solidity of the fence is partly determined by the solidity of the wooden posts, so make sure the posts are firmly and securely attached! In addition, it is important that you work very accurately and precisely. Determine the distance between two posts by screwing a batten from the assembly kit to the garden posts at the bottom and top with the included L-bracket. Make sure you provide 5 mm extra space on both sides. Make sure the posts are straight and level.
You can probably attach the first post to the wall of your house. You can mount it with connecting brackets, but it is much more solid to drill the whole post at 3 points and mount it in the wall with plugs and screws or bolts.
Make sure that about 1/3 of the pole length is in the ground. If the fence is 180 cm high, you will need wooden posts of at least 270 cm in length.
If the soil in your garden is sandy, peaty or soft clay, pour the posts into concrete. For other soil types, firm tamping of the soil around the post is sufficient. If your soil is very dry, wet it first.
Make sure that the garden posts are always slightly (± 5 cm) higher than the height of the fence. This way you can place the fence a few centimetres above the ground. This prevents the bamboo poles from rotting at the bottom by standing in a pool of water or in direct contact with the ground. Another way to extend the life of your fence is to place it on a concrete band or tiles.
CAUTION: You measure out in advance where ALL wooden poles will be placed and you also dig the pole holes, but you do NOT place the poles yet! Always place a bamboo garden screen directly between two poles, so you know if the screen fits well. Only when the first garden screen between the first two poles is mounted, place the third garden pole. Then you mount the second bamboo screen between the second and third stake. Etc.
Step 3: Attaching the bamboo screens with a Wooden Assembly Set
A Trendline bamboo garden screen has a top and bottom. At the top, the bamboo poles are closed in a natural way by partitions. The intention is to place the closed side upwards.
After you have screwed a batten at the top and bottom to determine the distance between the posts, you now attach the cover strip on top of the posts. The cover strip is placed entirely over the first and last post, but on all posts in between you have to cut the cover strip at the centre of the post. Screw the cover strip with the supplied 4 x 60 mm screws. Use 2 screws on each side.
Now that the cover strip is in place, you can unfasten the other two boards. We are now going to make the frame for the screen.
To do this, screw all four boards to the screen. Do this at the top and bottom and on both sides. Use five 4 x 40 mm screws per board.
Place the screen between the frame of the garden posts and the cover strip and screw it down using the screen supports.
Make sure that there are at least three of you; two to hold the screen in place and one to screw it to the screen supports.
When the screen is hanging, you may want to screw a few more screws through the top of the cover strip and into the boards mounted on the screen for extra strength.
The first screen is now up!
Repeat the same procedure for the other screens.
Is your last bamboo screen just a bit too wide? No problem, our bamboo garden fences, bamboo mats and wooden assembly sets are easy to shorten in width with a Japanese bamboo saw!
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