How to Create a DIY Privacy Screen for Your Patio

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I love being outdoors, surrounded by nature. Being outdoors is restorative to my soul because it keeps me in touch with all of the natural colors, elements, and beauty this world has to offer. It is a source of inspiration for my interior and exterior projects. When I’m out in my patio, it’s either because I’m doing some serious meditating/napping or some serious gardening. It’s my me time.

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The problem with my patio in particular was the height of the fence. It only went up to 4 feet–hardly any coverage at all. Before creating my “fortress”, mine and my boyfriend’s bikes were stolen right from our patio. The stealing wasn’t cool, but I have to say, it was probably our fault for not being more proactive. I was not about to let another theft happen again, so I started to render some ideas for privacy screens.

Besides the stealing that went on, random solicitors and a few of my more chatty neighbors “encouraged” me to start constructing SOMETHING, ANYTHING. For the most part, I have pretty cool neighbors who understand when I’m in my zone. We’ll exchange a friendly greeting, but then quickly move on. Then there are those other people who think my “me time” in the patio is social hour. Unfortunately, some people just don’t pick up on what I’m putting down, and that’s okay, but like, I needed more privacy, stat!

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It has been so much more enjoyable to experience my time outdoors now that I have installed privacy screens around the perimeter of my patio. Now when I’m chilling outside in my newly designed space, the vibe I am putting out is something like, “Hello, this is a blissful place for me to relax in and to enjoy my plants. Hope you’re having an awesome day, but I’m doing me right now. Take care now. Bye bye then.”

For whatever reason it is you may be in need of a little more privacy outdoors, I have come up with some simple DIY privacy screen ideas that you can do.

Step 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS

Plant vining flowers into containers with trellises on each side of your patio, deck, or balcony. (Pink bower vines are a great choice as they flower in the spring and summer months and stay green all year long.) To ensure the trellises stay in place, you can screw the trellis into the supporting fence with wood to wood screws.

Step 2: ADD SHELVING

Add a shelving unit along the front facing side of your patio. If your fence is very short, try to choose a shelf that is around the same height. Next, choose plants and flowers that will grow to be 3-5 feet in height so you eventually end up with another privacy screen of plants that will be about 6 to 8 feet tall. I chose a variety of plants for this part of my garden to test out what grows best here, but you can choose all of the same plant for uniformity. (Tip: Roses are a great option as they grow tall and will give your living space a lovely scent and serve as a prickly deterrent for outsiders who may want to reach into your patio!)

Step 3: ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE (WISELY)

Arrange your furniture facing inward not outward to create a more intimate conversation area and a more closed off vibe to outsiders.

Step 4: DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET CREATIVE. 

Don’t be afraid to try different plants/furniture out and mix it up! Part of having an outdoor living space is about having an extra outlet to channel your creativity!

With these simple steps, you’ll find yourself feeling more at ease out in your patio doing whatever it is you like to do out there. For me, that’s enjoying my garden in all of its colorful glory. I would love to see how you incorporate these ideas into your own outdoor living space. Let me know in the comments below what you have done to “privatize” your outdoor living areas. I’m always curious to see what others have come up with. Happy decorating! 🙂

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