Looking to create a quiet, serene area on your back porch? Maybe you have a small lot, condo, or even an apartment that you’re looking to add some privacy to so that your neighbor isn’t staring right over your shoulder. Or, you might just want a cozy reading nook that’s out of the line of sight from your chickens.
Depending on what you have on hand — or what your budget is — there are plenty of DIY privacy projects that will fit your needs.
Tiered Planter Fence
Build a garden screen that’s a small garden AND a privacy wall. This tiered fence can grow your favorite flowers or smaller produce for fresh salads all summer long. Some people prefer a modified version that allows them to hang rows of pots across the entire wall, so that they can easily be transported when necessary (like when that big ice storm is coming through.)
Who says that vines have to look unruly or stay in the garden? Try tiered vines that are perfectly placed to divert snoopy eyes from that nosy neighbor. Just be sure to choose fast growing plants that will provide you with the barrier you’re in need of, by the time you need it. Otherwise you’ll just need to sit and be patient before you can see the fruits of your labor.
Even if you don’t have soil to dig and bury post holes into, you can create your own wattle fencing barrier that’s movable for added shade and barriers between one spot and the next. If you live near an area where you are able to gather different sizes of branches, this can be a very inexpensive option.
Hanging Outdoor Curtains
Like the idea of your own private cabana just out the patio door? If you have some sort of covering or pergola, you can use vertical pipes to hang indoor/outdoor curtains and drapes between the beams, which can be pulled shut or open whenever you like. Weather resistant fabrics can withstand the heavy rains while still adding warmth and color to your area.
Portable Door Privacy Screen
If you don’t want a permanent privacy screen that’s up 24/7, you might want to opt for one that can be moved or collapsed when not in use. Depending on the size of your area, you can hinge together old closet doors, shutters, or even old wooden doors that span the length of your open area. Decorate them, accentuate them with flowers, or just leave them be for a chic flair that adds plenty of style to your private patio.
Lattice: A Sure Fire Option for Every Space
Lattice is just as popular today as it was 30 years ago. It’s ideal for separating areas with a lightweight, easy to manage structure. Use it alone, hang it in place, or have it support growing plants. The sky is the limit!
Herringbone Wooden Wall
Maybe you’re searching for something that’s a bit classier and permanent. A stained wood, herringbone movable wall is a perfect way to add an interesting decorative twist without having to make structural changes to your home. Some people like to do something similar with corrugated metal, but just watch out for the possible heat factor.