How do I create privacy on an apartment balcony?

My son moved into his first apartment and their unit faces the parking lot, right next to the door to the building. When their blinds are open you're able to look directly into their home. He want to be able to open the blinds and sit outside without looking at car in the parking lot and being seen by everyone walking or driving by.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2016
    Is there any way to use a tension rod to put up a masculine type of Drape.Then he can decorate with what he likes.
  • William William on May 17, 2016
    I did this for a client after talking with management if it was acceptable. Their balcony has a metal railing. I purchase plastic lattice panels, used plastic wire ties and attached them to the railing. It blocked some of the view, but still allowed light to get thru. But it also created a private area for them. Management approved.
  • Janie Clontz Janie Clontz on May 17, 2016
    You can make folding room dividers or buy them.Use them when needed or fold and put away. Paint to add summer color.
  • Judy Capone Mantell Judy Capone Mantell on May 18, 2016
    You can use plants to create both a lovely private garden as well as screen from neighbors. They can also help reduce noise, sun, second hand smoke, etc. Light soft curtains on a shower rod can help, bamboo screens, a small fountain to tone down noise, etc. can also be useful. A couple of wicker chairs and a small table with some plants...heaven!
  • Claudette J Rancifer Claudette J Rancifer on May 18, 2016
    Thank you so much for the great suggestions. I believe tension rods could be used and Management has said that they could make changes as long as the any changes are restored when he leaves. Thanks again
  • Dee Dee on May 18, 2016
    Even just a bamboo shade screen can do wonders.....
  • Laurie Laurie on May 18, 2016
    Search for "bottle wall" on - it is awesome - I believe a lady from Australia posted it. It's on my "never enough time" to-do list!
  • Lynne Krywulycz Lynne Krywulycz on May 21, 2016
    There is a great post at the bottom of this page (on my pc anyway) which shows bamboo screen used to fill in the porch area railing which would work and may not be too costly. Then you could top this with uprights and top rails with translucent curtains (shower curtains are waterproof). Added bonus extends living room space.
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