Porch Privacy - the Easy Way!

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Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.

porch privacy the easy way, After

My first thought was to install lattice, but because they come in 8 x 4’ sheets there was no way they would fit into my car. So I decided to go a different route, where I would be able to complete this project without help.

porch privacy the easy way, Before

STEP 1: Sun Shade

I measured the opening on the neighbours’ side, it was 10 feet wide. Then I went online and searched for a sun shade to fit. I found one at Home Depot and picked it up curbside.

porch privacy the easy way, Outdoor roller shade
Outdoor roller shade

I was planning to install the blind right in the center of the opening, but apparently the size of the shade is actually the size of the fabric and doesn’t account for the space required for brackets. So I attached it to the outside of the bulk head, following the instructions in the package. 

porch privacy the easy way, Shade installed
Shade installed

I attached the clips at the bottom that prevents the shade from blowing around in the wind. They slide in and out easily, for opening the shade.

porch privacy the easy way, Shade clips
Shade clips

STEP 2: Curtains

I had recently picked up a set of curtains on marketplace and though they would cozy up the space. I didn’t have a 10 foot curtain rod, but I really didn’t need a full length rod because the curtains would be gathered at the sides only. I found a set of cheap dollar store rods in my garage and to hang them I repurposed plant hangers. I cleaned the hangers and spray painted everything flat white.

porch privacy the easy way, Rods hangers
Rods & hangers

I thought painting the plant hangers would be a fun lockdown project for my daughter and I. :)

porch privacy the easy way, Painting the hangers
Painting the hangers

I hung the curtains and gathered them with jute. I attached the jute to the railing using cable clips, so they won’t slide off in the wind.

STEP 3: Panels

I also wanted to provide a little more privacy facing the street. I ordered a set of PVC waterproof room divider panels from amazon. They are very lightweight and easy to handle. I drilled them into the pillars, overlapping each panel. I used washers as well to help prevent them tearing when the wind is strong.  They also came with little double-sided tape circles, which I used on the edges for extra security.

porch privacy the easy way, Attached with screws and washers
Attached with screws and washers

There is molding at the bottom of the pillars so I attached three panels to the space above the molding first. Then I attached one to the molding and trimmed it with scissors to overlap with the others.

porch privacy the easy way, Bottom panel cut to fit
Bottom panel cut to fit

And done!

porch privacy the easy way, So cozy
So cozy!

This project was super easy! The only tool I used was a drill. We lounge on our porch a lot more now. Hopefully if you’ve been struggling with porch privacy and weather protection, you’ll be inspired to tackle your own. 😊

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