DIY Outdoor Privacy Screen

$100
1 Days
Easy

Our neighborhood is situated on a hill, so we get the pleasantness of having a huge house peering into our backyard. Even if a fence were up, the house is high enough that our neighbors would see right into our backyard. So, after years off feeling a lack of privacy when hanging out on our porch, I finally came up with an idea! A cute little privacy screen that resembles the look of a pergola.
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I didn't want to make this permanent since we'll hopefully be building a pergola in the next year or two. So, for now, I just dug a hole by my patio about 13" deep (calling the gas/power company to make sure there were no lines) and placed the 4x4 in it. I used a level to make sure it was straight. Adding rocks/shims to get it level.
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For the curtain rod, I found that using a rod that secured directly into the wood was the best option for high wind situations.
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For the curtains themselves, I used drop clothes.
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When the curtains are closed, and it's windy, I needed a way for them to stay put. So, I placed grommets on the corners and secured them to the ground with a little "U" pin.
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I wish I had done this years ago! The look is perfect for the space, and the privacy is just wonderful.
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This is was it looks like closed. I'll probably add some cute pattern to it eventually, but for now it does the job! Another plus? I now have something to hang lights from! To see the full tutorial, visit my blog! http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2015/08/diy-privacy-screen-for-100.html
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  • Che13512545
    on Aug 21, 2017

    Did you attach it to your house? Why or why not?

  • Claudette
    on Aug 21, 2017

    What about shower curtains?

    • Nancy J.
      on Aug 30, 2017

      I've used shower curtains and outside they seem to mold quite quickly. I'm not sure why. Maybe something in the atmospher?

  • Betty
    on Dec 10, 2017

    Why’s not use a white fabric shower curtain

    • Drop cloths are heavier than a showe curtain and won’t blow around And they are only temporary as stated in the beginning of the article.

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  • Hel31076636
    on Jun 25, 2018

    I am inspired and will definitely use your idea to create my own privacy screen with lights. Thank you!

  • Di Francis
    on Jul 7, 2018

    i love this project. i am a renter and am trying to think of ways to adapt my small (very small) space outside my unit to a similar style. unfortunately, the landlord does not own the units on that side of us (and it shows). i truly need some type of privacy from the view/space/eyes.

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