DIY Outdoor Privacy Screen

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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.
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.
For the curtain rod, I found that using a rod that secured directly into the wood was the best option for high wind situations.
For the curtains themselves, I used drop clothes.
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.
I wish I had done this years ago! The look is perfect for the space, and the privacy is just wonderful.
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!

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  • Janice
    on Jan 12, 2019

    I love the idea--but won't the pipe rust onto the curtains! Maybe spray paint the pipes? I have a similar situation and this might just work for me, too! Thank you!!

    • Ken
      on May 18, 2020

      Galvanized piping will not rust and is rigid.

  • Candida
    on Aug 7, 2019

    How was the flooring of this project done... what was used and was it expensive

  • Jennifer Cross McElfresh
    Jennifer Cross McElfresh
    on Oct 13, 2019

    what size are those wood posts? do you put those in first? Then add the pvc pipes for the curtains?

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  • Lorelei
    on Jun 6, 2019

    Very cute, and if you cant dig your posts into the ground cement them into 5 gal buckets 2/3 of the way and when dry add dirt and flowers to finish them off.

  • Do your best!.
    Do your best!.
    on Oct 29, 2019

    This is my must do..Amazeing idea..i have the same prob with windows an houses overlooking my back porch an feel eveybody just sees us...fab cool i could evan do this myself lol an have the curtins.. at hand ..Again thanks for shareing

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