Creative Ways to Add Backyard Privacy

Looking for a way to bring privacy to your backyard without taxing your budget? Try one of these clever solutions for a more secluded outdoor space.

Get Growing With Grasses

Create a low-profile moment of intimacy in a larger outdoor area by planting ornamental grasses, as in the space surrounding this cozy fire pit and Adirondack chairs. This little idyll demonstrates that just a bit of gardening can go a long way: because these seats are so close to the ground, cultivating a bit of privacy is as easy as choosing plants that grow waist-high.

Or, Add Privacy With a Palm

A beautiful accent to any shady outdoor space (direct sun might burn them), potted palms add tropical flair while the sculptural leaves create a lush, living screen for added privacy. But, as tropical natives, these heat-loving plants are prone to damage in areas with harsh winters. Container gardening makes it easier to overwinter them indoors for year after year of frilly fronds.


Construct a Hanging Screen

Add designer-grade privacy to any over-exposed outdoor area using basic hardware store staples. Our step-by-step instructions, below, will walk you through the build.

Or, Hang Outdoor Drapery Panels

Hung on a nearly invisible cable, these floor-to-ceiling panels can move around the room to block out glaring light — or a nosy neighbor — with just a flick of the wrist. Image courtesy of HGTV Magazine; get more screened porch inspo, below.


Incorporate Vintage Signage

Whether it’s a faux-tique you crafted yourself or the real deal, antique signs are a sure way to add character to your outdoor space while also blocking out a less-than-desirable view or any prying eyes. Check local thrift stores, estate sales and auctions for legitimate trade signs or craft your own with our tips for a similar kitchen sign, below.


Or, Repurpose Shutters

Diana Wearing of DIY Den & Treasure Showcase created an unabashedly unique installation by zip-tying old shutters to an existing wire fence. The one-of-a-kind structure couldn’t be easier to create — and it can be removed or rearranged at any time.

Freshen Up a Faded Fence

Even if your fence has seen better days, it's still serving the purpose of providing privacy. Freshen it up with a powerwash and our tips, below, to put paint and our free printable template to work to create a graphic outdoor focal point.

Or, Grow a Living One

Truly, is there any prettier sight than a classic white picket fence covered in climbing roses? When selecting varieties, try pretty-in-pink 'Eden' or the stunning, multicolored 'Joseph's Coat'.

Go Green for City Living

Urban living often means cramped quarters both indoors and out so make the most of the space you have by thinking vertically. Designer Dan Faires repurposed wood beams from a New York City building that was slated for demolition to create this privacy wall with shelves he filled with potted plants.

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