Apartment or condo balconies give you an outdoor space, but most lack any form of privacy from your neighbors and those passing by the complex. Decorative touches to your balcony shield your space so you aren't as exposed while enjoying your outdoor area. Check with your landlord before attaching any structures to your railing or the building. If you own your condo, check with the condo association, as they often have restrictions on what you are able to do on the outside.
Things You'll Need
- Flower boxes
- Fence panels
Attach flower boxes along the top of the balcony railing. Plant flowers to add color and height beyond the top of the railing.
Arrange flower pots with assorted plants, vegetables and flowers growing in them along the base of the railing. Buy lightweight pots so the added weight doesn't compromise the safety of the balcony. The growing vegetation blocks the gaps in the railing so people aren't able to see through them.
Hang curtains, shades or pieces of fabric from the balcony above you if one is available. If you don't have a balcony above yours, attach a retractable shade or awning to the building that you are able to pull out.
Attach fencing panels along your railing to add height and to fill in the gaps between the current slats. Try bamboo for an affordable and tall fencing option. The fence also blocks your view, so ensure that you want that degree of privacy before installing.
Install a trellis panel along part of the balcony railing. Place a pot with a vining plant like ivy at the base of the trellis to fill it in.
Arrange the balcony furniture to give yourself the maximum privacy. If you have room, add a large sun umbrella that tilts so you are able to position it to block the view from certain areas.
Set up a tall screen or room divider on the balcony. Look for an outdoor screen or keep the screen indoors unless you are out on the balcony.
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