How to Make a Secluded Tanning Area in the Backyard

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Work on your tan in the privacy of your own backyard.
Work on your tan in the privacy of your own backyard.

Perfecting a natural tan requires countless hours basking in the sun. Since most people don't have the luxury of spending that kind of time on a tropical beach, many tanners look to build a private area in their own backyards. Backyard tanning is inexpensive and convenient, but if you choose to tan in your yard you run the risk of being watched by nosy neighbors. Build yourself a space where you can comfortably tan by setting up a good fence and some strategically placed shrubbery.

Things You'll Need

  • Fence
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Fountain
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Instructions

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      Build a fence around your property. If you plan to wear a bathing suit while tanning, a trellis fence with some vegetation woven through will suffice. If you plan to tan in the nude, build a fence that offers complete privacy. Use solid wood slats with no gaps in between the boards so that passing neighbors can't sneak a peek. Standard privacy fences are 6 feet tall, which will only suffice if your yard is not situated lower than any of your neighbors' yards. If you live downhill from other houses overlooking your yard, build the fence as high as possible.

    • 2

      Plant hedges around the perimeter of your yard. The hedge can either act as a fence itself or work as a privacy screen in conjunction with a wood or metal fence. Be aware that a full hedge will take several years to grow, but when mature it will offer almost as much coverage as a solid wood fence.

    • 3

      Plant other bushes and shrubs around the property, specifically around the area where you intend to tan. If you want to block off one section of the yard for tanning, plant some hardy shrubs and trees in that area so that it is blocked off from the rest of the yard. Plan your plantings carefully and don't choose plants that will grow too high, as you don't want them to create shadows that block the sun. Also choose shrubs that can withstand a lot of sun, since you will be planting them in an area where you can maximize your tan.

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      Install a fountain or a man-made brook near your tanning area. The fountain will not only block the view of onlookers, but the running water will also offer some sound privacy. The sound of the bubbling water will allow you to sit back and relax while soaking in the sun's rays.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask your neighbors if you can look at your yard from their property to properly gauge the privacy of your tanning area.

  • Excessive exposure to UV rays has been found to cause skin cancer. Use appropriate sunscreen when tanning and never stay in the sun long enough to sustain a burn.

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