How to Create Privacy on My Patio on a Budget


Sometimes our home is confining and we need to get outside. You create yourself an outdoor patio where you can lounge outside and cook out. Then you realize you need more privacy because you are close to neighbors on both sides. You want to enjoy your patio, but need some kind of patio privacy screens. There are ways to make them on a budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 4 treated wood boards 2 by 4 inches by 8 feet
  • Post-hole digger
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • 2 pieces of wood lattice 4 by 8 feet
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measure 8 feet on the right and left side of your patio area. Dig 20-inch-deep holes with a post-hole digger on the ends of the 8-foot measurements, just within the measured area.

  • Put the treated post in each hole with the 4-inch side parallel to the patio and fill back in with the dirt. Have someone hold the pole with a level on it to make sure it stays level until you have the hole completely filled in. Press the dirt around the pole firmly with your feet.

  • Nail the 4-by-8 foot trellis on the front side of the boards so the privacy screen will be 8 feet wide. Place the top of the trellis 6 inches from the top of the boards. Put several nails down each side of the trellises to secure them to the boards.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint if you wish to match your landscaping and house.
  • Plant two vine plants on the outside of the trellises, such as red honeysuckle or clematis. They will provide more privacy and beauty as they climb the trellises.

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