A DIY privacy screen provides many benefits and only requires a minimal investment of time and money. An outdoor privacy screen will give you the feeling of seclusion even if you have close neighbors. Not only is a DIY privacy screen suitable for use on a patio, deck or pool side to prevent unwanted onlookers, these easy to build screens can also be built to hide an eyesore in the yard and increase property value. No one wants a view of a tool shed or other unsightly backyard structure, but a decorative privacy screen with hanging flower pots adds a pop of living color to any outdoor location. Check out these 33 free diy privacy screens to find the one that will provide the seclusion and separation that your landscape needs.
1- Slat Wall DIY Privacy Screen
This simple slat wall hides a tool shed and provide vertical space for hanging planters.
- Decide on height and width of wall
- Dig two holes 2 feet deep with a post hole digger
- Place fence posts in hole and file in holes with concrete
- Allow concrete to set up and harden for two days
- Attach wood slats horizontally to the fence post with screws, leaving a 1 inch space between each slat
- Paint or stain desired color
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2- Outdoor Fabric Privacy Screen
Give yourself some shade and privacy with these easy to build fabric and wood backyard privacy screen.
- Construct the desired size and height of a simple wood frame using 2x4s
- Add decorative corner brackets
- Stain or paint wood
- Cover top and two side with outdoor fabric
3- Cedar Planter Privacy Screen
Create a dual purpose item with this diy privacy screen idea. Attractive and easy to build, this idea provides you with privacy from the neighbors and a place to grow plants. Made from cedar for a long lasting screen that can withstand the elements and provide you space for an outdoor herb garden.
4- Deck Privacy Screen
Enjoy your glass of wine at sunset in privacy with this attractive outdoor wall. Perfect addition to an outdoor deck, this privacy wall provides seclusion and separation from neighbors. Add a few vertical planters to the deck wall to drown out the traffic noise.
5- Recycled Doors DIY Privacy Screen
Such a fun and practical way to recycle old doors! Transform them into a garden privacy screen with this simple idea. Great backdrop for a wedding or birthday party.
- Procure enough old doors to create the length of screen desired
- Paint each door a different color with exterior, high gloss paint
- Allow paint to dry, then attach doors to each other with hinges
- Stand upright at angles in selected location
The angled doors should provide enough secure support to keep the doors upright. However, braces can be added to the back side for additional support.
6- DIY Vertical Garden Wall
This is a perfect idea for gardening in a small space. Use these free plans to build a stylish and functional vertical garden wall using a wood frame and chicken wire. Privacy and garden space in just one DIY build. Also check out vertical gardening ideas.
7- Tin Wall Privacy Screen
Use roofing tin to create a focal point on a privacy fence. A good way to use leftover roofing tin to create an outdoor area that is inviting as well as secluded.
8- Patio Privacy Screen
Living in a subdivision offers families a lot things, but private outdoor space is not one of those things. Create your own patio privacy screen with this idea so you can enjoy outdoor living without everyone in the subdivision seeing what you’re doing.
9- PVC Pipe DIY Privacy Screen
Easy to build and lightweight, this PVC pipe privacy screen can be moved anywhere outdoors where you want a little privacy. Place it in front of the hammock for a quiet afternoon nap, then move it to the outdoor cooking area when it’s time to fire up the grill and prepare dinner. Easy to fold up and store during the winter. You may also like to see pvc pipe projects.
10- Chevron Pattern Wall
Add a decorative touch to your patio or deck with this attractive diy privacy screen. Wood placed in a classic chevron pattern will provide separation from neighbors, add beauty to your outdoor living space and increase the value of your home.
11- Pergola Privacy Screen
This is a perfect solution for people who have neighbors living on a hill above them. When homes are located above yours, a fence or wall does not provide the desired privacy, but a simple pergola will. Make it a permanent structure or temporary with these free plans. Get the tutorial at hometalk.com
12- Lattice Panel DIY Privacy Screen
A simple and attractive outdoor privacy solution is the use of lattice panels. Available in wood or composite material, lattice panels are easy to cut to size, lightweight and provide privacy without completely blocking the sunlight and fresh air.
13- Cedar Fence Privacy Screen
Use this idea and some pre-fab cedar fencing material to create a DIY privacy screen to hide trash cans, air conditioning unit or other outdoor obstacles.
14- Bamboo DIY Privacy Screen
Great for blocking out the afternoon sun, but still leaving space to view the landscape. Simple and eco-friendly to build, this bamboo privacy screen can be built to any size using these step by step plans. Easy to attach to an existing wood frame porch.
15- Plant Privacy Screen
Create a living diy privacy screen from plants with this unique idea. A planter box at the bottom and vertical trellis coming up from the box provide the ideal space for a flowering vine to grow. As the vine matures and covers the vertical trellis, you will have privacy and colorful blooms too.
16- DIY Privacy Screen From Lattice Panels
Lattice panels are lightweight, easy to work with and very affordable. Use these plans for building your own DIY lattice privacy screen for under $40.
17- Folding DIY Privacy Screen
Easy to build, easy to use. This wood screen is portable and can be placed anywhere in the landscape where a little seclusion or shade is desired. The wood privacy screen can be built as large as needed, then folded up into a small size to be stored away for the winter. Add wheels on the bottom for easy mobility.
18- Ventilated Privacy Screen
Living in the city or very close to your neighbor’s house makes having a privacy screen essential. But if the porch or patio privacy screen is a solid piece of wood it hinders the airflow and impeded the view.
Create the best of both worlds by building this DIY ventilated privacy fence that has wooden slats that can be opened and closed as desired. Close the wooden slat when complete privacy is desired and open them when airflow and a view is desired.
19- Planter Wall Privacy Screen
Use this outdoor privacy screen idea to create a focal wall for your outdoor space. Instead of just building a blank wall between you and your neighbor, use that wall to grow plants.
The vertical space is ideal for attaching planters and filling them with living greenery. Low-light vining plants that will spill over the planters will make the outdoor space cozy and inviting while the wooden privacy wall will block the view of nosey neighbors.
20- Horizontal Slats Privacy Screen
This DIY privacy screen is ideal for use on the front porch of a home that sits near a roadway. The horizontal slats provide enough privacy from passers-by without completely blocking the view from the inside out.
You can still enjoy filtered sunlight shining through the slats and see what is going on outdoors. The people who are walking on the sidewalk or driving on the roadway won’t be able to see through your front window into your home.
Inexpensive and easy to build, this front porch privacy screen will also improve the curb appeal of the home and increase property value.
21- Hot Tub Privacy Screen
Enjoy your outdoor hot tub in total privacy with this DIY privacy screen idea. Four cedar panels are created in a folding door style so they can be placed where they are needed and folded for easy storage.
The cedar frame is covered with fence wire and then that is covered with fabric for a customized look and size. Attractive, lightweight and inexpensive to build.
22- Hanging DIY Privacy Screens
This idea creates more than just a backyard privacy screen, it also creates an attractive work of art for your back porch or patio.
The small open squares in the panels allow for plenty of light to filter into the space and won’t hinder the view. Each privacy panel is suspended from the top of the porch with a chain and attached to the porch rail with another chain. The chains hold the panels securely in place but make the panels look as though they are floating in the air.
23- DIY Garden Privacy Screen
If you enjoy spending time in your garden but have neighbors close by, this idea is for you. Enhance the appearance of your garden area while blocking the prying eyes of neighbors with this garden screening idea.
This idea recycles old bi-fold closet doors and gives them new life as a DIY privacy fence for your backyard garden. Easy and inexpensive to create, plus this idea will keep usable doors out of the landfill.
24- Bamboo DIY Privacy Screen
This is an ideal design for a patio privacy screen and is easy to customize. Bamboo is cut to the desired length and tied together to create a durable, lightweight privacy screen that will last for years.
Use this design to create a patio retreat with an oriental theme so you can relax and de-stress after a long day. The bamboo privacy screen can be created to remain in an extended position or rolled upwards to allow more sunlight to shine on the patio.
25- Patio Privacy Screen
Use this DIY idea to build a privacy screen for your outdoor living space that will also double as a trellis for climbing vines. Backyard privacy ideas that are attractive and functional make outdoor living space more comfortable while adding value to the property.
Make a focal point for your outdoor living and create a feeling of privacy for this easy DIY project.
26- Free-Standing DIY Privacy Screen
Use these free plans to build a free-standing privacy screen that can be placed anywhere in your landscape. Use this DIY project as a garden screening idea or to create a personal private outdoor space.
Easy and inexpensive to build, this free-standing privacy screen idea has multiple potential uses in the landscape. Build one to hide a heating unit, a pool pump, a trash receptacle, or any other unsightly object in the landscape.
27- Front Porch Privacy Screen
No matter how small the front porch space might be, there is always room for a vertical privacy screen and planter.
This idea will enable you to transforms a tiny front porch with an unsightly view of trash cans into a welcoming entrance-way with an attractive view of trellised plants. Easy to build and customize for use on any front porch.
28- Living Wall Privacy Screen
This YouTube video will take you through the building process so you can easily build this living wall DIY privacy screen.
The spaces between the wooden slats allow sunlight and air to come through and the living greenery creates beauty and privacy. Recycle wooden pallets and paint wood to match your home’s exterior for a professional appearance and increased curb appeal.
29- Thrifty Bamboo DIY Privacy Screen
Make your outdoor porch feel more like a room with the use of these thrifty bamboo privacy screen panels. Create as many or as few as you want to shield the outdoor area from direct sunlight or neighbors’ view.
The bamboo is inexpensive and long-lasting, so it won’t break the budget to create several of these DIY panels. The bamboo panels are also easy to make and will only require minimal tools for installation.
30- DIY Privacy Screen Fence
When kids are small the clutter accumulates both inside and outside. One way to keep the yard looking neat and allow kids to be messy with toys is to build a DIY privacy screen fence.
Use these free plans to learn how to build an attractive solid fence that will hide all the clutter without hiding the beauty.
31- Garbage Can Privacy Screen
Use these easy to follow plans to build a DIY privacy screen that will hide your unsightly garbage cans. Improve the outdoor view and help keep the odor away from the living area with a wooden privacy screen in front of the garbage cans.
32- Lattice Panel Privacy Screen
Reduce the amount of measuring and cutting for this DIY project by using ready-made lattice panels. These panels are pre-cut and painted so much of the work has already been done for you.
Lightweight, easy to handle and affordable, lattice panels allow the sun and sir to come through while providing you with a little backyard privacy.
33- Decorative Privacy Screen
These plans show you how to build a DIY privacy screen for your porch that looks like a work of art. Make your porch feel like an indoor room complete with artwork on the walls with this unique idea. Easy to follow instructions will show you how to build your own decorative privacy screen.
Ready made panels make this DIY project quick to build so you can enjoy your outdoor space soon rather than later.