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For many city dwellers, ensuring privacy in the outdoors is akin to an urban legend. Whether you live in a new development or in an older building, patio living is for everyone.
And while close-range balconies remain the unfortunate standard, that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own secluded sanctuary. From leaf-covered trellises to skillfully cut metal screens, there are tons of tenant-friendly options available to block out neighboring glances.
Give your balcony an air of privacy this summer and create a place where you can truly relax with these intimate structures.
Hide all unwanted views while creating a serene outdoor space with this expandable gardenia trellis. The privacy mesh is expandable up to 36 inches by 72 inches and is made of durable PVC and PE plastic. Plus, it comes with a two-year warranty against leaf discoloration.
BUY: Rona, $ 70
Whether you’re looking to hide unsightly trash cans and air conditioners or block your neighbor’s view, these vinyl privacy screens will do the trick. They measure 48 by 26 inches to give you just enough coverage from whatever you’re hiding.
BUY: Wayfair, $ 140
Enjoy the privacy of your balcony without any glance with this wood effect outdoor screen. Made of durable, rustproof aluminum, the frame includes three hooks for adding hanging plants or outdoor accessories. It stands over six feet tall for complete privacy.
BUY: Rona, $ 400
Cut out your space in style with these unique laser-cut metal screens. The panels are made of 2mm galvanized steel and coated with a scratch resistant powder for a durable and long lasting finish. They measure 76 by 47.2 inches for standing privacy.
A fully customizable option for outdoor privacy, this weather and UV resistant artificial garden wall can be used in a variety of ways. It easily attaches to any wood frame or chain link fence and features polyethylene sheets of realistic density and height.
BUY: Wayfair, $ 4 / sq.
Get complete coverage for your outdoor space with this retractable side awning. It is available in gray and beige and is extendable up to six feet by 10 feet. The waterproof fabric is easy to clean and can be folded up when not in use.
BUY: Amazon, $ 300
Easy on the eyes and easy to keep plants alive, this self-watering planter is a laidback gardener’s dream come true. The sustainably crafted outdoor piece is 56 inches tall and is available in three colors to match the aesthetic of your balcony.
Block out the sun and prying eyes with this knitted shade fabric. The specialized material is stain resistant and will not succumb to mildew. In addition to providing shade, the screen is excellent for privacy and protection from the wind.
BUY: Wayfair, $ 80