A privacy screen for the terrace does not have to look boring. On the contrary. There are really unusual and yet stylish possibilities. My Top 5 presented here once.
When the temperature outside slowly gets warmer and the sun shines out behind the clouds, many people move from the couch to the terrace. The fresh air between the rustling of the leaves and the twittering of the birds makes it easier to relax, doesn’t it?
But to be honest, how can you relax extensively when your neighbour is always looking over your shoulder and you might still be getting the latest gossip stories? No question about it – a privacy screen must be provided so that you can find peace and quiet and sit undisturbed.
But what are the possibilities with a terrace? While the large garden offers many possibilities (see 22 ideas in the picture gallery), it is not always easy with a terrace.
My Top 5 of the best privacy screen variants for terraces
Let’s start with a variant that not only looks good, but is also practical in the winter months – a privacy screen made of firewood. It is really advantageous if you only have to go to the terrace for a short time to get the wood for the fireplace in winter when there is snow and mud. If the stored wood is then empty in spring, you can simply stack new wood in it and then have a nice sight protection over the warm season again.
For this visual protection you first need a fixed frame, in which you can stack and store the firewood later. Simple boards, thick beams or dollar pallets are suitable for this purpose. Of course, you have a free choice of size and design. If you wish, you can also integrate small windows, peepholes or shelves. This loosens up the whole thing a bit and has a very special charm.
Want instructions? A detailed step-by-step guide can be found at youtube.com.
A privacy screen made of old shutters with slats has a cosy character. As in this example, you can attach them between old beams and thus protect yourself from the curious looks of your neighbour.
Old shutters are of course not everywhere to be found. Keep your eyes and ears open. Sometimes old houses are torn down, where one could still use one or the other. Also at ebay.de and ebay-kleinanzeigen.de you can have a look inside from time to time. Often people sell such treasures for a narrow thaler.
“Small disadvantage: Of course, privacy screen elements made of wood have to be painted and treated regularly so that they still look pretty after years.
You prefer it simple and natural? Then plants in large decorative plant pots are definitely the right thing for you. I discovered such oversized planters, which you can also use as room dividers, for example at vivanno.de (see picture above). The advantage here is that these planters are supplied with castors so that you can easily move the bulky elements to another place.
As far as planting is concerned, you have a free choice. Not only flowers but also grasses and other plants are magically staged here.
“By the way: Don’t worry – you don’t have to fill the whole bucket with soil. Thanks to simple inserts, you not only save soil, but can also plant something new more quickly.
A bamboo mat screen is quick to implement and yet chic. I found a large selection in different colors, sizes and lengths at noor.eu. These mats are not woven with wire, as it is usual with classical models, but are pierced with a wire. Optically it simply looks better and tidier.
You find the sight of bamboo mats too dull and boring? Flower boxes and other small decorative elements spice up the privacy screen and create something for the eye.
Somewhat more elaborate, but a gigantic eye-catcher is a ruin wall that is only partially erected. To preserve the rustic charm, you need old bricks, of course. They’re not that easy to get these days. If there is someone who wants to get rid of them, they often charge a proud price. But if you really want something, you might want to dig a little deeper into your pocket. Other stones are also not given as gifts.
By the way, such walls can also be beautifully decorated. Here are some ideas:
- Wrought iron accessories
- old rusty iron windows
- small cartwheels
- straw wreaths
- old oil cans
- zinc decoration
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.