July 10, 2015

Patio Privacy Screen: Make it Yourself

There are many reasons why you should think about adding a privacy screen to your patio. Maybe you want to make yourself more relaxing ambience or block the view from the street, and a privacy screen might just be the thing you were looking for. It shelters you from the light and the view from the street but still allows you to feel a cooling breeze and enjoy the fresh air. In addition, it is quite easy to make one of these, so you won’t need to spend money on hiring someone who is going to do it for you.

Patio Privacy Screen: Make it Yourself
The things you’ll need

If you have ever built any wooden structure, you won’t have any troubles making a privacy screen, since these are quite DIY friendly. You’ll need the wooden posts for it, as well as the frame and the panel. It is up to you to find the measures for the screen that will fit in your patio. Add a lot of screws and 2 bags of concrete and that is all the material you’ll need for this procedure. Considering the tools, you’ll need a post-hole digger and measuring tapes. The power tools that you will use will also play a big role in this process. You cannot make a privacy screen without a cordless drill and a circular saw.

Setting up the privacy screen
Patio Privacy Screen: Make it Yourself

The first thing you’ll want to do is to find the place for your privacy screen. Dig the postholes and lay the posts down next to the holes in a way your screen is going to stand and leave them that way until lattice panels are ready to be attached to them. Panels should first be put in the frame and only then attached to the posts.

Be sure to measure everything and cut the panels if necessary in order to fit the frame. Nail the panel to the frame in many places in order for it to stand still. After that, you can nail the frames with panels to the posts. Once you have done all this it is time to make the screen stand. Put the posts in the holes and fill them up with concrete. That way you’ll make your screen stable and strong enough to hook something on it.

Adding the decorations

Patio Privacy Screen: Make it YourselfSome people chose to leave the privacy screen the way they made them, but it can also be a good idea to hang some flowers are other decorations on it. You can screw the plastic pots to the screen and fill them with your favorite flowers which will give your screen more lively look. You can also put them around the posts in order to cover the concrete that is holding them. There are many types of tropical flowers that will look great on your patio. It is up to you to decide if you’ll paint the screen or keep it in its original wood color. You can also choose to paint the frames and leave the panel the way it is.

This is everything you’ll need to do in order to make a beautiful privacy screen for your patio. It is quite easy and you’ll be able to do it all by yourself.

Author: Thomas is an electrical engineer, entrepreneur and occasional writer from Sydney, Australia. He is also an owner of a small business, dealing with electrical installations. He is always willing to share a good life experience and advice. Reach Thomas on Twitter or Facebook.