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5 Patio Privacy Ideas: Screen Off Your British Sanctuary on a Budget in 2024

Everyone wants to be able to enjoy time away in their outdoor space without having the feeling of being watched by passersby or neighbours.

This is definitely achievable for your patio, and it wouldn’t cost a fortune to make it happen.

With a few materials, either bought or upcycled, you can make a screen off for your outdoor sanctuary.

In this article, we have curated 5 patio privacy ideas you can choose from to meet your privacy standards.

Awning and Curtains 

Beyond privacy, using awnings and curtains can give a beautiful effect to your patio. The sun-shading advantage of an awning combined with the privacy a curtain brings will provide you with the perfect outdoor space.

Awnings are available today in a wide variety of materials and colors. A retractable awning will be perfect to adjust for sun exposure. You can combine this with the old curtains you planned to discard; drawing them together whenever you need a visual barrier. It’s a better way to put them to good use. 

Go For A Privacy Screen

Still, on the conversation of adding a touch of nature, creating a bamboo screen can introduce a touch of Zen to your outdoor space. They are lightweight and eco-friendly panels that are available in various heights and widths and are very easy to get. 

Its natural texture has a way of adding an organic charm to your patio and the gaps in between allow for some light to filter through, bringing in a cosy feeling while you relax.

You can decide to go the unconventional way by making a privacy screen out of old doors. All you have to do is join them together using hinges to form a folding screen. You can either paint them with fun colours or decide to leave them in their original rustic state. 

A simple and alternate way to make a privacy screen is to make a trellis, which you can fill with the climbing plant of your choice. Instead of getting pre-built screens that would cost a fortune, an upcycled privacy screen costs next to nothing to make, especially if you find your materials around your house or from a thrift store.

With a little creativity, you can also repurpose old composite decking, pallets, and other materials to create a privacy screen. The possibilities are endless.

Tall Hedges

Unlike the retractable awnings and curtains, if you want something more permanent and stress-free, planting tall privacy trees is your best bet.

Tall hedges
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It’s a good way to incorporate nature into your patio. It creates a privacy wall and also improves the aesthetic look of your patio.

You should choose fast-growing hedges like Leyland cypress, arborvitae, or holly for faster results. Remember to take care of them and trim them regularly and it will make your patio look attractive and serene.

Walls of Greens

Create a simple living wall by constructing a wooden frame and planting different climbing plants like holly or arborvitae, ferns, and flowers. It will give your patio the beauty and privacy that you want. 

It is a natural and eco-friendly option that creates a vibrant and visually stunning barrier, bringing a sense of tranquillity to your patio.

Alternatively, you can hang several flower boxes over a lattice screen or any other frame. Fill the boxes with soil and the plant of your choice. If you want very effective coverage, choose small plants that tend to be bushy when they grow to occupy your boxes, fixing them in an area where the wall will receive enough sunlight. 

Consider including trailing plants, such as ferns, pothos, and ivy, to cover the spaces in between the boxes, or even fruits, vegetables, and herbs, such as basil, cilantro, or strawberries. 

This patio privacy idea can serve two purposes for you; privacy and a mini garden. So with this, there would be no need to create another space for planting on your patio especially if you live in a place with limited area.

It’s a natural solution that reduces noise, thereby creating a cozy and secluded atmosphere.

Add Another Story

If you have a story building or multi-level home, you should consider adding another story at the top and setting up your patio there away from prying eyes. If you are claustrophobic and love open spaces to move around in without covers, this elevated patio would give you the privacy and the space you desire. 

Also, if you love heights, this idea is perfect for you. You can enjoy stunning views at sunrise and sunset without having the feeling that you’re being watched.


So there you have it! Five patio privacy ideas to create when you have a tight budget. With the ideas above, you can choose and create anyone that suits your space and style, giving yourself the perfect place to relax and unwind.