Your deck can be the ultimate outdoor living space, but you may not feel comfortable using your deck if you feel that all your activities may be on display to the neighborhood. Fortunately, there are creative, easy, and effective ways to add an element of privacy to your deck, no matter what your design preferences or budget.
Your deck is just as much a part of your personal space as any room in your home – rooms where you can close doors, blinds, shades, or curtains for privacy. No matter what you may use your deck for, from simple relaxation to family parties to meditation, reading, meals, and more, privacy barriers shield the space from unwelcome or inadvertent eyes. A private deck may be more comfortable for you to relax, and may offer better shade or protection from wind or rain that could make the space less livable. Privacy barriers can also stifle noise from nearby yards or roads, and are especially valuable in areas where there may not be much room between adjacent properties.
If you are building a new deck, you can consider different locations or positions in your yard for the greatest privacy. You could angle the deck to take advantage of natural privacy barriers in the architecture of your home or the landscaping around it, or choose to put the deck in a quieter or more remote location. This is not always possible, however, depending on how you want to access your deck, the size of the space you have to work with, and whether you have an existing deck you want to renovate.
There are many ways to add different levels of privacy to your deck, depending on your needs, style preferences, building skills, and overall budget. Popular and easy options include…
As you consider different privacy options for your deck, bear in mind how you use your deck and how its use may change in different seasons. If, for example, you have severe winters and may not use your deck for several months, a removable privacy screen or drapes may be the best option so you can secure it in the off season to minimize wear and tear. If you use your deck year-round, however, you may want a sturdier, more permanent solution. Furthermore, consider how your deck use may change at different times of day and how seasonal shifts in sunlight and wind patterns may impact your privacy concerns.
There are many easy ways to add privacy to your deck, no matter what your needs or budget. With careful consideration of your deck’s style, use, and construction, you can improve its privacy and better enjoy your own outdoor oasis without worrying about who may see or hear.