There’s nothing quite like enjoying your privacy while you soak up some sun or cool down with a fresh breeze. If your patio is in the open, it’s easy for neighbors or passersby to peer in. Privacy screens not only offer a shield from prying eyes, they can also add character to your patio. They’re also helpful to hide unsightly garbage cans or compost bins. Not sure which is right for you? Here’s a collection of our favorites.
LeisureSeason Folding Privacy Screen
Cypress wood provides rich, natural tones for this privacy screen that can be used outdoors. There are four screens with hinges between them, which allows the screen to stand on its own. Latticework along the top of the screen prevents obstructing all of your sightlines and sunlight.
Zippity Outdoor Products Vinyl Privacy Screen
Designed to be installed in a right angle formation, this option has stakes you can push into the ground to keep it from blowing over. Made of vinyl, you'll never need to paint or stain this privacy screen. If it gets dirty, you can hose it off without worrying about damage.
Best Choice Products Privacy Fence Screen
Level-up your picket fencing with this faux ivy hedge screen. It will add color and privacy to any patio, and only requires being attached to a fence with zip ties. Sections are purchased individually and are 94-inches long, and 39-inches tall.
Sunnydaze Retractable Double Privacy Wall
While some privacy screens require floor space, this one will roll away when not in use. The solid fabric allows you to block out the sun when it’s too bright or hot, or dampen noise from neighbors. There are three mounting brackets for the floor, as well as wall mounting brackets so the shade can be pulled and put away.
Alion Home Elegant Privacy Screen
Available in a variety of sizes, these beige privacy screens from Alion Home are good at blocking wind and UV rays, while blending in with most apartment or condo settings. Perfect for your balcony, this option has grommets on each side and a reinforced hem. Zip ties are included for attaching them, and should you have any issue, the screens are backed by a three-year warranty.
A privacy screen on your porch or patio can provide a modicum of shelter from wind and sunlight as needed, but the biggest benefit is privacy. We think that the no-fuss setup of the LeisureSeason Folding Patio Screen is the best choice in our collection. It doesn’t require any stakes to be placed in the ground, no mounting brackets need to be added to your wall, and it’s ready to be used when you receive it. Since it’s made of real wood, you can also re-stain it or paint it to match your current decor.
For people with balconies, we recommend the Alion Home Privacy Screen. These are easy to attach to your railings with zip ties, and they have the added benefit of blocking UV rays. Their neutral color also allows them to fit in with most paint themes.