Increasing privacy in your back yard is, for many people, an important step in turning their outdoor space into a truly relaxing getaway. After all, as much as you may (or may not) like your neighbors, it’s nice to know you can enjoy the yard without other people having a full view of you.
If you have a solid fence that gets the job done, then you’re set. But if you don’t have one—or if you have multi-story homes around you—then you may be looking for other ways of increasing privacy in your back yard. So, below are a few ideas for hiding yourself away a little better out back.
Ways of Increasing Privacy in Your Back Yard
- Place trees with thick foliage or tall hedges around your property line.
- Add a cabana to your back yard.
- Surround your patio or other outdoor living area with shrubs, small trees, or other smaller plants that have substantial foliage.
- Install an awning, canopy, or patio cover that not only provides shade, it also blocks the view from your neighbors’ upper-story windows.
- Even a well-placed, large sun umbrella can have the same effect as a canopy.
- Add a pergola to your yard, and hang outdoor curtains on one or more sides for more protection from the elements and increased privacy.
- Have an outdoor fireplace with a large wall built on your deck, patio, or other outdoor seating area.
- Hang large planters and/or other decorative items from your pergola, patio cover, or other structure.
- Install trellis, a screen wall, or other privacy wall around your patio or other seating area; while they don’t completely obscure the view, they break up the line of sight and boost your sense of seclusion.
- If you’re adding a patio or other hardscaping to your back yard, consider how you can use your house and other existing yard features to maximize privacy.