Private Eyes: 4 Ways to Give Your Deck Year-Round Privacy

There are few pastimes more pleasant than spending a sunny afternoon or calm evening relaxing on your deck with family and friends. But even the most sanguine of get-togethers can be spoiled by a lack of sufficient privacy from neighbors and surrounding streets. Luckily, there’s a world of solutions at your fingertips for giving your patio the privacy it deserves.

 Throw Some Outdoor Shades

Outdoor shade

The most effective and straightforward way to give your deck an air of much needed privacy is to install outdoor shades and curtains. A well-made set of solar shades keeps prying eyes away without sacrificing style. 

 How you choose to hang your shades plays a huge role in the privacy level and aesthetics of your deck. Hanging curtains from every side of a pergola create a fully enclosed backyard retreat, while one strategically placed shade on the perimeter of your deck provides privacy while keeping things open and airy. The versatility of outdoor curtains allows you to swap shade setups at the drop of a hat.

 If you’re concerned about visibility when it comes to your deck shades, opt for mesh material that allows a little bit of sun through while you relax on the patio. Curtains with clear vinyl panel detailing also offer visibility while helping to deter exterior noise and simultaneously protecting your deck from the elements as effectively as an outdoor tarp.

 Pergola Perfection

Patio solutions that provide multiple benefits are highly desirable, making outdoor pergolas multifaceted staples in backyards across the country. Not only does a well-constructed pergola provide much-needed shade as the weather begins to warm, but it also helps to turn your wide-open deck area into an elegant, private enclave you can be proud of.

 If you’re of the DIY mindset, there are a number of plans you can utilize to build your own overhang with the help of an outdoor tarp and other hardware supplies. Buying a premade pergola is an option as well; both give your deck some much-needed shade and seclusion. Adding vines and other greenery to your pergola will help integrate it into the natural landscape of your yard.

 While deck furniture covers such as chair covers provide ample protection from UV rays, a pergola gives the rest of your deck a reliable boost of year-round sun defense. This is especially true when you combine your pergola with the protection of outdoor solar shades. 

Noise Control

Black chair

When looking for patio privacy, thinking outside of the box is the key to success. One of the more unconventional but effective methods of keeping backyard hangouts private is to add some subtle ambient noise to the environment. 

Having an aural element present in your backyard living area allows you to keep the company of friends and family without worrying about the possibility of someone overhearing your conversation. It also inspires a sense of Zen and helps to drown out unwanted environmental noise.

Water features such as trickling fountains and bubbling bird baths are the ideal for providing audio ambiance as well as visually appealing kinetic energy. Install fountains at the perimeter of your deck for maximum audio effectiveness and space conservation. 

 Go Green

Flower plant wall

If you’re looking for a way to combine the joy of gardening with the practicality of deck privacy, then consider adding a sea of green to your backyard. So-called “living walls” typically consist of hanging plants attached to a tall grid or similar setup to create a multipurpose privacy wall and perimeter for your deck. 

Living walls have exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to their usefulness in maintaining patio privacy as well as their visual appeal. This is especially true when you’re able to match your deck furniture covers to a living wall’s vibrant greenery.

 You have a plethora of plants to choose from when designing a green privacy wall. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Fuschias
  • Petunias
  • Violas
  • Pansies
  • Herbs
  • Strawberries

Do research on which plants thrive best in your climate, and be prepared to swap them out based on the season. Your living deck wall won’t be able to provide much privacy or aesthetic appeal if its petals are wilting. 

 No matter what luscious greenery you choose for your privacy-friendly wall, be sure to regularly water and maintain your wall for blooms that are as strong and durable as your outdoor chair covers.