Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY privacy screen

One of the best things about living in New England is the great weather we have 3 seasons out of the year.  (Those winters are brutal, though.)  We fell in love with the back patio when we found this house, and we tend to spend lots of time out there.  We have great privacy, except for the neighbor across our back fence, whose house is on a little hill.  Most of the time, that bare tree is a beautiful, red Japanese maple and does give some privacy.

Back in the Fall, we put in a hot tub.  Until now, we've limited our skinny dipping soaking until late at night after those neighbors have gone to bed, but we really wanted to be able to enjoy the hot tub in the mornings, too.  A privacy screen was just what we needed.  I found one I like (see below), but to get the size I wanted was going to be well over $500.  Way too expensive.  So I sat down, sketched out what I wanted, and headed to Home Depot.

Materials used (for 4 panels) - 8 10' pieces of 1/2" pvc pipe, pipe glue, 2 cans of black spray paint, 8 pvc elbow joints, 8 pvc tee joints, 9 worm gear clamps (covered with black duct tape), 8 yrds of outdoor fabric, 3 rolls of ribbon, thread.  The total cost for materials was around $150, with the fabric being $80 of that.  (I found the outdoor fabric at Jo-ann on half-price sale.)

We cut the pvc into 7 foot pieces for the vertical pieces, with the remaining 3 foot pieces for the horizontal pieces.  (Easy, right?  One cut per pvc pipe.)  We used the elbow joints at the top of each panel and put the tee joints at the bottom to allow a "foot" to add stability.  We glued them together, spray painted them, and then hooked them together with the clamps.  It really was so simple.  

Each curtain is made from a 6 ft length of outdoor fabric, hemmed on all four sides.  I then added 6 ties to each one made from inexpensive satin ribbon.  We are really happy with the way they turned out!

The perfect amount of privacy from those backyard neighbors to allow skinny dipping any time we want! 


  1. This is amazing & suits my needs perfectly! Thank you for sharing! Do you have a " guess" on what it cost to make ?

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