How do I add privacy to a raised deck? (Answered, with photos)

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You spend time on your deck but now you’re wondering’ How do I add privacy to a raised deck?’ It is a great question because you don’t want your neighbor to see your every move. This article will highlight 9 options to add privacy to your raised deck.


How do I add privacy to a raised deck?  9 solutions explored
How do I add privacy to a raised deck – 9 ideas



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Do you already have a railing around your raised deck?

If you already have a railing around your raised deck then there are some easy options for adding privacy screens to your existing railings.



1) Rolls of bamboo or other reed grasses

Mininfa Natural Rolled Bamboo Fence, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Fencing, 0.7 in D x 4 feet High x 6 feet Long, Bamboo Screen for Garden, Privacy

You can unroll the bamboo and strap it to your deck railing for a quick and easy privacy screen with an exotic flare.

Want more details? See this product on Amazon. (I have noticed some availability issues lately though.)






2) Fabric privacy screens that strap to your existing railing

Alion Home Elegant Privacy Screen Fence Mesh Windscreen for Backyard Deck Patio Balcony Pool Porch Railing - Brown/Mocha (4' x 12')

A privacy screen like the one shown above (by Alion Home and available on Amazon) quickly attaches to your existing deck railing.

You feed a zip tie through the metal grommet and secure it to your railing….easy.







3) Rolls of artificial hedges

DearHouse Artificial Ivy Privacy Fence Screen, 118x39.4in Artificial Hedges Fence and Faux Ivy Vine Leaf Decoration for Outdoor Garden Decor

Expandable faux ivy privacy fence rolls and other artificial hedge rolls can be an easy way to add privacy to your raised deck railing. Simply unroll it, and zip tie it to your existing railing.

See this artificial hedge privacy roll on Amazon.







4) Use real plants to provide privacy

The picture above beautifully illustrates using plants for privacy around a raised deck.





5) Privacy Lattice

You can use privacy lattice – either wood or plastic – to provide some privacy to your raised deck. The wood lattice will require more maintenance: painting or staining. If you buy plastic privacy lattice check if it is fade resistant.






If you do not already have a railing around your raised deck…

If you do not already have a railing around your raised deck, then when you build one, you can plan ahead and have privacy in mind.




6) Wooden Slat Privacy Screen

I like the photo above where they incorporate a fairly simple horizontal board design to create a nice-looking privacy screen for their raised deck.










7) Planter Box and Privacy Screen

Yardistry YM11703 Fusion Planter Cedar Privacy Screen, Brown

The cedar planter box and privacy screen combo shown above would be a great way to add privacy to your deck (whether you have a current railing or not). I found this cool privacy screen on Amazon.







8) Hang some outdoor curtains

RYB HOME Indoor Outdoor Deck Curtain, Outdoor Patio Curtain Waterproof Windproof, Darkening Window Panel for Sliding Door / Foyer / Arbor / Lanai, 100-inch Width x 84-inch Length, 1 Pc, Biscotti Beige

Hanging outdoor curtains can help add privacy to your raised deck, and do it in a hurry. The photo above is an popular outdoor curtain available on Amazon.


You could also use white sheer curtains to provide some privacy to our outdoor area.







9) Corrugated Metal Privacy Panel

Even though the photo below doesn’t show the corrugated metal privacy panel set up on a deck, it gives you a real good idea what you could accomplish with corrugated metal.

(I’m not too sure how much heat this would radiate back at you though?)








Bonus Idea for Deck Privacy– Get a Retractable Side Awning

SogesGame 63" x 118" Upgraded Outdoor Patio Retractable Side Awning Waterproof Sun Shade Wind Screen Privacy Divider,Black,MH038-316B-S8-US

I just recently learned about retractable side awnings…these seem pretty cool.

It is hard to tell by the picture above, but the polyester fabric portion of the awning retracts and rolls up out of sight.

It is kind of like a projector screen but tipped on its side.

If you’re out on your deck or patio, and you want some privacy, you pull the handle to unroll the awning and attach it to the other post that is anchored into your deck. When you don’t need it or if it gets windy, you simply retract the awning.

This particular retractable privacy side awning is made by SogesGame and is available on Amazon.

Want to see more pictures, more details or to read reviews?










Here is a great example from Instagram of how this company from Washington DC added privacy to their client’s raised decks. Looks cozy.













I hope you’ve found some helpful solutions on how to add privacy to your raised deck.

Which of these ideas will work for you?





If you want to see some Privacy fence ideas, click here to see 19 options.



And if you want to know what to put on a chain link fence for privacy, click here.




And if you happen to have rotten fence posts on your wood privacy fence – like I had – click here to check out how I fixed the rotten fence posts.





Thank you.

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