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10 Best Outdoor Privacy Screens

Feel like someone's watching you? Outdoor privacy screens not only block prying eyes but wind, sun and unattractive views, too.

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Best Metal Outdoor Privacy Screen

This laser-cut metal screen is a beautiful way to hide in plain sight. The free-standing Veradek Screen Series Metal Privacy Screen is made of tough, galvanized steel that gently filters out direct sunlight, less attractive structures or, most importantly, the scrutiny of neighbors. Line up two, three or more of the geometric-patterned screens end-to-end to create your personal wall of solace.

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Best Portable Outdoor Privacy Screen

The Galaxy Outdoor/Indoor Room Divider by Proman Products is our choice for best portable because it can be moved easily around the yard and turned in any direction, whether you want to soak up some rays or catch a little shade. The large screens are made of lightweight, water-resistant fabric framed in double-hinged metal tubing. Remove the foot pedestal and the Galaxy folds up in a flash for storage.

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Best Outdoor Privacy Screen to Grow Plants On

You can gain solitude and a beautiful vertical garden with the ultra sturdy Yardistry Fusion Planter Cedar Privacy Screen. This standout not only enhances privacy but the natural look blends perfectly into the landscape.

It’s sturdy and well-crafted from exterior-grade cedar, and you can add an extra dose of greenery to your yard thanks to the two wooden planter boxes at the base. Place the screen on a flat surface, weigh down the boxes with potting soil and the screen is completely self-standing.

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Best Retractable Privacy Screen

Be the master of your backyard universe. The smooth-operating sliding panels on the Abba Patio Retractable Folding Side Awning Screen roll open and closed to create a windbreak or privacy barrier whenever you need it. Made of high-quality polyester material and standing a little over five feet tall, this flexible screen is also really terrific at thwarting unwanted intrusions.

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Best Privacy Screen for Hot Tubs

Build a calm-inducing louvered privacy screen around your hot tub with the FlexFence Louver System hardware kit. FlexFence has adapted the concept of the louvered window or shutter into hardware kits where you mount wooden blades in a frame.

These panels create great looking, do-it-yourself solutions for customizing your backyard — including your hot tub area! The kits come with all fastening hardware, foot rails, brackets, operating bar and easy-to-follow instructions. Lumber not included.

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Best Value Privacy Screen

You don’t need to pay a fortune for privacy; the Ikea DYNING balcony privacy screen works like a charm without breaking the bank.

Build a gaze-busting border on your terrace or balcony to block out wind and lilting noise. It’s easy to install — just attach the 100 percent polyester fabric onto railings using the rope provided. Price is around $15 for a privacy panel measuring 98-in. x 3/8-in. x 31-1/2-in.

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Best Splurge Privacy Trellis

Feel like you’re living in an episode of Mad Men with this custom-designed Mid Century Modern Marque Privacy Screen/Trellis. Handcrafted of solid wood with nostalgic plastic accents, this yard divider was inspired by movie theater marques of the mid-to-late 20th century. Because each piece is made to order directly from the artisan, expect to pay around $5,000 (planter not included).

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Best Eco-Friendly Privacy Screen

Backyard X-Scapes Reed Fencing is made from fresh water reed that grows abundantly along river banks, wetlands and estuaries. These budget- and eco-friendly panels are perfect for covering up old fencing or unsightly areas while adding excellent privacy, along with a tropical vibe. Tie the sections together with wire or clear zip ties. For optimum privacy, add a second layer.

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Best Accordion Privacy Screen

No need to have a green thumb when you can create the appearance of a vertical garden with the ECOOPTS Artificial Laurel Leaf Expandable/Stretchable Privacy Fence. The faux greenery panel is made of polyethylene backed with 100 percent natural wood that expands and contracts, depending on the amount of privacy you need. Despite the apparent lushness, the screen lets air flow freely.

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Best DIY Privacy Screen

If you’ve got decent carpentry skills, you can build this charming privacy screen in one weekend. Along with the complete how-to instructions, you’ll learn a foolproof technique for laying out the fence to ensure you get perfect post positioning. Plus, you can paint or stain this screen to coordinate with the rest of your deck or patio.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a culture and lifestyle writer, reviews expert and DIY enthusiast covering everything from pests to painting to pool cabanas. Based in a medieval hill town in central Italy, when Toni isn’t documenting her travels around Europe, she’s tending her garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.