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For many city dwellers, securing outdoor privacy is something akin to an urban legend. Whether you live in a new development or an older building, life on the patio is for everyone to see.
And while close-range balconies remain the unfortunate norm, that doesn't mean you can't create a secluded sanctuary of your own. From leaf-covered lattices to artfully cut metal screens, there are tons of renter-friendly options available to keep out neighbouring glances.
Give your balcony an air of privacy this summer and create a place where you can truly relax with these privacy-creating structures.
Hide any unwanted views while creating a serene outdoor space with this expandable gardenia lattice. The privacy lattice is extendable up to 36-inches by 72-inches and is made out of durable PVC and PE plastic. Plus, it comes with a two-year warranty for leaf colour fading.
SHOP IT: Rona, $70
Whether you're looking to hide unsightly garbage cans and air conditioning units or block the view of your next-door neighbour, these vinyl privacy screens will do the trick. They measure 48 by 26-inches to give you just enough coverage from whatever you're concealing.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $140
Enjoy privacy on your balcony without any peeping glances with this wood-effect outdoor screen. Made of durable and rustproof aluminum, the structure includes three hooks to add some hanging plants or outdoor accessories. It measures more than six feet tall for all-over privacy.
SHOP IT: Rona, $400
Section off your space in style with these unique laser-cut metal privacy screens. The panels are made of 2mm galvanized steel and coated with scratch-resistant powder for a durable, lasting finish. They measure 76 by 47.2-inches for standing-length privacy.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $330 (originally $380)
A completely customizable option for outdoor privacy, this weather and UV-resistant artificial garden wall can be used in a variety of ways. It attaches to any wood frame or chain link fence with ease and features Polyethylene leaves with a life-like density and height.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $4/sq ft
Get complete coverage for your outdoor space with this retractable side awning. It's available in grey and beige and is extendable up to six feet by 10-feet. The waterproof fabric is easy to clean and can be rolled back when not in use.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $300
Easy on the eyes and easy to keep plants alive, this self-watering planter box is a lazy gardener's dream come true. The sustainably made outdoor piece measures 56-inches in height and is available in three colours to match your balcony's aesthetic.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $255 (originally $310)
Block out the sun and prying eyes with this knitted shade fabric. The specialized material is stain-resistant and won't succumb to mould or mildew. Beyond providing shade, the screen is excellent for privacy and wind protection.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $80