How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen
Use folding wood panels to dress up your landscape
If that eyesore of an AC compressor or compost bin or neighbor spoils the view from your deck or patio, the solution may be as simple as setting up a wood privacy screen like the one here. These screens typically come in three- and four-panel configurations that stand on their own when partially folded, assuming there's not too much wind. In turf, you can anchor them with edging spikes driven through attached angle brackets, but whenever the forecast calls for blustery conditions, it's best to fold them up and stow them away until the wind settles down.
Whether you build a screen like the eucalyptus one shown or buy it ready-made, rot-resistant wood and rustproof fasteners are must-have materials. Then you only need to give the screen regular applications of a penetrating oil-based deck or fence finish to keep it looking its best. That's not much to ask in return for what is sure to be many years of solid, view-enhancing service.
Shown: A folding lattice screen made of eucalyptus softens the rough stone wall looming over this patio.