The 10 Best Outdoor Privacy Screens

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in September of 2020. Outdoor privacy shields are a great way to conceal your personal space from the eyes of neighbors and passersby. But these versatile items do much more than that. They can help to block UV rays and inclement weather. They can be used to hide things that you'd rather not see, from garbage cans to the unsightly backyard next door. And some of them can even add a touch of style to your outside area. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Sunnyglade Heavy Duty

2. Tangkula Divider

3. Alion Home Elegant Mesh

Editor's Notes

October 02, 2020:

Outdoor privacy screens come in many shapes and sizes, from lengthy mesh shields and decorative patio dividers to window shade-inspired designs. Some of them can be adjusted by hand, while others are installed in one position and meant to stay. They are available in a wide range of materials and have different levels of weather resistance. When making your choice, consider the size of your space as well as the climate where you live. If high winds and storms are common, you'll probably need something that is strong, durable, and able to attach to another structure.

The Sunnyglade Heavy Duty and the Alion Home Elegant Mesh are two such options, tough polyethylene covers for fences and garden walls - although the Sunnyglade Heavy Duty is much larger overall. Retractable designs like the Tangkula Divider and the Coolaroo Roller can be tucked away when not in use, which makes them good for people who want to be able to adjust the amount of coverage that the screen provides.

Lighter partitions like the Sorbus Extra Wide and the Nicetown Waterproof Curtain can also be adjusted fairly easily. If you're looking for something made of wood, consider the Vifah V163 Malibu, which can be attached to the ground for extra stability. While the Zippity Wilmington looks like a white wooden fence, it's actually made of durable vinyl. The Yardistry Fusion is a wooden divider with a bonus: four flower planters on the bottom for a natural touch. And if you like the natural style, the Best Choice Faux Ivy might be the right fit for your outdoor space.

For other options when it comes to exterior privacy, check out the best outdoor curtains, bamboo fencing, faux ivy barriers, and garden fences.

Special Honors

Wilson Bros Gardens Seabreeze Bamboo If you have a green thumb and the space for it, consider planting a living screen of Seabreeze Bamboo. This species is a popular choice to provide natural privacy because it grows quickly, doesn't spread to new areas, and has numerous lateral branches that add fullness.

4. Best Choice Faux Ivy

5. Yardistry Fusion

6. Nicetown Waterproof Curtain

7. Sorbus Extra Wide

8. Coolaroo Roller

9. Vifah V163 Malibu

10. Zippity Wilmington

Shilo Urban
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