Introduction: DIY Privacy Panels for a Small Balcony

Wanting some privacy from my neighbors while still being able to enjoy the view of Manhattan from my small 5ft x 9ft balcony, I came up with the idea to create a corner dining booth by making 2 privacy panels.

The panels are very simple and inexpensive to build with 1"x3" pine boards, furring strips and an outdoor chair cushion from IKEA - you can see the complete list of materials, tools and supplies that you will need here:

You can also see a video of the whole process here:

Step 1: Line Up All the Boards and Mark the Location of the Screws

Space out the furring strips evenly across the width of the panel, line up the 1" x 3" pine boards over the furring strips and mark the location of the screws so they line up with the middle of the furring strips.

Step 2: Drill Pilot Holes for the Screws and Stain All the Wood

I used an exterior semi-transparent stain from BEHR (color: coffee)

Step 3:

Screw in place the first long board so that it lines up with the top of the balcony railing and double check that it's straight. I used decking screws to secure the boards to the furring strips.

Step 4: Screw in Place All the Boards

I used a spacer to make sure the spacing was the same for all the boards and I used decking screws to secure the boards to the furring strips.

Step 5: Attach the Privacy Panels and Cushion to the Balcony

I used gardening wire to secure the privacy panels to the top, middle and bottom of the railing. For the cushion, I sewed a velcro strap to the back and used that to secure the cushion to the balcony railing.

Step 6: Add DIY Benches

Step 7: Add a Table and Enjoy!

It's the perfect spot to entertain friends on a hot summer night!


MasonP1 (author)2015-08-09

This looks great! I'm going to try to build it. Would you mind sharing what table you used?

EYSpace (author)MasonP12015-08-10

The table is a bit of a Frankenstein: I made it with some left over wood I had on hand and a wood pedestal that was a curbside find.

Rich_Limburger (author)2015-02-23

uhm to bad my balcony is a lot smaller, great idea. i like the instructable

EYSpace (author)Rich_Limburger2015-02-24


michaelgc (author)2014-09-18

I am not on a small balcony but think that I might use a very similar idea to block out my neighbors on the other side of a low wall. Thanks.

travderose (author)2014-07-18

this looks really good! Congrats on winning

EYSpace (author)travderose2014-07-22

Thank you!

jpade (author)2014-06-25


praetorian216 (author)2014-06-24

Awesome and ingenious. Fave'd!

EYSpace (author)praetorian2162014-06-24

Thank you!

elizruge (author)2014-06-23

This is great! I wish I had the tools and space to do something similar (and talent!).

EYSpace (author)elizruge2014-06-23

Thank you! You should give it a try, you can get all the wood cut at the hardware store and all you need is a drill :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-23

This looks great! I love how it is designed to have the cushions fit into it :)

EYSpace (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-06-23

Thanks Penolopy! I love that too :)

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