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)
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
You can see how I made these here: