Picture of DIY Privacy Panels for a small balcony
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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

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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.

MasonP120 days ago

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

EYSpace (author)  MasonP119 days ago
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.

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

EYSpace (author)  Rich_Limburger6 months ago


michaelgc11 months ago

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.

travderose1 year ago

this looks really good! Congrats on winning

EYSpace (author)  travderose1 year ago

Thank you!

jpade1 year ago


Awesome and ingenious. Fave'd!

EYSpace (author)  praetorian2161 year ago

Thank you!

elizruge1 year ago

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

EYSpace (author)  elizruge1 year ago

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 :)

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

EYSpace (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

Thanks Penolopy! I love that too :)