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

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!

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    4 years ago

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

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)