If you want to cover an ugly chainlink fence and gain privacy, these ideas will help.
Hide Ugly Fence and Improve Privacy
Privacy is so essential for a comfortable garden! One of my favorite things is having a quiet, private spot to read, think, and nap without feeling like anyone is watching.
I’ll show you ideas for making basic chain link fences more private, ways to improve existing fences, ideas for adding privacy screens, and some unusual ideas for using living plants to block prying eyes.
1Ways to Make Chain Link Fence Private
We used to live in a house with a very small yard surrounded by white chain link fence and it was so ugly and (obviously) not private at all. I spent far too much time thinking up ways to cover up that fence. One thing I was sure of: never choose white chain link! Black blends in so much better. White is just an eyesore.
Fence Add-Ons for Better Privacy
Mesh wind screens | Amazon
Fence slats | Amazon
There are lots of options for these screens. You can choose various colors and the amount of privacy they provide.
2Ways to Make an Existing Fence Taller
- This shows how to extend fence posts with special cuts: make fence posts taller.
- Another option is to sit the new post on top of the existing one and join them with tie plates: fence posts joined with tie plates.
You can see tie plates here on Amazon.
3Ideas for Privacy Screens
Sometimes you cannot modify a garden fence so a free-standing screen may be the solution. The closer you place a privacy screen to the area you want to make private, the more effective it will be. The screen in the image (above) is actually supported by the property fence and helps block the view from neighboring apartments. This is a smart work-around if local bylaws limit how tall a conventional fence can be.
More ideas for improving privacy in a backyard garden
- How to Make a Fence Taller
- How to Place a Fence or Screen for Maximum Privacy
- 20+ Arbor, Obelisk, and Trellis Ideas
4Create a Living Screen
Plants are my top choice but the effectiveness may just be seasonal, with good privacy in summer and none in winter when leaves have dropped. A thick evergreen hedge does the trick all year-round.
- Here’s a unique free-standing container holder for annual plants.
- My Vertical Gardening board on Pinterest has a bunch of ideas that would act as living screens.
- Cedar hedges (like the one pictured above) provide excellent privacy but do take a long time to grow. A smart idea is to plant one and then set up other screens to use until the hedges are full size.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛