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11 Cheap Ways to Block Neighbors View: Privacy Fence Ideas

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11 Cheap Ways to Block Neighbors View: DIY Privacy Fence Ideas

11 Cheap Ways to Block Neighbors View: Privacy Fence Ideas

You love your privacy, don’t you? Having your own little sanctuary away from prying eyes is essential.

However, it’s not always easy, especially with nosy neighbors.

They just can’t seem to mind their own business.

You might have tried everything from talking to your neighbors to not inviting them to your backyard BBQ, but they just can’t take a hint. Maybe your last thought involved a baseball bat.

Don’t worry, there are many affordable and creative DIY privacy landscaping ideas and other cheap ways to block neighbors view without breaking the bank or their garden gnome.

So, let’s dive in and explore.

1. Recycled Materials

If you’re looking for the cheapest privacy fence, using recycled materials can sometimes be free. You can repurpose old shutters or doors, or use pallets you find behind Walmart to create a unique and functional barrier. Not only is this a cheap option, but it’s also environmentally friendly.

2. Trellis

A trellis is a great way to add privacy to your yard while also adding some beautiful greenery. You can grow vines, flowers, and even vegetables on a trellis, making it a versatile addition to your yard. Not only will it provide privacy, but it will also add a touch of nature and beauty to your yard.

3. Curtains or Blinds

If you have a patio or balcony that overlooks your neighbor’s yard, hanging curtains or blinds might be your best bet. You can find affordable options at your local store or guest room closet. They are pretty easy to install and slide closed when you just want some time alone.

4. Vertical Garden

A vertical garden is a great way to add privacy to your yard while also growing your own fruits and vegetables. You can use pallets or other materials to create a vertical garden all along the fence line. This can be fun and creative, and it’s still a cheap way to block neighbors view.

5. Privacy Screens

Privacy screens are another cheap way to create a barrier between your yard and your neighbor. You can purchase pre-made screens or make your own using materials like bamboo or scrap wood from the garage. Place these screens in strategic areas to block the view from your neighbor’s windows.

6. Outdoor Art

Hanging outdoor art is a unique way to add privacy to your yard while also adding some personality and charm. You can hang sculptures, paintings, or whatever you find in the miscellaneous boxes in your storage room.

7. Natural Plant Barrier

Plants are excellent at blocking your neighbor’s view. You can plant tall hedges, trees, decorative grasses, or interesting looking weeds you find along the fence line. Again, another natural and non-confrontational way to keep those prying eyes averted.

8. Water Feature

While not a visual barrier, water features help block your neighbor’s noise, in the many ways it transpires. You can install a small fountain, pond, or even a waterfall to create a sound buffer. This soothing natural sound can be very relaxing, and an inspiration for guests using an outhouse or tree in the backyard. And it’s a nice distraction from the commotion next door.

9. Classic Fence

If you don’t already have a fence, building one is a great way to add privacy to your yard. While building a fence can be a bit more expensive than some of the other options, it can add real value to your home. Plus, you can choose the style and material to match your outdoor decor and landscaping.

10. Canopy

Canopies are a bohemian and sometimes romantic way to add privacy to your outdoor space while also offering some shade. You can use materials like bamboo or fabric to make a canopy over your patio or outdoor seating area. This quick fix for privacy and shade can also make for a perfect spot to relax, unwind, and get to know each other better.

11. Mirrors

Mirrors are a great, cheap way to block your neighbors view, while improving yours ;). You can hang a large mirror on your fence or install a mirrored screen to create a visual barrier. This is a fun and unexpected option to mix things up and also make your yard feel more spacious.

Some final thoughts

Whether you choose a trellis, privacy hedge, or mirror, there is a solution for every budget, style, and quirk.

By utilizing some of these DIY problem solvers, you can finally make that private backyard oasis you’ve been dreaming about. A peaceful space where you can unwind and unbutton without those prying eyes of your neighbor. Add all sorts of natural beauty to your yard.

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