Table of contents:
- Attention legal situation: coordinate balcony privacy with neighbors
- Privacy protection by covering the balcony
- Fabrics and privacy mats - wind protection included
- Privacy screen on the balcony: fastening of balcony coverings
- Balcony screen made of wood, rattan etc
- Ideas made of fabric & plastic for balcony privacy protection
- Tips & tricks: balcony privacy protection through plants
- Creative balcony privacy screen with bamboo
Video: Privacy screen for the balcony
The balcony - a small oasis for city dwellers, a refuge for minimal gardening and sunbathing for the garden-less. So that we still feel safe and protected on the few square meters outside, it is worth considering the numerous options for privacy protection on the balcony. There have long been many alternatives to the parasol as a classic shield against prying eyes from above, below and from the side: We will present the most proven models - from the willow mat to the climbing vegetation.
Attention legal situation: coordinate balcony privacy with neighbors
Before you get to work creatively and design your balcony privacy screen, you should be aware of possible visual impairments from the perspective of your neighbors and your landlord: Solid plastic curtains and completely obstructing devices are not very suitable and are not legally approved.
In addition, the individual balcony view protection should also maintain the uniformity of the house facade. Basically, anyone who wants to screw or drill must first obtain the landlord's permission. In the following, we have summarized for you what can be done without further structural measures.
Privacy protection by covering the balcony
The most common and easiest to implement privacy screen for the balcony is the balcony covering. The airy metal grille of most balconies is covered with a textile privacy screen, for example, so that outsiders can no longer see up to the height of the official balcony railing - usually between 75 and 100 centimeters. So you can sunbathe carefree and without prying eyes in your bikini. Balcony coverings are available in all color variants. They are already available by the meter at relatively low prices.
Fabrics and privacy mats - wind protection included
Water-repellent, robust materials made of polyester or plastic are mostly used for the textile balcony covering. So you have the windbreak included. In addition to single-colored and patterned versions made of plastic or polyester, there are privacy mats made of rattan, reed or PVC privacy mats with a creative slate, stone or wood look. When shopping, pay attention to the weather resistance, the care required and the durability as well as the opacity of the material.
The most common privacy screen for the balcony is the balcony covering - simply pull it through the railing and tighten it with cords.
Photo: living4media / Lene-K
Privacy screen on the balcony: fastening of balcony coverings
With cords that you pull through aluminum eyelets in the fabric or in the mat, you can tighten your opaque balcony covering and attach it to the balcony railing from the inside. You can also use cable ties, loops or wire for assembly. If you use unicolor tones such as anthracite, white or gray instead of brightly patterned versions for the balcony covering, make sure that there are no disputes with your landlord.
Balcony screen made of wood, rattan etc
Paravents and partition walls to set up are another way to provide privacy and privacy on the balcony or terrace: depending on the size of the partition, this can be legally borderline and you have to coordinate with your direct neighbors. However, there is usually nothing to be said against a slanted partition or partial privacy protection.
There have long been attractive alternatives to the partition made of old-fashioned corrugated or plexiglass, for example wooden privacy screens, weather-resistant rattan or bamboo screens. You must regularly treat wooden partitions with wood preservatives and repaint them.
Wooden partitions are a great way to make the privacy screen a little more creative.
Photo: living4media / Isaksson, Camilla
Ideas made of fabric & plastic for balcony privacy protection
In addition to the classic balcony covering, you can of course also use textiles and plastic in the context of an awning or a fabric curtain and thus protect yourself from unwanted glances. Especially in sunny locations, this also has the advantage that you are protected from UV light. For such a balcony privacy screen made of plastic, you usually need a suitable device: Awnings require a console device with the appropriate load capacity as well as official permission from the landlord, since they must be attached to the balcony above. In return, however, they also offer maximum shade along with upward privacy protection. On the other hand, it is easier if you attach individual strips of fabric to the balcony above using a curtain rail or stretch them like a canopy - this can look romantic and is technically easier to do than an awning that has to be professionally attached.
Awnings and side awnings as a balcony privacy screen are a particularly noble way to protect yourself from prying eyes. If you live for rent, you need the landlord's permission for an awning.
Photo: epr / markilux
Tips & tricks: balcony privacy protection through plants
Basically, you can green your balcony to your heart's content. Climbing plants, flower boxes, traffic lights and climbing aids are not only allowed and transform a balcony or terrace into an inviting oasis, they also offer a certain privacy. Trellises, trellis or trellis, wire parts or simple bamboo sticks are suitable as climbing aids for balcony plants - depending on whether the vegetation is a self-climbing, looping, climbing or hanging plant species. Blooming climbing plants such as clematis, climbing hydrangeas, climbing trumpets and wisteria are perfect for the balcony privacy screen, but ivy, wild vine plants and other facade plants without flowers can also look very appealing.
However, caution is advised when it comes to masonry, neighbors and passers-by: make sure that pedestrians passing by are not disturbed by watering or caring for your balcony plants, just as your neighbors are not disturbed by the possible wild growth of your climbing plants. Therefore, trim your climbing plants regularly - and make sure that the masonry is not damaged. After all, you can also plant tall grasses in tubs and get a natural-looking privacy screen.
Creative balcony privacy screen with bamboo
The building material bamboo is becoming increasingly popular - also on balconies. When buying partition walls, rolling fences or privacy mats made of bamboo or reed, however, remember that these materials weather earlier and you have to replace them faster. Conversely, you can use a rolling fence made of bamboo, willow or reed to conjure up an Asian-inspired look on the balcony at very low cost by combining the privacy screen with matching botany, white pebbles, fountains or Buddha figures.