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Top 7 Privacy Screens For Deck Railing Ideas

These top 7 privacy screens for deck railing ideas will ensure you get the freedom to truly enjoy your home to the fullest, after all, you built that new deck, pool, or pergola to maximize the use of your outdoor spaces.

Deck railings are essential elements of outdoor decks. They provide safety and security to the area around the deck as well as creating a pleasing aesthetic as a finishing touch to the area. 

Homeowners should definitely focus on features like railings as an integral part of their overall design right from the get-go. 

A feature many should consider when factoring in which railing to choose to enhance their design is a privacy screen. A deck even a few feet above the ground or a raised swimming pool area can make a difference between your activities being visible by those on the road by your home or your neighbours. 

Screening a section of your outdoor area can serve other functions as well from minimizing street noise to creating a section as a stand-alone feature which can frame a barbecue, a small sitting area or even a mini garden. 

An additional bonus is that a privacy screen in certain materials can be utilized to minimize the impact of the sun at certain points of the day and even act as a windbreak. 

Privacy screens can easily be incorporated into many types of deck railings available on the market today. The type of material you choose depends on the purpose of the deck railings,  some of which include wood, aluminum, steel, and composite materials. 

You can easily work with your designer to choose which privacy screen will suit you best and how it will work with any of these materials. 

1. Tall Horizontal Privacy Screen for Maximum Coverage

For maximum privacy, a long, tall privacy screen is preferred by some homeowners, allowing them to use their deck whenever they like. A big horizontal screen like this is a great option for them to have to maximize the use of their space for any purpose.

You can use this addition to hide your deck from nearby neighbors and passersby. It won’t inhibit airflow and will allow for some light to get through.

This painted screen exemplifies how a bold color can elevate your backyard and become an accent piece for your outdoor deck. The predominant use of grey lends a sleek, modern look to the entire deck in this particular layout.

The rail and the privacy screen appear to be one uninterrupted element, as seen from behind because the whole thing is designed to work together seamlessly.

2. Framed Lattice Privacy Screen with Plant Trellis or Potted Plants for a Private Oasis

A framed lattice is a great addition to the design of a privacy screen when you are looking for a lighter touch with great airflow. It’s a cheap and fairly easy way to make the area look better overall. Aside from that, it may also be installed on or beneath the deck railing without requiring major construction.

A framed lattice is a great addition to the design of a privacy screen when you are looking for a lighter touch with great airflow. It’s a cheap and fairly easy way to make the area look better overall. Aside from that, it may also be installed on or beneath the deck railing without requiring major construction.

Some framed lattices can act as a trellis to support either creeping plants (real or fake!) or hanging potted plants to soften the feel and create additional privacy without restricting a pleasant breeze. place some more potted plants on the floor or on stands and you end up with an inexpensive mini oasis. 

The contrasting aesthetic isn’t limited to the screen, either. The deck as a whole can benefit from a screen’s presence in the railing design. By pairing it with the flooring tone in a complimentary but different hue,  it can also create an interesting visual highlight and draw the eye to designated featured elements creating a look and feel of a shady welcoming area on a sunny deck.

3. Composite Materials Privacy Screen for Low Maintenance 

Vinyl, composite and PVC materials can be used beyond the scope of decking and stairs. They are used for railings and other features as well such as privacy screens for the same reason you may choose them for the rest of your deck build. They are hard-wearing, long-lasting and low-maintenance and many come with excellent warranties.

If you aren’t told it may be understandable why you may even mistake these privacy screens for a natural wood deck feel and finish giving those who have always dreamed of a luxurious wooden deck the best of both worlds. 

4. Privacy Screen with Built-in Flower Beds

A screen can be custom-built out of various materials to incorporate built-in elements, one of these is flower beds. As a way to edge an outdoor area while creating delineated spaces, a privacy screen can be erected and constructed with built-in flower boxes to contain plants. Plants can both enhance an area by softening lines, create a green space which is known to enhance our health both mentally and physically, or simply add a pop of colour to an area with more muted colours. 

You can create low flower beds with perennials for a soft frame or even plant shrubbery which can grow a few feet higher and create the feel of a living green wall edged by the privacy screen. 

In spite of the fact that these plants can perform the job of a privacy screen, the privacy screen creates a controllable framework that ensures there are no gaps and you can even further enhance the aesthetic appeal by adding decorative stones and lighting, which a constructed privacy screen will allow. 

5. Exotic Hardwood Privacy Screen for Individual Design and Value

There’s more to this material than just its beautiful aesthetic. Quality and longevity are further benefits to going with durable exotic hardwood. It can be more expensive to install but provides excellent value over other natural wood choices.

If your design for your privacy screen or space is particular or the area you are installing it in has unique attributes, working with wood allows for a fantastic custom-built environment.

If you use an exotic wood for the privacy screen, incorporating it into your deck railing for a seamless look and feel will enhance your outdoor area.

An intriguing design can be created and customized including other featured elements, such as this divider made of reed panels that you can set up along your deck railing for extra seclusion, while the contrast highlights the beauty of the exotic hardwood

The look and feel of real wood, especially and exotic one, together with the option for staining to bring out the rich grain, create an excellent option for adding a natural and tropical feel to your deck.

6. Privacy Screen with Built-in Wooden Bench to Maximize your Outdoor Space

Another feature that can be installed and built into a privacy screen is seating. This design element can add various benefits to your use of the area. Adding seating of course first and foremost can maximize the use of the space by allowing more seating to accommodate more people in an area where too many chairs could look cluttered. 

Built-in benches and seating can also make a privacy screen simply more aesthetically pleasing and can be built in along with other elements like fold-down mini tables or planter boxes. 

However, the design of the seating itself can serve yet another purpose by having the seats be boxes with lids which can be raised to provide additional outdoor storage space for items like gardening tools, items for a barbecue or grill or even just storage for the cushions for the seats themselves. 

7. Privacy Screen with Covered Area for Comfort and Enjoyment All Year

After investing so much time, effort and money into your outdoor deck it would be nice to be able to make use of it as much as possible. While a privacy screen can be one stand-alone element, several of them can be incorporated to section off a part of your outdoor space and even incorporate an awning or covered pergola element. 

It can be very minimal or more elaborate to create a covered area with protection from the sun, wind, rain or even the cold with a heating lamp throughout the year. 

Now that you’ve gone through our top 7 privacy screens for deck railing ideas, you may have a better sense of what you’re looking for. So contact Mississauga Decks & Trim to discuss how we can build the ideal privacy screen for your deck railing

If you’re still not sure what you’re looking for, check out our website for more information or contact us to discuss these and other ideas. 

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