Whether you live in a single-family home, a cottage or an apartment, you have neighbors. And often talkative neighbors. So when the good weather arrives and you start to spend more time on the terrace, garden or poolwhat you don’t want is to have it “sharp eyes” watching everything you do and criticize you inside, right? To do this, you will surely search the Internet for how to cover the neighbor’s view.
We are all jealous of our privacy. And even if you live in an apartment with a balcony, in an apartment with a small terrace or in a large house, what you don’t want is to give a show to the neighbors. Nor to anyone. For this reason, more and more people are concerned about covering views in order to feel more free. And that’s what we’re going to teach you. Here you have a few options.
Awnings, parasols and umbrellas
Let’s start with a first option which can be very smart if you live on a ground floor with a terrace and your neighbors are upstairs. If more than once you’ve looked up and encountered bystanders who made you come home (almost running), putting up a canopy, parasol or umbrella can be a way to avoid the problem.
Too It is useful for single family homes and even cottages if the houses around you are tall because you prevent them from looking at you from a second floor.
Blocking the view of the neighbor upstairs is a good idea, especially if he has no chance of seeing you otherwise; but if so, you’ll have to take care of the sides.
Artificial hedges are a way to cover the view of the neighbor on the sides. these they are placed on fences or walls to prevent the other person from seeing what you are doing. Although in reality they will see your silhouette and something they can see because the hedges, for the air to pass through, have small holes. But come on, they have to get very close and look for them to see you.
Of course, it can be, with a very, very talkative neighbor inserting an instrument to make a hole, but it will be noticed, so if you cover it from your side, it would be over.
Shade nets are also a solution to install on terraces or on fences and walls to avoid neighbors who are watching all the time.
These are very stylish and offer you good protection.
Along with these, there are those for concealment, which are mostly made of hedge (PVC to last longer) or wicker. They will give a more rustic look to your home while preserving your privacy.
However, they are lightweight and if you live in a windy area, they may break easily. In addition, over time they deteriorate (sun, rain, etc. cause them to take on an uglier color and eventually break).
A more natural solution to cover the view of the neighbor (which can be from above or from the sides) are climbing plants. These have the feature to tangle through the fence and cover those gaps so he can’t look at you. For this, it is necessary to acquire very bushy plants (like ivy for example) and also fast growing.
And it is that, until the plants cover everything months and/or years may pass and many times you want the solution “for yesterday”.
Related to the previous idea, if you can’t wait for the plant to end up blocking your neighbour’s view, another equally natural option is vertical gardens. These have the advantage of being placed and the plants at the same time creating in themselves a natural barrier.
Over time, if a plant does not continue, you can change it to another so that you still have those views covered in natural vegetation. And by the way, you like to take care of plants.
obviously also you have the option of buying artificial vertical gardens, which hardly require care and have the same effect. We recommend them if you don’t have time to take care of the plants and/or if the bad weather is not the best to have natural plants where you are going to place them.
Curtains, blinds, sheers
They are a less used option, but it can be useful for terraces or similar because in these places you don’t have so many problems with them. It’s like having an inside curtain, only you put it outside so that when you’re outside no one is watching you and you feel uncomfortable.
This, yes, when it is windy, it will be more difficult for a curtain to cover you and as for the blinds, they can break if the air is very strong.
It’s a commonly used solution because it’s very cheap and does its job (even if it doesn’t last very long). It is a fabric mesh or similar in green (you can also find it in black). This it is placed on the fence and fixed with wires.
It’s similar to the shading and/or concealing mesh we mentioned earlier, but instead of looking more rigid and cohesive, it looks like a tough piece of fabric.
Haven’t you thought that blinds don’t always have to be tied to a window? In this case, as long as you have a bar where to hang them next to the fence or wall you want to hide, you can put them in such a way that when you want you raise them, and when you don’t you lower them.
One of the economical options that can be used for exterior decking (those with railings) or the like is translucent vinyl. These are characterized by prevent the view from inside the balcony or terrace, letting in light. In other words, they won’t see you from the outside.
The hedge is used for everything: for railings, walls and even for the upper part. With it you can build a wall, even higher than the fence itself, and thus create your own wall to avoid prying eyes.
This, as long as you take good care of it and maintain it, will last you a few years, and you will have the peace of mind of being outside without noticing that you are being spied on.
As you can see, there are plenty of options to choose from to cover the sight of the nosy neighbor. You just have to think about your needs, the options that will best meet your needs and the budget you have. Do you have any other ideas to avoid prying eyes? You can tell us about it.