When it comes to outdoor patio privacy screens, Thomas Woltz recommends thinking about natural light. Some outdoor screens are large enough to block harsh sunlight, whereas others are just meant to offer privacy rather than shade. If you do want a screen that will offer shade on a hot day, it should be at least 70 inches tall. This is a good size that will give you some sun relief without plunging you into the darkness. As for width, a screen with 6 to 8 panels is a classic size that will suit most outdoor spaces. However, for a small outdoor space, a 4 panel screen will still give you privacy. To cover a large area, we recommend a privacy screen that has 8 to 10 panels. This will offer the most privacy and block out sunlight during daylight gatherings.
Material is key for an outdoor patio privacy screen, as it will determine the level of maintenance that's needed. For example, a wooden privacy screen may look good and match a farmhouse aesthetic, but it won't hold up as well in heavy rain. Painted wood also gets easily bleached in hot weather. Conversely, Amy Lau states that a screen made from bamboo is a great option. Bamboo is a popular privacy screen material due to its sustainability, lightweight feel, and the fact it doesn't bend out of shape easily. Alongside the above, it will add a tropical feel to your outdoor space, too. Bamboo is additionally extra durable in comparison to wood. Plastic is another popular material for privacy screens as it's usually inexpensive and easy to clean. It is often used for recreating a rattan look.
Style and Color:
Dark brown and black are two of the best color options for an outdoor patio privacy screen. Chic and sophisticated, they won't show marks and other faults as easily as a lighter color would. If you do want a lighter color, beige is better than plain white. White may look pretty, but unless you have a plastic screen, it's difficult to keep looking fresh. The style of the panels should be taken into consideration, too. We recommend a screen with a diamond or lattice weave -- these two designs will never go out of style. For a traditional look, choose a screen with horizontal paneling. Rattan is a versatile design choice that will bring depth and dimension to your patio. The natural grain texture of wood can also bring rustic charm to your patio space.