It’s not that you don’t love your neighbours, but when it comes to spending time on your balcony or in your outdoor space you’d prefer it wasn’t always a social affair.
Spending time outside when you’re living in an apartment can result in awkward run-ins if you don’t have some built-in privacy elements.
And when space is at a premium (many apartments aren’t exactly palatial these days, let’s be honest), you don’t want to have to avoid spending time on your balcony just because you might run into a neighbour who has the same idea.
While we love the concept of community living, we’re also all for enjoying some quiet solitude alone every now and then.
We’ve looked at some of the best ways to create that outside escape on your balcony.
1. Screen time
If you’re after something immediate then sometimes the simplest idea is the best – and there are some great creative and cost-effective options out there when it comes to screens.
From budget-friendly rolls of bamboo strips, which can be hung from hooks, to privacy-friendly green walls – there’s plenty of cool screens available through stores like Ikea and Bunnings.
You could even opt for some gorgeous laser-cut metal screens or screens that have the ability to hang vertical gardens from them.
2. Green screen
Possibly the greenest way to create some privacy on your balcony is to place some fast-growing plants between you and your friendly neighbours.
It’s easier than you think to install a green wall: You can either roll out a little fence or simply use an affordable clothing rack from Ikea to hang your plants on.
Add some ivy or other fast-growing climbing plants and you’ll be secluded in your own secret garden in just a matter of months.
Another great view blocker which can be pulled together quickly is clumps of bamboo; simply place them in pots along the edge of your space for added privacy.
3. Hang a curtain
Depending on the style of your balcony you could hang some heavy-duty curtains or an umbrella along a curtain rail in your space.
This will not only offer privacy, but if you choose the right fabric, it might provide a UV-free spot to enjoy in the warmer months.
Just be sure to firmly secure the cloth so that it doesn’t pick up in the wind as this could cause damage in a storm.
If in doubt just bring it inside when the weather turns nasty.