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10 screening ideas for outdoor areas

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Whether you want to create more privacy at home or just hide an unsightly fence or hot water tank, you have plenty of options for attractive, functional screening.


Here are some clever and creative screening project ideas from Bunnings Workshop community members. Please let us know if you need a hand with your own screening project. 


1. Feature wall fence with Matrix screen panels by @diy_hausdesigns 


Bunnings Workshop member Rufaro combined Matrix screen panels and Merbau decking boards to give a tired old fence a fresh new look.




2. Enclosure to screen hot water tank by @diy_hausdesigns 


Rufaro also screened out the hot water service on the side of his house with timber lattice, something also achieved to great effect by another frequent Workshop contributor @ProjectPete




3. Merbau panel screening by @WendyL 


Workshop member Wendy hid an old fence and changed the entire look of her courtyard with this inspiring Merbau makeover. Wendy also used Merbau panels to maximise the usable area of her courtyard and hide an unsightly fence.


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4. Bin screening and timber mailbox by @cadsman 


Using leftover Colorbond sheeting and Merbau decking, Workshop member cadsman created a striking mailbox that cleverly hides his bins. A storage box is another great option to consider for hiding unsightly rubbish bins from view.  




5. Privacy screen planter box using pallet timber by @Yorky88 


Pallet timber maestro Marty combined a functional and portable planter box and privacy solution with this clever design. 




6. Outdoor screening using pallet timber by @AndrewLee 


Workshop member Andrew recycled pallet timber as a screening material for his outdoor entertaining area and shadehouse.




7. Front yard garden bed screening by @suequarford 


Fragrant plants were utilised to create a lovely front-yard feature that provides partitioning from the street in Sue's popular screening project.




8. Training climbers to screen a fence by @royq 


Experienced Workshop member Roy also chose a living screen, training Star Jasmine to cover a fence to dramatic effect.




9. Fire pit entertaining area with custom bench seats and screening by @lcooksey88 


Workshop member Lauren used Merbau screening and Un-Real hedge panels to create a stylish space for gathering around the fire pit.




10. Poolside fence makeover by @ProjectPete 


Rough-sawn Marri hardwood was used to make a striking feature wall on the fence beside ProjectPete's pool.




More help and inspiration for your screening projects




Bunnings Workshop outdoor expert @Adam_W has shared a step-by-step guide to building timber screening. You can also check out Adam's guide How to create privacy by planting


There are even more ideas for your own space in our Top 10 most popular fence projects and Top 10 most popular screening projects.


Please let us know if we can help with your project – we'd love to help you get a fantastic result for your home.


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