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Top 10 most popular screening projects




An outdoor screen is the ultimate concealer. You may want to hide something in your garden, add some privacy to an area or create an eye-catching feature.


Even with the world’s friendliest neighbours, most of us prefer a home where we have privacy so we can relax.


The Bunnings Workshop community can help with creative solutions to most D.I.Y. challenges. Here are our most popular screening projects by pageviews:


Using climbers to enliven a Colorbond fenceUsing climbers to enliven a Colorbond fence

1. Training climbers to screen a fence by @royq 

Roy camouflaged a Colorbond fence with a living screen of fast-growing Chinese Star Jasmine.


2. Screen to hide a hot water system by @ProjectPete  


Hot water systems can be an eyesore, so Pete built a wooden screen to create a trail for a climbing Ficus.


3. Low-profile deck with screening and steps by @MGusto 


Workshop member MGusto installed two Merbau screening panels to frame a new deck and partition this entertaining space from the rest of the outdoor area.


4. Bin storage box by @ponting72 


This neat-and-tidy solution kept rubbish bins out of sight but still remain easily accessible.


Timber screening on fenceTimber screening on fence

5. Merbau feature wall by @weekenddiyer 


What started as a way to hide a water tank turned into a way to create storage and bench space for barbecuing in this outdoor kitchen and feature wall project.


6. Poolside fence makeover by @ProjectPete 


Pete used rough sawn Marri to create a rustic wooden cladding for a Colorbond pool fence.


7. Feature wall fence with Matrix screen panels by @Chaks_DIY  


With this eye-catching design, Rufaro combined timber and screening panels to elevate the appearance of his backyard fence and create a feature in its own right.


8. Low-level deck and Merbau screening by @WendyL 


Wendy built a low-lying deck and installed Merbau screening panels to maximise the usable area of her courtyard and hide an unsightly fence.


Fence makeover for the pool areaFence makeover for the pool area

9. Bamboo fence panel for extra privacy by @Shannon 


Shannon used wonderful bamboo panelling and a rose mahogany stain to bring a touch of Bali to his backyard and greatly enliven the fence.


10. Dog-friendly garden screening by @Brad  


Brad’s garden screening not only added a beautiful feature, but also helped keep his dog out of the garden.


More inspiring screening ideas


The Bunnings Workshop community have shared many other inspiring screening projects. Here's some other great projects:


Pallet upcycling to create screeningPallet upcycling to create screening 




Screening projects in the garden


There are some really simple outdoor projects to create a private garden retreat. By doing it yourself you'll save a lot of money.


Want more privacy, but don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas for outdoor privacy projects to suit all skill levels.


Bins, clotheslines and sheds are a fact of life, but shouldn’t be the star feature of your garden. Here are five ways to hide these necessary but not always nice to look at items in your garden.


More help for backyard screening projects


The Bunnings Workshop community can provide helpful suggestions for any screening project. Here are some recent discussions:


  • Privacy screen by @Caron – Caron wanted to be able to open her front door to let the sea breeze through a 1940s cottage, but didn’t want to sacrifice privacy.

 Screening a hot water systemScreening a hot water system

  • Privacy screening by @katita – Ideas for how to create a screen to break up the line of sight between two neighbouring windows.




Fences as screening


A fence can provide important privacy and security to your home and doesn’t have to look drab. You can transform a dull fence into an attractive feature of your garden. Here are the top 10 most popular fence projects from the Bunnings Workshop community.


You can add privacy and security to your boundary fencing with D.I.Y. extensions to a Colorbond fence. Find out how in ProjectPete’s step-by-step guide How to add an extension to a Colorbond fence.


Using plants as screening


Plants can also be used to give privacy or hide something in your garden. Check out 5 ways to create a vertical garden.


Here are some helpful suggestions for plants to consider: 



 Planting a new native hedgePlanting a new native hedge






Bunnings also offers great advice on the best plants to use to create a hedge boundary and Adam Woodhams shared How to create privacy by planting.


Help with your privacy screen project


Need help with working out how to create more privacy in your home? Feel free to press the Start a discussion button and our members will be more than happy to help.



Last updated: October 2021


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