How to Make an Outdoor Privacy Screen From PVC Pipe

Can’t hang curtains from your deck or patio? Get the look by making this portable privacy screen with PVC tubing and simple, inexpensive bedsheets. You can use any color sheets for this customizable project to complement your other outdoor decor.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

Can’t hang curtains from your deck or patio? Get the look by making this portable privacy screen with PVC tubing and simple, inexpensive bedsheets. You can use any color sheets for this customizable project to complement your other outdoor decor.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Materials Needed

  • (6) 10’ x 1-1/2” PVC pipe
  • (6) 1-1/2” PVC elbows, 90˚
  • (6) 1-1/2” PVC 3-way T joints
  • (6) 1-1/2” PVC caps
  • drop cloth
  • spray primer and paint in desired color
  • saw
  • marker
  • drill and small bit
  • 4 hinges, at least 2” long
  • (2) queen-sized flat bed sheets in desired color or pattern
  • seam ripper
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • seam gauge
  • iron and ironing board

Prepare the Frame

Cut each of the PVC pipes into three pieces: (1) 6’ long, (1) 3’ long, (1) 1’ long. Wipe the pipes and the fittings free of dust and debris.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Cut PVC Pipes

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Cut PVC Pipes

Cut each of the PVC pipes into three pieces: (1) 6’ long, (1) 3’ long, (1) 1’ long. Wipe the pipes and the fittings free of dust and debris.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Lay the 1’ and 6’ pieces on a drop cloth and use spray primer to coat completely on one side. When dry, flip and prime the opposite side. Repeat with spray paint, adding additional coats as needed for full coverage. It is not necessary to paint the 3’ pieces.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Paint PVC Pipe

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Paint PVC Pipe

Lay the 1’ and 6’ pieces on a drop cloth and use spray primer to coat completely on one side. When dry, flip and prime the opposite side. Repeat with spray paint, adding additional coats as needed for full coverage. It is not necessary to paint the 3’ pieces.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Make the Fabric Panels

Use a seam ripper to open the seam along the wide band on the top of the sheets. Discard the top band, if separate, or cut the top band away at the holes made by the stitches.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Remove Top Band on Sheet

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Remove Top Band on Sheet

Use a seam ripper to open the seam along the wide band on the top of the sheets. Discard the top band, if separate, or cut the top band away at the holes made by the stitches.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

You will need two panels from one sheet and one panel from the second sheet. Cut the panels 92" long and at least 37-1/2” wide. They can be wider, if possible, for more gathers in the finished project. On the two long sides of each panel, fold over the edge 1/2” and then fold it again. Press with an iron, if necessary to hold it in place, and pin about 6” apart. Sew a seam along the fold very close to the edge.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Hem Long Edge of Sheet

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Hem Long Edge of Sheet

You will need two panels from one sheet and one panel from the second sheet. Cut the panels 92” long and at least 37-1/2” wide. They can be wider, if possible, for more gathers in the finished project. On the two long sides of each panel, fold over the edge 1/2” and then fold it again. Press with an iron, if necessary to hold it in place, and pin about 6” apart. Sew a seam along the fold very close to the edge.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

On the two short sides of each panel, use a seam gauge to fold over 4" and press in place.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Fold the top edge of the fold over 1/2” and pin in place. Sew a seam along the fold very close to the edge, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Remove any excess threads.    

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Hem Short Edge of Sheet

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Hem Short Edge of Sheet

On the two short sides of each panel, use a seam gauge to fold over 4” and press in place. Fold the top edge of the fold over 1/2” and pin in place. Sew a seam along the fold very close to the edge, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Remove any excess threads.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Assemble the Frame

Insert one of the 3’ PVC pieces into each pocket at the top and bottom of each of the three fabric panels. Set aside.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Insert PVC Pipe Into Fabric Panel

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Insert PVC Pipe Into Fabric Panel

Insert one of the 3’ PVC pieces into each pocket at the top and bottom of each of the three fabric panels. Set aside.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Lay four of the 6’ pipes on a flat surface. Measure 6” from one end and make a mark with a marker. Make another mark 6” from the opposite end and lined up evenly with the first mark. Lay a hinge on the pipe with a hole over the mark and the unmarked hole away from the closest end. Make a mark in the second hole with the marker. Repeat for the other end. Pre-drill screw holes at the marks with a drill bit just slightly smaller than the screws for the hinges.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Mark Holes for Hinges

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Mark Holes for Hinges

Lay four of the 6’ pipes on a flat surface. Measure 6” from one end and make a mark with a marker. Make another mark 6” from the opposite end and lined up evenly with the first mark. Lay a hinge on the pipe with a hole over the mark and the unmarked hole away from the closest end. Make a mark in the second hole with the marker. Repeat for the other end. Pre-drill screw holes at the marks with a drill bit just slightly smaller than the screws for the hinges.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Add a cap to one end of each of the 1’ PVC pipes using a rubber mallet. Add a T to the opposite ends of the 1' pipes, and then add the 6’ pieces to the opposite end of the T pieces. Add an elbow to the top of each 6’ pipe pointing in the same direction as the open end of the T at the other end. One of the panels should be constructed with two 6’ pieces that have pre-drilled holes facing outward. The other two panels should have one 6’ piece without pre-drilled holes and one with pre-drilled holes with the holes facing outward. Point the elbows toward each other and insert the PVC pipes that are in the fabric panels. Tap them with the mallet to secure in place.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Add Cap to PVC Pipe

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Add Cap to PVC Pipe

Add a cap to one end of each of the 1’ PVC pipes using a rubber mallet.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Stand the panels up side by side against a wall. Place the panel with holes on both sides in the middle. Place the other two panels so that the holes point toward the middle panel. Attach two sections together by screwing the hinges in place at the pre-drilled holes on the top and bottoms of the pipes. Repeat for the other side with the hinge facing the other direction.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Add Hinges

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Add Hinges

Attach two sections together by screwing the hinges in place at the pre-drilled holes on the top and bottoms of the pipes. Repeat for the other side with the hinge facing the other direction.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Finishing Touches

Stand the screen in place slightly bent at the hinges for stability. Distribute the fabric gathers evenly on the top and bottom of each panel.

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Distribute Fabric Gathers

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen: Distribute Fabric Gathers

Stand the screen in place slightly bent at the hinges for stability. Distribute the fabric gathers evenly on the top and bottom of each panel.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

Can’t hang curtains from your deck or patio? Get the look by making this portable privacy screen with PVC tubing and simple, inexpensive bedsheets. You can use any color sheets for this customizable project to complement your other outdoor decor.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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