How Do I Make My Hot Tub Private? – 7 Perfect DIY Ideas

Lots of people love their hot tub. But we don’t always want our neighbors watching us as we soak. So lots of hot tub owners ask how do I make my hot tub private.

Having owned 4 of them, these are some of my best solutions:

You can add privacy to your hot tub area by using retractable privacy walls, tall or bushy plants in planters, garden trellises with climbing ivy, privacy screens, or build an inexpensive fence from pallets. But pop up tens and gazebos on Amazon are also great and surprisingly affordable solutions.

But that’s just a small sample of the things you can do to increase the privacy around your hot tub.

So let’s dive in a little deeper.

Do you have a nosey neighbor? Are you just trying to relax, have a nice soak, but they keep on watching you from their window or yard? Don’t stress out!

Refreshing and relaxing, hot tubs are a phenomenal way to spend your free time. But maybe your backyard is a bit too open for your liking. Don’t worry, you can always create a more private environment for your hot tub soak.

There are a variety of accessories and features that can enhance your hot tub experience and make it more private. Items such as privacy screens and fences can help keep your privacy while you enjoy a cool, refreshing soak.

Keep on reading to find out how to successfully protect your privacy and enhance your hot tub experience.

Get a retractable privacy corner wall

A good way to enhance your privacy while enjoying a soak is to invest in a retractable privacy wall (click to see the best one on Amazon).

These are really easy to set up and will help your peace of mind if you have nosey neighbors.

The retractable privacy wall measures 10 feet long by 4.5 inches wide by 6 feet tall. It weighs forty-four pounds, and is great for blocking the view of neighbors, or keeping the hot sun off of you while you soak.

This privacy wall is made of an oxidized aluminum frame. It features a powder-coated steel support pole and a water-resistant PA coated polyester fabric. If purchased, you will get one double corner privacy wall.

The best part about this privacy wall is that you can use it for more than blocking out the sun or nosey neighbors! You can use it inside an office or home as a cubical wall. It can also be used on a deck or patio!

This item also comes with a one year warranty. Additionally, this item has to be bolted down, so it is best to use it on a deck or concrete surface.

Use a garden trellis

Another great item that can enhance both your privacy and your decor is a garden trellis (click to see my favorite one on Amazon).

The trellis is made from high-quality natural fir wood. The planter and trellis are built-in together, and the trellis allows space for climbing plants to grow.

Additionally, the trellis allows plants to be hanged, and features holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape. The trellis has a large flower box, able to hold a substantial number of flowers and plants.

The trellis is easy to install and comes with all the necessary accessories.

This trellis is only four inches tall. Additionally, you must plant climbing plants to maximize the privacy you can get from this item.

Some flowers you can plant include climbing roses, clematis, English ivy, or wisteria.

While the garden trellis may not be a perfect fit for immediate privacy due to it only being four inches tall, the beautiful wood and flowers you plant will ensure your protected privacy in the future once these plants bloom. The trellis also adds a great garden flair to your hot tub relax zone.

What’s better than relaxing in the hot tub and eyeing the beautiful flowers you’ve planted?

Use tall plants in planters

Besides using the garden trellis, you can also plant outdoor plants that will add even more flair and style to your hot tub soaking area.

One great plant is clumping bamboo.

The stalks of the bamboo grow in only a few months, and there are thousands of different species growing all around the world. Depending on the species, clumping bamboo can reach up to one hundred and twenty feet tall!

This bamboo likes to grow in rich, moist, slightly acidic soil.

Another great plant to have are horsetail plants. Horsetail is a non-flowering evergreen perennial. It has vertical stems, similar in style to bamboo. It is commonly grown in large patio pots. You should be careful with planting this outside of a pot, as it can rapidly spread.

The horsetail plant grows between two and six feet tall and one to six feet wide.

A third plant that is great to use around your hot tub area is Italian Cypress. Italian Cypress are hardy evergreen trees. They are tall and narrow and bring a unique style and structure to your garden or yard.

These trees are perfect privacy screens, in addition to creating a great Italian atmosphere that you can enjoy while you soak. Plant them five feet apart for an effective privacy screen. Measure them trunk to trunk.

The Italian Cypress can reach up to sixty feet tall and ten feet wide.

Install a privacy screen

Another great way to ensure privacy is a privacy screen (click to see the best-selling one on Amazon).

This privacy screen is an Amazon’s choice product. It is a completely solid PVC vinyl wall. This set comes with two sections that come together that make a right angle.

This privacy screen stakes into the ground.

If you want to install on a concrete surface, purchase galvanized L brackets.

You will not need the stakes. It is suggested to use two L brackets for each post.

The privacy screen weighs twenty pounds. The dimensions of this privacy screen are 48 x 3.5 x 48 inches.

If you want privacy for a party, but also need a speaker for music, look no further. Check out this recent article for the best floating speakers for hot tubs.  Bluetooth, waterproof, and floating. Is there anything better?

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Build a pallet fence

Building your own fence is a great way of ensuring your privacy.

There are a ton of possible places where you can find pallets for this project. Remember, most pallets are 48” x 40”, so they won’t provide full privacy.

You should always ask the owner or store before taking any pallets.

Here’s a list of places you may find free pallets:

  • Furniture stores
  • Other small retail
  • Construction sites
  • Liquor stores
  • Schools
  • Flooring stores
  • Stationery shops
  • Bars and craft beer locations
  • Pet food stores
  • Feed & Tack stores

To find out if there are certain laws requiring you to have a fence around your hot tub, check out this recent article.

Some states do require a fence around your pool or hot tub, so it is a good idea to make sure you aren’t breaking any laws. My guide is a complete state by state guide, so I have you covered no matter where you live in the US.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Put Your Hot Tub in a Gazebo

If you want ultimate privacy, you should think about getting a gazebo (click to see my favorite one on Amazon) for your hot tub.

The gazebo is 10 inches by 12 inches at the top and 10 by 12 inches at the base.

It’s perfectly designed to provide shade for any outdoor activity. It can fit up to twelve people (or a hot tub!).

The roof is made up of UPF 50+ water-resistant polyester. The corner joints have heavy-duty material sewn over them. Additionally, it has a dual tiered vented canopy that allows stability against winds.

In fact, some reviews have said that it has withstood up to forty mile per hour winds. Reviews also say the gazebo can be put up in under an hour. It even comes with mosquito netting!

And it’s surprisingly affordable at well under $400 bucks!

Portable Hot Tub Enclosures

An option similar to the gazebo, a portable hot tub enclosure (click to see all the color choices on Amazon) is another great way to ensure privacy while you soak.

This enclosure contains a 300D duty polyester fabric top. It is also fire retardant certified, PU lining, and 210D walls.

It is also 100% waterproof and 99% UV protected. It is rust-resistant and has a powder-coated steel frame. There are three available adjustment heights: 10.7 ft, 10.9 ft, and 11.1 ft. A high-quality wheeled carrying bag comes with the purchase.

Finally, it also includes a ten by ten rain canopy with sidewalls. It comes with four sandbags, three sidewalls, a middle door wall, stakes and ropes, and the wheeled bag.

The enclosure has eleven different colors to choose from. These include black, blue, green, purple, red, and white.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about hot tub privacy?

There are a ton of great ways to ensure you have privacy for when you soak in your hot tub.

You can plant plants to enhance both your garden or backyard’s look, while also gaining privacy. Trees such as Italian Cypress are a smart way to create a natural privacy wall. This ensures nosy neighbors can’t see you.

Garden trellises are another great way to combine nature, privacy, and style. Plant climbing plants in the trellis and the beautiful high-quality wood and plants will ensure you soak with some discretion.

You can also create your own fence made out of pallets. There are a lot of places you can find free pallets, including construction sites and liquor stores.

Finally, you can also purchase portable enclosures, gazebos, or a privacy corner wall. These items can be found on Amazon, and each has a myriad of different features that ensure you will have all the privacy you desire.

Enjoy the privacy you deserve!


Hot tub accessories like these are great additions to your hot tub and can certainly make your soaks much more enjoyable. But the best accessory, by far for my family and me is our hot tub cover lifter.

Before, it would always be a struggle for my wife and daughters to get the cover off and getting back on was near impossible.

In a recent articleI break down all the best ones you can get on Amazon, including the one I bought and love. I only recommend products with great reviews, and I have some really affordable ones on the list too.

Just click that link to read it on my site.


Photos which require attribution:

We built a pallet fence by hmmlargeart is licensed under CC2.0

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, hot tub lover, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market.

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