Ideas for Hiding Unsightly Bars?

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Q: I have a sliding glass door on a second floor which leads to nowhere. If you opened it and stepped out, you would fall 15 feet to the ground. When friends come over with little ones, I'd like to be able to keep the sliding door open (it has a screen) to let in some fresh air:
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As you can see with the picture, the bars are on the inside of my home. The builder must have intended to put these hideous bars on the exterior (like I've seen in other complexes), but mine are installed in the inside. Unfortunately, I cannot put the bars in the outside. In the evening, I draw the curtains for privacy and to hide these unsightly bars.

Please help me hide or get rid of these prison bars! My main concerns are safety and privacy.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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