Privacy Fence Ideas

Privacy Fence Ideas to Keep Your Property Private and Beautiful

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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You do so much outdoors in your front yard or backyard; making that space private and good-looking is vital. Fencing is one of the best backyard landscaping ideas. Backyard privacy fences come at a small cost of creating an ecological barrier to bugs, animals, and prying eyes from humans.

Here are some backyard privacy fence ideas to give you the freedom to step out exactly how you woke up.

Privacy Fence Ideas

1) Wood Privacy Fence

Wood fence panels come in handy to make your fence ideas a reality. You can try out many shapes with wood to make your fence functional and appealing simultaneously. In addition, a wooden fence will blend in naturally with the environment around your home, whether you live in a neighborhood or a secluded forested area.

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Here are some fences you can pull off with wood to create your desired privacy fence.

a) Vertical Wood Fence Panels

This comes down to your personal design preference. Wood is going to look good regardless of how you lay them. Your privacy fence style is not only meant to deter the prying eyes but to inspire them to try out your design.

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For your vertical wooden privacy fence, you must use wood panels whose height covers the eyesight line. You can give the ground slight clearance to keep the wood from rotting in the long run. To stay aesthetically pleasing, the wood fence panels must be neatly and equally sized.

b) Horizontal Privacy Fence

When using wood as your preferred fencing materials, you are in luck because you can lay them however you want and keep the aesthetics in check. Getting long planks will make your work easier and neater. If the wood fence style is horizontal, you can still achieve a tall privacy fence with a unique design.

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While the horizontal privacy fence sounds attractive, wait till you try out the diagonal design.

c) Diagonal Wood Fence

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Wood is quite easy to work with because you can cut it into different angles and shapes all on your own. The diagonal shape is appealing, especially if you arrange the fence neatly. A diagonal wood fence is easily one of the most attractive privacy fence ideas to try out.

2) Bamboo Fence

Bamboo is the next thing that comes to mind when discussing wooden fence styles. Bamboo is naturally occurring, meaning it will do well in blending in with nature or the environment around your home. In addition, bamboo is strong and will last longer than most materials you can find.

The biggest reason why you would consider bamboo is the price. Bamboos are cheaper and more easily accessible compared to other fence design materials. Bamboo fence design never misses and will complement your house regardless of the type of house you have.

3) White Picket Fence Design

The picket fence design is probably the one that comes to mind when discussing privacy fence ideas. This is the fence you see in all the movies and could be the most famous privacy fence idea.

While most picket fences are only used for demarcation, the fences can be used for privacy. All you need to do to the fence is increase the height, and you are good to go. You can go with the traditional white design for which the fence is famous.

The picket fence does not need to have pointed tips, as is the case, but you can add the tips for aesthetics. The fence will look good with any house design and is already in the back of everyone's mind as the neighborhood fence.

4)Corrugated Metal Fence

The corrugated metal fence is one that you should go for if you are on a budget. The privacy fence is cheaper than the wooden fence and will cost you less in terms of maintenance. In addition, the fence has a solid design that will eliminate any peeping holes for any weird person who might want to do so.

Grey metal corrugated fence in front of a residential building. Texture of profiled metal.

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Corrugated metal privacy fence materials are easy to install and take less time than other fences like the bamboo fence. With this type of fencing, you are getting complete privacy.

5) Stone Fence

If you own a commercial property, this is your fence. This type of privacy fence idea might take longer to build and require more manpower. However, once you build the fence, you can forget about it. The privacy fence provides privacy and security simultaneously.

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The best thing about stone fence ideas is how easy it is to combine them with other privacy fence ideas. You can combine the stone and wooden fence to create a pleasing design unique to your style. The fence works with a picket fence, bamboo fence ideas, and even a corrugated metal privacy fence.

The stone fence can create a perfect foundation to have your wooden fence to prevent them from the rot that comes with having wood installed straight into the ground.

6) Steel Fence

What type of fence does the white house have? You got it. These fences are perfect for keeping external subjects at bay. The steel fence creates a sense of security and privacy and is easy to combine with other ideas such as the natural fence. The steel fence is elegant and creates a clear boundary between privacy and secrecy.

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The steel fence is a neat fence idea that you can go for. The fence looks good if you combine it with outdoor furniture and plants, as it creates the idea of openness rather than making you feel claustrophobic.

7) Vinyl Privacy Fences

Vinyl will probably last you the longest of all the fences we mentioned above. This is because the material used to make vinyl is weatherproof and does not need much maintenance compared to wood slats or metal that is prone to rust or the elements.

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Vinyl fence ideas are endless because vinyl can be manufactured and molded into any shape of choice. This gives you many options when making a privacy fence purchase.

If you think long-term, the vinyl privacy fence is the way to go.

8) Chain Link Fence

Privacy fences do not only mean complete non-see-through fences. The chain link fence is the best way to keep off any intruders, especially stray pets. These fence ideas are great for public spaces like schools or basketball courts. If your kids love playing in the yard, these fences are a great solution for you.

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The chain link fence is a bit difficult to install but not at all impossible to get. Once you get the chain link fence, you can be sure to have it for decades to come, and it is a low-maintenance option if you are thinking long-term.

9) Living Wall

If you want to save money, the living wall projects itself, and you only have to keep it in control. The privacy barrier you will need is a living wall, a beautiful idea to keep your home private and good-looking.

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The living wall can work well with other privacy fence ideas. If you combine the living privacy fence and wood or metal, it will still look natural. Plants can blend in with anything as long as it is well maintained. This kind of fence is the best complement to the house's exterior.

10) Shadow Box Fence

One of the best fence ideas is the shadow box fence. The shadow box is still made of wood and falls in the wooden fence category. However, this fence idea is too good and needs to have its section. Nevertheless, the fence looks good, and the effort pays off.

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The shadow box fence will be a lot of fun to put together, and a few DIY projects are as fun as putting together a shadow box fence.

The shadow box fence makes it easier to make a living wall and fence combination because the spaces in between make it exciting for plants to grow through.

11) Pallet Fence

Pallet fences are some of the best privacy fence ideas that you can try out. Pallets are easy to work with and are one of the most used materials for DIY furniture and projects. In addition, pallets allow in light, especially when plants are on the other end of the fence.

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Pallets are easy to come across and are more welcoming to the eye when used in the outdoor space. As a privacy fence, you are getting the chance to fill the spaces with wood or any material you would love to use. Pallets are canvases for DIYers.

Pallets look good when painted and when not painted. There are a million designs to try out with pallets.

12) Slat Fence

Slats have pallets vibes and are easy to work with and design. They bring the curb appeal to life and compliment your home nicely. The horizontal privacy fence balances everything because most things in the home project upwards. The horizontal slat fence brings balance to the environment, from the trees to doors, plants, windows, and so on.

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It is for you to decide the spacing between the slats as a privacy wall. You might want to go with the spaced slats in case the vines begin growing, and they need more sunshine. Horizontal wood looks intriguing to the eye that is used to wood going upwards.

There are more fence ideas that we could talk about. For example, suppose you decide to go with the gabion fence or use metal posts. In that case, you have to look at the available materials, what goes into caring for the fence to maintain the visual interest, where to get pressure-treated wood, and more.

Here are things to consider when planning to build a fence.

Before Putting Up a Fence...

a) Neighbors (Talk to them or Don’t)

You may have the best fence ideas, but your neighbors will see the fence. It is not up to them whether you can put up a fence or not, but you need to consider that they will see the fence. If you put up an eyesore, they will have to deal with it, and if your fence looks great, then the kids will have a backdrop to take pictures.

Your neighbors can help you with designs, especially if they already have fences. Uniformity works well sometimes.

The fence might make some of your neighbors feel cut off. If that is your intention, put up the biggest and baddest fence in the neighborhood.

b) County or State Codes

Every state has a building and landscaping code to which you may need to pay attention. Visit the right offices and ask around to know what needs to happen before putting up a fence.

Will your fence stand in the way of an emergency? Is your fence blocking visibility on a turn in your neighborhood road? The color you will have might be problematic. The height matters, and there are some heights you can not exceed. Pay attention to these.

Before digging for foundations, you may not know what pipeline or gas is running on the ground. Involve the right authorities.

c) Cost

Either you have a fence, or you do not. A halfway-built fence is not the best looking. But, on the other hand, you do not want your house to look ridiculous in the neighborhood.

Do your research and know what materials you need and how much they will cost.

d) Double Sided or Not

Imagine putting up a privacy fence, and it is facing the wrong direction. That will not only be a waste of energy, but it could be frustrating. Getting a double-sided privacy fence looks good both from your patio and the road.

When you approach your home, you need to get a welcoming feel. The construction around your home needs to be aligned with good energies.

Final Take

Privacy fence/gate ideas are the easiest things to get. Starting to build is all you need to do. Just start. Once you get your privacy, the possibilities of the things you can do are endless from that point.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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