Whether you are looking for some added privacy for your home, security for your family and pets, or a decorative element for your yard, fences are an excellent addition to any space.
While your space may be off-limits, no fence option is off-limits in this complete guide with 118 fence ideas! From functional to fabulous to fancy, we’ve included a fence idea for everyone!
Why Build a Fence?
While most people may think of fences as a privacy solution, they actually can be so much more.
Fences provide backdrops to garden beds, support planters, highlight ornamental pieces, and keep aggressive plants under control.
They can serve as stand-alone decorations that enhance or complement your outdoor living space. Fences come in all shapes, materials, sizes, and colors, so you can really match them to your outdoor aesthetic.
Can You Build Your Own Fence?
Absolutely! Building your own fence not only ensures that it will look EXACTLY the way you want it to, it’s also much more affordable than hiring a professional.
All you need is some wood, a quality nail gun, and the inspiring ideas in this guide and you’ll be ready to start building beautiful fences.
Wood Privacy Fence Designs
The great thing about wood is that it has a comforting and natural look which seems like it’s almost a continuation of natural landscapes. If your outdoor decor is rustic then a traditional wooden fence is a great option for you. Not to mention, wood fences are some of the simplest to build.
Rustic Split Fence
One of the most traditional fence designs is the split rail fence. This classic 3-slat design can be found throughout the world being used as boundary markers and large animal control.
Rustic split wood weathers over time to give your fence a unique look. Plant bright flowers along your wood fence for a delightful contrast.
Never have boundary lines looked so adorable! Boundary lines take a country cottage twist with these carved posts.
Consider lining your driveway or a pathway with this fence. For an added touch of charm, twine annual vines along the post throughout the spring and summer to welcome your guests for a visit.
It’s alive! Weathered split rails are bound together with live vines to create this living fencing option. Although this may take a few seasons to complete, it will be so worth it once this natural, elegant fence is complete.
Use quick-growing perennial vines, like grapes, trumpet vines, and wisteria, which can be trained to take on the shape of anything you desire.
These traditionally shaped slats form a well-manicured backdrop, while also working functionally by providing you with substantial privacy.
You can choose the height of the wood planks to fit your needs. The natural wood can also be painted to add the individual touch you crave. Another fun idea is adding hanging planters to the fence to expand your garden.
Pieced Together Posts
For a rustic, weathered-looking fence, piece together cut timber. It will provide the perfect support for climbing plants or you can use it as a primitive structure to hang planters, ornaments, and lighting from.
All-natural wood will weather, even with the best of treatment, but that’s not a bad thing. Weathered wood, in my opinion, looks great with most outdoor aesthetics. Pair weathered wood with pops of color to enhance the charm of your fence.
Color Between the Lines
You can make a playful, colorful fence using rounded posts. This unique fence’s creative curvature will complement whimsical garden spaces.
Paint the posts a rainbow of colors to add a touch of fabulous! You can also consider painting the posts to match your house, if your home has fun colors on it, for a put-together look.
Satisfyingly Clean Lines
Closely placed fencing materials create satisfyingly clean lines, which not only look great but also provide excellent privacy. Despite being more contemporary and acceptable in most neighborhoods, it still provides a provincial view.
Create Long Shadows
Using a slatted fencing design doesn’t mean your materials have to be placed flush against each other. On the contrary, it can look gothic and rustic to have the slats be separate.
This design will create long shadows each afternoon by giving your fence materials room to breathe while still maintaining your fence’s functionality.
Brown Is Blegh
Just because you chose a wooden structure doesn’t mean it needs to stay its natural shade of brown. Consider muted bold tones that help highlight the colors of the vegetation you have planted near it.
Cedar Fence Ideas
Most popular wooden fences derive from pine due to availability. However, if you want to make a wooden fence that will last your lifetime, consider using cedar.
Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect attacks. It also comes in rich red and reddish-brown hues that add an extra decorative element to your fence.
A unique way to make your fence stand-out is to use wide planks. Wide planks create natural-looking separation and provide a simple backdrop to blooming flowers. Not to mention, the natural ability of cedar to repel insects can benefit your garden if the fence is near it.
One of the best things about cedar is its rich, red color! Cedar boards should keep their natural color with little to no maintenance required.
To brighten the color of cedar boards, wash off the accumulated dust and dirt that can build up due to element exposure.
As with any wooden fence option, split rails and shaped posts can add a primitive element to your yard, making it look more natural as a whole. Add a wildflower mix to the unmanicured side of one of these fences to give your yard a country cottage feel.
Wooden fences that can juggle incorporating rustic materials into a modern-looking design are truly works of art. Horizontal fences, fences with polished elements, and other modern designs look incredible when they use cedarwood.
Treated cedar boards keep their shape well throughout the years and warp very little in the elements to keep the contemporary look you crave up to date.
Fabulous Bamboo Screens
Bamboo is an inexpensive, readily available, and lightweight choice for privacy screens and fences. Resistant to rot, bamboo fences are durable and long-lasting. They add a modern, clean touch to conventional fence designs.
Layering bamboo posts doesn’t only strengthen your fence, it also adds a textured, detailed look to it. Bamboo inconsistencies can make layered posts look even more natural and interesting.
Evenly cut bamboo provides clean lines that are supremely satisfying. The height of a perfectly placed bamboo fence provides plenty of privacy.
You can also use a bamboo fence to divide one area from another in your yard. Bamboo is easy to trim to any height to hide unsightly parts of your yard while drawing eyes to what you want to highlight.
Bamboo can be purchased in a variety of widths. Smaller diameter canes, when placed together, create an interesting, unique design.
When used in conjunction with stronger post supports, heavy vining vegetation can be added for a pleasant touch of greenery.
Half the Height
As mentioned, fencing doesn’t need to be used just for privacy. Simple half walls serve well as borders for placement along garden beds and walkways. Plus, when they are small and simple like the design above, they are extremely easy to build.
Sleek and Modern
Because of bamboo’s sleek, smooth aesthetic, it can easily be incorporated into outdoor spaces with both natural and modern aesthetics. Bamboo that has been sanded down and stained makes a very sleek design for a more up-to-date take on natural fencing.
Privacy fences can be built from almost any material. They serve one main purpose: to block both sight and a certain degree of sound.
It’s also important to consider that a privacy fence often spans a shared property line, so it should be a visually pleasing boundary for both parties involved.
It doesn’t get more natural than using live hedges as a fence. Of course, you do need to have some patience to wait for the filling in that needs to occur. Once your hedges have grown in though, you’ll be overjoyed.
Evergreen vegetation, such as privets, thuja species, and holly are all popular choices and provide complete privacy once they have filled in gaps between plantings.
Vinyl walls make excellent privacy fences. They come in a wide variety of color choices are super easy and quick to install. Their smooth surfaces clean easily and survive well through all types of weather.
If you are considering a tall fence of considerable length, remember that fencing costs depend on each linear foot you put up in addition to post and material support.
Some of the most affordable materials are the most traditional, such as cured pine boards and strong wooden posts.
There is nothing wrong with mixing and matching your fencing materials! In fact, the unique look it creates will ensure that you have a one-of-a-kind fence.
You can mix and match materials that will make your fence more durable and long-lasting. Concrete kick walls and posts complement the stained wooden boards in this traditional design.
Mix and Match
Not only can you mix and match materials, but also the directions of your boards! Both horizontal and vertical boards complete this tall fence that provides a breakup of sight through the use of half wooden ladder effects.
Upgrade With Canvas
Upgrade existing fences or decking rails with the use of heavy canvas designed specifically to hold up to sun and wind.
This patterned design ties off with the use of heavy, metal-lined eyelets to keep the material from wearing in inclement weather. Just consider storing your materials for the winter which can more quickly break down the fabrics.
Lasting Vinyl Privacy Options
Vinyl is a synthetic polymer used in a variety of building projects. It provides great privacy, and because of how commonly it’s used, there are lots of vinyl designs available for an affordable cost.
White Panel Perfection
Clean lines and durability define this contemporary look that fits basically any landscape well. Shaped posts lend traditional vibes without sacrificing surface texture to the inconsistencies found in wood.
Vinyl easily mimics the look of many other materials for fractions of the cost to provide the look you have envisioned.
Half walls have become more popular due to their “floating” appearance in a landscape that provides both secrecy and ornamental value to an outdoor living space. Tying these structures into tall hedges and boarded garden beds allows them to flow into the landscape seamlessly.
Wrought Iron Mimicry
This fence idea is a great way to hide unsightly things in your yard, like an AC unit. The bright white decorative nature of this small fence will have guests appreciating it but not wondering what’s hidden behind it. Here, vinyl provides a touch of elegance that would otherwise be a garden bed eyesore.
White Picket Fences
No need to whitewash the picket fence anymore! Vinyl posts and boards create this traditional look with ease. It also requires less maintenance, giving you more time to appreciate your beautiful, fenced-in yard!
No matter how hard you try to match your wooden boards in the creation of wooden fences, you will have a certain amount of abnormalities since every board cut is unique. This is NOT a problem with vinyl.
If you want a wooden look, but prefer a more modern, even texture, vinyl is an excellent option for you!
Picket Fences Take 2
Since vinyl fences come as completed pieces, all you have to do is put together your fence either by snapping it into place or screwing together the preformed panels.
Once your posts have been secured into the ground, fencing usually slides right into preformed “beds” for added security. The easy assembly is one of the main advantages of vinyl!
Like traditional wooden fencing, the 3-slat design can be easily accomplished using vinyl. Upgrade your current look with clean white lines without sacrificing the more old-fashioned appeal.
One of the most popular decorative fencing options is metal fences. Scrolling curves and delicate vining effects occasionally twine amongst this tried and true material that will last a lifetime and then some.
Used more for property boundaries and garden hedging, modern takes make iron a trendy and elegant choice. While it won’t provide much privacy, the sophistication and durability of metal fencing are ideal.
Repetitive scrolls and inhibiting fencing tops are what I think of when someone mentions wrought iron. Somehow it always conjures up the image of old victorian manors that have untold secrets hidden beyond their fences.
Wrought iron takes paint well, as seen in this beautiful scrolling design that contrasts woven gold orbs and a black supportive frame.
Iron can take on the shape of almost anything you desire, but don’t ignore more traditional designs you can easily bring up-to-date with colorful new ideas.
Simple, eclectic fencing gets a “twist” with well-placed curves to create a gorgeous, detailed fencing design. This “spin” on traditional fence designs proves that fences can simultaneously be functional and decorative.
The careful curves and designs of this fence mimic the vegetation found behind and also provide a degree of privacy through their many different faces.
If you are in love with intricate metal fence designs but are in need of more privacy, consider highly decorated pieces such as this one.
Not only does metal take on basically any shape, but it can also take on any color. Metal takes on color well with the correct paint, as seen in this brightly hued gate.
Heavy iron designs complete this piece, which, when painted red, draws the attention of passersby who can’t help but wonder what mysterious manor lays beyond.
Renew and Recolor
Give existing fences a rustic upgrade with bursts of color that compliment your home. The teal accent doors and yellow siding are brought to attention with this simple, artistic flair.
Mixing mediums always results in unique, detailed designs! This rule proves to be true in the wonderful fence example above.
The plainness of the concrete juxtaposed with the gleaming iron gate, makes its black color and intricate design stand out. Pair them with bright green grass behind, and you have a visual masterpiece for anyone who passes your home to behold.
It’s All About the Details
This stunning gate has a complex design that stands out. Its beautiful light purple color, golden accents, and patterned design mesh perfectly together. All of these details working together are what elevates this gate from pretty to beautiful.
Burnished steel provides a clean modern design in this cubic take on landscape privacy. Paired with green hedges, the sharp angles are softened by the curves of the vegetation behind.
In this classic design, iron tops a brick and mortar base for both height and style. The contrasting colors of the metal, brick, and evergreens behind work well together.
Consider tall plantings with your metalwork for both decor and to enhance the privacy your gate provides.
Stone and Brick Work Designs
Stones used to be the go-to building material in areas where timber wasn’t readily available. Bricks have been made for centuries from a variety of materials to provide shelter around the world.
These traditional building choices may have been upgraded for specific decor over the last few hundred years, but the purpose they serve is the same; to provide a separation between spaces.
The ancient look of this low stone wall with a weathered iron gate works wonderfully in large, rambling gardens. All who visit will feel like they’ve been blasted to the past.
Brick and Mortar
I love everything brick. Brick walls, walkways, borders, you name it. The bright red color looks spectacular when juxtaposed with vibrant, green plants. Not to mention, flowers pop, and become all the more romantic, when positioned in front of a brick wall.
Brick Wall Contrasts
Half brick walls encompassing evergreen hedges are a traditional solution to privacy needs and provide a pretty contrast to the vegetation planted near and around it.
Mix and match the occasional red brick with other shades for a gorgeous, textured look.
Brick Walls With Frames
The only thing more beautiful than a brick wall is the doorway in the middle of it that offers a peek into your yard. Framed by brick, the view will be all the more dramatic, with a majestic aesthetic appeal. Whether it be mountainous terrain or a backyard pond, paint a picture of illusion with the frame you provide.
Well-aligned bricks still form unique shapes and spaces when stacked upon one another as this picture shows. The slightly mismatched vertical and horizontal lines create a unique look and serve well as a retaining wall for uneven landscaping.
Welcome your guests (or the UPS delivery guy) through a majestic bricked gateway.
You can go out of the box, or rather rectangle, by making curves and torrents with the bricks without sacrificing their durability.
Pair them with equally elegant iron and lighting options for a complete look!
White Brick Walls
Although a white brick wall may look washed out when on its own, pairing it with bright, clean, red bricks adds a new layer of aesthetic depth to it. Using this idea you can make a uniquely colored perimeter fence that protects while also being a crowd-pleaser.
Fencing ideas aren’t just for yard and decking purposes. Rooftop vistas need a little love as well, and nothing looks better than a brick and vinyl security wall topped with some helpful lighting.
Modern takes on brick include fun shapes, smooth surfaces, and new color combinations. A concrete brick wall is topped by patterned bricks to form a secluded backdrop for this outdoor retreat.
Landscaping Stone Simplicity
If you’re looking for a natural garden fence, this is one of the best ideas out there!
You don’t have to get busy digging through your backyard for enough rocks to complete a natural-looking fence; landscaping companies sell rock by the ton. Mark your territory AND make your mark!
Classic White Picket Fence Ideas
It doesn’t get more classic than a white picket fence!
Nothing paints a picture of home-sweet-home like white picket fences. These fences are not just for suburbia anymore; you’ll also find them in rural and urban settings, adding a touch of comfort to spaces.
Reinvent the traditional look with material choices, placement, and even decoration throughout the year.
While they may seem simple, white picket fences can symbolize independence and financial freedoms. These classic fences are often included in people’s vision of what the American Dream is. No wonder it’s still a popular fencing choice throughout the country.
Keep your view looking beautiful and appreciate it too by using a short white picket fence to declare it “off-limits.” On this property, the overlooking forest view can be appreciated and isn’t marred by large posts or chained fences.
A white backdrop provides a perfect canvas for holiday decoration. Hang ribbons, wreaths, garlands, and other festive decorations on your white picket fence when the holidays roll around.
Don’t want to stop celebrating? Hang Mardi Gras beads on your white picket fence in February, cobwebs on it in October, and flag decorations in July.
Feeling bummed because you love all of these fencing ideas but rationally have no need for fences on your property?
No worries, you can still use decorative fencing in your landscape!
Try using partial panels to hold back unruly flowers, or to add height as a backdrop to brightly colored blooms.
Plant brightly colored vegetation around your fence to really make it POP!
On this property vibrant rhododendron and crepe myrtle make a stunning statement against the bright white of the picket fence.
This idea is perfect for contemporary design lovers who want to blend traditional and modern designs Creating a landscaping edge with this clean-cut fence, this idea is simple and striking. Cascading sections of the fence draw your eye towards the house to create a welcoming entryway.
It’s ALL about the details.
This fencing design that wraps around this vibrant garden. Provide a foreground of gracefully drooping lilies or iris to your fence to give the illusion of added depth.
Add an Entryway
Finish off your picket fencing with an elegant arbor entryway. Brilliantly colored flowers make a stunning contrast against the white, and you can consider planting perennial climbers, such as roses, and climbing hydrangea with the added vertical support. The curb appeal is incredible!
Fencing options can be easily extended to your children’s play area such as in this lovely design. The playhouse is incorporated into it, instead of being worked around. Genius!
Garden Fence Designs
Garden fences are some of the most beautifully designed fences in the world!
The whimsical, playful, and eclectic elements they incorporate work flawlessly with the gorgeous vegetation they encapsulate.
Mix and match your wooden hues, shapes, and sizes to provide visually appealing structures amongst your beds with the help of these fencing ideas.
Latticework can be created using a variety of materials. It lends both support to your vegetation and visual appeal to your garden landscape. You can also hide unsightly walls with delicate latticework to create extra depth in your garden.
Mix and Match
Textures and mixed media are a part of your garden already, so why would they not be a part of your fencing design? Wood, concrete, iron, and brick all round out this eclectic fence and gateway into a country garden.
In this design, well-manicured garden beds and stone pathways are enclosed by a rustic and weathered barricade of wooden posts that add country cottage appeal. Not only does this fence look great, but it also provides support for other garden ornamentals.
Fences don’t have to be built of wood or stone, they can also be grown, such as this hedge of colorful hydrangea.
Mix and match your vegetation to include evergreen varieties for year-round color.
The best garden fencing options, in my opinion, are those intertwined with long stems and plenty of blooms. Coreopsis is always a beautiful choice with its spreading growth and long-lasting blooms that last all summer and fall.
If it’s a garden fence you seek, why not use it to extend your vegetative footprint?
Use your fence to support a wide variety of climbers, hanging planters, and trailing varieties of blooming flowers.
Japanese Inspired Fences
Combining simple, basic elements of plants, water, and rocks with clean, straight lines, Japanese-inspired fences do a great job blending modern and traditional design elements. These aesthetically pleasing fences work with the natural environment around them.
Clean Panels and Straight Lines
Straight lines highlight the smooth panels and clean look of this privacy screen topped with intricate metal roofing.
Uniform colors allow your eyes to glance along its length before moving onto the rest of the landscaping you incorporate into your yard. A fence like this would probably require professional installation since it needs to be perfect to achieve its desired effect.
Sometimes simplicity is best! This fence is just simple bamboo poles tied together to create a short, but effective pathway through a forested walk.
Due to the uncomplicated design, the variations of green are brought to the forefront without creating a sense of clutter. This is a fun, modern twist on a split rail fence.
Thin gathered bamboo stalks left in their natural state and woven together create an effective barrier that is both strong and long-lasting. It’s also effective in providing privacy in a unique way, offering only mere glimpses of your yard.
Japanese design doesn’t incorporate a lot of bright colors into garden landscaping, normally allowing the bright colors of nature to speak for themselves. When it is used, simple bright, basic colors are used to help highlight the surrounding landscape properties.
Bamboo lattice is a popular screen choice both indoors and out! Not to mention, it’s easy to make bamboo latticework, with the project requiring very few tools.
The uniqueness of bamboo’s color and texture is offset by how the poles are tied together. More traditional screens will use natural fibers, whereas you can easily create your own look using your materials of choice.
Space out your woven canes to create a screen that lets in rays of light and casts appealing, dramatic shadows on the ground when the sun sets. This effect will look magnificent on your garden, depending on the time of day.
The use of large boulders mimics the curves and contrasts of mountainous ranges when used as a border between outdoor spaces. Instead of building half walls with mid-sized rocks placed together, use larger boulders to make a statement larger than life.
Stone carvings are traditionally found within simple Japanese gardens. Try adding stone-carved posts, instead of wooden or iron ones, to add a new level of depth and interest to your garden pathways.
Modern Design Takes
Bright colors, sleek vinyls, interesting design patterns, and mixed media are all a part of modern fencing designs!
Just because you have more traditional or natural designs in your landscape currently doesn’t mean you can’t use modern ideas. Instead, embrace the differences and see what they can do for you!
Pop of Color
Add a fun, free-spirited element to your property with a fence that features a pop of color!
These fences work particularly well in urban settings, providing a stark contrast amongst street corners and concrete jungles. They also can add a touch of whimsy to garden walkways.
Against the Grain
Rather than placing your fencing boards vertically, mix it up and opt for a horizontal look to draw the eye along the fence. Smooth grains and varied wood stains add an extra touch of detail.
Not Just Siding Anymore
Metal sheets and profile boards create a unique and modern look at the lawn’s edge. These materials, which are normally reserved for housing projects, look amazing when they are incorporated into fences.
Dare to think outside the box when it comes to your yard and pull from a variety of materials found in any contractor’s supply store.
While concrete can look boring and ugly, if you use it correctly it can take on many textures and hues, providing an elegant boundary within your yard. Consider low walls and colors that match your surrounding patio or walkway choices for uniformity.
Best of Both Worlds
Polymer “wooden” fencing looks JUST like the real deal, but lasts much longer without the weathering, and warping real wood is susceptible to overtime. Use it within a metal frame as a privacy screen, as decorative fencing, or even as a dog fence.
Mixed media materials have become a trendy option amongst those who love modern designs. Neutral hues complement this upscale apartment housing while providing a degree of security and privacy in an urban landscape.
Smooth dark metal creates long lines and long shadows throughout the seasons as a present-day property border. Certain metals have their own weathering properties to bring even more aesthetic value to your fencing choice.
Consider a continuation of colors and material from your property buildings to your privacy fencing. Consistent lines and shapes make a pleasing view for anyone who happens to drive by.
Update the rural livestock panel look to an urban decor with sleek metal posts and a modern entryway to create a wholly unique alternative to your yard boundaries.
Paneling wire allows an unhindered view of your landscape, all while protecting the property from unwanted visitors.
Use familiar hues and coordinating materials on your landscape to create a sophisticated welcome for your guests when they arrive. Simple xeriscaping makes a bold statement amongst the whites and light grays of this modern design.
If you love rustic designs, these traditional, country fencing options are sure to impress you. They are perfect for country homes or adorable cottages. The playful rustic twists that these designs incorporate will complement any country-style landscaping or gardens.
Old Fashion Rails
Split rail fencing used to be an effective way to keep creatures in and predators out. While you may not have a cow to control, you can still use split rail fencing designs to lend a traditional, old fashion feel to your yard.
Old iron wheels and horseshoes round out this one-of-a-kind fence that has been welded together to create a treasured garden piece. Dual-purposed, it serves as an ornament, as well as an effective border fence.
Small rounded rails create a delicate fencing look along with the stunning greenery of this outlying field. Straightforward in its simplicity, this is an easy idea to copy and put to use.
Large cottage homes are simply NOT complete without sprawling, whimsical gardens.
To keep your garden somewhat under control, you need an equally impressive boundary fence. Lengths of weathered wooden rails contain the ramblings of this garden while providing a beautiful frame to its rising house.
Zig-zagged stacked rails are very popular along the boundaries of farms and parks. This in part is due to their attractive, rustic appeal and in part due to how easy they are to construct. You can update them with shorter materials.
Antiqued polymer boards, rustic-looking bolts, and carefully crafted iron give a modern twist to this old-fashioned barnyard gate. Mimicking the look of old barbed wire and barn doors, this is a style that will make an impression in a more modern setting.
Materials gathered in nature all come together, creating this somewhat eclectic, but all-around beautiful fence. Have fun gathering up the rocks, wood, and other various items you can use to piece together as a real-life jigsaw puzzle that fits a picturesque purpose.
Before you decide to replace or tear down an old fence, consider refurbishing it with items of your choice to create a fun and surprising backdrop along your garden walkways.
Patio Fencing for Privacy
Patios are a relaxing, peaceful outdoor retreat.
What makes them even more peaceful?
Privacy, of course!
Provide your patio with privacy by building an elegant fence around it. Your outdoor escape will feel even more restful and relaxing.
Even if your outdoor patio is already tucked away from busy pathways and drives, you can still make it feel even MORE private and secluded. This elegant outdoor sitting area is surrounded by iron fences and well-placed lighting for an elegant entertaining area.
Create a slice of paradise in your suburban neighborhood by having a private outdoor sitting area where you can relax after a busy day or even entertain guests. Add towering trees and bushes to make it feel like your own private forest getaway.
Just because you have a small urban yard doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your garden spaces or privacy due to being within close proximity to neighbors. Strategically planted shrubs and gardens provide the extra degree of seclusion you crave when combined with well-placed lattice screens.
There’s a fine balance when it comes to fences: you want to enhance the privacy in your yard while simultaneously not blocking your beautiful view. Consider partial fences that open to the vistas you enjoy.
Using evergreen hedges as your sole means of secluding yourself from the world is always a viable and affordable option. Just be sure to take the trimmers to your hedges at the correct time of year to keep them healthy and abundant.
Faux Stone Walls
Patio fencing doesn’t have to be focused only on creating more privacy. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be functional. Partial fences secured to walls, such as in this faux stone design, create a comfy retreat.
Small Garden Fences
Create designated, separate areas in your yard to make the space much neater and more organized. Use small fences to line walkways, or your garden.
Tall brick walls can round out patios in urban or suburban settings. Overgrown ferns and other vegetation effectively hide the outside world to create an escape your family can call all their own.
Vibrant cannas give depth to this low-lying fence and provide a sense of escape to those tucked away behind their tall beauty. If you discover you have inherited a fence that is lower than you prefer, consider planting tall, eye-catching plants that help block prying eyes, but give more width between you and the outside world.
Temporary Yard Fencing
Not every fence is forever.
Using these fence ideas you can build both functional and decorative temporary fences!
While metal panels can be expensive, but this is a product you can use over and over with little concern for wear and tear. Durable metal paneling stacks flat and can provide effective barriers to define boundaries.
While these fences may not be strong, their bright colors will deter people from entering certain locations. Use inexpensive wire paneling or chicken wire to help prop this type of temporary fencing up if you plan on using it for an extended amount of time.
Lightweight aluminum barriers are an effective fence for traffic control or yard protection in areas of construction. Easy to maneuver, these panels stack together when not in use saving you storage room.
Tall wired fences typically provide protection in high foot traffic areas. However, they can be used in a variety of situations, like helping to keep unwanted critters, such as deer, out of your garden.
Plenty of Choices
No matter your need, temporary fencing materials generally come in a wide variety of choices either for one-time use or use through multiple situations. Choose what works best for you and pick materials that will last.
Chain and Wire Fencing Uses
While many fences are decorative, when it comes down to it, the purpose of fences at their core is typically functional. Chain and wire fences are great functional fences that work for a variety of practical uses.
Concrete barriers topped with rolling barbed wire are an effective way to deter trespassers. This eyesore will leave anyone who tries to breach it sore. It’s great for protecting larger items of value.
In rural areas that require something a little more persuasive than split rail fences, farmers and ranchers will create single lines of barbed wire to keep horses and cattle from grazing in the wrong areas. Fence mounts screw into existing timber to run a tangled free line along the tops of each boundary.
Simple heavy gauge wire can be run in lines of two or three to effectively keep livestock trapped through the use of electricity. Hotwire is created using a fence charger that can be run off either electricity or solar power.
Worn and Weathered
The inspiration for this idea shows an old livestock fence that lays worn and weathered after decades of use and neglect. You can get a similar rustic look by using weathered wood and wire.
Keeping it Up
To avoid your fence deteriorating, check your fence lines periodically to tighten drooping wire and patch up any areas that have been run through by wildlife or crushed by vegetation. Proper fencing can last a lifetime with occasional maintenance measures.
Chainlink fencing and barbed wire are a force to be reckoned with and can generally be found in parking lots, dangerous building sites, and other areas of high security. If you are looking to protect large areas of commercial property this is a decent choice to mark your property line, although it is unsightly.
Razor wire is an alternative to barbed wire and is a much more dangerous product to install. The use of it sends a very serious message that your fence and property are not to be trifled with.
Galvanized steel walls topped with razor wire screams both keep out, and you aren’t getting out. An effective deterrent, this design is most used in and around jails or prisons for obvious reasons. Obviously, something with such negative connotations should never be used in populated settings.
How razor wire is used is important for its overall effectiveness. Keep in mind that this materials is for security purposes, so if you’re using it yourself be careful while installing it.
All Mixed Up
Nothing screams “stop” quite like razor-wrapped barbed wire. As mentioned above, this material is used for security and is quite effective as a deterrent.
Chain Link Options
Chain link fences are a good go-to option for many businesses and parking lots. Of course, you can use this versatile fencing option in many different ways, in both urban and rural settings around the home or in public areas. Although alone they are not good choices for privacy, when woven with strips of vinyl you can create a solid privacy fence.
Hopefully, this guide provided you with all the inspiration you need to create the best fence for your home and business. There are endless amounts of fence designs, materials, and layouts to choose from, these 118 ideas only skimmed the surface! Which design will you go with?