Putting up a backyard fence isn’t a small project, but it’s one that can improve your time in your yard, make it safe for kids and pets, and increase your home’s value. So don’t just put up a plain old fence! Take it up a notch and make your home look more custom with our DIY backyard fence ideas! Some of these are DIY projects to get you right on your way, some are just ideas you can adapt to your own yard. Details count in your garden as well as inside your home, so take the time to plan out a fence you will be proud to show off. You’re gonna build it anyway, right? Why not do it fancy!


Fancy DIY Backyard Fence Ideas


First is a DIY backyard fence idea from a homeowner from California on ‘Hometalk‘. They included a short tutorial on adding corrugated metal to their ordinary fence to “fancy” it up! Love this!

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From ‘Dunn DIY‘, this modern mid century horizontal DIY fence isn’t any more difficult to build than an ordinary fence, but has loads more style. You see these type of fences at upscale restaurants and boutique hotels, as well as high end homes. Full tutorial with lots of photos for this fence idea and project.

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Want to fancy up your fence without swinging a hammer? Hang a painting on it! This idea comes to us from ‘Apartment Therapy‘. I would suggest a coat of exterior sealer to your canvas though! Make sure you also attach it well to stand up to weather and wind.

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From “Design Intervention Dairy‘, this tutorial for Nicole Curtis’s (HGTV’s “Rehab Addict”) chain link fence cover up idea is one amazing way to fancy up the least fancy kind of fence there is! Scroll down a little on the page to find the tutorial for this really creative example of backyard fence ideas.




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Another idea from ‘Design Intervention‘, this horizontal fence is similar to the one above, but uses some piping or chain link posts in place of some of the slats. The backyard fence idea/tutorial above could be modified to make something similar to this.

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This contemporary fence from ‘Houzz‘ is a great example of how artistic you can get with a simple material… wood. This is just a well thought out version of these other horizontal fencing tutorials. You can also hire a contractor to do a project like this, using this photo as reference for them. Love this look!

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Apartment Therapy‘ has a great variant of those same modern horizontal fencing tutorials. This fence uses narrower slat near the top, but at the same spacing as the lower slats so you actually can see through the fence near the top. It makes it a lot more interesting backyard fence idea as well.

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Our last idea is simply a reminder that what can really make a difference in a fancy fence idea is using high quality wood, such as IPE. This fence is a great example of what a difference it makes! Photo from ‘Eco Inventos‘.

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Did you enjoying learning about DIY Backyard Fence Ideas? Then we think you should jump right on over to our posts on DIY Outdoor Furniture or DIY Cool & Creative Patio Floor Ideas.



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  1. Anete January 22, 2020 at 11:21 am

    All the fence ideas are amazing.

  2. Valentino Moretti June 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’m enjoying all the different and creative designs one can come up with for a fence!

  3. Rob Harris October 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I really love the corrugated metal and wood fence. What s great idea. Nice for the privacy factor as well as a more contemporary look to the backyard.

  4. Ron December 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    All the designs look awesome. These are great to decorate your fence and beautify your surrounding.

  5. Kenyon October 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

    What type of wood is used in the light and dark horizontal wood fence thxs

    1. Kathy Woodard October 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Those projects belong to another blogger, if you read the caption with each photo, it will send you to the right website for each project, and hopefully they will have an answer for you! Good luck!

  6. Vanessa Cooper May 17, 2017 at 4:42 am

    The horizontal wooden fences truly look amazing! I just love how that type of fences combines natural materials with contemporary, good looks. Kind of reminds me of the old picket fences.

  7. Liam Beard November 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Nice fence inspiration photos! We’re a huge fan of timber fences, especially merbau fences so I loved your photos with lots of unique variations.

  8. Kathy Hardess September 14, 2016 at 2:39 am

    All of these look great. Too bad I don’t own a house. I would start thinking about fences

  9. Silas Knight September 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Some of these fences are so nice looking! I love the one with horizontal posts and piping in between them. I could get something like that to serve as aesthetics, and a privacy fence.


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