Have you ever built a fence? That’s a rather odd question, isn’t it? Not all properties have fences and not all fences serve the same purpose or have the same structure or design. But what do you do when you need a fence, anyway? Who do you call and how much does it cost anyway? Well, if you build the fence yourself the cost will be quite low and you won’t have to rely on someone else to do things exactly the way you want them. You’d be your own contractor and your own client. That’s pretty cool even if the project is as simple as a DIY fence.
Here’s a tip: it’s easier to put up a fence if you don’t built it from scratch. How is that possible? It’s easy: use an old fence that someone else decided to get rid of. It would be nice if you could get it in large sections and not individual boards. All you’d have to do is install some posts and then fill the gaps between them with sections from the old fence. Don’t forget to add your finishing touches at the end. You can find some cool suggestions on instructables.
Various different materials can be used when building a fence. The most common one of all would probably have to be wood. Of course, even so there are all sorts of variations to consider. For example, how would a bamboo DIY fence look like around your back yard? Looking at the description offered on instructables I’d it would be pretty good-looking.
Not in the mood to complicate the project with unnecessary design features or materials that you’re not familiar with? Then how about a basic wooden fence with a simple gate, just like the one featured on instructables? Even though it has a very basic and simple design, it doesn’t lack charm. In fact, you can customize this fence in all sorts of cool ways. Try some paint for example.
There’s one particular detail that can change the entire look of your wooden fence: the orientation of the boards. In other words, you can place the boards vertically or horizontally. Vertical fences are the most common and they might also be easier to build but horizontal fences like the one featured on houseunderconstruction tend to have a more modern look so keep that in mind.
A lattice fence is quite different than the ones we showed you so far. It’s not exactly what you’d use to delineate your property with since it’s not particularly sturdy. It’s the type of fence you use as a decorative feature. You can train plants to climb on it and you can use it as a sort of privacy screen in the backyard. Check out lehmanlane to find out what it takes to build one.
Another useful tip is to stain the boards before you start putting the fence together. Once the fence is in place it will be difficult to get into all the cracks and corners so it’s more practical to stain the wood in advance. This also applies if you want to paint your fence. Sure, you’ll have to add some finishing touches at the end anyway but still, it helps. Find out more on diy.dunnlumber.
Check out this tin fence that was featured on craftytexasgirls. It’s pretty different from all the wood fences we’ve seen so far. So how do you build such a fence anyway? First you need to find the required materials. You can find tin in hardware shops. It’s used as a roofing material so look in that section.
As we already mentioned, not all fences serves the same purpose. Some fences are meant to keep intruders out and to delineate a property. Others serve a similar purpose but on a smaller scale, like this cute DIY fence for the garden. You can find out all about it on twotwentyone. It’s very cute but also practical and pretty easy to build which is always nice to hear.
Some fences serve as privacy screens. Remember that lattice fence we showed you a bit earlier? That’s what we’re talking about. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to build such privacy screens on lindsaystephenson. start by gathering your materials, then dig some holes for the posts, put the posts in and secure them with cement, then fill in the frame.
What if you were to combine some of the designs and strategies we’ve shown you so far? That’s entirely possible and the results can be pretty cool and interesting. A nice example is this DIY fence project featured on codycakes. The fence has two parts. There’s the main fence which is pretty simple and straight-forward and there’s also the lattice at the top. They complement each other beautifully.
The projects on this list can be useful and inspiring not only if you’re building a fence from scratch for a new property which didn’t have a fence before but also if you’re thinking of giving your old fence a makeover or replacing it with something more modern and more suitable to your own style or the look and ambiance you have in mind for your backyard or garden. In that sense, check out this cool fence transformation shared on imgur.
The posts are the most important part of a fence so you have to make sure they’re sturdy and that you install them properly. You have to do this step properly because everything else depends on it. Once the posts are in place you just have to fill in the gaps. This part is not exactly easy either but it helps a lot to have a good foundation, a good frame to build your DIY fence on. You can find some tips and instructions related to this on imgur.
There was a time when everyone’s dream home would have a white picket fence. Today a picket fence can look quite nostalgic and you can take advantage of its retro look if you want to highlight the quirky character of your home and backyard. Such a fence would most likely stand out and that can be a pretty cool thing. Also, a picket fence is pretty easy to build. Find out all you need to know from blackanddecker.
Fences and privacy screens are quite similar to one another. In a way, a privacy screen is just a mobile fence section which is not fixed in place and which you can reposition and move around as you please. That means building a privacy screen should be pretty easy too. That’s actually true. Check out this great tutorial on buildsomething to find out all you need to know about the project.
Building a fence out of repurposed materials can either make the project a lot easier or a lot harder. If, for example, you choose to build a repurposed shutter fence than you don’t have anything to worry about. It should all be easy and straight-forward but in case you need some help or some suggestions regarding the structure or the design of the DIY fence, check out cottageintheoaks.
Horizontal fences look more modern compared to the vertical kind and we actually mentioned this before. We’ll reinforce this idea with one more project. This one is featured on thecavenderdiary. It’s not just the fact that the boards are placed horizontally that makes this fence look modern but also the simplicity of the design as a whole.
Want to save some money with your DIY fence? Build it out of recycled pallets. Wooden pallets are actually incredibly versatile and can be used for lots and lots of projects and cool crafts. As you’ll see in the tutorial offered on fairywingsanddinosaurs you don’t even have to make too many modifications to the pallets in order to turn them into sections of a fence.
If privacy is not a concern, you can save time and money by building a fence such as the one featured on simplyorganized. You’ll only need wood for the frame (including the posts). Once this is in place you can fill in the gaps with wire mesh. It will be effective at keeping most animals out of your yard plus you’ll be able to see everything that’s going on on the other side which is great if you have a nice view.
We also found a really cool DIY fence project on naturallyloriel and we just have to share it with you. The fence is made of reclaimed pallets which is pretty great on its own but in addition to that you can actually grow plants on it. That’s right, the fence has built-in planter boxes at the top. Isn’t that very clever? You could have plants that cascade down on the fence. That would look amazing.
Speaking of fences and plants that grow on them, it can also be interesting idea to have a fence with a built-in trellis for climbing rose bushes or other such plants. You could make some adjustments to your existing fence or, if that’s not possible, you can build a new fence or a new section. In any case, you should check out reluctantentertainer for some inspiration.
See those colorful dots in this fence? Those are marbles. Inserting marbles into a fence is a super cool and creative idea which we find most adorable. In order to do that you need marbles that let light shine through, a rubber mallet and a drill with different-sized bits. If all your marbles are the same size then you only need one drill bit. By now you can probably guess how this is done but be sure to check out creatingreallyawesomefunthings for some tips before you get started.
A cinder block wall is not really a fence but can act as one. Of course, it won’t look good if you don’t cover it and give it a smooth and less rough appearance so how do you do that exactly? It’s all described on thefuntimesguide. The idea here is to use cement but of course other options are available too so before you do anything take some time to decide what would look best in relation to your home and the landscape surrounding it.
Shutters and pallets aren’t the only things which can be repurposed into fences. Check out this DIY fence made out of repurposed louvered doors. We found it on interiorfrugalista and we think it’s a pretty clever project. Of course, you’ll need a few doors to start with so make sure you have all the supplies you need before you start the project.
Cinder clock fences are very strong and sturdy and also quite common in certain areas but they’re not exactly good-looking, at least not in their most bare and simple form. You can change that by giving your fence a makeover. You should start by moving some soil away from the fence and then giving the fence a good cleaning. After that, patch the damaged area. You can then start painting the fence. We suggest waterproof paint, like the one also suggested on remodelaholic.
Staining a fence
Chances are that you’ll be building a DIY wooden fence because the material is accessible, affordable and easy to work with plus wood fences can suit any style. That being said, you’ll probably want to stain your fence and while that’s not a very difficult task there are a few things you should know. You can find out everything in the tutorial offered on tarynwhiteaker.