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100 Fence Designs, Styles and Ideas (BACKYARD, FRONT YARD FENCING AND MORE!)

The ultimate guide to fence designs and fencing material. Wrought iron gates, wood, security, iron, split rail, vinyl, pvc, dog, deer, electric fence ideas.

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Are you looking for backyard or front yard fence designs and ideas?  It’s a big decision as the fence design you choose can affect the resell value and overall curb appeal of your home for years.

Fencing solves multiple problems you may be dealing with as a home owner.  A reliable fence will not only layout a perimeter for your property, but will also add security and privacy your home may be lacking.

There are many different types of front yard and backyard fence ideas to consider. Most neighbors choose to build a simply wood and metal fence, but as you will see, we cover all type of fencing materials.

In our gallery below, we are showcasing a wide array of fencing designs. From the very elaborate all the way down to simply and easy fence ideas. Either way, we hope our guide helps you make your final decision on what fencing supplies you should use for your project.

Fence Installation Costs

Before we get to the gallery it seems only appropriate that we review some of the costs associated with your fencing project.

Like many other home design projects, the costs of a fencing projects can vary greatly. There are two different cost associated with this project.

1. The cost of Fencing Material
2. The cost of Fencing installation

Fencing Material & Labor Costs Estimator (In Linear Feet):

Fence Material Cost Per Linear Foot Labor Cost Per Linear Foot
Metal/Chain  $7   $10
Wood   $12   $12
Vinyl   $17   $7
Aluminum   $26   $10+

Costs analysis by home advisors.

Using this fence estimator we can see that a simple wood privacy fence cost around $24 per linear foot for material and installation ($12 + $12 = $24 per linear foot).

So for a fence line that spans 200 feet you will be in the ball park of $4800.

You can also see that in the case of a wood fence you can save 50% by turing this into a DIY fence project.  If you have ever seen a fence company complete a project they have a way of making it seem very easy.  Don’t be fooled any fence project is a lot of hard work.  

Note: We recommend you find some qualified fence companies for a quote, but if you already know how to install a fence, it obviously can save you some cash.

Fence Styles by Fencing Supplies (Materials)

In this section we will cover many common fence designs by the material used to build them.  This will include privacy fence design ideas for the backyard, front yard and patio.

Wood Fence Designs

Wood fence design includes many types of wood fence styles. Because wood has been the standard bearer of fences for many years it is without a doubt the most used choice in all types of fencing.

Picket Fence

Picket fence designs are typically made from cedar pickets.   As you will see from these pictures of fences, picket fences may include a combination of an arbor and lattice work.

Wood Fence Designs

White picket fence around home with arbor over entryway gate.

White picket fences look beautiful surrounded by greenery and flowers. Backyard fence ideas.

White picket fences look beautiful surrounded by greenery and flowers.

New picket fence styles include 4x4 posts with end caps. Options include wood or vinyl for material.

New picket fence styles include 4×4 posts with end caps.  Options include wood or vinyl for material.

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Cedar Fence

The most common of all wood fence types is cedar.  You will find this fencing material in suburban neighborhoods and backyards all over the country.  This wood is light weight, durable and easy to stain for a classic fence style.  Cedar is available to purchase in individual boards or as panels from local mills or home goods stores.

Cedar fence panels with a 4x4 cedar fence post and caps.

Cedar fence panels with a 4×4 cedar fence post and caps.

View Our Article On Privacy Fence Ideas Here

We love beautiful cedar fence designs. This one mixed with panels and lattice work is subtle yet will dress up any home.

We love beautiful cedar fence designs.  This one mixed with panels and lattice work is subtle yet will dress up any home.

A very common example using standard cedar fence boards. By using these boards, fence repair is reasonably priced and is fairly simple to do.

A very common example using standard cedar fence boards.  By using these boards, fence repair is reasonably priced and is fairly simple to do.

Most people don't know you can simply pressure wash wooden fence posts and boards to get them looking new again.

TIP:  Most people don’t know you can simply pressure wash wooden fence posts and boards to get them looking new again.  This project can be time consuming but save thousands over replacing the entire fence.

Patio Fence Ideas

This little white fence encloses the patio area nicely and ties in well with the white trim on the home.

This little white fence encloses the patio area nicely and ties in well with the white trim on the home.

Beautifully done white fence with planks placed close together, leaving just a small space between each plank

Beautifully done white fence with planks placed close together, leaving just a small space between each plank.  The circular detail on top of each plank give this fence some unique detail.

A beautiful combination of lattice work done in different heights and a solid door up the stairs to enclose the area.

A beautiful combination of lattice work done in different heights and a solid door up the stairs to enclose the area.

The fencing in the back shows natural wood planks placed side by side all the way down leaving no room in between to create complete privacy for the yard.

The fencing in the back shows natural wood planks placed side by side all the way down leaving no room in between to create complete privacy for the yard.

The lattice work on this fence creates a simple barrier and helps enclose this cute patio set and area.

The lattice work on this fence creates a simple barrier and helps enclose this cute patio set and area.  The thick beams throughout allows a sturdy structure to hang flowers and outdoor decor.

Modern Fence

Small wood planks fixed horizontally and painted dark.

Small wood planks fixed horizontally and painted dark.

Shadow Box Fence

Shadow box fence designs create a unique look by using shadows to create more depth when viewing.

Shadow box fence designs create a unique look by using shadows to create more depth when viewing.

Board on Board Fence

Board on board fences are beautiful while providing enhanced privacy because there are no gaps between the boards.

Board on board fences are beautiful while providing enhanced privacy because there are no gaps between the boards.

Lattice Fence Designs

White lattice fence panels with pink flowers growing though to create a beautiful and dreamy wall.

White lattice fence panels with pink flowers growing though to create a beautiful and dreamy wall.

On old rustic lattice fence and gate provides a simple way to establish a perimeter.

On old rustic lattice fence and gate provides a simple way to establish a perimeter.

Lattice can me used to complete the top or in this case the bottom of any fence.

Lattice can me used to complete the top or in this case the bottom of any fence.

Adding lattice to the side wall of an archway or gate can easily complete your desired look and give room for ivy or flowers to grow.

Adding lattice to the side wall of an archway or gate can easily complete your desired look and give room for ivy or flowers to grow.

Stockade Fence

A stockade fence design is historically characterized by it’s use in military compounds or farmers to confine livestock.  The boards are flat or round and typically have a pointed tip to discourage unwanted visitors.  You can still purchase this type of fencing in boards or panels from major home goods stores.  For more on the cost of stockade fence check out this site.

A clean and neatly put together stockade fence that is still visually appealing.

A clean and neatly put together stockade fence that is still visually appealing.

Here you see a more common look to the stockade fence where not all boards are uniform.

Here you see a more common look to the stockade fence where not all boards are uniform.

A rustic stockade fence used in a farm setting.

A rustic stockade fence used in a farm setting.

Bamboo Fencing

The mix of milled wood for enhanced structure compliments this unique bamboo fence.

The mix of milled wood for enhanced structure compliments this unique bamboo fence.

A traditional bamboo fence design looks stunning with flowers and greenery enhancing this beautiful walkway.

A traditional bamboo fence design looks stunning with  flowers and greenery enhancing this beautiful walkway.

Bamboo fence roll is a quick and easy options for anyone to help create privacy.

Bamboo fence roll is a quick and easy options for anyone to help create privacy.

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Split Rail Fencing

A split rail fence, gets it’s name from the action of splitting of timber logs to create the long usable rails.  Common where there are vast amounts of timber to use, split rail fencing can be place together without the use of any tools or nails.

Split Rail Fence Cost

Split Rail Fence Material Used Cost Per Foot Cost Per 100 feet Cost Per 500 feet
Cedar $10 – $15 $1000 – $1500 $5000 – $7500
Yellow Pine $10 – $18 $1000 – $1800 $5000 – $9000
Locust $20 – $30 $2000 – $3000 $10000–$15000
Composite $19 – $23 $1900 – $2300 $9500 – $11500

Many split rail fences are older and more common in historically older properties.

Many split rail fences are older and more common in historically older properties.

These fences are very common to see with along with old barns to help contain livestock.

These fences are very common to see with along with old barns to help contain livestock.

Split rail fences are not always pretty, but do help establish property lines and keep unwanted visitors away.

Split rail fences are not always pretty, but do help establish property lines and keep unwanted visitors away.

Post and Rail Fence

Post and rail designs are common on farms and larger properties where cost and time will be a factor in choosing fencing material.  Most commonly seen in white, but other colors are used to paint these types of fences.

A benefit of a post and fail fence is the ability to create one with out much concern for level ground.

A benefit of a post and fail fence is the ability to create one with out much concern for level ground.

Classic white post and rail fence design where the rails are inserted into the posts.

Classic white post and rail fence design where the rails are inserted into the posts.

Metal Fences

A metal fence is a wonderful choice if you are looking for a high end fencing solution.  Steel fences are by far the strongest of all the fence options. It is our number one option if your looking for the security and protection.  Aluminum fencing tends to hold up to weather better. Each type of metal has its own set of pros and cons.  For example steel can start to rust in damp climates while aluminum may bend or break if hit hard enough.  View our fencing pictures below.  If you looking for a reliable fence the may be your best option.

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron fence panels makes an elegant addition to any home.  Take this look up a notch and mix it with your favorite brick or stone columns.

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This wrought iron gate adds an sophisticated entry point for an car or pedestrian.

This wrought iron gate adds an sophisticated entry point for an car or pedestrian.

Steel Fence

Steal fence posts support this modern metal fence.

Steal fence posts support this modern metal fence.

Iron Fence

Solid iron fencing makes a for the ultimate in privacy and security.

Solid iron fencing makes a for the ultimate in privacy and security.  Metal fence panels like these can be purchased or fabricated to size by fencing companies.

Aluminum Fencing

Black aluminum fences are made from square tubes like the fence picture above.

Black aluminum fences are made from square tubes like the fence picture above.

Security Fence and Gates Examples

A security fence provides the ultimate in privacy and safety.

A security fence provides the ultimate in privacy and safety.

Wire Fencing

Barb wire fencing is a staple at many ranches and farms. It is a cheap and effective way to keep animals contained and potential threats away.

Barb wire fencing is a staple at many ranches and farms.  It is a cheap and effective way to keep animals contained and potential threats away.

Wire fence panels like these can be purchased and installed quickly and effectively around any property.

Wire fence panels like these can be purchased and installed quickly and effectively around any property.

Chain Link Fencing

While not the most appealing fence choice this chain link fence gets the job done and provides cheap yard fencing.

While not the most appealing fence choice this chain link fence gets the job done and provides cheap yard fencing.

A chain link gate can come in many shapes and sizes.

A chain link gate can come in many shapes and sizes.  Gates can comes in two larger chain link fence panels that open wide enough for a car or what you see here for an entryway to a residence.

Black chain link fence is a cheap way to make this industrial fencing look more appealing and is an nice upgrade from standard chainlink fence.

Black chain link fence is a cheap way to make this industrial fencing look more appealing and is an nice upgrade from standard chainlink fence.

Chain Link Fence Slats

Chain link fence parts, like the slats, can be added as a part of your chain link fence installation.

Chain link fence parts, like the slats, can be added as a part of your chain link fence installation.

Plastic and Vinyl Fences

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing cost is estimated at $24 per foot.  This includes material and cost to install.

This large white vinyl privacy fence is a great balance between esthetics and function in man made fencing.

This large white vinyl privacy fence is a great balance between esthetics and function in man made fencing.

How to install Vinyl Fence

PVC Fence

A pvc fence makes a great garden fence because of it's easy set up and great looks.

Pvc fencing makes a great garden fence because of it’s easy set up and great looks.

Plastic Fencing

Plastic fence panels are an easy choice due to cost and durability.

Plastic fence panels are an easy choice due to cost and durability.

Composite Fencing

Composite fences are made up of both plastic and wood. They come in various sizes, colors, shapes, and textures.

Composite fences are made up of both plastic and wood.  They come in various sizes, colors, shapes, and textures.

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Brick Fences

Brick columns and iron fencing mixed together to make a stunning structure.

Brick columns and iron fencing mixed together to make a stunning structure.

Solid brick fence with a wrought iron security gate is the pinnacle of security and style.

Solid brick fence with a wrought iron security gate is the pinnacle of security and style.

Brick fence designs come in many shapes and sizes. This modern dark, brick fencing mixed with a detailed iron gate give a traditional look and feel.

Brick fence designs come in many shapes and sizes.  This modern dark, brick fencing mixed with a detailed iron gate give a traditional look and feel.

Fence Type by Function

Next we will cover less common, but very useful fences by their function.  These will include pool, garden, modern, temporary, invisible, farm, snow and even fences for animals (horses, deer, cats and dogs).

Garden Fence Designs

Garden fencing can be placed in the front yard or backyard and is typically shorter than a standard privacy fence.  It can be used for purely visual purposes or can be used to keep smaller animals and rodents away.

Classic english garden fencing makes a beautiful addition to any front or side yard.

Classic english garden fencing makes a beautiful addition to any front or side yard.

Old farm garden fence reinforced with round posts for stability.

Old farm garden fence reinforced with round posts for stability.

White garden fencing with double wide latch gate for easy access.

White garden fencing with double wide latch gate for easy access.

Beautiful stained brown fence done in a variety of sections and heights with squared of posts really make these bright flowers pop.

Beautiful stained brown fence done in a variety of sections and heights with squared of posts really make these bright flowers pop.

Simple but pretty bright white garden fence. These short planks done all the same height all around these flowers add a nice visual appeal to this garden.

Simple but pretty bright white garden fence.  These short planks done all the same height all around these flowers add a nice visual appeal to this garden.

Farm Fence

Farm fencing can come in many different styles and variations.  Common farm fences include: Split rail fencing, post and rail fence, post and barb wire fence or any combination of fencing and wire material.  Because farms can potentially span across hundreds of acres; cost, durability and efficiency are a major concern when choosing a fence.

Farm fencing can span for miles and are commonly made with 4x4 posts and long wooden planks.

Farm fences can span for miles and are commonly made with 4×4 posts and long wooden planks.

Round posts spread out over 4-6 feet lined with barb wire are a great deterrent for animals.

Round posts spread out over 4-6 feet lined with barb wire are a great deterrent for animals.

A large aluminum farm gate large enough for large vehicles or animals to pass through.

A large aluminum farm gate large enough for large vehicles or animals to pass through.

Electric Fence

Electric fencing is used as a deterrent for animals and humans to stay away.  When someone or something touches the fence and is grounded to the earth they will be shocked.  The power of the shock can vary greatly, anywhere from an annoyance to death.

Fence posts are laid out with the electric fence wire attached to the posts. The electric wire is ground on one with an earth rod.

Fence posts are laid out with the electric fence wire attached to the posts.  The electric wire is ground on one with an earth rod.

NOTE: Consult an expert in electric fences before installing, as misuse can result in death.

Animal and Pet Fences

A pet fence is all about containiment.  Pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals safe, and in some cases keep others safe from their animals.  Not only for insurance purposes but in many cases you can be held legally responsiable if your animal causes damage to a property, vehicle or person.

Horse Fencing

A post and rail fence is a common choice for keeping horses fenced in.  The major concern with a horse fences should be strength and height.  Many horse fences look like a standard farm fence but have been extended in height so a horse cannot jump over.

A standard farm fence painted white with wire mesh attached for extra control.

A standard farm fence painted white with wire mesh attached for extra control.

White farm fence with four rails high, for extra height.

White farm fence with four rails high, for extra height.

A yellow round tube metal fence is also nice choice for horses.

A yellow round tube metal fence is also nice choice for horses.

Deer Fence

Deer fencing is a protective mesh or barrier made out of several different materials.  Common choices include: metal, galvanized steel, plastic mesh, pvc, and black polypropylene.  Most stores sell deer fence in rolls 7 ft x 100 ft.

Deer fencing posts can be separated and placed quite far apart. Just make sure the mesh material is pulled tight when installing.

Deer fence posts can be separated and placed quite far apart.  Just make sure the mesh material is pulled tight when installing.

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Dog Fence

There is not right or wrong way to create a dog fence.  The basic idea is containment of the k9.  Most opt for some type of metal fencing like chain link fence or wire mesh.  The quantity and size of dogs need to be taken into consideration when choosing the size and strength needed.  Most dog owners  choose to make a large area for the dogs to roam.

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A large span of chain link dog fencing creates a large area for dogs to roam and play.

Use fencing materials to create a hybrid of a dog fence and a large kennel area.

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Use fencing materials to create a hybrid of a dog fence and a large kennel area.

Small and light weight black metal wire creates a portable outdoor kennel.

Small and light weight black metal wire creates a portable outdoor kennel.

Invisible Fence

An invisible fence is an option for dog owners to create an unseen fence or boundary for your dog.  Most kits include a base station, a shock collar, and flags to place as a learning tool for your pet.  Most low end invisible fence cost around $200-$300 dollars while some range upward of $2,000.

When you have an open backyard it can be challenging to keep your pet contained. The invisible fence is a perfect solution!

When you have an open backyard it can be challenging to keep your pet contained.  The invisible fence is a perfect solution!

An electric dog collar is used for electric invisible dog fencing.

An electric dog collar is used for electric invisible dog fencing.  Invisible fencing

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Cat fence

Cat fencing is a cheap and inexpensive way to keep your cat in your backyard.  It consists of attaching mesh or wire at a 90 or 40 degree angle to an existing fence.  When a cat tries to climb the fence it is met with an insurmountable obstacle.

For this example showing you an easy DIY project might be the best way explain how cat fences work!

Other Fence types (Not as Common)

Pool Fence

Black metal pool fencing surrounds this large pool area.

Black metal pool fencing surrounds this large pool area.

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White pool fencing made from vinyl railing makes and excellent and cost effective option.

White pool fencing made from vinyl railing makes and excellent and cost effective option.

Not all pool fences are made of mesh or metal. The image above has stainless steel pool post with glass fencing panels creates an open and modern addition to any backyard.

Not all pool fences are made of mesh or metal.  The image above has stainless steel pool post with glass fencing panels creates an open and modern addition to any backyard.

Short Fence

A short fence is a simply way to create a land line while keeping an open feeling in your yard.

A short fence is a simply way to create a land line while keeping an open feeling in your yard.

Low Fence

Low fencing creates a barrier to entry without blocking the view.

Low fencing creates a barrier to entry without blocking the view.

Temporary Fencing

A temporary fence is a great option when you need cheap fencing done in a hurry.  Whether you are blocking off a potential hazard or wanting to contain an animal until you find a more permanent solution, there are plenty of plastic and metal products that will suit your needs.

Common temporary fencing types. Available in green, black, orange and unfinished metal.

Common temporary fencing types.  Available in green, black, orange and unfinished metal.

Orange reusable temporary fencing. Easy to put up and take down.

Orange reusable temporary fencing.  Easy to put up and take down.
You can also rent light weight metal fencing to block off an area.

You can also rent light weight metal fencing to block off an area.

Silt Fence

Slit fencing is primarily used on construction sites to help control contamination of water supplies from water and storm runoff.

Slit of filter fence helps protect nearby water by creating a barrier to keep unwanted chemicals and sediment contained.

Slit of filter fence helps protect nearby water by creating a barrier to keep unwanted chemicals and sediment contained.

Snow Fence

Snow fencing is used to help control snowdrift in heavy winds.  This type of fencing helps protect roads from accumulating too much snow to help alleviate unsafe driving conditions.

A simple orange plastic fence is a useful way to create a barrier for blocking snowdrift. Wood snow fences are also used but lack portability and tend to be more expensive.

A simple orange plastic fence is a useful way to create a barrier for blocking snowdrift.  Wood snow fences are also used but lack portability and tend to be more expensive.

Fence Contrators & Companies

National Fence

Ameristar Fence

Mills Fence

Fence Outlet

Menards Fencing

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