35 Awesome Wooden Fence Ideas for Residential Homes

Gallery featuring 35 awesome wooden fence ideas for residential homes. You'll be blown away by the surprising options out there today.
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Beautiful scallop-top fence with a line of pink tulips along one side.

 A fence can be an important element to a home. It can set the tone for your entire landscaping theme, it can protect your home, build privacy in residential areas, or just bring an element of design to the garden.

In the front yard, it can be the first impression someone gets of your home. That is why it is important to pick the right fence for you, your yard, and your home.

There are countless fences styles made from all kinds of materials, including iron, steel, vinyl, glass, and wood.

Wooden fences are the most widely used, and a classic direction for fences. This is why wooden fences come in the widest variety of styles. Wooden fences can serve a myriad of purposes as well. From outlining a flower bed to enclosing a pool, or providing privacy and security to your home and yard.

Whether you’re looking at an old ranch with a split rail raw wooden fence outlining the property or a suburban home nested behind a white picket fence, or even a six foot tall privacy fence wrapping around a pool and garden, wooden fences are ubiquitous.

What are some things to think about when considering adding a wooden fence to your property?

Pros:

  1. Noise reduction – If you opt for a larger fence, like a privacy fence, the fence can act as a dampener for noise pollution, bringing quiet to your yard.
  2. Curb appeal – The right fence can accentuate a home. It is the first thing that someone sees and interacts with when they come to your home.
  3. Privacy – Fences can make your space or home feel more private, even in populated residential areas.
  4. Security – A sufficiently tall fence with a locking gate can add another level of security to your home.
  5. Boundaries – If you have children or pets, it is be important to know where they are. When fenced in, they benefit from the added safety and grant you peace of mind.
  6. Variety – Wood fences come in the greatest variety of styles and looks. This gives you the greatest number of choices.

Cons:

  1. Cost – Wooden fences can be costly, and the more ambitious you are with your fence, the more it will end up costing you.
  2. View – A privacy fence works on both sides. It blocks the line of sight out as much as it does in. If you have a view outside of your yard that you enjoy, a taller fence could diminish your enjoyment.
  3. Maintenance – Wooden fences are not ‘set-it-and-forget-it.’ They require cleaning and upkeep. Without proper care, they will degrade and need to be replaced.

Wooden fences, of course, primarily consist of wood, but there are so many different kinds to choose from. The most popular wood for building fences is pine, due to its traditional look and quick growth. There are no limits to the types of woods that can be used for a wooden fence, but the price and properties of different varieties will effect the type you choose.

Many wooden fences are made from composite materials, usually treated pine. Pine is both inexpensive and responds well to pressure treatment, making it a durable and resilient choice.

Because wooden fences can range in material and design, the cost can also vary widely. Higher end woods naturally cost more, and taller fences need more material.

Typically, a split rail fence can be as inexpensive as $3 – $9 per linear foot of coverage for materials, and $8 –  $25 for professional installation.

A picket style fence can range between $3 – $30 per linear foot, depending on the wood choice, and an additional $10 – $75 per linear foot for installation. A fence between 4 and 6 feet tall can range from $4 – $75 or more per linear foot for materials, and installation can run between $8 – $100. (Source: Cost Helper)

We hope these fantastic examples of fences will inspire your brand new garden or perimeter fence! Not sure if you like wooden fences? Check out our definitive fence guide!

 

A rustic and simple split rail fence is a fun design choice, though it doesn't provide much in the way of security or privacy.

A rustic and simple split rail fence is a fun design choice, though it doesn’t provide much in the way of security or privacy.

A raw wood picket fence has an interesting rustic look.

A raw wood picket fence has an interesting rustic look.

A white picket fence is a classic and iconic choice for residential areas.


A white picket fence is a classic and iconic choice for residential areas.

This tall wooden privacy fence with lattice top and gate provides a good deal of privacy.

This tall wooden privacy fence with lattice top and gate provides a good deal of privacy.

Slats on an angle are visually interesting and a way to mix up a typical wooden fence.

Slats on an angle are visually interesting and a way to mix up a typical wooden fence. Source: Zillow Digs™

Here’s a tall privacy fence with a large car gate. Mixed with a brick structure, this fence is given a bit more stability.

Here’s a tall privacy fence with a large car gate. Mixed with a brick structure, this fence is given a bit more stability.

This cross-post design is perfect for larger yards, giving it a rustic look.


This cross-post design is perfect for larger yards, giving it a rustic look.

Check out this natural branch fence - a very natural and wild aesthetic.

Check out this natural branch fence – a very natural and wild aesthetic.

The spacing of the slats on this fence vary in distance, providing an interesting overview of the trees below.

The spacing of the slats on this fence vary in distance, providing an interesting overview of the trees below. Source: Zillow Digs™

This tight weaved wooden lattice functions as a privacy fence with a cool design.

This tight weaved wooden lattice functions as a privacy fence with a cool design.

This mixed wood design is sleek and stylish.


This mixed wood design is sleek and stylish.

A natural stick fence with vines crawling up the posts.

A natural stick fence with vines crawling up the posts.

A horizontal slat fence with varying sized slats.

A horizontal slat fence with varying sized slats. Source: pb3131 / Flickr

A fence with two different designs stacked divide this patio from the yard.

A fence with two different designs stacked divide this patio from the yard.

Source: Zillow Digs™

This solid privacy fence is a stylish backdrop to a garden.

This solid privacy fence is a stylish backdrop to a garden.

A tall fence that incorporates shelves and lights into the design.

A tall fence that incorporates shelves and lights into the design.

Source: Zillow Digs™

This unfinished wood fence with different sized components has a rough and rugged look.


This unfinished wood fence with different sized components has a rough and rugged look.

Vines cover the top of this detailed fence with intricate gate.

Vines cover the top of this detailed fence with intricate gate.

Sometimes a simple design is best to let your other landscaping be the star of the show.

Sometimes a simple design is best to let your other landscaping be the star of the show.

This simple fence design is broken up with design panels.

This simple fence design is broken up with design panels.

Source: Zillow Digs™

A simple design is also best when building a fence around an area with uneven ground and hills.

A simple design is also best when building a fence around an area with uneven ground and hills.

Picket fences are classic, but this fence does something new with the classic design with thicker pickets.

Picket fences are classic, but this fence does something new with the classic design with thicker pickets.

A lightly painted stained fence can brighten up a yard.

A lightly painted stained fence can brighten up a yard.

The slats in this fence are wider, making for a thicker, bulkier look.

The slats in this fence are wider, making for a thicker, bulkier look.

Source: Zillow Digs™

This natural stick fence uses sticks of different sizes.

This natural stick fence uses sticks of different sizes.

An alternate color topper sits on this raw wood fence

An alternate color topper sits on this raw wood fence

Simple privacy fences can be enhanced with interesting gateways.

Simple privacy fences can be enhanced with interesting gateways.

Variable lengths in the slats on a privacy fence can give your fence an interesting look.

Variable lengths in the slats on a privacy fence can give your fence an interesting look.

This finished fence wraps around a brick flowerbed.


This finished fence wraps around a brick flowerbed.

Source: Zillow Digs™

A stick wood lattice fence is a good old style design.

A stick wood lattice fence is a good old style design.

Fences made from multiple kinds of woods can have a dynamic appeal.

Fences made from multiple kinds of woods can have a dynamic appeal.

With a small spacing in the slats of a fence, light is allowed to pour through.

With a small spacing in the slats of a fence, light is allowed to pour through.

Source: Zillow Digs™

Behind this garden is a short wooden slat fence.
Behind this garden is a short wooden slat fence.
A cool two-wood privacy fence.
A cool two-wood privacy fence.

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