10 Privacy Fence Ideas for Your Backyard

Updated: Jun. 17, 2024

An effective privacy fence needs to be at least six feet high with minimal gaps. Check out some of our favorite designs from Instagram.

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Herringbone Privacy Fence Courtesy @nickscustomwoodworks Via Instagram courtesy @nickscustomwoodworks/instagram

Herringbone Privacy Fence

Here’s another deck privacy fence, from @nickscustomwoodworks, in a distinctive herringbone pattern. The diagonal lines look great and the thin space between slats keeps the deck area secluded.

This is a custom-made fence, but you can get the same look with this metal privacy screen sporting a similar pattern.

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Decorative Privacy Screen Courtesy @rooftopiachicago Via Instagram courtesy @rooftopiachicago/instagram

Decorative Privacy Screen

Laser-cut steel privacy screens, like this one from @rooftopiachicago, offer seclusion while letting light filter through with a decorative flourish. Rooftopia provides custom design, fabrication and installation for their made-to-order screens.

For a similar look, try these rust-resistant metal screens, which can be mounted or freestanding.

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Bamboo Privacy Fence Courtesy @terracebythecoast Via Instagram courtesy @terracebythecoast/instagram

Bamboo Privacy Fence

The tropical look of bamboo fencing will make you feel like you’re on vacation in your backyard! This patio privacy fence from @terracebythecoast features bamboo fence panels similar to these.

According to Cali Bamboo, a fencing company in San Diego: “Bamboo fences can last twice as long as cedar fences and are able to significantly withstand more environmental extremes, such as high-force winds (the rounded canes allow the wind to pass through the fence). And unlike cedar or pine, bamboo is naturally termite resistant.”

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Deck Privacy Fence Courtesy @revealmydiy Via Instagram courtesy @revealmydiy/instagram

Deck Privacy Fence

This wood privacy fence on the deck of @revealmydiy‘s home looks beautiful all on its own, but the built-in planter boxes really make it stand out.

They made the planters themselves with PVC boards that they painted with Behr Deckover in the same color as the deck. Here are the step-by-step instructions to build a privacy fence with moveable planters.

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Slat Privacy Fence Courtesy @awesomestower Via Instagram
courtesy @awesomestower/instagram

Slat Privacy Fence

Using the existing fence posts on her old fence, @awesomestower built this modern horizontal-slat fence to give her yard a new look.

When deciding on the spacing between the slats, remember that the smaller the space, the more privacy you’ll have. For this yard fence, they opted for about 1/2-in. spacing. That allows adequate airflow without anyone seeing through into the yard.

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Planter Privacy Fence Courtesy @thedecormama Via Instagram courtesy @thedecormama/instagram

Planter Privacy Fence

Needing a solution to hide her “ugly side yard,” @thedecormama built this lovely privacy fence and planter in one! The horizontal slats feature engineered wood siding cut into strips with a table saw. And the potted plants offer a delightful finishing touch, mounted to the fence with these clever pot holders.

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Corrugated Metal Privacy Fence Courtesy @mycountrylife Idaho Via Instagram
courtesy @mycountrylife_idaho/instagram

Corrugated Metal Privacy Fence

For an affordable privacy fence, consider corrugated metal. It’s a lot more budget-friendly than wood in these times of high lumber prices. Plus, the zinc coating of galvanized corrugated metal helps it resist rust and weathering.

Just remember: The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal. Look for no more than 29 gauge for a sturdy fence. This wood and corrugated metal fence from @mycountrylife_idaho offers that casual farmhouse vibe.

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Steel Privacy Fence Courtesy @durabond.steel.fence.supply Via Instagram
courtesy @durabond.steel.fence.supply/instagram

Steel Privacy Fence

For absolute privacy and security, it doesn’t get much better than a gap-free, solid steel fence, like this one from @durabond.steel.fence.supply. Steel fences last for decades and are essentially maintenance-free.

To keep your steel fence looking new, Durabond says, “Simply hose it off as seasons change, and take care to clean out the bottom rail channel to avoid build-up of dust or other materials.” That’s easy!

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Stucco And Wood Fence Courtesy @mgcdecks Via Instagram
courtesy @mgcdecks/instagram

Stucco and Wood Fence

This two-tone, modern privacy fence by @mgcdecks combines a white stucco wall with a wood topper made from horizontal redwood planks. The contrasting colors and textures turn the fence into a focal point for the yard and provide a lovely backdrop for the nearby plants.

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Pool Deck Privacy Fence Courtesy @kira Turner Via Instagram courtesy @kira_turner/instagram

Pool Deck Privacy Fence

Nothing but good vibes and summer fun on this cozy pool deck from @kira_turner. The horizontal slat fence keeps pool time relaxing and private, and we love the addition of the cheeky metal sign. Alternating wide and narrow boards adds another layer of visual interest. Bonus points for that chic black and white stripe umbrella!