Reclaim Your Backyard with a Privacy Fence

Have you been longing for more privacy in your backyard? It's high time to reclaim your space! These great full and partial privacy fence options will make it possible for you to kick back, relax, and truly enjoy your outdoor space.

I. Full Fencing

Stop feeling like you are living in a zoo exhibit and install a privacy fence around your yard.Whether you opt for pre-made store designs or wood pieces hand-cut by you, there is an option for every backyard reveler.

Wood Privacy Fences

When you think 'fencing', you probably first imagine a handsome wooden fence. It is true that wooden fencing is the most classic style for homes across the country. But don't fear getting stuck with a monotonous look! The wooden boards of your privacy fence can be painted or decked out with accessories like hanging lamps, as Elsa did, to enhance your backyard's design.

Hometalk Tip: In cold northern climates that experience frost, concrete anchors are necessary for fence posts. Post should be secured 36 inches deep to avoid cracking in a cold snap.

Vinyl Privacy Fences

Vinyl fences are a great option if you would rather not have to worry about the rotting or bug problems that are associated with a wooden privacy fence. Vinyl fences are increasingly popular due to their low maintenance needs and the wide variety of color options available (hip hip hooray for one less painting job, right?).

Hoping to add a little extra style and pizazz to your man-made privacy fence? Why not affix a wooden lattice to key portions of your vinyl fence to achieve the classic, wood-with-vines look.

Hometalk Tip: Hometalk member Cheryl cautions vinyl fence pursuers to take your area's wind and storm patterns into special consideration. In her town, many vinyl fences need to be replaced after every major storm due to wind damage. She suggests selecting a vinyl design that incorporates spacing between the boards to allow for wind flow.

Privacy Fence Enhancers

Hometalk members never fail to disappoint when it comes to life hacks. Melissa came up with this fabulous, privacy-enhancing design as a way around her neighborhood's fence restrictions. The taller structure sits insider her yard and connects to the original, not so private fence with diagonal boards. Add some vines and landscaping and you'll soon have a Secret Garden of your very own, as well as some privacy!

Are you the bursting with style and creativity type? Make your utilitarian backyard perimeter as fabulous as you by adding decorative fence toppers and other fence details like these installed by Southern Trillium. Privacy fencing has never looked so good!

II. Partial Privacy Fences

If your neighborhood has stringent fence restrictions or you just aren't ready for a full on fencing project yet, you can still create some instant privacy with these strategic privacy fence options.

Door and Shutter Privacy Fencing

Doors or shutters can take on new lives as beautiful partial fencing. You can really let your creative juices flow with upcycled fences like these! There are endless color and accessorizing options.

Curtain Privacy

Do you just love the look of vineyards? You can achieve the look andget a little privacy between your patio and the wide open world with a curtained arbor or pergola. Just think of all the fun, patterned curtain options you could decorate with for your summer wine and cheese parties!

Hometalk Tip: You could also use this privacy fence idea on your apartment balcony.

Salvaged Fencing

This idea is for all you wonderful dumpster divers and rescuers of roadside finds! Old discarded fencing can easily be salvaged for your own strategic privacy fencing needs. There are endless options for fixing any of the fence's flaws. Hometalk member Katherine filled in the missing fence caps of this roadside salvaged privacy fence with solar lights!

A Privacy Structure

Instead of a full privacy fence, why not carve out a little peace and privacy by installing a beautiful structure, like this gardening shrine by Hometalk member Melissa. Creating privacy for your backyard is the perfect excuse to dream up something fantastical!

Balcony Privacy

If your 'backyard' is more like 8'x11' concrete slab ten floors above sea level, you can still enjoy greater privacy with fencing as Isabella demonstrates below. Major props to her for making these the privacy boards do double duty by nailing up seat cushions.

You could also carve out a little personal space using vines and lattice, like Hometalk member Katie. You'll get enjoyable, extra use from this privacy fence option if you have a green city thumb and can grow wine grape vines or hops!

Now that you've reclaimed your backyard, get out and start a garden or build your own fire pit! Get out and enjoy some outdoor living!

Let us know in the comments what backyard activity plans you'll have once you've gained a little more peace and quiet!

Wooden Privacy Fence via Elisa
Vinyl Privacy Fence via Future Outdoors
Privacy Fence Extras via Our Adventures In Home Improvement
Privacy Fence Hack via Empress of Dirt
Privacy Fence Toppers via Southern Trillium
Privacy Fence from Doors via Mindy
Shutter Privacy Fence via Cottage in The Oaks
Privacy Arbors via Twelve Oaks Manor
Salvaged Privacy Fence via Katherine
Backyard Privacy Structure via Empress of Dirt
Balcony Privacy Fence via Engineer Your Space
Green Balcony Privacy Fence via Upcycled Treasures

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  • Pam Pam on Feb 07, 2017
    These are some great fencing ideas! I grew up my whole life with fences around my back yard and it was really nice to have that privacy but independence. Fences can also add to the style and vibe of the house.
  • Sarah Smith Sarah Smith on Mar 10, 2017
    My husband wants to get a fence installed around our backyard. It's good to know that vinyl is a good option if you don't want to worry about the rotting or bug problems that come with wooden fences. Another thing to make sure is that your privacy fence is tall enough to be truly private such as 6-7 feet tall. ;