Cheap Privacy Fence Ideas

Cleft chestnut or flexible bamboo fences are cheap and easy to install.

Fences do more than just keep the pets and the kids in the yard. They also help give a house a sense of security and privacy. Buying and installing a traditional privacy fence made with pre-manufactured solid fence panels or with innumerable tall fence boards butted tightly together is sometimes expensive. There are, however, alternative, economical methods of creating a privacy fence.

Found Branches

Take a trip to the woods to collect branches to use for your fence. Using non-milled branches gives your fence a rustic and organic look. You just need to make sure you find branches that do not show any signs of rot. Pour boiling water on the branches if you suspect parasites or bacteria. Strip the branches of their bark, cut them to size and affix them horizontally with nails or wood screws to traditional fence posts set in concrete footings. Attaching the branches so they are fitted tightly together, lining both sides of the fence posts, helps ensure the fence is not see-through. Finishing the branches with a wood preservative or sealer helps prevent moisture and UV damage. Over time, if a branch becomes damaged, simply replace it with a new one.

Cleft Chestnut Fencing

Cleft chestnut fencing is an affordable fencing option used in agricultural applications. The fencing is made from vertical chestnut slats bound together with wire rails. The wire is flexible and the fencing is purchased in rolls. For privacy needs, chestnut fencing is sold in heights of nearly 6 feet and can also be doubled up to help conceal gaps between slats. Chestnut fencing is erected and secured with posts that stake into the ground. Because of its flexible, lightweight nature, chestnut fencing is easy to unroll and wrap around corners. An alternative that is similar to chestnut fencing is flexible bamboo fencing.


Lattice is inexpensive and can be used instead of fence boards or fence panels. Sections of lattice are nailed to a framework made of traditional fence posts set in concrete with a top and a bottom rail made of two-by-four boards set between each post. Traditional lattice is somewhat open and see-through. Privacy lattice is available and has a tighter weave. Another way to enhance privacy of a lattice fence is to affix lattice on both sides of the fence posts. Lattice can also be used as a site for growing climbing plants. Over time, as they cover more area, climbing plants help to improve the concealing abilities of the fence.

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