7 Ways To Customize A Wood Fence

Published On: February 8, 20230 Comments on 7 Ways To Customize A Wood FenceTags: Last Updated: January 24, 20245.6 min read

Do you want to add a fence to your yard? The reason for adding a fence could be for privacy or aesthetics. Either situation requires you to consider the ideal fence to meet these needs. You can choose from many materials for your fence, such as wood, iron cast, and vinyl. Suppose your preferred choice is wood. How will you incorporate it into your home? What choices do you have? One of the choices is customization. Yes, you can customize your wooden fence.

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Here are a number of tips you can use. Keep on reading to learn more.

1. Adopt A Unique Picket Arrangement

Pickets are the individual slats or wooden pieces you combine to form your fence. You can customize these slats by trying out unique arrangements. Most people associate wooden fences with a vertical arrangement. However, you can use horizontal slats for your wood fence. As you nail the slats, consider leaving spaces between them to break the usual design of joined pieces. A diagonal arrangement of the wooden slats will work too. This creates a herringbone pattern that’s unique to the eye. Consider mixing the wooden slats separation. If you prefer the horizontal slat arrangement, have three-quarters of the fence from the bottom, have close-knitted slats. For the last top quarter, space the horizontal slats. Alternatively, have the last three quarters as closely-knit vertical slats, with the top being widely-spaced horizontal slats.

Did you know you can achieve a checkered design with your wooden fence too? It involves interlocking the vertical wooden slats from the bottom to the top with the horizontal ones. Nonetheless, you can only achieve this design with thin wooden slats. They’re easy to bend without breaking, helping you achieve the design. As you incorporate a wood fence, you’ll find most designs lay the wooden slats flat. Break this routine and slat your horizontal wooden pieces. They’ll raise outwards instead of being flat, like your angled window blinds. Ensure you slat them downwards for utmost privacy. Visit websites like BuzzFence.com to find out more about the design options available.

2. Use Different Wood Options

As previously stated, most people relate wooden fences with wooden slats. Yet you can break the norm and achieve unique fences. One, consider using logs instead of slats. You can stack the logs joined to each other or leave spaces in between. To eliminate the boredom of vertical and horizontal log arrangement, consider using medium-sized logs for each section, and place them diagonally. It’s best if the log branches and isn’t straight. The result is a unique design. But it’s not the design to adopt if you’re seeking privacy; it’s best for aesthetics. Besides logs, try using wooden pallets. You probably use wooden pallets for your outdoor seating area or storage in the garage. These are pieces you can adopt for your wooden fence. Place them next to each other such that they form a fence. Consider alternating the arrangement, where you mix the patterns. Place a pallet horizontally with the adjacent one being vertical. The mix breaks the boredom of a continuous horizontal or vertical arrangement pattern.

3. Add Caps To The Post

The post is the part that anchors your fence to the ground. It’s where you’ll nail your rails too, which will support the pickets you’ll use for the fence. In most cases, posts are higher and bigger than the rest of the fence; they stand out. One ideal way to bring out their unique feature is to add caps on their top edges. The caps can take any shape you desire, from conical to round, to add to their beauty.

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4. Adopt Different Wooden Heights

Your wooden fence doesn’t have to be of constant height, especially with the slats. Although common, you can break from this with customization. Consider altering each slat’s height such that a slat is longer or shorter than the adjacent one. Have the longer slats pointed, with the shorter ones flat. Doing so adds to the fence’s uniqueness. The other way to achieve this design is to have each section (between the posts) at different heights. The heights can go descending subsequently, or you can alternate them.

5. Consider Raised Wooden Beam

You’ve probably seen one-line wooden fence designs before. It’s quite common; yet, you don’t have to stick to this design. You can customize yours to be two-lined. How? Nail three thick beams horizontally at the posts. One should be at the top, the others at the middle, and the bottom. Proceed to nail your wooden slats on either front of the beam. With this design, the slats should be vertical and spaced. This approach showcases the unique nature of your wood fence.

6. Stain Your Wood

Wood staining works to color your wood. Unlike painting, staining retains the natural look of your wood. Another advantage is that it creates a moisture-protective barrier over your wooden fence. There are different approaches to wood staining. You can choose light or dark-colored wood stains. Wood staining adds to the design of your wooden fence by letting your fence blend in with nature. You can still see the wood grains and patterns after staining, maintaining the natural look of the wood. It’s a beauty on its own.

7. Paint Your Wood Fence

Unlike staining, painting your wooden fence doesn’t retain the natural appearance of the wood. Painting enables you to customize your fence to your desired colors. There are many color combinations you can adopt. A common color is white; you’ll paint the entire fence white. The white pops against the lush green color of your lawn or yard. Alternatively, paint the slats white, and have the posts black. Black and white is a common color combination that still stands out and never goes out of style. Plus, you can stain and color your wooden fence simultaneously. Stain the vertical or horizontal wood slats, and color the rails and posts black. The result is a brown-colored fence with a popping of black here and there. Adopting uniform colors isn’t the only way to go. You can alternate different colors on each wooden slat if you’re vibrant and love colors. The result is a rainbow-like wood fence.


From the discussion above, it’s clear that you don’t have to settle for standard wooden fence designs. There’s so much you can achieve with design customization. The post gives wood fence design ideas you can utilize as well. It’d help to consider them as you find the ideal wood fence design to add to your home.

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