5 Wood Fence Designs Perfect for Your Home

March 17, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum


Ask any fencing company to name their most popular wood fence designs sold from year to year and almost all of them will tell you that it’s a wood fence.  Consumers love the aesthetic appeal that wood fence ideas create next to a beautifully manicured garden or the privacy it offers when you want to enjoy the outdoors unobserved. Our wooden fence ideas also afford homeowners great flexibility in that they come in a variety of designs and styles that you can augment with various stains and finishes to create your perfect outdoor environment. 

If you’re in the market for a wood fence, here are five of the most popular wood fence designs to consider that would be perfect for your home:

Open Wood Fence Designs

If you want wooden fence ideas and would prefer something with a more open and expansive look and feel—particularly if the fence will establish a large border on your property—there are three wooden fencing ideas that would be perfect choices for your home:

Split Rail Wood Fence Designs

If you want the best value from your wooden fence ideas in terms of fencing materials, labor and ease of installation, look no further than a split rail fence!  Many consumers consider this the most “farm-friendly” fence as they are the most economical option when you have lots of acreage to cover and a desire to build a fence that won’t break the bank!  Split rail fences are also easy to install, so many DIY aficionados are more comfortable working with split rail; you can build them on almost any terrain, including hard or rocky ground.  Most homeowners build split rail fences with three long pieces of wood that are inserted into holes on a post; however, you can also build a split rail with as few as two rails or as many as four to five in each section, depending upon your needs and budget.

split rail fence with picket gate

Paddock and Estate Fences

Paddock fences make use of three to five horizontal flat boards and are constructed with either southern yellow pine or western red cedar attached to pressure-treated posts.  Estate fences are highly similar to paddock fences, except that instead of using horizontal boards between two posts, two of the boards are overlapped on the diagonal to form a crisscross design, giving you an overall more elegant and visually complex look.  Paddock and estate wooden fence ideas are popular among dog and horse owners or those with a larger property as paddock and estate fences are highly cost efficient since they use less materials than other types of fence.  These wooden horizontal fence ideas also create a truly eye catching border that you can choose to stain or paint for a bit of curb appeal or allow it to age to a natural gray color.  Consumers also love this fence as it’s easy to repair.

paddock fence

Picket Fences

Year after year, yard after yard and from state to state, one of our most popular wood fence designs remains to be the picket fence.  Picket wooden fence ideas date back to the colonial era in America and are seen as the symbol of the ideal middle-class suburban life, with a family, children, large house, and peaceful living. Picket fences are built out of closely spaced solid wood slats—evenly spaced vertical boards or pickets—that are attached to horizontal rails (or runners), and are held in place through posts that provide stability and attachment points for the fence rails.

wood picket fence

Highly Dense Wood Fence Designs

If you want a wood fence and would prefer a bit more privacy and security—there are two types of wood fence designs you can install:

Stockade Fences

Stockade fences are constructed with boards and pointed edges placed tightly against one another, giving you a solid panel that you attach between fence posts.  On average, most stockade panels reach a height of six feet.  Stockade fences are popular wood fence ideas because it’s cost-effective, easy to install and offers you a bit of privacy.  Stockade fences are also a low maintenance fence that ages quite nicely to a natural gray color.  However, most folks like this fence because you can prolong its natural wood color with one of these best deck stains we recommend.

stockade fence panels

Board on Board Fences

If stability, security, affordability and privacy are features you value most from owning a fence, consider a board on board fence design.  Board on board fencing is constructed with an overlapping pattern of vertical slats where every other board is attached to an opposite side of the fence rails, creating a light break in the fence to where you get an extremely slight view of what’s on the other side, but only if you stand at an angle.  This design is popular among many town home communities, creating a gorgeous border while giving neighbors some sense of privacy for those living in close proximity to one another.

board-on-board-fence-with-lattice-top

Ready to Find Out What Wood Fence Design is Perfect For You?

If you want a new fence so your family and pets can enjoy the outdoors, contact us and one of our fence experts can help you decide which of these wood building fence styles is perfect for you!

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