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27 Cheap Fence Ideas

These creative ideas for affordable fences will help you gain privacy, border definition and good looks at a fraction of the price.

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Be Fence Smart

Whether you're building a fence to mark your property line, keep pets or children in or gain privacy from passersby, there are endless design options worth considering before breaking ground. But some are cheaper than others. Classic picket and privacy fences require more materials and are pricier than a split rail or chain fence, but not to fret, friend. We compiled a list of our best budget-friendly fence ideas to help you design the fence of your dream — without breaking the bank in the process.

Our handy guide to saving money when planning your fence will help you make thoughtful, budget-friendly choices.
Read on to get the scoop on our top 27 inexpensive fence ideas and learn how to recreate them for your home.

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Photo: Martin Klimek/ Getty Images

Make the Right Material Choice

When it comes to fences, wood is less expensive than vinyl, but of course, entails far more maintenance and upkeep. Treated pine tends to be the most affordable, and also durable wood option. Cedar tends to be a pricier wood for fencing, and redwood and teak are at the top end. Vinyl, wrought iron, brick or stone fences are the most expensive.

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Photo: Anthony Crisafulli. From: LaGuardia Design Group.

Split Rail Fence

Split rail fencing is a handsome option, especially for ranch-style homes, and a great way of restricting large swaths of your property line. Because there is so much space between the rails, this type of fence requires less material and therefore costs less.

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Add In DIY Additions

You may not want to fence in your entire front yard, but a couple of white picket fence panels can add tons of charm. An 8-foot panel goes for about $50. Paint or stain it to match your home’s exterior or go with the quintessential classic white. Use the fence panels to flank a walkway, outline a driveway or create an extra barrier from the street. No matter where you put your picket fence, be sure to plant some colorful blooms in front of it.

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