Privacy Fence Ideas to Transform Your Small Outdoor Space

Summer is the best time to enjoy sunny weekends and pleasant evenings in your outdoors. But, what you can do if you have a small outdoor space. If you have a small backyard and want to maximize the amount of room you have while maintaining a comfortable level of privacy, you can use privacy fence ideas.

Privacy Fence Outdoor Fencing Ideas

There are many different types of materials that can be used as well as additional features that can be added to create a one-of-a-kind, unique atmosphere.

What Features Are You Looking For?


Privacy fences are constructed to obstruct the view of people on the outside of the yard. The type of fencing you choose will determine the level of privacy you receive. The choice will also determine how secure your property is. It is harder for intruders to get through a wrought iron fence, where as a wooden fence may offer privacy but can be easily breached if an intruder wants to gain entrance.

Common Materials Used for Privacy Fences

The type of material you choose will determine how “private” your backyard really is. Some types of fence are more decorative than others, while metal fences often provide the most security. A few of the most common types of materials used for privacy fences include:

  • Wood plank
  • Wrought iron
  • Chain link
  • Brick
  • Hedge and shrubbery

The types of materials you choose will also depend on your budget for the project.

Rules to Follow

When putting up a privacy fence, there are a few rules you should go by. First, check with your city's building commissioner to see if you need a permit to install a privacy fence. This may also dictate the type of material used to construct the fence. You may also have to get permission from your neighbors if the fence is going to directly border their property.

Wood Plank

Wood is an attractive material that adds style and elegance to any yard style while ensuring ultimate privacy. A wood fence can protect children and pets, deter intruders and trespassers, and block outside noises.  These fences last for 5 to 10 years or even more with proper care and maintenance. You can also paint your fence with any color you prefer to add some flair to your home.

Wrought Iron 

With their classic looks and extreme durability, wrought iron fences can survive centuries of style changes. Wrought iron fences provide privacy and security to your property, preventing unwanted guests from entering. They are resistant to extreme weather and easy to maintain and repair. Wrought iron can be shaped into nearly any design, allowing you to have the one that suits your home’s style and theme.

Chain Link

Chain link fences are preferred for their affordability and durability. These create a strong barrier to keep strangers out while providing adequate security for your children and pets. This fence type can be as high as 12 feet and include deterrents such as barbed wire added at the top to prevent climbing. A chain-link fence can be made to have a specific thickness or style, depending on your requirements. It is one of the low-maintenance fences, that can be simply cut out and replaced when it is damaged.


Brick fences are a bit pricey, but their longevity outweighs their cost. Apart from bringing style and class to your home, a brick fence prevents intruders from entering your property. It blocks noise from busy streets and neighbors while keeping your children and pets within your property. Bricks come in various shapes and styles, allowing you to have a unique and eye-catching fence.

Hedge and Shrubbery

Hedge and shrubbery fences are cost-effective and add aesthetic appeal to your landscape, improving the resale value of your home. A shrubbery fence keeps children and pets within your yard as well as provides privacy by growing to a significant height. However, hedge and shrubbery fences will require regular maintenance. 

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Ron Frazelle

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading chain link fence company in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence offers a wide variety of fencing options, including chain link fences, ornamental iron fences, security cages and security gates.