March 26, 2018

Horizontal Privacy Fence | DIY

I’ll be the first to admit our backyard is nothing pretty. Potential it has and one day it will reach that potential but for now it is not our favorite. One thing Jordan and I have vowed to do is enjoy our home before it is where we want it to be. We love our home so much but with Pinterest and Instagram it is so easy to fall in a trap of thinking you have so far to go before you can invite someone over to enjoy your space.

I feel strongly about this topic – enjoying your space where it is – and I will admit it isn’t always easy. Last year a friend gave us her old fire pit, we pulled out string lights from our wedding and lugged every chair in our living room outside to have weekly bonfires. Some mornings I would even look outside and see Jordan had started a fire and was reading out there. I think that was when we learned the space we had was more than enough. 

Knowing how much time we used our backyard last year, I wanted to spruce it up just a bit. We have grand plans for the space but right now we figured a horizontal privacy fence was enough to hold us over. This project took just a couple days and was surprisingly way easier than I thought! I was inspired by Caitlin & Manda at The Merrythought to add plants to the wall and I just love how simple it is yet it makes me want to spend so much more time outside!

In these photos you’ll get a glimpse of how far our space has to go but my main objective was to create a little backdrop to cover the cinderblock wall in between our shed and our house. This project is easily customizable but with the dimensions provided below I didn’t have to make any cuts and the steps were kept to a minimum which makes this a great beginner project!

 Horizontal Privacy Fence DIY

Final measurements: 6 feet tall x 12 feet wide

Tools & Materials: 

(3) 4x4x8 pressure treated posts

(17) 1x6x12 pressure treated boards

Wood decking screws

Outdoor paint

(2) Quickcrete

Post digger

Flower Pot Clips

Terracotta Pots


– Extra board for measuring spaces 

– Level


1. Dig 3 holes 4 feet apart for your post that measure 2 feet deep.

2. Insert post into hole and follow quickcrete instructions to secure in place. Make sure your posts are level. Let dry for 24 hours.

3. Paint horizontal boards if desired.

4. Starting at the top, level your first board flush with the posts. Screw into place.

5. Using your extra board, measure the space in between the next board and drill into place.

6. Hang planter clips and fill with plants. 

7. Continue until your wall is complete!

This project was so fun to make, I would love to see if you decide to make your own horizontal privacy fence!