Wood shipping pallets—or wood structures that mimic these packing pieces—can be used to design a rustic fence to create conversational curb appeal or to add dimension and character to a bare backyard. While pallet fences evoke a rural, relaxed vibe, they serve a utilitarian purpose, too; the planked design of pallet wood is perfect for keeping out pesky and curious woodland creatures when the pallet fence is used to border a garden.
Interested in adding a pallet fence around your garden or to create a picturesque border for your yard? Try these easy pallet fence ideas to embrace a rustic chic visual appeal.
The Imperfect Pallet Fence
Use pallets of variant heights to design an imperfect pallet fence (called “a sober pallet design” by Homesthetics). Homeowners can alternate pallets with tall and short heights to create a fence that embraces a DIY aesthetic. The imperfection of this visually unique design is purposeful, and the illusion of asymmetry creates a seemingly imbalanced proportion.
However, homeowners shouldn’t choose mismatching pallets using a haphazard approach. Keeping this design both rustically authentic and visually pleasing requires careful choice for the pieces used throughout the fence. Make sure all shorter and taller pieces are the same height and alternate pieces in a patterned approach.
Choosing a bunch of random sections of too many varying heights will look cluttered, messy and careless. Not only will it draw attention to the home in a negative way, but the neighbors might not be too thrilled.
The Backyard Fence for Gardens
Use pallet designed pieces to create an enclosure for a vegetable garden. These planked wood pieces can help keep out critters that want to munch on carrots, lettuce and other ripening veggies. Homeowners also may use chicken wire to close up any other open spaces in the pallets.
Pallet fences used around gardens can be painted for added charm. White paint is classic, but colors like light yellow, pale blue or even a sage green are charming choices, too. Homeowners should avoid colors that are too vibrant, as the fence should blend into the surroundings. When in doubt, choose neutral tones.
Pallet Planter Fences
Luxury Home Stuff includes a pallet fence design that integrates flower planters within the fence. When building this fence, the pallets are positioned together to create a slim box-like enclosure. The pallet fence enclosure is filled with soil, and gardeners can plant their choice of flowers or other greenery within the fence.
This is an ideal fence design for the backyard or to accent the walkway of the home. Choose flowers that are in-season and ideal for the climate.
A Tiny Accent Fence
Use a few pallets to create a small accent fence; homeowners can install this fence near a garden or any place that they want to use to create visual attention. With this fence, choose bold, crisp colors like deep scarlet or a navy blue. Luxury Home Stuff shows a small fence accented with a flower box and lamps.
A Wood Pallet Deck and Fence
Get really creative and crafty and use pallets to build a deck and matching fence. This is a great design to use next to a small above-ground pool. However, a pallet deck and fence also can be used for an outdoor cooking area, too.
If the designs will be an extension of the home, keep the pallets a neutral hue. Wood pallets create a rustic complement for stone porches, but remember to use a stain to protect the fence and deck from the elements.
A Pallet Fence for a Treehouse
Many families are embarking on DIY projects during the Covid pandemic. Building a treehouse could be a great project for the entire family. Pallets could be the perfect choice to create a small fence enclosure around a rugged treehouse!
A Patchwork Pallet Fence
If you live in a rural area and are allowed to be a bit more creative in your lawn design (some homeowners associations may pose restrictions), create a patchwork pallet fence. Like a patchwork quilt, this design uses different colors of pallets to serve as the patches. You can paint the pallets to create your own unique design; to ensure that this look leans shabby chic and not just shabby, create a color pattern with the pallets. Beyond the Picket Fence shows the patchwork concept used in a pallet bench; note the cohesive color palette chosen for the design.
A Basic Backyard Border
Use wood pallets to design your own backyard fence. This design can be extremely basic—like a picket fence—with the pallet panels swapped in for the pickets. Determine the height you want for your border fence; you may need to stack pallets if you cannot find taller options.
Be Mindful of HOA Bylaws
Some homeowners associations (HOAs) may have regulations regarding fence design and materials. Before you embark on any home improvement project that will alter the exterior of your home or the appearance of your yard, be sure to check the bylaws of the HOA. Understanding the HOA guidelines could save you a lot of time, frustration and money.
If you discover that there are no regulations on the materials you can use, then it’s time to design your fence. There are so many options for pallet designs, but homeowners should choose a design option that suits their needs and complements their home. Keep proportions and color schemes in patterns and pleasing design schemes; while shabby chic is charming, a fence that includes too many varying heights or colors could look just shabby and less chic.