How to Build a Picket Fence

Picket Fence

Add classic charm and curb appeal to your yard with a DIY garden fence that’s easier to build than you might think. Follow our step-by-step to find out how to build a fence.

When choosing the right fence for your project, consider the function you want it to perform. Privacy? Pet protection? Curb appeal? Some fences are built simply to enhance the landscape or create a gentle boundary while others provide privacy or security.

But when curb appeal is the focus, a picket fence is a classic charmer. Usually installed along the street-facing edge of a yard or around a garden, its distinctive, familiar shape is an attractive choice.

Editor’s note: Before digging, check here to see if you need a permit for this project and always consult your local utility and cable companies to mark the location of any underground services.

Lay Out Perimeter

Before you buy supplies, begin by sketching out your fence perimeter using stakes and string. This will allow you to accurately measure before purchasing fence panels and aid in keeping future holes in a straight line. If you are installing this fence in the front yard, be sure to accurately determine your property line and the legal setback distance from the road.