10 Creative Chain Link Fence Privacy Ideas using Bamboo, Slats and More!

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Are you tired of feeling like your backyard is on dispaly for the entire enighborhood to see? It's time to take back your privacy and create the oasis you've always dreamed of. Chain-link fences are an excellent choice for their durability and cost-effectiveness. Still they can feel a bit bare and industrial. That's where bamboo poles, vinyl slats, and other privacy fence ideas come in. This article will show 10 ways to transform your basic chain link fence into a beautiful, private retreat. From lush bamboo walls to colorful slat screens, these ideas will inspire you to upgrade your outdoor space and enjoy time at home even more.


How to cover a chain link fence for privacy


1) Plastic Privacy Fence Tape Weave

Plastic Privacy Fence Tape

Plastic privacy fence tape weave is one option for enhancing the privacy of chain-link fences. It is made from a durable, UV-resistant plastic material that can withstand harsh weather conditions. The weave is easy to install and can be used on residentail and commercial chain-link fences. It is avalilable in various colors to add a pop of color to your yard while sprucing up your existing fence. One of the benefits of using plastic privacy fence tape weave is that it allows air and light to pass through while still providing a visual barrier. Additionally, plastic privacy fence tape weave is easy to remove and can be cut to fit any size fence.


2) Bamboo Rolls to cover up a chain-link fence

Bamboo Fence Screen

Bamboo screens are one of the more popular privacy fence ideas because they are eco-friendly, durable, and attractive. However, if bamboo isn't suitable for you, we'd recommend considering wood, faux-hedge, or reed screens. Bamboo screens come in various thicknesses ranging from 3/4-inch to 2 inches. They can provide that bamboo fence look to residential homes and urban areas. When installing full bamboo screens, it is essential to use zip ties or wire to secure them in place. Otherwise, high winds could cause the bamboo screens to come loose from the fence.

Faux-hedge screens are made of a durable plastic material that is UV resistant and has a realistic look. They can be cut to fit any size chain link fence and will provide privacy for many years.


3) Privacy Lattice to cover your fence


Chain link fence privacy lattice

A privacy lattice is a wood or plastic material cut into a lattice pattern. It can be used to cover the entire fence or just sections of it. Privacy lattice allows air and light to pass through while delivering the durability and privacy fence owners want. It is available in different colors and can be painted or stained to enhance the visual appeal of your existing fence. Privacy lattice is easy to install and can be cut to fit any size fence. The versatility and color options will help soften that industrial chain link fence look. Privacy lattices are an inexpensive way to create that new fence look compared to a new installation. Those who'd like to add an extra visual appeal to their fence can plant some vines to climb up the lattice.

4) Chain Link Fence Privacy Screens (privacy covers)

Chain link fence privacy covers

Suppose you want a privacy screen that is designed explicitly for chain-link fences. In that case, using privacy screens is a great idea. Privacy screens are made of fabric or PVC and can be attached to the fence and metal posts with zip ties or brass grommets. They come in various colors and patterns to deliver a polished look to the fence. When it is time to eliminate the feeling of a lack of privacy, add screens to deliver the privacy coverage you want while still allowing air and light to pass through.

5) Mesh Windscreen/Privacy Screen

Black Mesh Windscreen

This type of privacy screen is made of a synthetic mesh material designed to block wind and provide much privacy. Depending on the thickness of the mesh screen, it could provide up to a 90% blockage of visibility. Therefore, it will be up to each fence owner to decide how much lack of visibility they are comfortable with. Privacy mesh screens are available in various colors and can be cut to fit any size fence. A windscreen is easy to install and can be attached to the fence with zip ties or Velcro.

A mesh privacy screen can last between 1 and 10 years, depending on the material chosen and how well it is taken care of. When it comes to costs, Fence Privacy Screens like the 100 series and 130 series are inexpensive ways to provide privacy. Installing a privacy fence screen is easy and can be done in a few simple steps:

1. Measure the area you want to cover and cut the screen to size using a utility knife.

2. Attach the screen to the fence using ties or Velcro. Make sure the material is tight against the fence, so ther are no gaps.

3. Trim any excess material from the edges of the screen.

6) Making and Hanging Slats

Chain link fence wood privacy slats

For DIY enthusiasts who want a more permanent privacy solution, you can make your own chain link fence slats out of wood or PVC without spending too much money. Slats can be hung from the top rail of the fence using I-hooks or inserted directly into the chain-link fence. Slats are easy to paint or stain and can be cut to fit any size fence.

How do I make privacy slats for my chain-link fence?

You will need 1" x2" lumber (actual dimension ¾" x1 ½ "), metal fencing staples, wire cutters, a hammer, and sawhorses (optional). Keep in mind that professionals measure a fence by the linear foot.

7) Make Patterns with Fence Tape

Express yourself! If you want a privacy fence that reflects your or your family's personality, then fence tape is the way to go. You can use fence tape to create unique, stylish patterns on the chain-link fence. Fence tape comes in various colors and designs and can be easily removed when you want to change the tape for a new fence look.

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How do I make patterns with fence tape?

You will need scissors, measuring tape, level, chalk line (optional), and drill with a 3/16-inch bit (optional). Attaching the slats at different heights creates more randomness and makes it harder for people looking in from the outside to see through. Visit your nearest home improvement store to purchase the necessary fence tape and tools.


8) Plant Bushes and Trees near Chain Link Fence

plants for  chain link fence privacy

In the first place, I understand that planting shrubs, bushes, and trees around your chain-link fence is a time-consuming project for a homeowner. However, this garden bed of natural options is an attractive way to add privacy to your yard. It is a cost-effective solution compared to installing a new privacy fence. Plus, it adds a touch of greenery and beauty to your landscaping.

When choosing plants that will deliver the privacy coverage you're seeking, it's essential to consider the mature size of the plant and the distance between the fence and the plant. You want the plant to stay within the space and avoid interfering with the fence. It's also a good idea to choose plants that are resistant to pests and diseases and those that are weather-resistant to your local climate. Some popular options for plants to use in a chain-link fence include evergreens, hedges, and fast-growing vines. With a bit of planning and care, these plants can thrive and provide a natural layer of privacy for your yard.

9) Commercial PVC Mesh

PVC mesh fence cover

Commercial PVC mesh is fencing material commonly used in outdoor spaces, such as construction sites, tennis courts, playgrounds, and sports facilities. It is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a durable and weather-resistant plastic material. PVC mesh is a cost-effective, long-term alternative to traditional fencing materials like wood or metal. It is also lightweight and easy to install, making it a simple solution for industrial areas. In addition to its practical benefits, PVC mesh is also available in a range of colors and styles, so it can easily intergrate with your landscaping. Another advantage of PVC mesh is that it is low maintenance and easy to clean. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to fading and corrosion. Commercial PVC mesh is a practical, best-option solution for a wide range of outdoor fencing needs.

10) Wood Fence Panels

Wooden panels are a popular fencing material for residential neighborhoods. They provide a wooden privacy fence look and feel that can enhance your property's aesthetic. Wooden fence panels are also durable and easy to maintain, making them a great long-term fencing choice. You can attach the panels to the chain link fence exterior using wood screws, zip ties, carpentry nails, a drill, and c-brackets or u-brackets. Check with your city if you need a fence permit to attach the panels.

Wooden panels can be susceptible to weather damage, so choosing a type of wood suitable for your climate is vital. Cedar is a naturally oily wood making it more resistant to weather damage. What's more, wood fence panels can be regularly treated with stains or paints to protect them from rot and insect damage.

chain link fence wood panels


There are several creative ways to cover your chain-link fence to soften its appearance and add some character. Jay's Superior Fence is a full-service fence company based in Woodland, California that services all of Yolo County. Whether you are looking for a new vinyl, wrought iron, chain-link or wood fence installation, fence repairs, or someone to help you beautify your chain link fence, we've got you covered. Call us at 530-309-1149 for a free estimate today and see what Jay's Superior Fence can do for you.