10 Chain Link Fence Ideas for Your Yard

There's more to chain link fencing than you think! Check out this list for a variety of chain link fence ideas.
Renee Lewis
Renee Lewis
Last Update:
January 11, 2023

Are you considering having a new fence constructed for your front or back yard? If you are, and you’re looking for a hassle-free chain link fence installation look no further. Chain link fences come in many different designs and styles. This post will tell you all about the various styles available in chain link fencing and why homeowners choose to have them installed!

What is chain link fencing?

Chain link fencing is a type of fence that is made up of woven strips of steel wire. The wires run vertically but are bent into a zigzag pattern which forms the characteristic diamond pattern on a chain link fence. There are posts set at evenly spaced intervals and sometimes a top horizontal rail to minimize movement in the mesh between posts. 

People choose chain link fencing for many different reasons, and chain link fences can be seen in a wide variety of applications. They are used in many settings, from commercial to residential. That’s because they are very practical and easy to install. On top of that, they are low cost and low maintenance compared to other types of fences, making them a great choice for property owners concerned about chain link fence costs. And finally, unlike wooden or vinyl fences they won’t rot or fade!

Black chain link fence ideas and styles

Here are some black chain link fence styles and ideas to look through. And if you don’t find anything you like here, continue reading - we’ll go over a variety of styles and designs!

1. 6-foot Black Vinyl Covered Chain Link Fence

A black vinyl covered chain link fence is a good option if you like the ease of installation of a chain link fence - and the cost effectiveness - but want it to look a little different than the traditional chain link fence. This fence has black vinyl covering the wire mesh as well as the posts and rails so that the entire fence looks black instead of silver metallic. 

2. 4-foot Black Vinyl Covered Chain Link Fence

Like the style above, chain link fences are inexpensive and easy to install. When you choose a black vinyl coated chain link fence it can make it look a little softer than a regular metallic chain link fence which can help it appear less industrial and more residential. This makes it perfect for a front yard fence!

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Chain link privacy fence ideas and designs

We’ve collected some styles of chain link privacy fences below. This type of fence will keep people from seeing into your yard but keep all the benefits of a chain link fence. 

3. Chain Link Privacy Fence with Slats

A chain link fence with reed or bamboo privacy slats will give you the best of both worlds. You’ll get the privacy of a wooden fence or vinyl fence along with the ease of installation and cost effectiveness of a chain link fence. No one will be able to see into your yard with these slats! Privacy slats can also be used to fill gaps in a chain link fence.

4. Chain Link Privacy Fence with Hedge Slats

If bamboo or reed chain link fence slats that make the fence look like a wood fence aren’t what you’re looking for, a creative alternative are hedge slats! Hedge slats create the look of a manicured lawn - on your fence! These privacy slats are covered in artificial grass which makes your fence into more greenery for your yard. Check out our blog to discover more privacy fence ideas.

Residential chain link fence ideas

Chain link fences have many applications - they can be used in very industrial settings but they also have residential uses too! 

5. 4-foot tall rolls of galvanized steel residential chain link fence

A 4-foot galvanized steel residential chain link fence is perfect for your front yard! It is constructed of metallic wire mesh that comes in rolls. When they are installed the wire mesh is supported with evenly spaced poles and horizontal rails. Add a chain link fence gate to get in and out!

6. 6-foot tall rolls of galvanized steel residential chain link fence

If you’re looking for a fence for your backyard, then you’ll need something a little taller. A 6-foot residential chain link fence is a good option for marking your property line. It is also helpful when you have children or pets that play in the back yard and you don’t want to worry about them wandering off. 

Chain link fence panel ideas

Chain link fences often come in rolls of wire mesh that are held up with posts and horizontal rails. Chain link fence panels are individual sections of your chain link fence that come with posts and horizontal rails at the top and bottom.

7. Chain Link Fence Panels

Chain link fence panels can be installed quickly and easily. On top of all that, they will last for decades and require almost no maintenance. They are great for adding security to your property, making a dog kennel or enclosing your summer garden or other landscaping. This is a great option to help decorate your chain link fence as well.

8. Rounded Edge Chain Link Fence Panels

Rounded edge chain link fence panels have a softer and more residential look to them. In this style, the edges of the fence panels are rounded instead of straight. They are equally easy to install and just as cost effective but have a little bit of style to them and are great for the front yard. 

Other chain link fence ideas

9. Wood Chain Link Fence

A wood chain link fence has the metallic chain link mesh but is bordered with wooden fence posts and horizontal rails for the top rail and bottom rail. It has a similar look to the box wire fence but still has the characteristic diamond shaped wire mesh of a chain link fence.

Learn more about the pros and cons of chain link vs wood fences.

10. Flowers Chain Link Fence

This fence design starts with a traditional chain link fence but has a natural twist to it - plants and flowers are grown at the base of the fence which climb the wire mesh. This gives your chain link fence a beautiful look and makes it into a trellis. This unique look is not found in other types of fences. 

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