Many people choose to make their fence taller for various practical reasons. Most want to heighten fences for privacy; they either want to have freedom to use their garden without neighbours looking in, or so as not to see their neighbour's house or garden. Taller fences can provide shade from the sun, they can hide an eyesore such as a garage or old shed, and higher fences lead to improved security. Higher fences can also offer increased safety for exercising dogs and for children playing. Here we provide some steps you can take to make your fence taller to meet your specific requirements.

Here are the steps to help make your fence taller:

First steps

  • The first step is deciding what your problem is, why is your fence not tall enough? And then you need to find the solution to that specific issue. This sounds obvious, but it isn’t, because your next steps will flow from the first step! 

  • Then you need to think about your budget, because different options range from cheaper fence heightening to more expensive fence raising methods. You may prefer a more picturesque taller fence or a plain and practical one. 

Next Steps

  • Measure your fence, and figure out how much taller you want your fence to be. Do you want a living fence, a DIY fence or a bespoke fence?

Living fences

  • Living fences or living screens that make your fence higher
  • The living fence, can have many benefits, they can look and smell good and provide much valued privacy and shade. There are many amazing varieties of plants that are suitable for living fences, such as climbing plants and vines. There are prickly plants that are not so popular with would-be thieves, which can offer increased security. Some plants grow much quicker than others, thus giving you a living screen in quite a short space of time.
  • To add height to existing fences, you can build trellises on the top of the fence, or provide poles or wires to train the climbing plants to grow on. The other option is to grow a hedge alongside your fence, or a hedge that stands alone. This can create not just a tall fence but also a thicker fence, this will not only help block out the neighbours but make it a bit quieter too. You can also plant a row of trees such as poplars, to generate height and shade. Although you will need to maintain these, they provide another helpful possibility. Some modern fences have little shelves integrated into them to display plants in pots. Wicker screens have become popular in recent years, they are a natural looking material, and can look good either on their own, or with plants trailing over them.

a diamond trellis fence topper a radial pergola adorned with climbing plants

DIY and Bespoke taller fences

  • Whether you want to ‘do-it-yourself’ or get a company in to do the work, there are several options to make short fences taller. There are different things that you can add on to your fence, such as wooden lattices – all shapes, and chain link fencing. Some people choose to add fancy tops to their fences; wavy lines, patterns or even metal railings.
  • Pergolas can be an extra feature to not only add height to a fence but also add a living screen. Perhaps this would suit a corner or area close to your garden seating area, giving you two great features for the price of one; privacy and a focal point.
  • You can design a tall fence right from scratch, either DIY or customised. This gives you other possibilities, because you can choose exactly what you want, rather than have a previous owner’s tastes foisted upon you!

Other methods of making a fence higher:

If you do your own work, make a rough plan then work out how much in materials you will need. You can decorate fences to suit your taste, such as by painting them vivid colours or adding plants that you love. Scented plants can attract butterflies and give you a welcome aroma on warm balmy evenings sitting on the patio. If you want height, and it is not to mask unappealing sights, then building a full height lattice fence, (not just to add to an existing shorter fence), is a good idea. This not only gives much needed light through the lattice’s natural spaces but a natural and beautiful place for plants to grow on. Or you can even have this type of taller fence, without any plants, this will still provide a screen and some privacy whilst allowing light in; if the problem was that it was too dark an area.

There are several ways to have a taller fence, you just need to decide on which one you prefer and go for it!

If you're looking to create a taller fence, perhaps to increase your privacy, take a look at the video below; it's packed full of useful information.

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