Measure the exact length of where you want to build a slatted fence.
If you’re using existing fence posts bare in mind softwood battens can bow over time, so we would advise fitting posts in between if the space is over 1.8m. This allows you to secure the wood a bit more than if it was fastened at larger intervals.
Decide on the height you’d like your fence to be, then work out the order and pattern you’d like your slats to be. Don’t forget anything over 2m requires planning permission.
1.Install the fence posts
First, you need to install the fence posts if you are not attached to existing posts or are adding strength between the posts. See our guide on how to install fence posts.
2.Starting to add the slats
Most of the hard work is done now, and this stage shouldn’t take as long.
Starting with the bottom row, attach the first piece of timber with your nailer. Make sure it’s perfectly level, as this piece will be the guide for all others.
Once the full first row is installed, lay a placeholder piece on top of the panel. This will be the visible gap between the panels. Use some offcuts of wood that are still lying around, but you could use anything as long as it’s firm. Tip – try layering a few battens before you start nailing to make sure you are happy with the space between.
Then lay your second slat onto the placeholders, push it down firmly and nail into place. Remove the placeholder pieces and lay them on top of your new slatted panel piece. Add the next panel, nail it into place and repeat the process until you reach the top of the fence posts.
3. Bring out the natural beauty.
If you want to bring out the natural grains in the wood and create a deeper colour, then finishing off with an oil or stain can help you achieve this look.