Picket Fence and Gate

This basic design is at home in any yard.

To increase privacy, buffer a prevailing wind, or simply add a homey touch, surround your yard with an ornamental and functional fence. This picket fence with its rounded gate will provide security for children and pets -- and be a charming addition to your yard.

Getting ready:

When planning your fence, keep in mind that many municipalities have special restrictions on fences more than 5 feet tall and maximums regarding picket spacing. Check for the location of underground utility lines. Consider renting a power auger to dig the postholes. Lay out the fence line, allowing 6 feet between posts. Place a stake where the center of each post will be. Choose cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated lumber.


  • 4x4 posts
  • 1-1/4-inch deck screws
  • Utility hinges and latch
  • 1x4 pickets
  • 1/4x3-inch lag bolts
  • 1x8 for gate
  • 2x4 rails
  • Post marker stakes
  • 1/4x2-inch carriage bolts, washers, and nuts
  • Gravel or concrete

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