A Kit to Build a Horizontal Slat Fence (Ideas Gallery)

Published March 1, 2024 | Last updated May 2, 2024
We’re excited to introduce you to a simple to build horizontal slat fence kit.

This kit offers unlimited design possibilities for your outdoor space.

FenceTrac Patio Slat Fence

To accommodate the rising trend of horizontal fence design.

This kit offers an excellent solution for both DIY enthusiasts and professional contractors looking to elevate properties with a unique touch.

Let’s dive in and explore the endless fence design possibilities this kit offers.

What is a Horizontal Slat Fence?

A horizontal slat fence is a modern and semi-private fencing option that utilizes horizontal boards or planks typically spaced apart to provide visibility through the fence.

Here’s an example.

Rooftop Horizontal Wood Slat

Similar to traditional vertical fencing, horizontal fence slats can be positioned close together or set further apart.

Offering flexibility to accommodate your design requirements and budget needs.

This type of fence design has gained popularity in recent years for its contemporary and clean lines.

A slat fence can be used as pool fence, patio fence and many more – you decide!

Horizontal slat materials used in the fence can vary, including:

  • Wood planks
  • Composite planks
  • Galvanized metal slats
  • Aluminum slats
  • Horizontal pipes
  • Ipe wood planks
  • Rigid dimensional materials

You really have unlimited versatility in design and customization options for your fence.

By opting for a horizontal orientation rather than the traditional vertical alignment, horizontal slat privacy fences create a visually appealing look.

It can enhance the overall appearance of a property while retaining functionality and privacy.

This type of privacy fence design is often favored for its sleek and minimalist appeal.

For that reason.

It has become a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties seeking a modern touch.

Different Types of Materials Used for Slat Fences

Every material used is different from the other and offers unique aesthetics and functions making this slat fence suitable for the many design preferences and architectural styles.

Let’s take a look!

1. Wood Planks

As a traditional fence material choice, wood planks of cedar or redwood will remain fresh and classic.

Horizontal Cedar Wood Metal Frame Fence

With its natural and traditional look, a metal fence with wood slats you the warmth and character of slat fences.

2. Composite Fence Slats

Prized for their modern look and extreme durability, composite slats offer a smooth appearance that resists warping and moisture damage.

Trash Can Privacy Enclosure

This material has a contemporary appearance and requires very little maintenance. Featured in this photo are our popular Onyx black horizontal slat fence made with LuxeCore.

Check out the NEW LuxeCore 3-inch composite slat ›

3. PVC Fence Slats

PVC offers an excellent choice similar to composite fence slats, while being a slightly lighter weight and lower cost option.

Horizontal Slat Fence

Galvanized metal combines modernity and robustness and gives an extra touch of trendiness to slat fences while satisfactorily maintaining sturdy robustness for strength and beauty.

4. Metal Fence Slats

Contemporary fence design may call for metal slats made from galvanized steel or aluminum materials to deliver a sleek and simple look.

aluminum slat fence 1

They may be very tolerant of changing ambient conditions which make them low-maintenance.

These slat fences will retain their beautiful aesthetic over the years.

Choosing a Horizontal Slat Fence

Slat fences of this style combine a modern look and serve several functional purposes for changing outdoor spaces.

Rooftop Horizontal Wood Slat

Horizontal slat fences have one outstanding advantage…

They add a charming and modern atmosphere to the surrounding area and contribute to a visually striking design.

With the distinctive style of these fences that differs from the conventional vertical fencing options.

Horizontal slat fences feature a stylish architectural element that can improve the curb appeal for your property.

The installation of horizontal slat fences also provides both increased privacy as well as an open and airy look which suits those who want to have a combination of privacy and visibility.

And lastly!

Horizontal arrangement of slats can also help make small yards appear larger, and this is an aspect that makes them a preferred choice for houses or properties where space is important.

Worth Noting on Horizontal Slat Fences

The design of horizontal slat fences can make fencing materials more susceptible to issues like warping over time.

That’s why you need a strong platform to begin with.

Using a high-quality fencing system like FenceTrac to build your horizontal slat fence can be advantageous.

FenceTrac has been engineered for longevity and durability.

Black LuxeCore Composite Horizontal Slat Fence in Black Metal Frame

Opting for premium materials can mitigate concerns, ensuring that your horizontal slat fence maintains structural integrity and aesthetic appeal for years.


When installing your horizontal slatted fence panels, it’s important to keep fence posts closer together.

Placing the fence posts close together, especially when working with natural materials like wood that are prone to warping.

Our 6-foot wide fence panel kit offers an ideal fence post spacing for most projects.


This post positioning can reduce the risk of individual slats bending or warping from external force applied to slats.

Ultimately contributing to the fence’s structural resilience over time.

By investing in a commercial-duty fence system like FenceTrac…

And implementing proper installation techniques such as strategic post placement, property owners can ensure that their horizontal slat fences not only look visually appealing.

It also stand the test of time!

It definitely provides both aesthetic value and long-term cost savings through reduced maintenance and replacement needs.

Watch Slat Fence Assembly Video

Watch this video to learn how to assemble a modern semi-private horizontal slat fence with composite fence pickets and H-clips to add space between pickets.

How to Install a Fence With Horizontal Slats

Metal Fence Frame Fence Under Construction

  • Begin by mapping out the fence line and marking post locations.
  • Dig post holes at regular intervals along the fence line and set posts securely in concrete.
  • Measure and cut horizontal slats to desired length with even spacing between each slat.
  • Use FenceTrac supplied spacers to set the spacing between slats.
  • Consider staining or painting slats for both aesthetic appeal and protection.
  • Conduct regular maintenance checks for warping or damage to ensure longevity and structural integrity.

Where to Install Horizontal Slat Fence

When considering where to install a horizontal slat privacy fence, it’s essential to acknowledge its partial visibility from the outside, making it an ideal choice for creating semi-private spaces.

This fence style is well-suited for various settings….

galvanized metal slat fence

Such as semi-private patios, where it can provide a balance between openness and seclusion, allowing occupants to enjoy the outdoor environment while maintaining a degree of privacy.

And here’s more…

Horizontal slat fences are excellent options for creating al fresco dining enclosures for restaurants.

It makes the perfect patio privacy wall.

Offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere for patrons to enjoy their meals outdoors.

In commercial settings like pool areas, a horizontal slat fence can serve as an attractive barrier.

Enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the space while providing a level of privacy for swimmers and sunbathers.

Moreover, horizontal slat fences are also practical choices for enclosing dumpsters, effectively concealing these utilitarian structures while adding a touch of modern design to commercial or residential properties.

The versatility of horizontal slat fences makes them adaptable to a range of settings, providing both functional benefits and aesthetic appeal in various outdoor environments.

Horizontal Slat Fence on Rooftop Patio

Fence Installation: DIY or Professional

The decision to take on a DIY horizontal slat fence project.

Or hire a professional fence contractor involves some factors.

Consider your expertise level, available time, and the budget.

If you have a complex fencing project, you will benefit from hiring a local professional fence builder.

While on the other hand…

A DIY fence installation project can be very rewarding!

Here are some considerations to help you make an informed choice.

DIY Fence Installation

Cost-Effective: Not hiring professional help would lower labor expenses.

Personalization: Allows for creative input and fine tuning that is specific to your taste and preferences.

Teak LuxeCore Composite Horizontal Slat Fence in Black Metal Frame

Learning Opportunity: Enhances the learning process and exposure to hands-on experience.

Time Investment: The planning, research, development and execution require a lot of time.

Risk of Errors: Incorrect installation may result in placement issues, which can ultimately lead to the loss of stability and aesthetics of the fence.

Professional Fence Installation

Expertise: Professional installers are trained and equipped with the right tools to get the job done.

Black LuxeCore Composite Horizontal Fence Under Construction

Efficiency: It saves time and effort and helps in completing the project in a timely manner.

Quality Assurance: Guarantees durability and high-quality fence that meets required construction specifications.

Insurance: Professionals usually have insurance coverage for damages that might happen unexpectedly.

Warranty: Most of these professionals carry warranties for their works and this helps protect your investment.

A Better Way to Design Your Horizontal Slat Fence

By design.

The FenceTrac fence system offers unlimited fence design possibilities for your slatted fence.

Our patented fence panel system includes a U-shaped framework into which infill materials can be placed.

This system allows you choose the materials and colors you want to go into the fence panel frame.

FenceTrac Assembly Detail

Side channels bolt to each post with self-tapping screws.


The infill material easily slides into the U-shaped FenceTrac fence panel frame that sits between each post.

The top and bottom channels attach to the side channels to hold everything together.

Each four-piece panel assembles with just four bolts.


Design a Retaining Wall Fence

FenceTrac accommodates infill materials of up to 1-inch thick.

Design your fence with vertical or horizontal slats.

We offer cedar wood and PVC infill options shipped with your kit, but some property owners supply their own infill as well.

Wood Slat Fence
PVC Panel Fence
Luxecore Composite Fence Tropical Teak
Luxecore Composite Fence Harbor Gray
Louvered Wood Slat Fence
Galvanized Pipe Metal
Galvanized Pipe Metal Black
Galvanized Corrugated Metal
Galvanized Corrugated Metal Black
  • Western red cedar
  • Eastern red cedar
  • Cypress boards
  • Treated pine
  • Ipe boards
  • Wood pallets
  • Barn wood
  • Vinyl planks
  • Composite planks
  • PVC planks
  • Hardie board
  • Metal screen
  • Wood rails
  • Black slats
  • White slats
  • Metal sheets
  • Metal panels
  • Perforated metal
  • Etched metal
  • Lattice panels
  • Wood & iron
  • Welded wire
  • Cattle panels
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Corrugated metal
  • Ribbed metal
  • Stone veneer panels
  • Brick veneer panels
  • Bamboo
  • Wrought iron

Horizontal Slat Fence Idea Gallery

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Building a horizontal slat fence can be a rewarding project that improves any outdoor space.

So, go ahead.

Elevate your property with a new horizontal slat fence.

A well-built horizontal slat fence can serve as a long-lasting addition to any outdoor environment.

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