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Your Guide To Slatted Fencing: Planning Your Project

An increasingly popular option amongst garden designers, slatted fencing allows you to make a contemporary statement whilst maximising natural sunlight in your outdoor space.

Whilst your fence might not be considered a focal point, it frames and can totally transform your outdoor space. Choosing the right style can add real value to your property.

So, as a leading UK supplier of designer slatted fencing panels in many beautiful, durable wood species, let’s explore this versatile, on-trend product. What are the benefits of this type? Is it right for my project? And how about some ideas and inspiration?

Slatted screen fencing: What are the benefits?

Also known as Venetian fencing (a name inspired by Venetian blinds), slatted fencing provides a modern, smart and surprisingly practical touch to any outdoor space. It is perfect for designers wanting to achieve a contemporary style, maximise natural light and add atmosphere to their garden.

  • Contemporary style: The clean, straight lines of slatted fencing are undeniably eye-catching. As the sun passes across your garden, they create a pleasing, evolving pattern of light and shade throughout the day. Then, there’s the inherent beauty of timber as a natural material — able to blend effortlessly into any surrounding.
  • Great for any size garden: If you’re working with a smaller space — such as a courtyard garden — horizontal slatted fencing elongates the area, providing the illusion of spaciousness.
  • Natural lighting: Conventional fencing blocks out light. Since this is not true of slatted fencing, you’ll have brighter, more airy and uplifting outdoor space — great news for your garden plants as well as your wellbeing. You’ll simply enjoy your outdoor space more.
  • Partitioning: As well as for perimeters, slatted fencing is ideal for creating zones within an outdoor space, perhaps to conceal more unsightly parts of your garden — such as storage areas — or for framing certain spaces.
  • Wind resistance: Since this fencing style boasts a 10mm gap between each slat, air is able to easily filter through — taking the pressure of the British weather off the panels and posts! The increased air flow can help your plants to thrive, too, mitigating the risk of disease.
  • Privacy: The choice of slat height — 45mm or 70mm — grants a desired level of privacy whilst not completely obscuring light. ‘Hit and miss’ alternating slatted fencing provides added privacy whilst still retaining the contemporary touch. Heights available can range from the standard 1.85m, through to 4.85m.
  • Performance: Slatted fencing is available in a number of naturally-durable, premium timber species, each suiting a certain aesthetic vision or price point — this includes favourites like Siberian Larch and Western Red Cedar. Then there’s LIGNIA®, a sustainable treated timber, as well as Iroko, a stunning African hardwood. Each panel is planed to provide a smooth, eye-catching finish and optimal runoff for rainfall.

Those looking for a more traditional feel with maximum privacy in their garden may want to look at a featherboard (or close-board) profile. Or, for a fully-private space with a contemporary element, tongue and groove boarding with a V-groove or shadow gap may fit the bill.

Slatted fencing: ideas, inspiration & designs

Horizontal fencing with slats.
A mainstay of any modern garden, slatted fencing’s clean, smart horizontal lines provide an effortless contemporary touch.
A horizontal slatted fence with modern lights.
Posts can be fitted with lights to provide your outdoor space with a further contemporary and functional touch.
Designer slatted fencing in Western Red Cedar.
Cedar slatted fence with detailing: For adding a decorative touch and some personality to your garden.
Horizontal slatted fencing
Flower beds, trees, trailing plants and other natural features can effortlessly complement the beauty of the timber.
Slatted timber fencing matched to the space.
With timber fencing, you don’t necessarily have to stick with its original colour — exercise your license to get creative, match up colours and make your mark on a space.
Lifestyle slatted fencing.
Slatted fencing gives garden designers the opportunity to maximise natural light, enhancing the enjoyment and value of their outdoor space.
Horizontal slatted fencing can add the illusion of spaciousness to tight spaces.
If space is limited in your garden, the horizontal style provides an elongating effect, giving the illusion of spaciousness.
Slatted fencing being used to create themed spaces.
Slatted panels can be used to create themed areas within a space.
Slatted fencing being used to create themed spaces.
Slatted fencing being used to create themed spaces.
Vertical slatted fencing.
Slatted fencing doesn’t always have to be horizontal — vertical styles are still popular for their slightly more traditional feel.
Dark vertical slatted fencing.
Despite not blocking out light, slatted fencing can still grant a strong level of privacy.
Vertical slatted fencing.

Duffield Timber: your one-stop shop for timber slatted fencing

We’re a leading UK stockist of designer slatted fencing in many beautiful, durable timber species.

For more information to help with your next outdoor fencing project, take a look at our fencing guide. To get started on your next project or for some bespoke advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts.

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