DIY ideas for modern fence designs

  • 5 minutes
  • 10 December 2020

Who knew DIY fencing could look this professional? Explore these fabulous DIY ideas to achieve a modern fence design with your own two hands.


Shine the light on your fence design with outdoor wall lights

Lights are integral to creating an ambience in your outdoor area and boosting your yard’s functionality. Entertain from dusk ’til dawn or enjoy an intimate, softly lit dinner.

With internal recesses in the posts, installing wall lighting and cabling is a breeze. To learn more, check out our lighting installation guide and ensure a qualified electrician takes care of the connections.

Matt & Elise DIY VogueWall with integrated lighting

Case Study: Elise & Matt from The Block 2019 install DIY VogueWall with wall lights

Fix items to your modular fence panel

Some see a wall; others see a canvas.

Using this tutorial on how to fix items to your ModularWalls, you can instantly boost the functionality of your fence design!

From functional items, like pool accessories, garden hoses and washing lines, to design elements such as vertical gardens and wall art, make the most of your fence design.

Customised VogueWall with decorative panels and lighting

Expressed Joints for modern fence design

Design is all about self-expression, after all. Some customers love that our panel join lines are meticulously bevelled to be barely noticeable, but others make it a design feature!

Our popular Expressed Joint feature creates a sleek, modern fence with a striking architectural edge. So, be sure to look into installing our Expressed Joints.

VogueWall fence design with expressed joints around pool area

Case Study: Expressed Joint creates striking focal point for pool feature wall

Decorative fence panels

From front walls to feature bays, decorative panels can add a touch of flair to your fence.

Thanks to the modular construction of our post and panel fence systems, you can customise the panel design to incorporate any infill you prefer. Choose between slats, louvres or decorative infills.

EstateWall with decorative infills - fence design

Picture frame fencing

Traditionally used within timber fences, we’ve noticed our customers recreating this traditional fence design with a contemporary twist.

This design allows you to create a bordered aesthetic with your boundary fence. The result is a stunning backdrop for feature plants, architectural gardens, sculptures, water features, wall art and even outdoor living zones.

If you’re interested in this look, find out how to achieve this design by combining External wall capping with Flush post tops.

Picture Frame Fence - Design Trend of the Month | ModularWalls - fence design

Case Study: Modern take on picture frame fencing for new courtyard


Are you designing a front fence? Then consider installing a letterbox; it’s very straightforward. In fact, with certain wall styles (VogueWall & EstateWall), they can even be housed within the post.

Whether installing a ModularWalls letterbox or one of your unique finds, you can read our guide on how to install letterboxes here.

VogueWall with integrated letterbox - fence design

Privacy screens

Whether you’re restricted by budget or by neighbours, we get it; sometimes, an entire fence replacement is impossible. But our customers have found a solution to achieve the look and feel they need from a new fence without replacing the old one: Behold, the privacy screen.

By installing a run of ModularWalls in front of your existing fence, you can instantly:

  • Boost privacy
  • Reduce neighbourly noise
  • Hide your unsightly, old fence
  • Save the cost and hassle of a total fence replacement

With a few considerations to keep in mind, this delivers that beautiful backdrop you’re after without needing to replace an entire boundary. Check out the details of how to install a privacy screen here.

Three Birds Renovations, House 11, Pool Wall | ModularWalls

Case Study: Three Birds Renovations install VogueWall privacy screen for House 11

Modular gates open the door to modern fence design

Did you know that we also manufacture gates to match our modular fences?

Sturdy yet sleek, our gates offer a harmonised aesthetic against your overall fence design. We provide a range of pedestrian gate sizes, plus additional panels and capping to fashion yourself a driveway gate!

Find out how to install a modular gate within your fence today.

Modular Gate provides a modern fence design

Setback bays

Built-in architectural features have been a massive trend in home design. For example, once used as visual interest in community developments, setback bays have become popular for homeowners wanting a custom-designed outdoor area.

By installing selected bays further back or further forward than the rest of the fence, you can create setbacks for various uses. The most impressive we’ve seen have included feature gardens, built-in benches, murals, outdoor fireplace nooks and even sophisticated bin storage!

VogueWall Byron Bay NSW | Designory | Timber Batten Feature Walls

Article: How to design setback bays into your fence

Add the finishing touch to your fence design

Last but certainly not least, how will you finish your wall?

You can paint ModularWalls a colour to match your home or adopt a dark fence colour. Although, if you’re looking to make an even bigger statement, our wall panels accept a variety of wall finishes.

From stone cladding, like Three Birds Renovations’ front wall in House 14, to tiles and renders, the world is your oyster. Browse the possible wall finishes here and find the perfect finishing touch for your modular masterpiece!

Installing your DIY fence

Do you have any queries about your DIY fence installation? You can browse our installation tutorial here. Download our extensive Installation Guides or use our FAQ library to learn all about the world of DIY modular fencing.

If ever you need to chat to someone or ask for advice, we also have 7-day phone support for our DIYers! Call us using our after-hours process, and speak directly to a ModularWalls expert. Our team will help answer any questions and guide you through installation.